4MAR2016 Deluxe Taiwan Orchid Show 13 Days Tour (Sydney)
Day 1 - Departure from AUSTRALIA / Arrive TAIWAN 4Mar2016:Depart flight from Sydney (CI56 22:10) to Taiwan.
Day 2 - Arrive Taiwan / Hotel/ Taipei Lantern Festival (B/ L: Weclome Lunch) 5Mar2016:On arrival into Taipei International Airport at approx 4:30AM in the morning, you will be met by your friendly Taiwan Holidays Tour Guide who will greet and transfer you to Taipei City for sightseeing. Hotel: Howard Plaza Hotel , Taipei ( 5*) Day 3 - Taipei City Sightseeing / 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taoyuan (B/L) 6Mar2016:After breakfast, you will be taken to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, a landmark of Taipei City. The CKS Memorial Hall is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists. Decoration of Lantern Festival at hall will be displayed at this time of the year. Outside the gate of CKS Memorial Hall, there are poles carrying the sign of true rightness. The four sides of the architecture structure are similar to those of the pyramids in Egypt. The material is white marble. The roofs are decorated with deep blue glass as part of the reflection of blue sky and bright sun. There are also places for international art performances. They are National Theater and National Concert Hall. We will visit Martyrs' Shrine, a classic Ming Dynasty architecture. You might have the opportunity to see the colorful ceremony of the changing of the guards at the entrance. Today’s highlight is to visit The National Palace Museum which houses the world’s largest collection of priceless Chinese art treasures, one which spans China’s nearly 5,000 year history. Most of the museum’s 620,000 art objects were part of the Chinese imperial collection, which began over 1,000 years ago in the early Song dynasty.
Lunch will be held at the famous Five Dime Driftwood House. An artistic building built by the hands & displays of the well know Taiwanese artist, Ms Hsieh. After lunch, we will depart for Yangmingshan National Park. The magnificent mountainous scenery and comfortable weather have made Yangmingshana perfect summer resort. Yangmingshan features cherry blossom in Spring (FEB~MAR).Total area of the park is 125 hectares, designed in traditional Chinese style. The natural beauty of the part has won it the reputation as urban forest and the Taipei garden.
Later this afternoon, you will be treated by the famous Taiwanese foot massage.
Travel to Taoyuan City where the official 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival is hosted with theme of Monkey for the zodiac animal. The Lantern Festival is held each year in a different county or city on the 15th of the first month on the lunar calendar. As an event with prominent cultural and local folk features, the event always draws participation by both local and foreign visitors and is an important tourist draw. During the night tens of thousands of colorful lanterns hang out for appreciation and children go to temples to carry the paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. While the mainland Chinese celebrates as Yuan Xiao Festival, the Taiwanese have stayed true to the ancient rituals and rites of these impressive celebrations. Hotel: Fullon Hotel, Taoyuan (5*) Day 4 - Taoyuan / Sun Moon Lake (B/L/D) 7Mar2016:After breakfast, depart to Sun Moon Lake and Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village. You will enjoy indigenous tribe shows and beautiful garden of the theme park. Lunch at panoramic view of the lakeside restaurant. Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan's largest lake with the east side shaped like "Sun", and West side shaped like "Moon", hence the name "Sun Moon Lake". The Sun Moon Lake, located in the middle of Taiwan, with an elevation of 748 meters above sea level. The most famous sights around Sun Moon Lake are the Te Hua House, Kuang Hua Island, the Xuanzang Temple, the Ci En Pagoda, and the Wen Wu Temple.
