The conference diner will take place on Saturday 24th September, at 1942餓棧廚房 (which can be translated as 1942 brunch). The restaurant is located 1.3 km from the workshop place. You can join the restaurant both by walking or by the shuttle bus departing at 18:00 from the Landis Resort. A shuttle bus is also planned at the end of the dinner for backing to Landis Resort.
A conference excursion to Tatun Volcano Observatory and two natural sites will be organized on Sunday 25th September afternoon.
The Tatun volcano is an active volcano located 15 km north of Taipei. Its activity is expressed by hydrothermal activity and intense fumaroles. The history of the volcano is partially known, especially the time of its last eruption, which probably occured 6 000 years ago.
Suggested additional excursions
- National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院)
National Palace Museum is the home to the world's largest collection of Chinese art, including the well famous jade cabbage and the meat-shaped stone.
The collection also includes a very large numbers of ceramics, calligraphies, paintings, bronzes... covering several dynasties. Part of collection is displayed online.
The museum is open everyday from 8:30 to 18:30, and the closure time is extended to 21:00 on Friday and Saturday. The regular ticket price is 250 NT and 150 NT for students.
From Taipei city center: Take the MRT Tamsui-Xinyi Line (red Line 2) to the Shilin Station (士林) and take bus 255, to DaLunWeiShan (大崙尾山), bus 304, to National Palace Museum (故宮博物院), or bus Red 30 (紅30), to the National Palace Museum (故宮博物院).
From Landis Resort: Take bus 681, to Donghu (東湖) and stop at WaiShuangXi (外雙溪(故宮)), after you need to walk for 500 m before to reach the museum.
Jiufen is a city located to the north-east of Taipei (about 30 km) famous for his beautiful old street and the ocean view.
The city is host of a former gold, coal and copper mines, and thus several mine tunnels can be seen within Jiufen. However the city is renowned for being the setting of the Taiwanese movie "A city of sadness", and also the inspiration of the anime movie "Spirited away" directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
The main tourist attraction is the narrow old street filled with small restaurants and gift shops. Taiwanese cuisine is famous for its many snacks and you will find here some of the best examples. After your meal you can stop by the famous Amei's Teahouse.
From MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing (忠孝復興), brown Line 1 and blue Line 5, leave from Exit 1 and take bus 1062 to Jinguashi (金瓜石) and alight at Jiufen (1h30 ride). Jiufen being a very popular destination, you may have to wait for several buses before to be able to enter.
Taipei 101 is probably the most famous icon of Taiwan, and has been the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2011. Its architecture is a harmonious blend of traditional asian style and modern design. Its shape is closely related to the Pagodas and the finishing touches recall both modern and traditional culture. The eight segments of the tower refers to the number 8, which symbolizes propserity and good fortune and also the number of bytes in an octet.
The basement of Taipei 101 hosts a large department store and you have the possibility to reach the top of the tower using the world's fastest elevator (500 NT). More information is available here. Taipei 101 is surrounded by department stores, which makes this area one of the best place in Taipei to do shopping.
Taipei 101 is located at the MRT Taipei 101/World Trade Center station (台北101/世貿) on the red Line 2. You can also choose to stop in the MRT Taipei City Hall station (市政府) on blue Line 5 and to walk to Taipei 101, since many department stores are located between this metro station and Taipei 101.
Yehliu Geopark is a 1.7km long cape located east of Yangmingshan and north east of Taipei. The park includes several natural features caused by coastal erosion which together forms a wonderful scenery (a detailed description is available here). The most famous landmark is a mushroom rock called queen's head (see picture above), because the rock looks like a silhouette of the queen Nefertiti. In addition to mushroom rocks, the park also has honeycombed rocks, candle shaped rocks and many others natural features.
The park is open everyday from 8:00 to 18:00 and the admission ticket costs 50 NT.
From MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing (忠孝復興), brown Line 1 and blue Line 5, leave from Exit 1 and take bus 1815 to Jinshan Youth Activity Centre (金青中心) and alight at Yehliu (1 hour ride). If you want to take the bus at another station, you can find the full bus route here.