Recommended Routes for Barrier-free Tours

I. Recommended Journey for Guguan Hot Spring Feast (2-Day Tour)

 

Day 1: Guguan Visitor Center → Hot Spring Park (Foot-Soaking Pool) → Shaolai Trail Entrance → Hotel (Please refer to the dining and accommodation data) CHECK IN
Day 2: Hotel → Basianshan National Forest Recreation Area

Day 1: Guguan Visitor Center → Hot Spring Park (Foot-Soaking Pool) → Shaolai Trail Entrance → Hotel (Please refer to the dining and accommodation data) CHECK IN

Day 2: Hotel → Basianshan National Forest Recreation Area

 

Public Transportations

 

Take the HSR (http://www.thsrc.com.tw/tc/ticket/tic_time_search.asp) to HSR Taichung Station, can then transfer to Guguan New Express Bus (Route 153 Auxiliary) towards Guguan.
Guguan to Basianshan: Holidays: Fengyuan Bus Route 269 (http://www.traffic.taichung.gov.tw/form/index-1.asp?Parser=3,7,161,52,,,882,23,,,20): Guguan – Basianshan National Forest Recreation Area (Holidays (one bus each in the morning and the afternoon) Guguan: 10:40; 13:40  Basianshan: 10:55; 13:55  Note: Get off to purchase ticket at the toll gate, then continue to take the ride up to the mountain).
Take Taiwan Railways (http://www.railway.gov.tw/tw/index.aspx) to Fengyuan Station, and then transfer to Fengyuan Bus (http://www.fybus.com.tw/bus8.htm#東勢) to Dongshi, get off at Guguan. (The current bus is still not barrier-free bus yet).
Visitors may check out on the website “Taichung City Bus Arrival Time Access” (http://citybus.taichung.gov.tw/ibus/), look up the desired bus route under Dynamic Bus Information – Single Route; buses with low undercarriages will be displayed with the character “Low” on the dynamic bus chart. 
THSR Barrier-Free Service: https://www.thsrc.com.tw/tw/Article/ArticleContent/54334dfd-46a3-4306-8584-cb9600e19d9f
Taiwan Railways Barrier-Free Service Section: http://www.railway.gov.tw/tw/CP.aspx?sn=968&n=1337
Taichung Airport Barrier-Free Service Section: http://www.tca.gov.tw/cht/index.php?code=list&ids=186#.VW6p_dKqpBc

Take the HSR (http://www.thsrc.com.tw/index_en.html?force=1) to HSR Taichung Station, can then transfer to Guguan New Express Bus (Route 153 Auxiliary) towards Guguan.

Guguan to Basianshan: Holidays: Fengyuan Bus Route 269 (http://www.traffic.taichung.gov.tw/form/index-1.asp?Parser=3,7,161,52,,,882,23,,,20): Guguan – Basianshan National Forest Recreation Area (Holidays (one bus each in the morning and the afternoon) Guguan: 10:40; 13:40  Basianshan: 10:55; 13:55  Note: Get off to purchase ticket at the toll gate, then continue to take the ride up to the mountain).

Take Taiwan Railways (http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/index.aspx) to Fengyuan Station, and then transfer to Fengyuan Bus (http://www.fybus.com.tw/bus8.htm#東勢) to Dongshi, get off at Guguan. (The current bus is still not barrier-free bus yet).

Visitors may check out on the website “Taichung City Bus Arrival Time Access” (http://citybus.taichung.gov.tw/cms/en/), look up the desired bus route under Dynamic Bus Information – Single Route; buses with low undercarriages will be displayed with the character “Low” on the dynamic bus chart. 

THSR Barrier-Free Service: https://www.thsrc.com.tw/en/Article/ArticleContent/db0e38d8-6cd6-4615-8e53-6288b96a6a84

Taiwan Railways Barrier-Free Service Section: http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/CP.aspx?sn=16985&n=19592

Taichung Airport Barrier-Free Service Section: http://www.tca.gov.tw/eng/index.php?code=list&ids=308#.WM-dwNJ96Uk

RehaBus

Taichung City RehaBus

*      Inquiry division and contact Tel. No.: Social Affairs Bureau, Taichung City Government; 04-22289111#37317 Ms. Huang

*      “Barrier-free taxi” is currently unavailable in Taichung City

 

I. Large RehaBus (32 seats and 6-8 wheelchairs): 2 buses in total, applications for shuttle bus services may be proposed by registered groups or relevant welfare institutions for disabled people when organizing various events for the disabled people. It may be loaned after receiving approval from Taichung City Government. 

II. Small RehaBus (4 seats and 2 wheelchairs): 228 buses in total, based on administrative districts in Taichung City as the service area.

 

(I) Service Target and Items: 

1. Those with disability card or disability certificate and have been evaluated in demand of RehaBus. (Requires an escort, which is restricted to the company of one family member).

2. Other special conditions may apply for exemplary case approval to the bureau is initially evaluated with special demands by outsourced institutions.

3. Based on the goals of seeking medical advice (excluding emergency medical care); employment (excluding going to and getting off work); school (excluding going to and finishing class); business affair and social participation...etc.

 

(II) Reservation Approach and Hotline:

1. Telephone Reservation: Those in need may call the RehaBus Service Center reservation hotline at the various districts during individual service hours.

