Taiwan's seaside contrast with the city
We'll drive East from Taipei through the mountains of Yangmingshan National Park, and its dormant volcanoes.
At the foot of the Datun mountain range, explore Yehliu Geopark, where the unique Queen's Head rock gazes out over the Pacific. Jinshan's hot springs, old market street or Juming Museum are worth a visit.
South of Keelung in Jinguashi's Geological Park, the Gold Museum displays the largest gold bar in Taiwan in the preserved mining buildings of the Japanese era.
On the other side of Keelung mountain, Jiufen's former gold mining village is now the best place to sample local food, browse in shops and enjoy tea and the sunset panorama of the North Coast.
Your tour can also start off from Taipei with a visit to the old river port of Tamsui on the Northwest coast. Take in the view from the waterfront promenade and the sights from the 17th century Dutch Fort Anthonio (former Spanish fort 'San Domingo') and the old British Consulate. At the Northern tip pass the Fuguei Cape lighthouse and Shimen arch.
Depending on your preference and the weather we enter the Yang Ming Mountain National Park or avoid its clouds and mist at times (or the winding roads), by following the North coast roads and the highway from Tamsui to Jinshan.
Nearby the Northeast coast you have a choice of many hot spring baths that dot the area; from simple public ones to resorts, with separated Japanese to mixed European spa type pools, without and with bathing suits respectively.
If you prefer modern art we can walk around in the area of the Juming Museum, a large open-air exhibition in the park created by Taiwan's famous artist and creative sculptor.
Yehliu Geopark is next, and on everyone's list: it may be crowded with visitors. A modern road with tunnels and viaducts leads us on a one-hour drive to the copper and gold mines of Jinguashi and Jiufen.
From there we return to Taipei via the freeway.
If you are here on a cruise we may spend more time on the coast in Jinguashi, Jiufen or in Keelung, before returning to your ship
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: For large ships at berth East 3 & 4 walk through gate 4 to the Evergreen Hotel. For small ships at the Keelung Harbor Bureau terminal (East 2) cross the road to Keelung Cultural Center side entrance. See pictures in tour #7192, when in doubt text me.
End Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 8 hours
During sunny days a drive in the mountains is a joy, otherwise we'll stay around sea level. May through September is the main typhoon season.
If you'd like to visit a hot spring: bathing suits are only worn in mixed public pools, for these you'll also need a swim cap to cover your hair. Baths are usually at 32 and 40 degrees Celcius or 90/104 F, alternated with a dip in the cold water pool to invigorate your body.
air-conditioned car or minivan with driver.
For cruise passengers: we usually drive North along the coast to Yehliu for an early morning visit, then head inland and South to Jinguashi/Jiufen before returning to Keelung.
Please let me know any mobility, medical and diet concerns in advance. Have your own medical and travel insurance up to date for this trip.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1000 NT Dollar - Most shops and restaurants, hot springs accept credit cards, no foreign currency
Driving and guiding must be kept separated on Taiwan's busy roads, so my trips are offered with a local agency and professional drivers.
Regular hours are from 9 to 5, at other times and for extra actual time surcharges may apply.
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Christine and her husband made this tour a pleasure. Prompt pick up at my hotel, safe and pleasant driver, interesting itinerary, perfect English (no small detail in Taiwan), educational discussion of Taiwanese history and contemporary affairs, wonderful sense of humor, and access to places that most tourists don't get to see. Definitely left me a happy client.