Visit the Charming Village of Laiji Tribe : Chiayi & Hanshini Forest Recreation Area 3 days tour

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Freatures of itinerary

 Exclusive itinerary in Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden with The Special Dessert Show

★ Having Taiwanese classic cuisine – Banquet Dishes at the courtyard of Gong-Bao-Di

★ Laiji Church & Laiji Tribe Tour

★ Welcoming campfire party at Laiji tribe – experience different culture and lifestyle.

★ Having a candlelit dinner of Tsou-style cuisine

★ Catching the sunrise by taking Alishan Forest Railway

★ Having a cup of Taiwanese high-mountain specialty coffee ALS.CoffeePrince_Champion Coffee

★ Detailed tour in Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum

★ HANA Kitchen – a small place with great authentic indigenous flavor that you can’t find elsewhere!

VIP Service

Round-trip private transfer service

◎Free pick-up area:

▲ Taipei City: all regions

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▲ Taoyuan City: all regions Additional charge for other area

▲Gongliao, Shuangxi, Pinglin, Wulai: NTD$700

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1 |Tour Leaders

We have selected 50 retired flight attendants as travel secretaries aka tour leaders, to provide the high quality service for you during your trip.

2 | Photographers

We will provide the profeessinal photographers to capture the beautiful moments that you experience throughout the journey.

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Tourist Information

The pictures of attractions and meals are for reference only.

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Exclusive itinerary in Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden

Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor (Egypt 5-star Historical luxury hotel built in 1886), which is located on the Nile River amid luxuriant tropical gardens and ancient temples, has become the world-famous landmarks. Here in Taiwan, Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden is one of the most fascinating places with over 200 years of history. It is the largest, most complete, and finest traditional compound in Taiwan; Only the Dahua Hall and Gong-Bao-Di are currently opened to the public.   

Let’s have an exclusive itinerary to dine at Gong-Bao-Di!

Putting on the ancient costumes and enjoying a “classic” photo-shoot experience within the century-old historical site.

  

Having Taiwanese classic cuisine – Banquet Dishes at the courtyard of Gong-Bao-Di

Come and taste Taiwanese classic cuisine – Banquet Dishes! We had also prepared some special arrangements: The Dessert Show! It’s a special performance that you had never seen before~

1894 Dahua Hall music feast

We’ll listen to the live performance of the Chinese Orchestra by MelodyLink at the century-old historical site. With the beautiful soprano voice and piano, you’ll definitely immerse yourself into the music. (This video was shot by our company chairman Mr. Tai in person.)

DueiGaoYue – Sunrise viewing spots

ven though a viewable sunrise is not guaranteed every day, it’s still worth the attempt for taking the forest train and standing on the top of the mountain.

Dueigaoyue Station

Dueigaoyue is a station of Chushan Line. Tourists can also watch the sunrise on the observatory of Dueigaoyue. Wooden path, maple leaf, cherry blossom, sea cloud, and snow-view are the features of this station. We will wake up in the dark and catch a sunrise for the start of the day. Once you see the first direct rays break above the horizon, it may fill you with tranquility, accomplishment, and the appreciation of the beautiful moment.

 Alishan House

Located within Alishan Forest Recreation Area, it sits at an elevation of about 7,200 feet (2200 meters) with stunning vistas of the mountains and forests. The actual hotel has two parts; the modern and the historic part. In the historical building, there’s an antique cafe whose decorations remain in the 50’s and there are also historical rooms preserved with their original setup since many former Taiwanese presidents or worldwide leaders (i.e. Lee Kuan Yew) used to stay there when visiting Alishan. In the modern side of the hotel, there are sky garden and roof top observatory deck which you can fully utilize at anytime. 

Chiang Kai-shek

Is he Chiang Kai-shek (Chairman of the National Government of the Republic of China)? Let’s take a picture with the Chiang Kai-shek impersonation!

Follow his step, go and take a look inside the presidential suite of Alishan House, where Chiang Kai-shek, Yen Chia-kan, Chiang Ching-Kuo, Lee Teng-hui, Chen Shui-bian (former Presidents of Taiwan) had stayed. The presidential suite costs over NTD$300,000 (USD$10,000) per night!

