Chinese New Year in Taiwan

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1. Posted by Jo2020 (Budding Member 7 posts) 37w Star this if you like it!

Hey!

Has anyone on here ever spent the Chinese New Year period in Taiwan? Any advice on the best places to go/stay/see?

Cheers

2. Posted by Traveller002 (Budding Member 38 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

I hope I'm not too late.

I have been to Taiwan during Chinese New Year. It will be quietest during the eve, then after which, will still be quieter but there are things you could do. I would recommend that you have a plan for dinner on CNY's eve as many shop would be close. Other than that evening, business as usual.

How long will you be there?

3. Posted by Jo2020 (Budding Member 7 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Hey! Thanks so much for the advice.

I'm probably going to be there for around 5 weeks from the 8th January. I'm looking to see as much of the island as possible :)

4. Posted by Traveller002 (Budding Member 38 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

5 weeks sounds about there to really enjoy Taiwan!

May I suggest, there is an aquarium in Kaohsiung where you can stay overnight in. Its not too expensive. Everything is provided, and in the morning, they will take you out for a quick coastal walk. Downside is, it is in Mandarin, but I'm sure if you have a superior observation skill, it can be very enjoyable!

Enjoy and share with us your trip when you are back! :)

5. Posted by Jo2020 (Budding Member 7 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Oh that sounds great! Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely look in to that.

I'm getting very excited now, it's my first stop of 11 months traveling so I'm sure I'll have plenty of stories

6. Posted by Cynthia S Brock (First Time Poster 1 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

I have noted from other visitors, they said it not a smart thought to go during this time and it's very exhausting in light of the fact that a large portion of the shops and stores are shut and transportation like fast rail or open vehicle are hard to get because of group. Nonetheless, my arrangement in Taiwan is for touring and nature spotting just as culture investigation, so is it feasible for me to go to social goals like Jiufen, Shifen Yangmingshan, Alishan , sanctuary or pagoda , and so on.

7. Posted by Traveller002 (Budding Member 38 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Yea, it may not be the smartest idea but sometimes there is no choice. My family and I only have the time to travel overseas together as a whole during the lunar new year due to our different work commitments. I have been to China (Beijing x2, Xian, Harbin, Shenyang), Taiwan (Went from Kending to Taipei, and the second time hung out on the eastern side), Vietnam x1, Malaysia... too many to count, all these during the Chinese New Year and we have enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. It is possible through good planning.

Just an update on the lunar new year situation, countries which celebrates CNY (Chinese New Year) seem to only be shutting the stores on new year's eve, which is a very important must-not miss event for most Asian families. But the moment they are done with dinner, they are out in full force, re-opening their stalls (especially those in the tourism industry). The golden time to ensure you are good on your own is 7pm - 8pm. Those who need not have to work, wants to enjoy a good family outing too. And then there are those who prefer to earn and pull in as much as they can during this festive period, since the pay is higher as well. Tourist attractions are not closed, but do note that quite a bit are opened only for half day on new year's eve.

Lastly, about the crowds. Maybe I am already immune by Guangzhou notorious subway line, but the crowds at these countries or even the golden week when I was at Shanghai / Hangzhou this year, was very manageable. Nothing scary. You still get your own personal space (a lot in fact since they are all at home or maybe I did not get the memo).

8. Posted by Jo2020 (Budding Member 7 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

This is all great info, thanks guys.

I am leaving all of my travels relatively unplanned, but I predict that during CNY I'll be somewhere on the east coast or up in the mountains. As long as I have a bed to sleep in and something to eat, I'll be happy. Anything else will be a bonus.

I hope neither of you mind if I contact you while I'm there for some advice?

9. Posted by Traveller002 (Budding Member 38 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

Some places I have off my head:

- Jiufen is definitely a must see. The architecture is best observed if you walk to the other side of the hill. Since you are going around the CNY period, do note that if you decide to stay there, you may wake up to a foggy morning, meaning no beautiful sunrise to see. If you are travelling with a load, watch it, as the cheapest way up is through the public bus, which can be very crowded. The locals love going there too! You can read up more on the significance of Jiufen. Very interesting history. Otherwise, I can be a nag and let you know more as well.
- Taichung Earthquake Museum. Most information given is in Mandarin, but the magnitude of the Earthquake is self-explanatory when you visit the site.
- Alishan. Stay at hotels which the locals go to. Clean and super cheap, compared to the ones that are sold to foreigners. Fenchihu is always said to be a pair up location with Alishan. Well, I would say you can give it a miss if you are not into trains. Food there is overpriced as well. There are quite a number of local eateries selling cheap delicious takeaways, the exact same as Fenchihu. If you are not keen, 7-11 is always there too.

Taiwan is TOO big for one post!

Just a quick share on my personal trip during CNY. We stayed at Kaohsiung tallest building, at level 76 or 86 if I didn't recall wrongly. We had a bird eye view on fireworks where the locals were basically throwing out everywhere. It was a fantastic sight. This went on till past midnight.

You are itching me to head over to Taiwan for a holiday

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