Hello there. I’ll be going to Hong Kong in a few months and from there I plan to head for Taiwan. After a bit of searching I found this on wikitravel’s Taiwan article:
[quote]From Fuzhou (福州), China, there are two daily ferries to Matsu (馬祖). Take bus 69 from Fuzhou train station to Wuyilu, then bus 73 to the end station Mawei harbor (馬尾港). The ferry costs ¥350 from China and $1300 from Taiwan. The trip takes two hours. The old website, mit30.com.tw, appears to be down. From Matsu, there are two daily ferries to Keelung in Taiwan. $1050 includes a bed, as the trip takes 10 hours. Bookings can be made at +886 2 2424 6868
At Mawei harbour in Fuzhou there is an opportunity to buy an inclusive ticket all the way to Taipei that includes the Fuzhou to Matsu ferry above and a domestic flight from Matsu to Taipei (or Taichung). The price (780RMB) includes transfer between port and airport on Matsu, and a coupon for lunch at the airport while you wait for your connection. The ferry leaves Fuzhou at 9:30AM. Get to Mawei at 8AM to buy tickets.
There are also several ferry services between Xiamen and Quanzhou on the mainland and the island of Kinmen.
From HK to Taipei solely by plane, EVA specifically, is a $238 2 hour affair. The 780RMB ($117) ferry route might take anywhere from 5 hours to who knows how long. But the point is that I stand to save $121 that could very well be used for something else (like more than a few bowls of noodles at the night market) and I won’t be in a rush so taking the scenic route isn’t too bad. I have previously heard that none of these ferry routes are currently operating anyway. So I have 2 questions: Does this or any alternate ferry route between HK and Taiwan (any city) even exist? If there is a viable ferry route, is it worth taking instead of the plane?