Museum Coffee

It looks like a 1950’s diner with hints of modern wood finishings to give it a new look and feel. With nearly half a century of history, Museum Coffee has created a bit of an exclusive vibe that will make your experience much more unique. Furthermore, it’s also a must-drink coffee shop for Soong Mei-ling (Also known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek, who was First Lady of the Republic of China, the wife of Generalissimo and President Chiang Kai-shek.) while she was on a visit to Alishan.

Steamed cake with adzuki beans

Specially prepare Mrs. Chiang’s favorite snack – steamed cake with adzuki beans. Let’s enjoy afternoon tea time with the tasty coffee and snack!

Sister Lakes

Sister Lakes is located about 164 feet apart along the trail. The pavilion in the middle of the lake escalates the beauty to another level, especially with the reflection in the lake. If you are lucky enough to run into a sunny day, watch the sunlight shine through the trees and onto the lakes. The gorgeous sight makes you feel like you are in a fairyland!(This video was shot by our company chairman Mr. Tai in person.)

Yundeng Landscape Hotel

Yundeng Landscape Hotel offers accommodations in Chiayi. Situated in the embrace of the dense hill ridges, Yundeng Landscape Hotel is a gateway to Chiayi’s beautiful landscape. We’ll also have the Taiwanese classic cuisine – banquet dishes here. Top chefs meticulously prepare and serve locally sourced ingredients, satisfying your taste of great cuisines with superb craftsmanship!    

Marionette Show

“I was very touched to watch the Marionette show in Chiayi, Taiwan,” said Mr. Tai. It is very interesting that puppets are manipulated by strings attached to their jointed limbs above. Come and join the show with us!

ALS.CoffeePrince – Champion Coffee

ALS. Coffee Prince has achieved good results in several international coffee tasting competitions. The coffee beans they used is grown and roasted by the resident Tsou tribal people, featuring the most local and complex flavors! Having a cup of Taiwanese high-mountain specialty coffee, and then you will understand why Alishan is so proud to be named the International Champion of Coffee from the sourc
  

Lanhou B&B

30 to 40 years ago, Priest Chen and his relatives of Tsou (the aboriginals in Taiwan), gathered materials on this spot to build a stone house as a hostel. They named the hostel ‘The Ethnic Flower’ in Tsou, which symbolizes elegance.

After many years, Ye Chen (the daughter of Priest Chen), had taken over the business of Lanhou B&B; Since then, her unique viewpoints had brought new perspective to their products and services. Customers have often said that they have gained a new insight into aboriginal culture by experiencing aboriginal activities firsthand. Tribal people also sell their own products and personal artwork here. This place is not only a place for accommodation, but also an important platform for cultural heritage!


Having a candlelit dinner of Tsou-style cuisine

The candlelit dinner of Tsou-style cuisine is as much about the experience as it is about the food. For sure, the great atmosphere provided by the restaurant is one of the major attractions, but when it boils down to it, it’s the tasty food that everyone will be amazed for!

Welcoming campfire party

Let’s enjoy the welcoming campfire party at Laiji tribe; experience different culture and lifestyle. Just letting go of your inhibitions, singing, dancing, and having fun together. Through the laidback attitude of the locals and the colorful nightlife will make your holiday really unforgettable!

Laiji Church & Laiji Tribe Tour

The candlelit dinner of Tsou-style cuisine is as much about the experience as it is about the food. For sure, the great atmosphere provided by the restaurant is one of the major attractions, but when it boils down to it, it’s the tasty food that everyone will be amazed for!

Hanshini Forest Recreation Area

Come to the top of Chiayi’s famous mountain without any training or climbing, and enjoy an almost 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. The scenery is beautiful beyond description!

Music Performance

Come to the top of Chiayi’s famous mountain without any training or climbing, and enjoy an almost 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. The scenery is beautiful beyond description!

Xing Lai Drawbridge

Walking on the Xing Lai Drawbridge in the mist, isn’t it romantic?

