Steamy soaks, suppers beckon in hot springs cuisine festival

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff –Travelers now have excellent opportunities to visit outstanding tourist attractions on Taiwan’s scenic northern coast by taking part in the North Coast Hot Spring Fine-Cuisine Carnival on weekends during the period from November to April next year. It is an almost free trip since each of the participants will receive consumption coupons worth NT$150 after paying just NT$168 as a registration fee for tour bus transportation, insurance coverage, and other costs.

Chen Mei-shiu, director of the North Coast Tourism Office of the Tourism Bureau, said there are strings of tourism, cultural, and recreational attractions on the North Coast offering spas, food delicacies, and souvenirs in the districts of Jinshan, Wanli, and Bali of New Taipei City. Chen’s office has helped arrange the one-day weekend tours during the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. There are two sets of itineraries for the next six months covering the winter and spring seasons for group tours with 40 participants on each trip.

The first winter tour is set for Friday, Nov. 4, followed by the second tour on Friday, Nov. 26. Participants will meet at the South Gate One at the Taiwan Railway Station in Taipei, which concurrently serves as the Taipei Main Station of the mass rapid transit (MRT) network. They will visit scenic spots like the Yehliu Geological Park, Jinbao Li old street, the wind power plant at Shimen, Laomei Park and Fuji fishing port, and enjoy hot spring at either Jinshan or Wanli before returning to Taipei. The trips for the month of December are set for Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18. For the spring season tours, travelers will visit different scenic spots and sites. The schedules are set for March 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18.

For the month of April, six group tours are arranged for April 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22. Details of the North Coast Hot Spring Fine-Cuisine Carnival are available at website or at the tourism office, which can be reached by calling (02) 8635-5100 ext. 150 or mobile phone No. 0921-999-689.