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Hi,
I lived in Taiwan 15 years ago and there were great deals on tents and sleeping bags; Rhino,Asolo, Scarpa,...
Is it still cheap enough when compared to Canada or the States, or should I lug my gear to Taiwan this summer?
Thanks, Joe

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tax free

Planning on swinging by tiffany in taipei to buy an engagement ring while im there. does anybody know if they charge taxes there for tourists or can i get a refund at the airport?

does anybody know. thanks

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Can anyone recommend a hotel within an hour or so from the Taoyuan Airport. We would like a budget or moderately priced hotel, hopefully not more than $ 75.00. Thank You! It sounds like we could get a bus or high speed train there. Any suggestions for that would be appreciated as well.

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Ni hao !
I have 3 weeks in october and very much consider spending them on taiwan. I have travelled a lot (at least 3 years in total) all over asia (including 8 months in china), but havent been to taiwan. I havent done any research so far, but from what i have heard from colleagues who travelled to taiwan, it sounds like my kind of destination.

Im into culture and history, I like visiting temples and museums and also like nature. I also very much enjoy,eating and trying out local food…

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As a Taiwanese American, I have been to Taiwan countless times. But most of the time, I'm visiting relatives or doing the usual touristy things. And I'm bored of the same old.

I'm currently in Taipei and will be around for a few weeks...it's my second trip here in in 2016 and I need recommendations for things to do. I'd love to know about off-the-beaten path things: galleries, cafés, food, shopping, etc. I'm really into the art/creative scene that I've seen (like the Huashan & Songshan creative…

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Does anyone know if Highway 20 has re-opened? I found a post on another site from 2011 that said it was closed, but they were doing repairs. One person said it likely will never re-open. Can anyone confirm who has been across it recently?

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Taipei 101 was world's tallest building between 2003 and 2009. It's an impressive construction project providing great views and boosts some impressive stats.

How to do it: get to the building two hours before sunset and straight to 5F to buy your ticket. They'll provide the entry time slot and make you hang around for up to an hour so you van visit the shops. Hopefully you can make it well before sunset to see Taipei and surrounding hills during daylight hours; sunset if you're lucky and…

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20 kms south of Taipei. Lovely natural setting and free hot springs coming out of the river and its banks.

How to get there: bus #849 from Xindian MRT (green line). Half day should be enough if visiting the town, waterfall and hot springs. Full day if you want to go to that forest recreation are further upstream.

The above is an extract from my travel journals.

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Taroko Gorge NP is 16km NW of Hualien City. The lower part of the NP features rivers, marble riverbeds, waterfalls, green hills, bridges, tunnels, temples and plenty of hiking trails. The upper western part features mountains over 3000m high.

I'm visiting only the lower part on this occasion (for several reasons) and leaving the upper one for my second visit when I return to TW and hire a car to move around.

How to get to Taroko: renting a scooter for a single traveller or renting a car for a…

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Zhiben

Zhiben is famous for its spas and for Zhiben National Forest Reservation Area (Jhihben in the 'modern' and annoying non-pinyin spelling). Definitely worth spending the day away from Taitung if you happen to be passing through the area.

Hot springs are sadly cemented over and the water is pumped to numerous hotels dotted along the river's right bank.

How to get there: buses depart to Zhiben from Taitung (Inland) bus station on Anqing St. Tell the driver you're going to the Zhiben Forest…