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Taipei visit in October 2014 - Palm Bvld, SkyLanter question

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Taipei visit in October 2014 - Palm Bvld, SkyLanter question

Hi, we'll be visiting Taipei this October. I am curious to see the Royal Palm Blvd in NTU, SkyLantern and visit hotsprings. With 2 kids (12 and 8yrs), can I get anyone's thoughts on my below Itinerary. Where can we buy from the Airport Or Taiwan main station the Easy Pass?:

1st Day: we will be staying near Taipei Main station and from arrival at 3pm, plan to walk towards Taiwan Museum, NTU (is this the campus?), Ximending

2nd Day: ChiangKai shek, NTU Royal Palm (can we enter in this campus?), Bitan suspension bridge, Longshan Temple, Huaxi Market

3rd Day: Sogo Dept Store, National Sun Yat, Taipei 101, Raohe Market, WuFen Pu

4th day: Taroko George, Shilin Night market5th:

5th: Jiufen

6th: Fishermans wharf, Beitou Hotsprings, Hot spring museum, Hell valley

7th: Shifen old street (can we light a lantern at this time?), Yehliu geo park, Jishan hot spring

8th: National Palace Museum, Shilin Night market

On these itinerary, can we use Easy Pass?

Are they all possible for each day? not sure the traffic condition, etc.

How cold/hot will it be in OctobeR?

Thoughts please!

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1. Re: Taipei visit in October 2014 - Palm Bvld, SkyLanter question

Mmm.... I'm assuming by Easy Pass, you mean the TaipeiPass (Basically, a all-you-can-ride Easy Card available for a certain number of consecutive days like 2-day or 5-day)? I believe it's available at the MRT office at Taipei Main Station.

The good thing about Taipei Pass is that you get a pamphlet that's like a mini-guide plus coupon book. Of course, whether buying a standard EasyCard is better worth the money compared to an all-you-can-ride card is up to your own personal preference, but I'd definitely suggest looking up the places you want to visit in and around Taipei at the website of Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (they have an English website).

Copy the route map and mark the destinations you want to cover, say, for 2 days, and figure out the cost if you were to make separate trips. A good way might be buy a 2-day card, totally abuse it and explore the MRT + bus options (yeah, TaipeiPass allows unlimited access to local buses and MRT during the valid period).

After you get a good feel of travel time and fares, you can figure out whether lump-sum travel or pay-per-ride is better for you. If fare-by-fare is better, then switch to the standard EasyCard for the rest of your trip.

As for NTU (National Taiwan University), it's an open campus so you can just walk in and admire the boulevard. Make sure you try out the dairy product store on campus - they have pretty good ice cream.

In general, the weather for October is fair, albeit drizzles once in a while. However, in recent years summer seems to carry on until late October, and we even have a typhoon or two. So how it's really going to be this year is anybody's guess.

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2. Re: Taipei visit in October 2014 - Palm Bvld, SkyLanter question

Hey thanks for the reply. Would you know if we can still light a lantern even though it's not lantern festival? I would like to have that experience! What is the season in October?

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3. Re: Taipei visit in October 2014 - Palm Bvld, SkyLanter question

This is a rough itinerary. You can check it against google map of Taipei for all the locations.

1st Day:

From Taoyuan Airport, take Kuo Kuang bus #1819 costing NT$125 per pax to hotel near Taipei Main station and from arrival at 3pm, Buy Easy Card for buses, mrt an train rides at mrt platform at basement of Taipei Main station.

plan to walk towards Taiwan Museum near NTU Hospital mrt station,

take mrt to NTU near Gongguang mrt station -http://hsiuchi.prince.com.tw/eng/tour.php ,

mrt to Ximen mrt station – 3 stations for Ximending

2nd Day:

From Taipei Main station, take mrt to Bitan suspension bridge – southwest of Xindian mrt station – 11 stations.

