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Six hour layover in Taipei- anything nearby?

Old Jun 17th, 2005, 08:18 PM
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Six hour layover in Taipei- anything nearby?

Is there anything nearby CKS Airport that would be worth exiting the airport for maybe 2 or 3 hours?

My daughter & friend have a layover from 4pm to 10:30pm. She's never been to Taiwan and hoped it might be possible to get a very brief taste of the couuntry (as in a meal)or maybe just bragging rights for having been there.

A friend who went thru about 4 years ago said the airport has little to amuse transit passengers. Maybe this has changed?

Last time I was here was about 15 years ago. I don't remember anything about the airport other than the fact they didn't like tourists with Mainland China visas in their passport.

Thanks, as always, for your help!

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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 11:29 PM
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Hello, Icuy! I'm sorry that you didn't approve of my observations in an earlier posting, but I can still share some info with you anyway that you might find helpful.

For your daughter's stopover time at CKS airport, she & her friend might consider taking a taxi cab ride into town to visit the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial. I believe that it's open until 6 pm.

She & her friend might also consider a taxi cab ride to Taipei 101, currently the world's tallest building. There are eating places to be had in the building and vicinity.

After nightfall, she & her friend could take a taxi cab ride over to Snake Alley, the local street market that does feature a few snake handlers and a whole lot of other interesting merchandise vendors.

Actually, even before leaving the airport your daughter could check at the Tourist Bureau in the Arrivals Hall; perhaps they can connect her to an organized tour of the city that occurs during the hours of her layover.

Cheerful regards, JohnWM.

 
Old Jun 18th, 2005, 12:57 PM
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Thanks, John. Sounds like they can make good use of their limited time!
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Old Jun 18th, 2005, 01:52 PM
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The National Museum in Taipei is stunning. What a collection! I'm not sure of the hours, though it is open until at least 6. Even an hour in the museum would be worthwhile.
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Old Jun 18th, 2005, 02:42 PM
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I'm not sure if you are aware, but CKS airport is not in Taipei. It is in Taoyuan and it takes about 30 - 40 minutes in a taxi to Taipei city. They would still have time to do some of the suggested sights, but just be aware of the times/distances from CKS.
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Old Jun 20th, 2005, 02:41 AM
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I agree with Kathie..the National Museum is one of the best anywhere!
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The National Museum is currently undergoing some major renovations. I was just there in May and a large part of the space was closed. Quite disappointing. IIRC, the construction is not due to be completed until next year.

Also keep in mind that with traffic, check-in and security clearance, she'll probably only have about two-and-a-half hours or so of siteseeing time available.
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