China Airlines, the national airline of Taiwan, has recently enhanced the transit time spent by business and leisure travelers at Taipei Airport by offering boutique accommodation and a free city tour of Taipei whilst waiting for connecting flights.
China Airlines sales manager Jim Wong said whilst most Australian travelers flying China Airlines with connecting flights only need to be in transit for a short time, Sydney passengers connecting with Taipei/Vancouver are in transit all day.
“We want to make their transit stay as comfortable as possible,” Mr Wong said.
Transit passengers are given the opportunity to either board a hotel shuttle service to the Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, were they can utilise the hotels facilities (fees applicable for hotel usage) or join complimentary morning or afternoon city tours of Taipei.
The free morning guided tour offered by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau visits the Yingge Pottery Village, Yingge Ceramics Museum and the Sanxia and Zushi Temples southwest of Taipei before returning to the airport around 1300 hrs.
"It’s only a five minute ride between the airport and the hotel and the shuttle service operates every 15 minutes between 06.00 and 08.00hrs. Between 08.00 and 23.50hrs the shuttle operates every 30 minutes.
"If passengers want to join complimentary morning or afternoon tours they can reserve a place on the coach at the Taiwan Tourism Service Desk in the airport arrival lobby," he said.
China Airlines has recently become affiliated with SkyTeam making China Airlines the 15th member of the global airline alliance.
Sansia & Zushih Temple
Sansia is about 22km southwest to Taipei, a bustling town with narrow, winding streets and historical brick buildings. The main attraction is Zushih Temple, popular known as the Sanshia Bird Temple, built in honor of Song Dynasty (960-1279) loyalist Cheng Chao-Ying. Cheng was a famous General knitted as "Protector of the Country" for his achievements and value. This temple was in ruins at the end of World War II, and a meticulous restoration project had been underway for some forty years. The temple is known for its intricately carved stone and bronze columns and statues, especially the temple's unique bird art. There are also carved stone lions, camphor wood carvings, and exquisite bronze bast-reliefs.
Yingge: Pottery Heaven
A short trip to the lush countryside southwest of Taipei brings you to Yingge, where hand painted replicas of elegant Ming (1368-1644) and Ching (1644-1911) vases, along with other types of artistic and functional ceramics are produced. The small town is Taiwan's pottery center and its narrow streets are lined with shops selling everything from earthenware tea sets to delicate statues.
Taiwan Taoyuan Int'l Airport - Taipei 101 Mall - Longshan Temple - Presidential Office Building - Chiang Kay Shek Memorial Hall - Martyrs' Shrine - Return to Airport
Taipei 101 Building
It stands 508 meters tall with 101 stories on a site area of 30,278 square meters. The development comprises an office tower, a shopping mall and an observatory. It has been certified the world's tallest building and was opened to the public on 31 December 2004.
Taipei is home to many old temples. Longshan Temple is the oldest and most famous. It is one of Taiwan's finest example of temple architecture.
Presidential Office Building
The building which houses the Office of the President of Taiwan was inaugurated in March 1919, about seven years after construction began. Its architectural design features an elegant and majestic symmetry. Inside the building there are tall pillars, refined ornaments, long corridors and exquisite arches, all Baroque characteristics which prevail in the Renaissance period. Since the central government was relocated to Taipei in 1949, this building has been used as the Office of the President.
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
An impressive monument built in commemoration of the late President Chiang. The majestic hall towers over 25 hectares of landscaped gardens, graceful pavilions, and ponds. The elegant Ming Dynasty styled arch at the main entrance is flanked by two classic buildings: The National Theater and The National Concert Hall. The square between the two buildings is a popular gathering place during festival occasions.
This is an excellent example of classic Ming dynasty architecture, dedicated to the fallen heroes of China's wars. There is an hourly changing of the guard ceremony Time before the entrance, which many people find interesting.
Schedule of Tours
Return to Airport (Depending on traffic)
* Note: Each tour is limited to 18 passengers on a first come, first served basis. Minimum group numbers of passengers are 5 people or more. The service provider is not responsible if the schedule return time is unable to keep on time due to traffic ...etc.
Who Can Participate the FREE Half-Day Tour:
Transit or transfer passengers with at least 8 hours to spare within a 24-hour period before their next connecting flight, and who have a valid ROC visas or come from countries eligible for Visa-Exempt Entry or Landing Visa.
Countries eligible for Visa-Exempt Entry: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Newland, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Sitzerland, U.K. and U.S.A. Countries elogible for Landing-Visa: Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.
Travel Documents Required: 1. Passport valid for at least six months
2. Completed Immigration Embarkation / Disembarkation Card available at the Immigration Counter.
Registration: Tourist Service Centre, Arrival Lobby at Taoyuan International Airport
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