Formosan Bear Country Day Trek and Hot Spring Tour
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Formosan Bear Country Day Trek and Hot Spring Tour

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn about the Formosan Bear, Taiwan’s national animal
  • Experience a day trek through the awe-inspiring Jade Mountain National Park
  • Spend an evening soaking in a natural mountaintop hot spring

This two day tour brings visitors from Taipei to Yushan (Jade Mountain) National Park, home of the Formosan Black Bear. We’ll spend some time first learning about the habitat, habits and life cycle of Taiwan's unofficial national animal at the Formosan Black Bear Education Center in Yuli, learning about the landscape, ecology and tribal cultures of Taiwan’s central mountain range. Later we’ll explore the scenic Rift Valley, have two great meals together and spend the night soaking and relaxing in a traditional hot spring guest house. The next morning we’ll set out early for a guided 4.9km hike into Jade Mountain National park, considered by many to offer some of Taiwan's most stunning scenery. You’ll come away from the experience with an unparalleled understanding about the flora and fauna of Taiwan’s central mountains and, we hope, a strong desire to trek even further in the future.


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Learn about the Formosa Bear, Taiwan’s national animal

▴ Learn about the Formosa Bear, Taiwan’s national animal

Fly from Taipei to Hualien

▴ Fly from Taipei to Hualien

Visit Formosan Black Bear Education Center

▴ Visit Formosan Black Bear Education Center

Head to mountatop Hot Spring guesthouse, hang out and soak.

▴ Head to mountatop Hot Spring guesthouse, hang out and soak.

Farm to table dinner at guesthouse, after which you’re free to soak and relax for the rest of the evening| Photo courtesy by WM Hot Spring Guesthouse

▴ Farm to table dinner at guesthouse, after which you’re free to soak and relax for the rest of the evening| Photo courtesy by WM Hot Spring Guesthouse

Experience a day trek through the awe-inspiring Jade Mountain National Park

▴ Experience a day trek through the awe-inspiring Jade Mountain National Park

Jade Mountain National park, considered by many to offer some of Taiwan's most stunning scenery

▴ Jade Mountain National park, considered by many to offer some of Taiwan's most stunning scenery

ITINERARY
  • Day 1:

    Taipei to Hualien

    You’ll be met at Hualien Airport and whisked to Yuli township, home of the Formosan Black Bear Education center where you’ll spend the morning learning all about the habits and habitat of Taiwan’s national animal from a local ranger. For lunch, an excellent fusion Tribal / Hakka meal at a local restaurant, after which we’ll spend a few hours exploring the beautiful Rift Valley and eastern coast before settling in for the day at one of the area’s best traditional hot spring hotels to soak and rest up for tomorrow’s hike into Formosan Bear Country.

  • Day 2:

    Hualien to Taipei

    After an early breakfast, we’ll head to Jade Mountain and begin our trek on the Walami Trail. Our 5k hike will take us through some of the most gorgeous and unspoiled landscape in eastern Taiwan, bringing us along the edges of the regions in which Taiwan’s Formosan Black Bears live. Along with your guide we’ll look for signs of this notoriously shy animal in the forest while exploring the fantastic ecosystem that supports them. We will have a light lunch in the mountains before continuing through the Park, eventually exiting and enjoying dinner before your return flight.

  • Point
    Arrive Taipei Songshan Airport for 7:10am flight - check in and security check
  • Pickup
    Arrive Hualien, meet your guide
  • Point
    Arrive Yuli Township
  • Point
    Visit Formosan Black Bear Education Center
  • Meal
    Lunch at local Tribal / Hakka fusion restaurant
  • Point
    Exploration of scenic Rift Valley /Yuli-Changbin Highway
  • Accomadaiton
    Head to mountaintop Hot Spring guesthouse (TripAdvisor 3.5 star), hang out and soak.
  • Meal
    Farm to table dinner at guesthouse, after which you’re free to soak and relax for the rest of the evening.
  • Meal
    Simple buffet at guesthouse, morning soak if guests like
  • Point
    Head to Yushan (Jade Mountain) National Park for 4.5 K hike
  • Meal
    Light lunch in mountains
  • Point
    Continue touring Jade Mountain National Park Wildlife Tour
  • Point
    Exit National Park around 3:30pm
  • Meal
    Dinner in Hualien City
  • Pickup
    Arrive Hualien Airport for 8:10pm flight
*In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, MyTaiwanTour reserves the right to alter tour itinerary.
  • Meal :
    Breakfast : 1 | Lunch : 2 | Dinner : 2
  • Duration :
    2 Days 1 Night
  • Pick-up :
    Hualien Airport
  • Drop-Off :
    Hualien Airport
  • Group Size :
    4-6 people
  • Language :
    English

DETAILS

Inclusions

  • A professional English tour guide/driver guide
  • 1 nights stay at local hot spring guest house
  • All transportation (5-seater sedan or 8-seater van, driver)
  • Admission tickets to all activities on itinerary
  • Travel Insurance

Exclusions

  • Meals not listed above
  • Any optional activities not on itinerary
  • Transportation between your accommdation in Taipei City and Songshan Airport
  • Gratuity

Cancellation Policy

Tour requires a minimum of 4 guests.
We do our best to accommodate individual travelers by placing them on tours with other guests. In the event an individual traveler cannot be so accommodated, guests will be offered an alternative tour of equal value or full refund.
Guests canceling at any point up to 31 days prior to this tour’s starting date will receive a full refund.
Cancellations made between 30 and 15 days prior to departure will receive a 90% refund.
Cancellations made between 14 and 7 days prior to departure will receive a 70% refund;
Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to departure are non-refundable.

REVIEWS

Max L

Sweden
October 2017

Unique experience that I never had

This is very cool tour that so different than any others. We were guided by professional mountain rangers and they show us really interesting stuff about Formosan bears! The hiking in Jade Mountain is really peaceful, we were lucky the weather was really amazing. The hostel we were staying is super cozy and relaxing. We would love to come back again.

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

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4
Children
(Age 3 - 12)
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Infants
(Age 0 - 2)
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*Tour requires a minimum of 4 guests
*Book 10 days in advance(GMT+8 09:00)
*Departs every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
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