Fullon Hotel Yamay
Taiwan’s largest domestic hotel chain Fullon has chosen Yamay Recreation World, a popular theme park in Taichung, as the location for its newest hotel. Positioned as a themed resort for family getaways, the 272 room hotel offers both Western and Japanese-style rooms, with facilities such as an indoor pool, spas and VIP services.
The resort offers easy access to Yamay Recreation World. the 25-hectare theme park has a large wave pool that is popular with children, water rides, restaurant, gift shops and performances by local celebrities.
Tel: (866-4) 2559-2888
Taiwan Hot Air Balloon Festival
This year’s edition, held from June 29 to September 2 in Taitung’s Luye Township, eastern Taiwan, has drawn balloonists from 13 countries. Visitors are invited to take hot air balloon rides to view Taitung’s beauty from above. Other events include concerts, kite flying, paragliding and trips to local scenic attractions.
Taitung is best known for its rugged, unspoiled scenery and its large aboriginal population, and now wants to promote outdoor recreation. Among local contestants this year is Taiwan’s first female pilot and Taitung native, Wu Chin yeh.
Tel: (866-89) 3346-119
Teng-Feng Fish Ball Museum
Teng-Feng Fish Ball Museum in Taipei’s neighboring seaport, Danshui, offers a nostalgic experience with a hands on twist a crash course in making its famed namesake products. A session costs NT$150 (US$5) per person. Exhibits at the museum introduce visitors to local dietary traditions and fishery customs.
Danshui, home to Taiwan’s many seafood delicacies, is also one of the most relaxed places to sample them. within walking distance are Hongmao Cheng, an old Dutch fort, and many of northern Taiwan’s oldest historical sites.
Tel: (886-3) 2629-9912