Tungshih Huarong Restaurant

Tungshih Huarong Restaurant is famous for providing wild seafood (especially known for its oysters) and creative cuisines. Every day the restaurant will have different dishes refer to ingredients availability and the chef’s creativity. It’s definitely one of the best seafood restaurants in Dongshi Township, Chiayi!

HANA Kitchen

30 to 40 years ago, Priest Chen and his relatives of Tsou (the aboriginals in Taiwan), gathered materials on this spot to build a stone house as a hostel. They named the hostel ‘The Ethnic Flower’ in Tsou, which symbolizes elegance.

Natural and organic ingredients

Hanna uses local ingredients for a large part of the bread and dishes that she has made. She also made seasonal ingredients herself, such as cherry wine, plum vinegar, lemon juice, and even coffee beans and so on. This is a small place with great authentic indigenous flavor that you can’t find elsewhere!

Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum

Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum (NPM Southern Branch) is designed and supervised by architect Kris Yao of Artech, feature Chinese calligraphy techniques such as nongmo (flying white), feibai (thick dark ink), and xuanran (applying colors to drawings) that form the real mass (i.e., artifact display areas and artifact storerooms) and virtual mass (i.e., public reception areas) of the museum. The building also pays homage to ancient Chinese, Indian, and Persian civilizations by decorating its exterior with images of dragons, elephants, and horses. These characteristics turn the NPM Southern Branch into a unique environment and a new spotlight of the Chianan Plain.

9 seater premium minibus service

We will provide 9 seater VIP minibuses to some areas. Convenient facilities, comfortable ride, and excellent service are guaranteed.

L’Occitane

Before we depart, you will receive a small beam pocket and a L’Occitane travel set. Mens’ travel pockets including razors, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. Whilst womens’ travel pockets are including hair clips, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. L’Occitane travel set is practical, beautiful, and easy to carry. These are all specially made by our manufacturers, just in case you are unfamiliar with the cleaning products from the hotel.


EVIAN Natural Mineral Water

“When I travel to different places, the most noticeable thing is the lack of drinkable water. Therefore, I have prepared EVIAN mineral water from the French Alps, especially for the trip,” said Mr. Tai.

Wine

“I chosen by myself, red wine originating from France, Spain, and Chile. I shall give it away to my lovely customers. Since I know that you will probably have had a tiring day, I have prepared these lovely gifts for you, and wish you can relax and have sweet dreams,” said Mr. Tai.

Fu Hang Soy Milk

Fu Hang Soy Milk, established in 1958, one of the wildly popular names when you search for Taiwanese breakfast. Our company chairman, Mr. Tai said, “Whenever I come here for breakfast, there is always a long queue! However, this time, you don’t need to wait; I will prepare the delicious breakfast for you on the tour bus/train. You should try their popular dish – Thick Clay Oven Rolls. It is definitely my first choice for a breakfast in Taipei.”

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Features of this itinerary

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6Day 1

0640 Depart from Taipei (Meet at West Gate No. 3 of Taipei Main Station)

● 0711 Take Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) from Taipei Main Station to HSR Chiayi Station. (Train number is subject to our final confirmation.)

● 0720 Breakfast – It is very important to choose a nice breakfast since the day starts in the morning. We will prepare Fu Hang Soy Milk Breakfast for you to enjoy on the train. (Fu Hang Soy Milk, established in 1958, one of the wildly popular names when you search for Taiwanese breakfast. Our company chairman, Mr. Tai said,“Whenever I go for breakfast, there is always a long queue! You should try their popular dish – Thick Clay Oven Rolls. It is definitely my first choice for the breakfast in Taipei.”)

Meanwhile, we will provide each of our customers a pair of headphones before we arrive.

● 0854 Arrive at Chiayi Station.

● 1030 Visit Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum – Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum (NPM Southern Branch) is designed and supervised by architect Kris Yao of Artech, feature Chinese calligraphy techniques such as nongmo (flying white), feibai (thick dark ink), and xuanran (applying colors to drawings) that form the real mass (i.e., artifact display areas and artifact storerooms) and virtual mass (i.e., public reception areas) of the museum. The building also pays homage to ancient Chinese, Indian, and Persian civilizations by decorating its exterior with images of dragons, elephants, and horses. These characteristics turn the NPM Southern Branch into a unique environment and a new spotlight of the Chianan Plain.

