[quote=“little”]My girlfriend and I want to spend 3/4 days during the Chinese New Year’s break touring the North Coast of Taiwan. Jinshan, Yehliu, Jiufen, Fulong, etc. We want to get out of Taipei, breathe fresh air, climb mountains, walk on beaches, that kind of thing. Having never done a motorcycle tour before I have some questions that I hoped some more experienced Taiwaners could help with…
- How busy / bare are those places likely to be during Chinese New Year?
- What could we expect in terms of accomodation? Lonely Planet’s guide to hotels looks pricey but we don’t want to camp because it’s likely to be too cold and a bit of a hassle. Are homestays likely to be possible at this time?
- Finally, what will the roads probably be like? Manic or mild?
I appreciate any advice or suggestions you have. Thanks![/quote]
Check out Joesax’s trip he did with his mother during CNY last year…
Hotels up north (everywhere) are going to jump in price substantially after Feb 8th, and will also become much harder to find. A way around this is to avoid tourist areas when looking for a hotel. But expect to pay inflated prices for accomodations up until Feb 12th. Certain travel days will be worse than others. Looks like some companies will be making their employees work through Feb 7th, others letting them slide after Friday (the 4th).
Remember too that the weather is going to be really iffy, and if anything like last year…Brrrrr.
Go though, realize the crowds, stay away from the tourist traps (especially after Tuesday the 8th), and try not to carve up huge chunks of highway in one day. It will be good despite the crowds, and being on a motorbike cruising past huge traffic jams is a moment of pleasure in itself.
I don’t know why you’ve given up on the idea of camping though…When a 500NT per night dungeon becomes a 3,000NT nightly stay, camping is alot more attractive. My wife and I have done CNY camping expeditions on a motorcycle in the past, and those trips remain fond memories. We camp every CNY, and wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.
Enjoy your holiday.