Fist stop will be Xuanzang Temple. Monk Xuanzang was the Holy Monk in the Tang dynasty. There is a bell in front of the main gate of the Xuanzang Temple. The bell is called “wake up bell”. If you prefer quiet atmosphere, those temples are the best places for you. The Ita ThaoClan is the earliest clan that lived in the Sun Moon Lake region. The Harvest Festival, Sowing Festival and their special handicraft fair every yearhas helped to preserve the particular culture of the Sun Moon Lake region. The cherry blossom season in Taiwan is a sight to behold, and the Sun Moon Lake is one of the most romantic spot to enjoy the beauty of the seasonal colors. Hotel: Fleur de Chine, Sun Moon Lake ( 5*)
Day 5 - Sun Moon Lake / Alishan (B/L/D) 8Mar2016:After breakfast, you will depart for the "Eight Wonders of Taiwan- Alishan", which is located at the end of the Alishan Forest Railway. If the weather permits, you will be able to see the external sea of clouds and sunrise on Jhushan afteran early morning walk through spectacular landscapes of valleys and trails. Sightseeing around the Alishan National Scenic Area including: Cherry Blossom (Season: Feb-Mar), Zhaoping Park, Sochun Temple, Old Alishan Tree Site...just to name a few. The enchanting Sisters Ponds are two small pools (one with a wooden bridge and pavilion) named for two lovelorn aborigine sisters who drowned themselves there.
Another attraction is the Three-Generation Trees - one growing out of another, and a third from the second. After the experience at Alishan, you will be transferred to have a taste of the Alishan high mountain tea at the tea farmer's place.
Dinner will be served at the only restaurant in Taiwan that performs ' Taiwanese Eight Gods Dance' while you enjoy your gourmet dinner. Hotel: Maison de Chine, Chiayi ( 5*)
Day 6 - Chiayi / 2016 Taiwan Intl Orchid Show (B/D) 9Mar2016:Today, is the highlight of the tour, attending the 2016 Taiwan International Orchid Show (TIOS) in Taiwan Orchid Plantation (a modern 143 hectares of orchid R&D centre located in Houpi Township in Tainan, a fertile area southwest of Taiwan). You will have whole day to explore at the show for a wonderful display of orchids from many horticultural companies with hi-tech biotech facilities.
Taiwan is known as the Kingdom of Orchids, but particularly for its magnificent Phalaenopsis orchids. Besides this some other varieties include Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums, Paphiopedilums, Phragmipediums, Odontoglossums and Cymbidiums, just to name a few. Orchid exports account more than 70% of all of Taiwan's horticultural exports. Taiwan supplies over 50% of the world's orchids and more than 80% of Butterfly Orchids imported in the USA are from Taiwan. The Taiwan International Orchids Show is ranked among the top three professional orchid shows in the world. This prestigious show not only offers a platform for orchid’s related industries and academic exchanges, but also boosts the knowledge and quality of life of its citizens. The Taiwan International Orchid Show (TIOS) will include orchid competitions, international symposiums, business meetings and social functions for those interested in orchid. More than 600,000 visitors attended the 2015 TIOS. Several thousands of visitors from professional growers to serious hobbyists come for the blooming event every year. Enjoy tonight’s dinner at well know restaurant for Taiwanese cuisine in Chiayi. Hotel:Maison de Chine, Chiayi ( 5*)
Day 7 - Chiayi / Tainan / Kaohsiung (B) 10Mar2016:After breakfast, We will startTainan Ancient City Tour. Tainan is the ancient capital city of Taiwan, which is full of heritage and culture sites, sightseeing includes: Koxinga Shrine, Chihkan Lou Tower, Anping Fort, External Fortress (Yi Tzai Golden Castle). You will be taking to visit the ruins of the Anping Fort: In the early 17th century, European seafarers came to Asia to trade and develop colonial outposts. In 1624, the Dutch occupied today's Anping and took ten years to build a fort named "Fort Zeelandia." After 1662, because Koxinga and his son lived here, it was named "King Castle," "Anping Castle" as well as "Taiwan Castle." The Japanese rebuilt it and named it "Anping Old Fort." Today, the only Dutch remains are the ruins of a semicircular bulwark and a section of the outer fort's brick wall; the root of an old banyan tree on the wall remains a witness to the fort's long history. Chihkan Tower is the landmark of Tainan and its most famous historic site. In 1653 the Dutch built "Fort Providential" in the area, and the Chinese named it "Tower of Savages" or "Tower of Red-haired Barbarians." Chihkan Tower is its official name today. Even though Chihkan Tower has survived different historical periods, it retains its rich and graceful architectural aspects. Crammed with various kinds of steles, stone horses, weight lifting rocks, stone weights, and nine stone tortoises carrying royal stele carved in both Chinese and Manchurian, the courtyard looks like an outdoor museum. Arrive Kaohsiung (2nd largest city of Taiwan) in the afternoon to visit: Former British Consulate at Shiziwan Bay. Evening visit the Liu He Night Market. You can then visit the famous "Love River” which is now renowned for its cafe culture and night tour which are popular among local couples for a romantic night. The 2013 Kaohsiung Lantern Festival was held at Love River. Tour guide will advise whether you are able to enjoy the romantic water lantern event at Love River this year. Hotel: Garden Villa Hotel, Kaohsiung ( 5*)
