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Taoyuan County

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Taoyuan County (桃園縣) is a county located in Northern Taiwan, adjacent to Taipei County in the north and Hsinchu County in the south. It is the home of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, which serves Taipei.

Regions

Cities

  • Taoyuan is the county seat and largest city of Taoyuan County.
  • Dasi is a town of high tourism interest, including the mausoleum of former ruler Chiang Kai-shek, flower farms and an old street.
  • Jhongli is the second largest city in Taoyuan County.
  • Longtan is a town in southern Taoyuan County. It is where the most famous Reservoir in Taiwan, Shihmen Reservoir locates.


Other destinations

  • Fushing Township

Understand

Often cataloged as a industrial region, Taoyuan County has more foreign laborers working there than any other region of Taiwan. Though it is the second most populated County in Taiwan, it is usually not a major target of travelers except for those with a overnight stopover at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Taoyuan and Jhongli are the two largest cities in the County. Away from the crowded plains, in the mountain area, there are still natural beauty and aboriginal cultures to be seen.

Get in

By plane

Everyone arrives at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (台灣桃園國際機場) begins their journey in Taoyuan County. However, it is surprisingly inconvenient if you just want to leave the airport. Comparing to the comfortable and frequent expressway buses that go to Taipei, there are only 2 local bus routes, one for Taoyuan and one for Jhongli. The buses departs 1~2 times per hour. They don't have a separate luggage space so it's quite a trouble if you are traveling with large luggages. The bus trip takes about 50 minutes, travelers who are in a hurry or don't like local bus services are advised to take taxi instead.

By train

TRA (台鐵) has a few stations in Taoyuan County. Every local train and most (but not all) express train stops at the county's two largest train stations: Taoyuan and Jhongli. Train is a convenient method to visit Taoyuan County when coming from other parts of Taiwan.

Taoyuan County also has a High Speed Rail station. The station is remote from major settlements, but has free shuttle services to Taoyuan and Jhongli. Estimated travel time is 45 minutes to Taoyuan and 25 minutes to Jhongli.

By bus

Inter-city buses are available at Taoyuan and Jhongli. Some other cities can also be reached by express buses from Taipei. Traveling by bus in Taiwan is usually much cheaper than trains, but this may not be the case if you are coming from Taipei -- they are too close to each other.

Get around

Like many other places in Taiwan, every city and town in Taoyuan County can be reached by bus. However, English bus information almost doesn't exist. If you don't understand any Chinese, hiring a cab or renting a car may be your best bet.

See

  • Window on China (小人國)- a small scale replica of many famous landmarks (mostly Asian) and a small amusement park - located south of Longtan, next to Aspire Technology Park.
  • Leofoo Village (六福村) - a large amusement park south of Longtan.
  • Shihmen Reservior
  • Tzuhu - temporary resting place of Chiang Kai-shek.
  • Lala Shan Nature Reserve - ancient cypress forest.
  • Xiao Wulai Scenic Area - waterfall and ancient redwood forest.
  • Galehe - wild hot spring.
  • Dongyan Shan National Forest Recreation Area - popular hiking area.
  • Chatian Shan Nature Reserve - ancient beech forest.
  • Xiebai Shan (2444m) - ancient cypress forest.
  • Fugang Village (富岡) - a Hakka village in Yangmei Township noted for its traditional dwellings.
  • Lalashan (拉拉山) - Lalashan is one of natural protection zones in Taiwan. There are 500-2800 years old divine trees and the No.5 divine tree even older than Confucius.

Itineraries

Do

for two days trip: D1:Visiting Dashi Old street D1:The Culture Resort of The Jiang D1:stay at Lalashan B&B D2:Lalashan natural protection zone D2:back to Taoyuan city

Eat

  • The 3 Baboons Sports Bar & Grill, Taimall Shopping Center, 112 Nankan Rd, Sec 1. Luchu Hsieng, Taoyuan County, (03) 212-2150, [1]. 11am - 12am. Restaurant featuring western cuisine, beer, wine, cocktails, and a large screen satellite TV for international sports. Foosball and pool table available. Located 10 minutes from Taoyuan International Airport in Taimall Shopping Center.
  • 7Yunnan, [2]. 11:00 - 14:00 / 17:00 - 21:00. A small restaurant chain local to Taoyuan County providing a vast range of Yunnan cuisine (somewhat like a mixture between Thai and Chinese), very affordable and good interiors. Most staff do not speak English, but all of the menus have pictures.


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