Published on : Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Discover Taiwan’s cultural, historical and scenic treasures when SuperStar Virgo, Star Cruises’ flagship in Asia, takes passengers from Hong Kong to Keelung (Taipei), Kaohsiung and Taichung this summer.
Star Cruises, the leading cruise line in Asia-Pacific, will showcase the many facets of this “Treasure Island” during SuperStar Virgo’s 4D3N Kaohsiung / Taichung and the 7D6N Keelung (Taipei) / Kaohsiung / Taichung cruises sailing from Hong Kong between 7 April and 26 October. The extensive selection ranging from cultural to historical, educational to shopping, and religious to scenic is tailored to suit every taste.
On the Yehliu & Jiufen Tour, travellers will visit Yehliu Geopark, a cape stretching approximately 1,700 metres into the ocean and formed as geological forces pushed Datun Mountain out of the sea.
History and culture enthusiasts should not miss the National Palace Tour which will take them to some of Taiwan’s most notable landmarks. The National Palace Museum houses one of the world’s largest collections of Chinese treasures.
The Pingxi Tour takes travellers to tourist hotspots Jiufen, Jintong Train Station, and the Ching Tong Mining Museum. At Pingxi, you can make a wish by lighting a sky lantern with your loved ones.
On the Fo Guang Shan Tour, travellers pay a spiritual visit to this Buddhist cultural, religious and educational complex purportedly houses one of the tooth relics of Gautama Buddha, the founder of the Buddhist faith.
Chijin is a popular destination for city dwellers looking for beachside relaxation. The Chijin Tourencapsulates the best of this island west of Kaohsiung. The Chihou Lighthouse commands a beautiful panoramic view of the Port of Kaohsiung and its surroundings.
The nearby city of Tainan is the window into Taiwan’s native culture. Join the Tainan Tour to visit the well-preserved Chikanlou, a mansion built in the Ming Dynasty, and Guoxingye’s Shrine, built in memory of the Pioneer King of Taiwan Cheng Cheng Kung.
Take the Sun Moon Lake Tour to marvel at the breathtaking alpine lake by boat and visit the lakeside Wenwu Temple and Xuanguang Temple.
Other recommended Taichung excursions include the Chun Tai Chan Monastery Tour to Chun Tai Chan Monastery and Taiwan Times Village, where you can get an insight into the Taiwanese, Hakka and Aboriginal cultures through performances, food and the study of architecture; theShopping Tour to Taichung Park, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, Eslite Bookstore and Chun Shui Tang; and the Educational Tour to the National Museum of Nature Science and the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan.
From 7 April to 26 October, you may cruise on SuperStar Virgo with any of the three exciting Hong Kong-based weekly itineraries—the 4D3N cruise to Kaohsiung and Taichung, the 4D3N cruise to Sanya and Halong Bay, and the 1-night high seas cruise. Holidaymakers wishing to extend the trip and prolong the fun can go on a monthly 7D6N cruise to Keelung (Taipei), Kaohsiung, and Taichung.
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