Replies: 10 - Last Post: Oct 20, 2011 8:26 AM Last Post By: marlin
Oct 10, 2011 10:35 AM
travelling timeHi, I am planning to go taiwan in early nov and have about 10 days for the trip. I have the following schedule in mind but i'm not sure of the travelling time planned between places. like to get your advice and many thanks in advance.
nov 3 - taipei to taichung (is it 2 hrs by high speed train?)
nov 4 - taichung
nov 5 - taichung to nantou (sun moon lake)
nov 6 - nantou to taichung, taichung to taipei, taipei to hualien (by normal rail - time needed is 2 hrs?)
nov 7 - hualien to taipei
nov 8 to 12 - taipei
i would like to know what is the easiest & fastest way to get to sun moon lake from taichung to nantou. how long does it take to travel from taichung to sun moon lake? i planned to stay one night in sun moon lake. is there some pass that i can get that i can use on buses, cable car, ferry etc on sun moon lake. is there any recommended accomodation at sun moon lake (with budget of USD 80)?
is there any pass that i can use to travel on high-speed train, rail, train system? appreciate your advice. thanks.
Oct 13, 2011 7:38 AM
1It actually takes about an hour on the high-speed train from Taipei to Taichung, though the train station is actually in Wuri, and is connected by regular train to Taichung in about 10-15 minutes. There are actually buses from the Taichung High-Speed Rail Station that go to Sun Moon Lake. You can also get directly to the lake by bus from Taipei.
I'm not sure why you want to spend so much time in Taichung. I live in Greater Taichung and the city isn't a bad place to be, but there isn't very much for the tourist to see or do (nearby Changhua and Lugang are much more interesting for sightseeing, and are easily reached from Taichung).
Going from Sun Moon Lake to Hualien in one day would be a very long trip (express trains from Taipei to Hualien can take anywhere from 2-3 hours, depending on the type of train). Are you planning to visit Taroko Gorge? If not, it might not be very interesting to just visit Hualian.
Oct 16, 2011 7:58 AM
2I thought Taichung is the "gateway" to get to Sun Moon lake (as sun moon lake is the main purpose of going Taichung) and so planned to stay in taichung, not aware that there isn't much to do. How can I get to Changhua and Lugang? Do I take cab or is there any other mode of transport to get to these places? What is recommended to see & do in Changhua & Lugang? I have booked my accomodation in Taichung. Do you have any recommendations on what to do in Taichung?
Yes I thought it might be too much travelling from sun moon lake to hualien in one day. I planned to visit Taroko Gorge actually. I have decided to stay in taipei on nov 6 and go hualien on nov 7 the next day instead.
appreciate your advice. thanks.
Oct 16, 2011 8:36 AM
3also like to get advice on:
i'm intending to take the high speed train from taipei to taichung. my flight is to arrive at 1310 hrs. im looking to purchase the tickets for the train departing at 1436 hrs. am wondering if it is too rushed for me to take this train scheduled for 1436 hrs.
is it advisable for me to purchase the high speed train tickets online in advance or should i purchase the tickets when i am there?
appreciate your advice. thanks.
Edited by: marlin
Oct 17, 2011 2:12 AM
4Taichung is probably the most popular gateway to Sun Moon Lake, but it isn't the only one. There are plenty of places to eat and shop in Taichung, but sightseeing options are pretty limited, depending on your interests. Changhua is a short train ride from Taichung, while Lugang can be reached by bus from both Taichung and Changhua. As for what there is to see and do, you can check out this Wikitravel link for Taichung . Changhua has a large Buddha statue perched on a hilltop and a couple of old temples, while Lugang has one of the best-preserved historical districts in Taiwan. You can do a Google search or check a guidebook like Lonely Planet or Rough Guide for more details and info on those places.
As for the high-speed rail, there is no need to go to Taipei from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. There is a high-speed rail station in the city of Taoyuan, which is only a short bus ride from the airport, and thus more convenient for getting to Taichung. Given your schedule, and assuming your flight arrives on time, you should have no problem getting to the HSR station on time. I don't see any need, either, to book tickets online. Outside of holiday periods, the high-speed trains are rarely full, and a Thursday afternoon should be pretty quiet.
Oct 17, 2011 10:25 AM
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Oct 19, 2011 8:31 AM
Oct 19, 2011 10:04 AM
8i just realised that i cannot purchase return tickets when purchasing the tickets for the high speed rail. I would be arriving at taoyuan airport and heading to taichung directly, but when i return i will be heading to ximending area where the hotel is located. in this case, my selection of stations when purchasing the tickets shd be:
Taipei to Taichung: where Taoyuan is the departure station and Taichung as the arriving station in taichung
taichung back to taipei: where taichung is the departure station and would it be taipei or banqiao be the arriving HSR station in taipei?
appreciate your advice. apologies but am confused by the different station names in taipei. would like to clarify before booking. would also like to know how early must i reach the station when taking the HSR. thanks.
Oct 19, 2011 4:52 PM
9From the airport, you would be going from the Taoyuan HSR Station to Taichung, which is in Wuri. From the Taichung HSR Station, follow the signs to the Xinwuri TRA (Taiwan Railways Administration) Station, and take the regular train into Taichung. There are also shuttle buses running from the HSR Station into downtown Taichung, as well as some that go direct to Sun Moon Lake. Check with an information counter at the station for info.
On the return trip, travel from Taichung to Taipei. The HSR station is located in the main Taipei train station building. At Taipei Station you can take the MRT subway line to Ximending.
Oct 20, 2011 8:26 AM
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