Exlpore Taiwan with CP Travels

Exlpore Taiwan with CP Travels


Taipei - Hualien - Tainan - Sun Moon Lake

CP Travels is dedicated to giving back and providing opportunities for as many young learners as they possibly can. As millennials, we understand that the corporate world demands years of experience that many recent graduates simply do not have and we realize that world travel is an invaluable experience that many companies look for in new candidates. We realize that for many, access to authentic cultural immersion experiences is not always easily accessible and as a company we’re working to change that.

We have lived, worked, and explored the island of Taiwan for more than six years. During that time we have hosted summer interns from DePauw University for the past five consecutive years for educational studies, and have hired more than 35 DePauw alum to live and work in Taiwan over the past 6 years. Even after all of those years we still feel as though we can do more.

The CP Travels team has generated an opportunity in Taiwan and is offering it to students. CP Travels will be leading unique summer Cultural Immersion Experiences that touch on a variety of different topics on the beautiful island of Taiwan.

For more info to how students can be a part of this experience and what to expect, read below and email us at info@cptravels.com

Session 1: June 1st - 15th

Session 2: June 16th - 30th 

*additional sessions available upon request from August 1st 2017

USD $2700 Per session

Known as the heart of Asia, a quick trip to Taiwan reveals exactly how the island country got its nickname. The island is a wonderful blend of city and nature and the two coexist beautifully.  As one of the few countries in the world where you can spend the morning hiking to the top of a mountain, the afternoon lounging on the beach, and the evening partying it up in the city, Taiwan has something to offer for everyone. Did we mention that Taiwan also has the highest concentration of convenience stores and temples in the world, and the whole island has free public wifi?

Experience Highlights

  • Explore the fantastically quirky food in Shilin night market.
  • Panoramic views of Taipei from the 2nd tallest building in the world.
  • Paragliding from atop a mountain to the beach.
  • River tracing and waterfall jumping. 

*All inclusive is the total price that you would pay over time with the CP Travels payment plan option. It includes flights, room, ground transportation, tours and 3 meals per day. 

**Full itinerary below


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Day 1 — Taipei

After landing in Taipei, you will settle in and then we will head out to explore Shilin Night Market once the sun goes down. No market compares to this one especially at night as it has more than 600 food vendors, small restaurants, and nonfood stalls. Get your food fix with stinky tofu, or find your favorite new undiscovered fashion designer along the alleys; Shilin offers a little something for everyone. Beyond the food and immense shopping it has to offer, it offers cinemas, video arcades, and karaoke bars. 

Day 2 — Taipei

We'll head to deep into Taipei to then explore Taipei zoo and the Maokong Gondola that sits on Maokong Hill. It offers an astonishing view over Taipei because it is located on the edge of Taipei Basin so the entire city can be seen from atop the mountain. It is most known for its many teahouses and is the largest tea growing area in Taipei. 

After that we'll head to Taipei 101 one of the tallest buildings in the world. The skyscraper boasts 101 floors and offers amazing views of Taipei city. We'll head up to the 91st floor on two of the worlds fastest elevators, and experience the breathtaking view on the outdoor observatory. If you're hungry, Taipei 101 is home to 28 fast food style restaurants, 8 gourmet restaurants and 6 gourmet cafes.  

Rounding out our day we'll visit Longshan Temple. It's one of the oldest temples in Taipei City. It was built in 1738 by the first Chinese settlers who came from Fujian. It's located in Wanhua, Taipei's oldest district. Wanhua is famous for having some of the biggest and most traditional markets in the city. 

Day 3 — Taipei

On our last day in Taipei we will visit Yangminshan National Park. It's one of the most beautiful natural reserves in Asia with gorgeous landscapes such as ridges, valleys, lakes, and waterfalls. This famous park is visited by many for its cherry blossoms, hot springs, and hiking trails. It also features Taiwan's largest dormant volcano. It's flora and fauna are also great reasons for us to visit. There are currently 1,539 species of plants in the park, to go along with its 123 different species of birds.

To wind down our stint in Taipei, we will end with a stay in the Beitou hot springs. This place is known for its natural resources and wonderful scenery. Beitou Hot Springs are known the world over for their sulphur content which is renown for it's healing ability. With public and private hot springs available as well as massages, facials, and manicures, you'll certainly find the personal care you need.  

Day 4 —Rest day, self exploration

By now we're sure you've seen some things that you either want more of, want to learn more about, or simply want to explore on your own. Take this day to do just that. If you run out of ideas, don't worry, we have plenty of options for you to choose from. 

Day 5, 6 &7 — Hualien

East coast's residents take their religions very seriously. That's why we’re going to visit one of the many temples scattered around the city. DongjingchanTemple is a particularly fascinating Buddhist shrine where you'll find golden Buddha statues and a sort of tranquility.

We'll also visit the main attraction in Hualien; Taroko National Park and the magnificent Gorge that it holds. Taroko Gorge is known for it’s deep marble canyons, rushing rivers, and massive cliffs. It also features some of Taiwan's best hiking trails, grottos, pagodas, high suspension bridges and attractive resort towns.

We’ll also visit Still Thoughts Hall and see it's majestic roof. It's got to be one of the most beautiful and photogenic structures on the island. The Tzu Chi Foundation is the world's biggest charitable Buddhist society located near the hall.

Only a ten-minute ride outside the city, is a long, quiet beach that is a great place to enjoy expansive views of both the sea and the mountains. We’ll visit the beach, which is covered with black stones and has an amazing view. 

Lastly we’ll visit the Qingshui Cliffs. It gives the best view of the turquoise water of the Pacific Ocean.

Day 6, 7 & 8 — Tainan

Tainan is one of the oldest cities in Taiwan. It is the old capital of the island, and has a wealth of history to learn about and explore. The first place we’ll visit is Anping Old Fort. It is one of the most historical forts in Taiwan; the fort was built by the Dutch from 1624 to 1634 and was originally named Orlande, but was later renamed as Anping Old Fort in 1662. Now the fort functions as a museum where travelers can learn a little more about Taiwan’s history. Around the fort is Anping Old Street, a historical street where handmade products and food are sold. After a visit to the fort, we can walk around the streets to check out what vendors are selling.

Tainan City, aside from being a city filled with forts and temples, is also a city filled with vintage back alleys. When walking along the big streets, anyone can see that the city is like any other city in Taiwan. However, we’ll go on little adventures off the streets, you will encounter old houses, vintage decorations and ruins that will take you to a whole different time. The back alleys in downtown Tainan are very much preserved, and they are the perfect destinations for us as we’ll explore a throwback to the old lifestyle in Tainan.

Day 9, 10, 11 — Sun Moon Lake

Our first stop will be the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway. The 2km ride offers an unparalleled bird's-eye view of the lake as you rise into the nearby hills by gondola. The gondola terminates at the Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village, an amusement park–like venue where we’ll continue our exploration.

Day 12, 13, 14 — Taipei

We’ll wind down the trip in the main city of Taipei. We’ll visit local high schools and Universities to reflect on our experience traveling the island and gain more perspective from students and professionals. We’ll visit local markets, shops, and hidden gems to highlight everything the bustling city has to offer.  The final day all participants will be escorted to the airport to depart for home.

Additional activities include: 1. River tracing, hiking, kayaking, and biking. 

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