Day 8 - Kaohsiung / Taitung (B/L/D) 11Mar2016:Firstly we will visit the orchid garden at Clone International Biotech in Pingtung which has more than 33,000sqm of greenhouse supplying more than 1 millions orchids all over the world. Afternoon travel to Kenting National Park,undoubtedly, is one of the most beautifully reserved natural forest in Taiwan. Kenting National Park covers a total area of 33,268 hectares of land and maritime environments. It is located in south of the tropical region of Taiwan where palm tree, sugar cane and surfing beach are part of the scene. It's an excellent place for swim, surf, and dive. Other sightseeing will be visited today are the southernmost tip of Taiwan, “Maopitou" (named after the shape of cat-nose-like rock). The coast reforms which strongly affected by wave erosions, efflorescence, and salt-soaking. The natural landscape like wave erosion caves, ditches, and pillars are amazing, sea view here is attractive and very enjoyable. The Oluanpi Light House will also be visited (it is the world's first military equipped light house). We then continue to Taitung via the Scenic Southern Link Highway. Overnight at Taitung and enjoy a relaxing hot spring bath at the 5 star hotel. Hotel: Naruwan Hotel, Taitung ( 5*)
Day 9 - Taitung / HUalien (B/L/D) 12Mar2016:After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart to visit "Tainan Aboriginal Beinan Cultural Village"; it is the site where the BC civil human evidences have been found. Beinan Cultural relic is the sarcophagus and remnants excavated during the railroad project. It is the biggest and most intact prehistoric habitation of Taiwan. It belongs to the first class of ancient remains. The collections are now exhibited at Beinan Cultural Park for public viewing. Later in the morning we will go to Luyeh Gao Tai: located at the long and narrow rift at the junction of the Central Range and Coastal Range. This famous sky diving practice hub in Taiwan is a perfect place for sky diving and hot air balloon activities, attracting a lot of sky divers to come and enjoy gliding with the wind. Luyeh Tableland enjoys wonderful scenery overseeing the rivers and green land of the rift valley.. Lunch will be held at Butterfly Valley. Butterfly Valleyis abundance with beautiful landscape and natural environment. It's just the perfect essence to renowned butterfly sceneries. Here you can enjoy a unique natural experience and amazing comfortable sensation outdoor hot spring and spa in the deluxe butterfly Valley Resort. Enjoying dinner at a steakhouse in Hualien. Overnight at Hualien. Hotel: Chateau de Chine Hotel, Hualien ( 5*)
Day 10 - Hualien / Yilan / Taipei (B/L/D) 13Mar2016: After breakfast, we will visit Taroko Gorge, which is the “Seven Wonder of Asia". Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Liwu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by Liwu River, creating impressive grand canyons. The waterfalls characterized Taroko National Park. Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou) and Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) are the most impressive natural scenes in Taroko. The Taroko Monumental is designed in Chinese style and Eternal Spring Shrine (Changchun Temple) is to remember those who sacrificed their lives for building the central highway. Enjoy Aboriginal Lunch, Afternoon visit Orchid Garden in YiLan, where more than 1.3 millions of orchids are located. This evening we arrive Taipei city, visit 2nd tallest building in the world – Taipei 101. Enjoy dinner at the world famous DingTaiFung dumpling restaurant. Hotel: Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei ( 5*)
Day 11 - Taipei Yehliu / Chiufen / PingXi Sky Lantern (B/D) 14Mar2016:After breakfast, we will depart for Yehliu Ocean Park. It is known for its spectacular rock formations,sculpturedthroughout the ages by wind and sea erosion leaving fascinating pillars, including the famous Queen's Head and Fairy's Shoe.The next stop will be Chiufen Village, famous for its old mining town's charmingcharacteristics. Many famous Taiwanese movies were shot here. Lunch will be a great variety of choices at the village's traditional shops.After Lunch,you will be taking to Pingxi to light up the sky lanterns. Sky lanterns are made with rice paper and thin bamboo strips. You can pen your hopes on the bulbous-shaped paper creation and watched it drift off in the clear sky. This evening features a farewell dinner to be enjoyed with all group members tonight.
