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Christine

Keelung, Taiwan

It is my pleasure to show you the beauty of Taiwan - as a licensed English guide appointed by the Tourism Bureau.

After returning from my graduate study in Arizona in the USA, I've been regularly traveling the world on planes and cruise ships.
Living in the port city of Keelung, I'll take you out of the cruise and tourist bubble and beyond the guidebook texts to experience nearby Taipei, the North Coast, and the real Taiwan.

You will be amazed by the rich history and geography of this green subtropical island; seen by you, me and usually along with my Dutch husband, a resident of Southeast Asia and Taiwan since 1992.

The Portuguese put the island on their maps as Ilha Formosa, "the beautiful island", because its lush tropical forests on the central mountain range are visible from the sea. Taiwan's first contact with the West came with the Dutch 'VOC' East India Company traders settling in Tainan in Southern Taiwan in 1624, followed by the Spanish in Tamsui and Keelung in the North in 1626. Traces of Dutch, Spanish, French, German, British, Canadian, American and half a century of colonial Japanese influence from 1895-1945 still exist. All mixed with local Taiwanese, Chinese and indigenous culture.

Roughly the size of Switzerland (or Delaware and Maryland combined), the mountainous and alpine island of Taiwan has the largest number and density of high mountains in the world: 160 of them are above 3000 meters. Located near the Tropic of Cancer, Jade mountain is the highest peak in East Asia, at 3952 meters (almost 13000 feet) and still rising by a centimeter or more a year due to seismic activity; Taiwan is located on the 'ring of fire'

Best months for a visit are April/May and October/November, outside the more muggy Summer months with the chance of a number of typhoons (literally our 'big winds', also named cyclones or hurricanes) and tropical storms when, for about a week at a time, bright days may contrast with heavy rain and powerful gusty winds. Expect rain in the North during fall and winter, in the South during spring and summer - brought by the trade winds.

Busy travel time on the island is during Chinese Lunar New Year in January or February, and during the national holidays on and around 1-10 October.

More than two-thirds of the island is covered by five forested mountain ranges and deep and steep valleys, leaving the Western side to be inhabited by 23 million people. No wonder greater Taipei with 8 million inhabitants has one of the highest population densities in the world. Yet, just North of the city you can easily relax in the hot springs of Yangmingshan National Park and marvel at the rocky coast of Yehliu Geopark. Or enjoy the tea plantations and panorama view of the city at Maokong, or see the coastline from a Jiufen tea house near Keelung.

I can make you feel at home in Taiwan, show you a local view of the culture, cuisine, and history in arranged customized trips, and tours in English. Together with Jan, my Dutch husband, who lived in Oregon in the US and various places around the world before settling in Taiwan. His support in basic German, French, Spanish or his native Dutch help you to make the best of your and our time together.

Arriving on a cruise? Then you may choose one of the tours starting in Keelung, to see the coast, Taipei, and sample delicious food in our night market when your ship stays overnight. Please remember that all trips are private and can be customized - no other fellow travelers will join unless requested by you in advance.

Check out the maps in my photos for inspiration for a customized tour. Taiwan Taoyuan international airport (TPE) on the west coast and Keelung cruise terminal on the east coast are each about one hour away from Taipei. The Songshan international airport (TSA) in the city center serves some regional and the few domestic flights.

You can check my availability by browsing any of my detailed and flexible published tours, which I'd be happy to customize for you.

Let me know how I can be your guide!
Taiwan will touch your heart. . .

A Recent Review of this guide

Christine & Jan were excellent tour guides showing us the highlights of Taipei during the calm of night. They were quite attentive to our endless questions and always ready to adjust the tour to our liking. We had a blast exploring with Christine and her endless knowledge of this beautiful city!
Sheri Medina

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Credentials

Taiwan Tourism Bureau English licensed tour guide and tour leader.

Port lecturer on Diamond Princess cruise, November 2009.

Tourism lecturer at Tamkang University Langyan campus in Jiaoxi, Taiwan.

Master's degree Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona, USA.

Bachelor's degree, National Chengchi University, Taiwan.

Restrictions

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.

Guide Requirements for Taiwan

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Tours by Christine

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Taipei Shore Excursion

On A Cruise ? Discover the secrets of Taipei and Keelung

710 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

6 hours

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Discover the North Coast

Taiwan's seaside contrast with the city

665 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

8 hours

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Easy Taipei half day

Enjoy four hours of city views, markets and local flavors

370 USD per tour

(max 8 people)

4 hours

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Easy Taipei after sunset

Enjoy an evening of local food and shopping

370 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

4 hours

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Taipei by Airport Express metro

Fast and convenient, relax between your flights

500 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

8 hours

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Keelung - Peace Island

Explore Keelung's origin, coast and indigenous culture

365 USD per tour

(max 3 people)

4 hours

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Jiufen, Jinguashi and Keelung

On A Cruise ? Mountain villages and nightmarket on the Northeast coast

660 USD per tour

(max 3 people)

8 hours

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Jiufen old street and Keelung night market

On a Cruise ? Half day tour of a gold mining village and markets

520 USD per tour

(max 3 people)

4 hours

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National Palace Museum Taipei

Your best way through the busy museum, from Keelung or Taipei

350 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

4 hours

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Yangmingshan National Park

On a cruise ? Soak in the hot springs, walk or golf at the coast

625 USD per tour

(max 4 people)

8 hours

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Wulai valley

Visit the Atayal indigenous area

765 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

8 hours

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Kaohsiung

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Taiwan's subtropical port

665 USD per tour

(max 3 people)

8 hours

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