Educational Taiwan Trip

你好。我的名字是 Mia. Hi, My name is Mia Eckhardt and I am raising money to go on an educational trip to Taiwan with my Chinese class.

I have just started taking Chinese this year, and it has been a really interesting experience because of how completely different the language is. My teacher and his family are taking the class on a two-week visit to Taipei, Taiwan, and it includes activities such as a scenic bike tour, Taipei 101 (the 2nd tallest building in the world), classic night markets, beaches and sightseeing, and so many other amazing attractions. We even get to sleep in an aquarium!

Top 5 reasons why this trip is important:

1. Put my Chinese language skills to good use
I'm studying hard in my Chinese class in school, and this would be an amazing opportunity for me to immerse myself in the language.

2. Experience ancient and modern cultures all in the same place.
Taiwan is really unique culturally because it shares its ancient traditions with China. The difference is that China wiped out most of its history, whereas those traditions are kept alive in Taiwan. Plus, I've never been overseas, and I truly think that international travel will change my life.

3. Bond and make new friends
I will be going with people from many different classes. I will bond with new people and strengthen friendships.
4. Fun
This is pretty obvious!

5. See Nature
Taiwan has stunning beaches and misty mountains. Living in Missouri, spending time in nature this dramatic will be a huge eye-opener.

Check out all that we have planned below...

Day 1 USA to Taipei, Taiwan. Settle into hotel; explore

Day 2 [North] Taipei 台北: Taipei 101 (tallest building in the world until recently), Xing- tian Temple 行天宫, Shi-lin Night Market 士林夜市, National Palace Museum 故宫, shrimp fishing

Day 3 [North] Jiu-fen 九份 (mountainous, historical coastal town "“ filmmakers love this place!)

Day 4 [Northeast Coast] Yi-lan 宜兰 (sister city of Leawood, KS); Traditional Culture Village 传统艺术文化中心

Day 5 [East Coast] Hua-lian 花莲 (mochi dessert; night market); Taroko Gorge 太鲁阁

Day 6 [East Coast] Tai-dong 台东 (mountain food); Guan-shan 关山 (level terrain scenic mountain bicycle tour); Zhi-ben 知本 (famous hot springs)

Day 7 [South] Ken-ding 垦丁 (popular vacation destination: beaches, swimming, snorkeling, go- carts, night market, local and international dining, games, fun!)

Day 8 [South] Ken-ding 垦丁; National Aquarium 海洋博物馆 (we will sleep in the aquarium!)

Day 9 [South Central] Chai-yi 嘉义; Fen-qi Hu奋起湖 and/or A-li Shan阿里山 (world- famous mountain destinations for hiking, sightseeing, and tea cultivation)

Day 10 [South Central] Chai-Yi 嘉义; Jian-hu Shan 箭湖山 (amusement and water park nestled in the mountains)

Day 11 [Central] Nan-tou County 南投县; Xi-tou National Park 溪头国家公园; Goblin Village 妖怪村

Day 12 [Central] Nan-tou County 南投县; Sun Moon Lake 日月潭

Day 13 [Northwest] Dan-shui 淡水 (sea-side town famous for its fisherman's wharf); Taipei 台北

Day 14 Taipei, Taiwan to USA

Here's a short video by Jesse Payne summarizing the trip:

BREAKDOWN OF COSTS ($4,135 total):

* Round-trip airfare: $2,110 per person
* Admission Fees National parks, museums: $225 per person
* Transportation Tour bus: $500 per day [x13]
* aquarium, amusement parks, swimming pools/spas, tourist sites, ferry, etc. (includes driver fee, tour guide fee, gasoline, tolls, and parking): $434 per person
* Breakfast: Included in hotel fees
* Lunch $12.50 day/per person [x12]: $150
* Dinner $17.50 day/per person [x13]: $228
* Insurances + Agent Fees (government mandated): $148
* Hotels: $70 day/person [x12]

Of course I'm trying to earn money on my own for the trip, but $6/hour for babysitting will take awhile to accumulate. So thank you for your interest and contributions to my education. I really appreciate your consideration and your help in getting me to Taiwan for the trip of a lifetime.

Mia E.

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