Day 13 - Arrive Sydney AUSTRALIA 16Mar2016:Arrive Sydney Intl. Airport at approx 11:20AM. Your memorial 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival & Orchid Show Tour which visit all around the island including the Taiwan International Orchid Show and Lantern Festival in Taiwan.
Taiwan International Orchid Show (TIOS) is one of the most colorful exhibitions in the year-round calendar of the Fair, having its own aspect and many friends. It will give ideas of how to make garden one of a kind, one's home cosy and beautiful. Here, one will find rare kinds of plants, pot, ornamental and blossoming flowers, shrubs and seeding, as well as accessories for them.
Trade Visitors - Flower and plant collections, floristry supplies, floral arrangements, floral decorations, flowerpots, Gardening, Aboriculture, Horticulture, Landscaping Suppliers, Municipalities and Government Parks & Garden Departments & General Public are the target audience.
Exhibitors include manufacturers of Mini-tractors for gardening, soil softeners, lawn-mowers, watering equipment, clippers, foils, greenhouses, Landscaping, Nursery, Garden Care, Home & Gift, Machinery, Outdoor Living, Water Gardening etc.
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International orchid show in Tainan drawing buyers, tourists
The 2011 Taiwan International Orchid Show (TIOS) is attracting exhibitors and buyers from here and abroad to participate in the event that kicked off last Saturday and will run until March 14 at the Taiwan Orchid Plantation in Greater Tainan City.
Wang Chih-kang, Chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), a co-organizer of the exhibition, says 13 leading orchid buyers from nine countries are taking part in this year’s event.
So far TAITRA and the Tainan City Government have already arranged 201 one-on-one trading sessions between international purchasers and local growers.
Greater Tainan City Mayor Lai Ching-te notes that the 2010 show attracted 320,000 visitors including nearly 3,000 foreign floral exports and buyers, and also brought NT$5.5 billion (US$187 million) worth of orders to local orchid growers. He anticipates that attendance figures and orders will rise by 20 percent this year.
TIOS is considered one of the biggest events of the year in Tainan because it combines two of Taiwan’s important sectors- agriculture and tourism, Lai says.
Over 400,000 people from more than 30 countries are expected to attend this year’s show, and their spending may help to spur economic growth in the city.
The organizers anticipate that on-site procurement sessions during the 10-day event will generate business worth NT$7 billion (US$235 million) for the country’s agricultural sector.
Over the past few years Taiwan has established a worldwide reputation as the Orchid Kingdom, boasting sunny and humid subtropical weather that is perfect for growing orchids. Moreover, frequent orchid competitions and exhibits have encouraged widespread planting of the exquisite blooms.
Statistics gathered by the International Commercial Orchid Growers Organization (ICOGO) show that 60 percent of domestic orchids sold every day originate from species grown at the Taiwan Orchid Plantation in Houbi District, Greater Tainan City.
In addition, orchid exports climbed by 36 percent in 2010 to US$116.56 million, accounting for 77 percent of Taiwan’s total floral exports for last year.