● 1130 Lunch – Tungshih Huarong Restaurant (Tungshih Huarong Restaurant is famous for providing wild seafood (especially known for its oysters) and creative cuisines. Every day the restaurant will have different dishes refer to ingredients availability and the chef’s creativity. It’s definitely one of the best seafood restaurants in Dongshi Township, Chiayi!) (Meal rate: NTD$12,000+10% /table)

● 1330 Marionette Show -“I was very touched to watch the Marionette show in Chiayi, Taiwan,” said Mr. Tai. It is very interesting that puppets are manipulated by strings attached to their jointed limbs above. Come and join the show with us!

● 1600 Afternoon tea – ALS.CoffeePrince_Champion Coffee (ALS. Coffee Prince has achieved good results in several international coffee tasting competitions. The coffee beans they used is grown and roasted by the resident Tsou tribal people, featuring the most local and complex flavors! Having a cup of Taiwanese high-mountain specialty coffee, and then you will understand why Alishan is so proud to be named the International Champion of Coffee from the source.)※On-site reservation

● 1800 Check-in Alishan House – Located within Alishan Forest Recreation Area, it sits at an elevation of about 7,200 feet (2200 meters) with stunning vistas of the mountains and forests. The actual hotel has two parts; the modern and the historic part. In the historical building, there’s an antique cafe whose decorations remain in the 50’s and there are also historical rooms preserved with their original setup since many former Taiwanese presidents or worldwide leaders (i.e. Lee Kuan Yew) used to stay there when visiting Alishan. In the modern side of the hotel, there are sky garden and roof top observatory deck which you can fully utilize at anytime.

Is he Chiang Kai-shek (Chairman of the National Government of the Republic of China)? Let’s take a picture with the Chiang Kai-shek impersonation!

Follow his step, go and take a look inside the presidential suite of Alishan House, where Chiang Kai-shek, Yen Chia-kan, Chiang Ching-Kuo, Lee Teng-hui, Chen Shui-bian (former Presidents of Taiwan) had stayed. The presidential suite costs over NTD$300,000 (USD$10,000) per night!

● 1930 Dinner at the hotel – buffet

Day 2

● 0300 Let’s wake up in the dark and catch a sunrise for the start of the day! Once you see the first direct rays break above the horizon, it may fill you with tranquility, accomplishment, and the appreciation of the beautiful moment. Even though a viewable sunrise is not guaranteed every day, it’s still worth the attempt for taking the forest train and standing on the top of the mountain. (Meeting time is tentative and subject to change.)

● 0510 Forest railway – Dueigaoyue Station (Dueigaoyue is a station of Chushan Line. Tourists can also watch the sunrise on the observatory of Dueigaoyue. Wooden path, maple leaf, cherry blossom, sea cloud, and snow-view are the features of this station.)

● 0700 Breakfast at Hotel

● 0830 – 1100 Leisure at Hotel

● 1130 Lunch – Alishan House Asian Banquet Dishes. (Meal rate: NTD$8,000+10% /table)

● 1300 – 1500 Sister Lakes – Sister Lakes is located about 164 feet apart along the trail. The pavilion in the middle of the lake escalates the beauty to another level, especially with the reflection in the lake. If you are lucky enough to run into a sunny day, watch the sunlight shine through the trees and onto the lakes. The gorgeous sight makes you feel like you are in a fairyland!

● 1500 Museum Coffee – It looks like a 1950’s diner with hints of modern wood finishings to give it a new look and feel. With nearly half a century of history, Museum Coffee has created a bit of an exclusive vibe that will make your experience much more unique. Furthermore, it’s also a must-drink coffee shop for Soong Mei-ling (Also known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek, who was First Lady of the Republic of China, the wife of Generalissimo and President Chiang Kai-shek.) while she was on a visit to Alishan.

● 1800 Check-in Lanhou B&B – 30 to 40 years ago, Priest Chen and his relatives of Tsou (the aboriginals in Taiwan), gathered materials on this spot to build a stone house as a hostel. They named the hostel ‘The Ethnic Flower’ in Tsou, which symbolizes elegance.

