Taiwan’s largest and busiest airport, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport consists of two terminals and serves the country’s capital, Taipei, as well as the northern regions of Taiwan.
For those who are short on time, but would still like to explore the surroundings beyond the airport, Taoyuan city is just a half an hour drive away from the airport. You can choose to take a bus from the bus terminal of the airport or a shuttle bus that will drop you at the Tao-Yuan High Speed Rail station as well. Otherwise, you can take a taxi or tour bus to get to your destination directly. If you have a day or two to spend, then going to Taipei would be highly recommended. Depending on the traffic, this can take about 40 minutes to an hour and a half to get to the capital city by car. You can also get there by High Speed Rail or public bus.
Although Taoyuan is often considered less glamourous and exciting as Taipei, the industrial city does have its appeal. You can easily get around the city by metered taxi or public buses. There is also a train station located downtown. There are several large malls including a large IKEA store, good coffee shops, and owing to a large number of foreign workers employed at local factories, there are several cheap South Asian eateries in the area. If you are looking for a one-stop destination, Taimall, one of the biggest malls in the country will be a good choice.
Travel back in time as you as you explore the charming streets of Dasi Old Town, named by the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan as one of the best small tourist towns in the country. The town emits an old-world atmosphere, and is a great area for photography. When you get hungry, fill your belly with traditional Dasi specialties such as bean curd, or modern Taiwanese fare. Other than nostalgia, the town is also known for being the “township for presidents”&read on if you want to know why!
After exploring the streets of Dasi, walk over to Cihu Mausoleum, which is the temporary resting place of Chiang Kai Shek. Officially known as the Mausoleum of Late President Lord Chiang, the tomb site is open for daily visits. You can also take a stroll along Cihu, which means benevolent lake, a serene, eight-acre lake in the complex.
Nearby Cihu Mausoleum, is Touliao Mausoleum, also known as Daxi Mausoleum. Its occupant is almost as illustrious as Cihu’s. It contains the entombed remains of Chiang Ching-Kuo, Chiang Kai Shek’s son and successor.
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