Take mrt to NTU Royal Palm at Siyuan street near to Gongguan mrt station – 6 stations,

take mrt to Chiang Kai shek station – 3 stations,

take mrt to Ximen station – 2 stations and change mrt to Longshan Temple – 1 station,

walk 5 minutes to Huaxi Market

3rd Day:

From Taipei main station, take mrt to Zhongxiao Fuxing mrt station – 3 stations for Sogo Dept Store,

mrt to National Sun Yat – 2 stations,

take bus or walk to Taipei 101,

From Taipei 101 at Shife Road, take bus #281 to Wu Fen Pu

or at Songzhi Road, take bus #28 to Raohe Market,

4th day:

From Taipei Main station, take TRA train to Hualien station – 2 hrs 10 minutes costing NT$440 per pax. Hire a taxi to Taroko George or buy 1 day pass at Hualien bus station on left side of train station.

You can also take Hualien Buses to Taroko Gorge. 1 day ticket cost NT$250 per pax from Hualien train station so you can get up and go down whenever you like. If you do not buy 1 day pass, you have to pay with exact cash whenever you go up bus. Driver will not refund change if you pay more.

Buses leave from Hualien station at : 0630, 0750, 0840, 0900, 0940, 1020, 1050, 1130, 1230, 1350, 1400, 1500 hrs.

Buses leave Tianxiang from: 0910, 0940, 1040, 1200, 1310, 1400, 1430, 1600, 1640, 1700, 1800 hrs.

1900 hrs – take TRA train from Hualien station back to Taipei Main station about 2 hr 10 minutes costing NT$440 per pax.

5th day:

take mrt to Zhongxiao Fuxing Road, exit 1 to take bus #1062 to Jiufen costing NT$102 per pax about 60 minutes.

1600 hrs - After Jiufen, take bus #788 down to Riufang station – 15 minutes costing NT$30 per pax.

Go into Riufang station to take train to Shifen station – 4 stations – 26 minutes costing NT$20 per pax,

explore old street and release sky lantern.

Take train back to Riufang station. Last train depart Shifen at 1030 hrs.

At Riufang station, change train to Taipei Main station about 35 minutes.

6th:

From Taipei Main station, take mrt to Tamsui/Danshui station.

Take bus R26 or #857 to Fisherman wharf.

From Danshui/Tamsui mrt station, take mrt to Beitou mrt station

take bus 230 to Beitou Hotsprings, Hot spring museum, Hell valley.

After Beitou, take bus 230 back to Beitou station to take mrt to Jiantan mrt station,

exit 1 to walk to Shilin Night market.

After Shilin NM, take mrt back to Taipei Main station.

7th day:

From Taipei West bus station A Terminal, take Kuo Kuang bus #1815 to Yehliu bus stop,

walk 15 minutes to Yehliu geo park.

After Yehliu, walk back to same bus stop to take bus #790 or 1815 to Jinshan.

Take bus 1815 back to Taipei Main station.

8th:

From Taipei Main station, take mrt to Shilin mrt station - 6 station.

Exit 1 to take bus R30, 255 or 304 to National Palace Museum.

Take bus R30, 255 or 304 back to Shilin mrt station

and change mrt to Taipei Main station.

How cold/hot will it be in October? About 19 – 27 degree C. accuweather.com/en/…

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4. Re: Taipei visit in October 2014 - Palm Bvld, SkyLanter question

Hi Richard

Thanks for a very detailed response. Appreciate it. It really appears to be a rough itinerary. I have to check it again and think I need to remove some places to visit the other places. Thanks again :)

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5. Re: Taipei visit in October 2014 - Palm Bvld, SkyLanter question

Sky lantern is available all year round. You can just drop by any of the shops that offer sky lanterns, and they'll take you through the whole process of writing your wishes and setting it off (if lucky, you can do it on the railway track when there's no trains around).

October is standard autumn (cool, not cold), but depending on the weather, you might get a hot day or two (though there were rare occasions of typhoons...)

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6. Re: Taipei visit in October 2014 - Palm Bvld, SkyLanter question

Thanks for the info! :)

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