After attending the show last Saturday, Premier Wu Den-yih said the government is promoting local orchids as a star industry that combines other sectors including biotechnology, culture, tourism, and leisure agriculture.Ranked as one of Taiwan’s most important agricultural exports, orchids have been seen as a symbol of the country’s ‘soft power’, he added.
In addition to potential business, the annual orchid show was established to promote technical exchanges between domestic and international floral experts and expand export growth for the local orchid industry, and the show has become one of the most professional orchid-related platforms in the world.
At the same time, the organizers are holding a series of events such as an orchid competition, an orchid symposium, nursery tours, some business match-making sessions, and meetings on orchid-related products between suppliers and buyers.
The 10-day exhibition is also open to the public, who can take this opportunity to see a large number of top-quality orchids, rare orchid breeds and decorative floral displays.
Taiwan's Orchid Business Blossoms
Surrounded by elegant flower stems, Alex Tang is a man in the right place at the right time -- an orchid lover in Taiwan.
Tang has always grown orchids in his spare time. Now, after retiring from a job as an engineer in the US, he has returned to his native Taiwan to turn his hobby into a business.
The island is a major flower exporter and two-thirds of the exports are of the phalaenopsis, or moth orchid. Exports of this orchid alone amount to $110 million annually, and the market is growing at 20 per cent a year.
Foreign buyers flock to Tainan in the south to attend the annual International Orchid Exhibition, held this year in February at an orchid plantation on the city's outskirts.
It's a fashion show for flowers -- growers show off their latest creations in the hope that their bloom will be the next big thing.
"Globally, one out of three moth orchids comes from Taiwan. So this is a flagship industry in our agricultural sector," Kuo Yi-pin, director of the Tainan Agriculture Bureau.
Engineering orchids, however, involves an amount of unpredictability.
"When you crossbreed two orchids, they can produce a wide variety of new orchids," Kuo said. "You won't ever know what a new flower looks like until it finally blooms."
This, along with long propagation times, is challenging for producers.
It can take eight years for a new variety to be ready for market, and it is difficult for growers to forecast which colours or designs will interest fickle consumers.
And growing the perfect bloom requires more than just green fingers.
"The temperature, humidity and light must all be strictly controlled," Tang said from his orchid farm near the exhibition centre.
"We use computer systems to do this. For example, if it's too hot, fans will automatically be activated."
Tang's "farm" is a large greenhouse in an industrial park alongside the buildings of other orchid producers.
At the entrance, a series of computer panels along one wall control the climate. Inside, hundreds of thousands of plastic-potted seedlings are arranged on metal benches in rows that end in massive exhaust fans.
In one cluster, a small number of orchids are already in bloom, a sign that the temperature is too warm, says Tang. The plants were not meant to blossom until after they'd been exported to buyers overseas.
Innovation is one of the island's strengths and exhibitions are an integral part of expanding Taiwan's position in the worldwide orchid trade.
"In Taiwan they have more breeders and more seedlings, so, for the new varieties we have to be here," said Arno Turk, a wholesale flower seller from Holland.
While Holland, a major competitor for the moth orchid market, is good at creating more resilient plants, Turk is drawn to Taiwan each year by the range of colours on offer.
"When you look back over the last ten years, it's unbelievable (to see) what kinds of colours are coming up now," said fellow flower connoisseur, Karl-Heinz Lapornik, who works for a German orchid producer.
"A couple of years ago you had mostly white ones or striped ones, a more or less boring colour assortment,"
This year, the exhibition centre's pavilions were filled with a spectrum of vibrant pinks, velvety purples, yellows with a dash of red, and purple-dotted creams.
In his greenhouse, Tang was working on a golden-yellow variety -- still a rarity in the orchid market. He admitted that he was yet to make back the money he had invested.
Just as he set up his orchid farm, the financial crisis hit. But now business is good and he says he's not daunted by the challenges of the industry.
"I started out as an amateur grower, so I have a special passion for it. Without this I wouldn't have been able to go through the financial crisis -- my love of orchids got me through."
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