Rather than spend idle time in Taipei’s Chiang Kai-shek
International Airport, passengers with a lengthy layover can now
take a free half-day tour for an introductory taste of Taiwan
offered by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.
A morning tour leaves the airport every day at 8 a.m. returning
before 1 p.m. and visits Taipei 101, which is currently the world’s
tallest building. The tour also visits the Longshan Temple dating
to 1738, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Presidential Office
Building and the Martyrs Shrine on the slopes of Chingshan
The daily afternoon tour leaves at 1:30 p.m. and returns before
6:30, taking travelers to the town of Yingge, known for ceramics
and pottery, as well as Sansia for a look at the Zushih (Divine
Ancestor) Temple, which dates to 1769.
The tours are available for any North American traveler with a
passport valid for at least six months who has completed an
immigration card. Registration is at the Arrival Lobby Tourist