Free Half-Day Tour
1. Who can participate:

Transit or transfer passengers with 7- to 24-hour layovers before their next connecting flight, who have valid R.O.C. visas or come from countries eligible for visa-exempt entry.

Countries eligible for visa-exempt entry: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Republic of Chile, the Vatican, the U.K., and the U.S.A.

Also eligible are citizens from India, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia who possess a valid visa or permanent resident certificate issued by the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, the U.K., Schengen Convention countries, Australia or New Zealand. Citizens of the five Asian countries meeting the above qualifications and having never been employed in Taiwan as blue-collar migrant workers are eligible for the tours, but must first apply for visa-exempt entry by registering on the National Immigration Agency’s website: https://niaspeedy.immigration.gov.tw/nia_southeast/. Registrants must also print out an "Authorization Certificate”, which they must present at check-in before boarding their flight for Taiwan.

2. Travel documents required:

*A: Passport valid for at least six months
B: Completed immigration embarkation/disembarkation card available at immigration counter

3. How to register:

You can book a tour after your arrival, at the Tourist Service Center located in the Arrival Lobby of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of the Taoyuan International Airport. Passengers can join only one tour during each stopover. Each tour is limited to 18 passengers on a first come, first served basis.

Contact information:
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Tourist Service Center
Service Hours: 07:00~23:30 (Terminal 1)/ 05:30~24:00 (Terminal 2)
TEL: +886-3-398-2194, +886-3-398-3341 (or dial 12194 or 13341 on the airport’s courtesy telephone)
Should you have any queries about tour registration please contact the Tourism Bureau by e-mailingtbroc@tbroc.gov.tw

4. Itinerary & Tour schedules:

Pick-up Location Terminal 1
Tourist Service Center
Terminal 2
Tourist Service Center
Return to Airport
(Depending on traffic)
Departure Time (Morning Tour) 08:15 08:00 By 13:00
Departure Time (Afternoon Tour) 13:45 13:30 By 18:30

Note:
1. As there is no room for luggage on the bus, please store all luggage at the airport baggage service counter (fee required) before boarding the bus.
2. The Tourism Bureau reserves the right to cancel tours in case of inclement weather or other reasons.

Morning tour

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Daily Morning Tour Hilight

**SHOU SIN FANG CREATIVITY WAGASHI AND CULTURAL CENTER
In Taiwan’s early agricultural society, it was only during weddings, funerals, and the New Year holidays that people would have pastries and sweet treats to eat. These pastries, now eaten on all occasions from the birth of children to birthdays and weddings, are loaded with meaning and symbolism. Shou Sin Fang, a pastry factory, has now integrated factory tours into its operations, showcasing Taiwan’s local cakes and pastries. Visitors experience the production process, artifact displays, DIY experience facilities, and other services, bringing a deeper understanding of Taiwan’s culture and customs.

 

**SANXIA & ZUSHI TEMPLE
Sanxia, about 22 km southwest of Taipei, is a bustling town with narrow, winding streets and brick buildings, many over a century old. The main attraction is Zushi Temple, built in honor of Song Dynasty (960–1279) loyalist Chen Chao-ying, a famous general who was deified as “Protector of the Country” for his achievements and valour. This temple was in ruins at the end of World War II, and a meticulous restoration project has been underway for some forty years. The temple is known for its intricately carved stone and bronze columns and statues, and especially for its unique bird art. There are also carved stone lions, camphor wood carvings, and exquisite bronze bas-reliefs.

 

Daily Afternoon Tour Hilight

**CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL
The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is 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. A statue of the late President Chiang looks out over the city from the main building. The elegant Ming Dynasty-style arch at the main entrance is flanked by two classical buildings–the National Theater and the National Concert Hall. The square between the two buildings is a popular gathering place during festive occasions.

*LONGSHAN TEMPLE
Longshan Temple is located in Taipei’s Wanhua District. It was founded in 1738 and dedicated to Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. Longshan Temple houses hundreds of statues of Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian deities. The temple is divided into a front hall, main hall, rear hall, right wing, and left wing. Paintings of vivid creatures grace the temple walls, and stone statues of mystical creatures guard the temple grounds. Wall and roof joinings do not use any nails or metal brackets. Covered by overlapping tiles, the temple roof is decorated with figures of dragons, phoenixes, and other auspicious creatures. The temple has been declared a second -grade historic site.

 

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Itinerary & Tour schedules: (2/22-3/6 only)
Pick-up Location Terminal 1
Tourist Service Center
Terminal 2
Tourist Service Center
Return to Airport
(Depending on traffic)
Departure Time 15:50 15:40 By 20:30

 

Light Up Taiwan

**Daxi Old Street
Daxi, Taoyuan has long been known as the "Town of Presidents." It is the final resting place of two late presidents, Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo. Daxi is truly a favored "second hometown" for Taiwan's presidents. The Michelin travel guide published in 2011 included Daxi as a two-star destination, and in 2012 it was named a "top-10 tourist town" by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. The Town of Presidents is certainly gaining in popularity. The remnants of influences from the Qing Dynasty, the Japanese colonial period, and Western culture are plainly visible in Daxi's old town, with its many cultural heritage sites and vintage ambience. Its vintage industries have been revitalized by modern creativity, with workshops turned into tourism-oriented factories. Lined with century-old woodshops and iron forges on its streets, Daxi is a town where the past meets the present.

*Taiwan Lantern Festival
The 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival will celebrate the Year of the Monkey under the theme "Golden Monkey Offering Peaches." The Taiwan Tourism Bureau will present the festival's main and secondary lanterns along with the Welcome Lantern Area, Blessing Lantern Forest, Theme Lantern Curtain, Exchange Lantern Area, Competition Lantern Area, Traditional Lantern Area and Joyous Lantern Area. The Taoyuan City Government will bring light and shadow together at the "Smart Technology Lantern Area" highlighting Taoyuan's smart city image. The city is also planning a dream-like "Fairytale Kingdom Lantern Area" highlighting local tourism factory attractions and the the 500-plus-meter long "Taoyuan Story Lantern Corridor." There will also be a "Diverse Exchange Lantern Area," a friendly city-exchange display featuring the renowned Lamigo baseball team and fusing elements from the diverse ethnic groups of Taoyuan, while the "New Peach Blossom Spring Lantern Area" will present a spectacular show of landscape art at scenic Qingtang Park. Local and international friends are all welcome to join the fun and experience the charms of Taoyuan during the Taiwan Lantern Festival.

The itinerary is available from January 1 to December 31, 2016.
Sponsored by Tourism Bureau, MOTC, R.O.C.