After many years, Ye Chen (the daughter of Priest Chen), had taken over the business of Lanhou B&B; Since then, her unique viewpoints had brought new perspective to their products and services. Customers have often said that they have gained a new insight into aboriginal culture by experiencing aboriginal activities firsthand. Tribal people also sell their own products and personal artwork here. This place is not only a place for accommodation, but also an important platform for cultural heritage!

● 1830 Having a candlelit dinner of Tsou-style cuisine – The candlelit dinner of Tsou-style cuisine is as much about the experience as it is about the food. For sure, the great atmosphere provided by the restaurant is one of the major attractions, but when it boils down to it, it’s the tasty food that everyone will be amazed for! (Meal rate: NTD$900+10% /person)

● 2000 Welcoming campfire party – Let’s enjoy the welcoming campfire party at Laiji tribe; experience different culture and lifestyle. Just letting go of your inhibitions, singing, dancing, and having fun together. Through the laidback attitude of the locals and the colorful nightlife will make your holiday really unforgettable!

Day 3

● 0720 – 0820 Breakfast at Lanhou B&B

●  0830 Laiji Church & Laiji Tribe Tour – There is a 50-year-old chapel in the Laiji Tribe. It was built by the tribespeople out of wood and stone. Even though the scale of this chapel is small, it is unique and beautiful. This is not only a place of religion with a fascinating history, but also an important stage for Tsou people to show their talents. In this place, we will arrange a professional guided tour for you learn all about Laiji tribe!

0930 Hanshini Forest Recreation Area – Come to the top of Chiayi’s famous mountain without any training or climbing, and enjoy an almost 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. The scenery is beautiful beyond description!

●  1000 Music Performance – Specially invite the expert of dulcimer Cheng-Hun, Luo (Winner of The 31st Golden Melody Awards For Traditional Arts and Music for Best Crossover Album), and the expert of Chinese flute Jing-Wen, Lu for the live performance.

● 1230 – 1400 Lunch – HANA Kitchen (HANA Kitchen is run by Hanna that she came here via a small village in Namibia, then South Africa’s Capetown, then Taiwan’s west coast, marrying into a local family. Her menu is a mouth-watering tour of local and Western culinary ideas, with an emphasis on Laiji-area ingredients.

Hanna uses local ingredients for a large part of the bread and dishes that she has made. She also made seasonal ingredients herself, such as cherry wine, plum vinegar, lemon juice, and even coffee beans and so on. This is a small place with great authentic indigenous flavor that you can’t find elsewhere!) (Meal rate: NTD$5,000+10% /table)

●  1430 Xing Lai Drawbridge – Walking on the Xing Lai Drawbridge in the mist, isn’t it romantic?

●  1700 – 1830 Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden – Wufeng Linjia (aka. Wufeng Lin Family) is one of the five major families in Taiwan. Since the mid-19th century, Lin Jia has helped to calm down the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom and Dai Chaochun events and participate in the Sino-French war. Nowadays, the fifth-generation members of the Wufeng Linjia family are still actively supporting many social, art, and cultural movements in Taiwan. Nowadays, only the Dahua Hall and Gong-Bao-Di are currently opened to the public.

Exclusive itinerary in Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden:

  • Putting on the ancient costumes and enjoying a “classic” photo-shoot experience within the century-old historical site.
  • Having Banquet Dishes at the courtyard of Gong-Bao-Di
  • The Dessert Show

●  1830 – 2000 Having Taiwanese classic cuisine – Banquet Dishes at the courtyard of Gong-Bao-Di (Come and taste Taiwanese classic cuisine – Banquet Dishes! We had also prepared some special arrangements: The Dessert Show! It’s a special performance that you had never seen before~)(Meal rate: NTD$22,000+10% /table)

●  2136 Take Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) back to Taipei. (Train number is subject to our final confirmation.)

●  2239 Arrive Taipei with the most unforgettable memory!

*In the event of extenuating circumstances affecting our original itinerary, our company has the right to adjust plans for restaurants and hotels.