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.
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 å°åŒ—: Taipei 101 (tallest building in the world until recently), Xing- tian Temple è¡Œå¤©å®«, Shi-lin Night Market å£«æž—å¤œå¸‚, National Palace Museum æ•…å®«, shrimp fishing
Day 3 [North] Jiu-fen ä¹ä»½ (mountainous, historical coastal town "“ filmmakers love this place!)
Day 4 [Northeast Coast] Yi-lan å®œå…° (sister city of Leawood, KS); Traditional Culture Village ä¼ ç»Ÿè‰ºæœ¯æ–‡åŒ–ä¸å¿ƒ
Day 5 [East Coast] Hua-lian èŠ±èŽ² (mochi dessert; night market); Taroko Gorge å¤ªé²é˜
Day 6 [East Coast] Tai-dong å°ä¸œ (mountain food); Guan-shan å…³å±± (level terrain scenic mountain bicycle tour); Zhi-ben çŸ¥æœ¬ (famous hot springs)
Day 7 [South] Ken-ding åž¦ä¸ (popular vacation destination: beaches, swimming, snorkeling, go- carts, night market, local and international dining, games, fun!)
Day 8 [South] Ken-ding åž¦ä¸; National Aquarium æµ·æ´‹åšç‰©é¦† (we will sleep in the aquarium!)
Day 9 [South Central] Chai-yi å˜‰ä¹‰; Fen-qi Huå¥‹èµ·æ¹– and/or A-li Shané˜¿é‡Œå±± (world- famous mountain destinations for hiking, sightseeing, and tea cultivation)
Day 10 [South Central] Chai-Yi å˜‰ä¹‰; Jian-hu Shan ç®æ¹–å±± (amusement and water park nestled in the mountains)
Day 11 [Central] Nan-tou County å—æŠ•åŽ¿; Xi-tou National Park æºªå¤´å›½å®¶å…¬å›; Goblin Village å¦–æ€ªæ‘
Day 12 [Central] Nan-tou County å—æŠ•åŽ¿; Sun Moon Lake æ—¥æœˆæ½
Day 13 [Northwest] Dan-shui æ·¡æ°´ (sea-side town famous for its fisherman's wharf); Taipei å°åŒ—
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.
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