 (1) Metropolitan District 1 (North District, Beitun District, XitunDistrict)

Tel.: 04-22618008; 04-22618002

Fax: 04-22618009

 (2) Metropolitan District 2: (Central District, East District, West District, Nantun District, South District)

Tel.: 04-24751945; 04-24751943

Fax: 04-247503029

(3) Seacoast District (Da’an District, Dajia District, Waipu District, Cingshuei District, Wuci District, Shalu District, Longjing District, Dadu District)

Tel.: 04-26520669; 04-26520689

Fax: 04-26520687

(4) Tun District (Taiping District, Dali District, Wurih District, Wufong District)

Tel.: 04-22792486; 04-22791661

Fax: 04-22797280

(5) Mountain Line (including remote area) (Daya District, Shengang District, Houli District, Fengyuan District, Tanzi District, Heping District, Shihgang District, Sinshe District, Dongshi District)

Tel.: 04-25200169; 04-25200179

Fax: 04-25150129

 

2. Online Reservation: Open year-round (Each district provides 1/3 of the vehicles for online reservation).

*      Social Affairs Bureau, Taichung City Government – Barrier-free welfare service: http://ppt.cc/gwBo

*      Please refer to the descriptions on Social Affairs Bureau, Taichung City Government webpage for relevant information.

Recommended Travel Itinerary

Recommended Time:9:30~15:30

Name of Recreational Site:Guguan Hot Spring Cultural Museum (Guguan Visitor Center) (Opening hours: 8:30-17:30)

Site Introduction:

1. The Guguan Hot Spring Cultural Museum introduces hot spring cultures, hot spring classifications, spring quality categories and effects from all places around the world; videos are played to introduce tours in Guguan. The center is the first display center in Taiwan based on the theme of hot spring culture. Besides providing tour-guide and travel info inside the modern and simple architecture, it also features vivid multi-media introductions on how hot springs are formed and explored, as well as displays on hot spring literature and art, hot spring utilization and healthcare, and hot spring ecology…etc., making it an ideal place for visitors to learn in-depth about hot springs.

2. Guguan Visitor Center is located on the ground floor of Guguan Hot Spring Cultural Museum, providing travel info regarding this scenic area, introduction to the sites within the district, simple medical service, traffic inquiry, transportation time inquiry, travel info service as well as travelers’ comments and feedbacks…etc.

Barrier-Free Facilities:

Coordinates: 24.203269, 121.007114

Barrier-free parking space: 1

Barrier-free parking space

Wheelchair:1

Stroller:1 (Approach the reception counter for rental; rental hours are from 8:30~17:30; requires leaving ID there)

Barrier-free toilet:2

Barrier-free toilet  Barrier-free toilet

Recommended Time:9:30~15:30

Name of Recreational SiteGuguan Hot Spring Park (Opening hours: 8:30~17:30)

Site Introduction:

Guguan Hot Spring Park is located at 34K of Tai 8 Route, featuring comprehensive facilities within the park area, including Hot Spring Cultural Museum, plaza and stage…etc., while one may also admire the lush greenness and prosperous sceneries when strolling on the Lights & Shadows Road, Wooden Road and Syuyang Trail.

The park features SPA fish foot-soaking pool capable of softening cuticles and experience the fun of Doctor fish SPA; those with disabilities may contact the service personnel for assistance towards experiencing Doctor fish SPA.

Barrier-Free Facilities:

Barrier-Free Facilities

Recommended Time: 9:30-15:30

Name of Recreational Site: Guguan Hot Spring

Site Introduction:

Guguan Hot Spring was originated from the Japanese Meiji Period, formerly known as “Meiji Hot Spring”. It is deeply favored by visitors due to the clear spring water without an odor of sulphur, and was known as the hot spring that gives birth to boys during the Meiji Period! Hot springs here are evaluated to be quality weak base carbonated spring with excellent water quality, and temperature stays around 48 degrees, featuring mild nature with slight alkalinity. It is a famous hot spring resort on the Central Cross-Island Highway.

Recommended Time: 9:00~12:00 on Day 2

Name of Recreational Site: Basianshan National Forest Recreation Area (opening hours: 8:00am-5:00pm) 04-25951214

Site Introduction:

Basianshan National Forest Recreation Area is located in the Heping District of Taichung City, where the main peak is at an elevation of 2366 meters, which is about 8000 Taiwan feet, hence the name “Basian (homophonic to eight thousand)”. The park features lush green forest and comfortable cool climate, with the confluence of Shiwen Creek and Jiabau Creek. The source of the creeks is originated from the deep-mountain forest with clear water quality, as well as all sizes of stones in the creeks to offer the sound of flowing water everywhere. Featuring abundant natural ecological resources, this park area was one of the three main forestry areas in Taiwan back in the Japanese ruling period. The area provides strong forestry cultural sentiment, making it the ideal venue for you to experience the great outdoors on holidays!

Barrier-Free Facilities:

http://recreation.forest.gov.tw

Coordinates: 24.192293, 121.014598

Barrier-free Parking Space: 10

Barrier-free toilet: 3 places (1 each)

Wheelchair provided: 1 (Approach the reception counter for rental; rental hours are from 8:00~17:00; requires leaving ID there)

Dining & Accommodation Info

Hotel Name No. of Rooms (dedicated for barrier-free) Room Rates Tel. Address
Bali Nature Spa Resorthttp://www.villa-spa.com.tw/ 53(1) 4599~7480元 04-25951998#9 No.10, Hot Spring Ln., Sec. 1, Dongci Rd., Heping Dist., Taichung City
UNI Resort http://www.uni-resort.com.tw/gu/ 74(1) 4200~5800元 04-25950000 No.188, Sec. 1, Dongci Rd., Heping Dist., Taichung City
Basian Villas http://www.basianvillas.com/about.php 18(1) 4400~5720元 04-25950266 No.200, Sec. 1, Dongci Rd., Heping Dist., Taichung City

Notes for Visitors

1. You may make inquiries to the various travel recreational sites prior to departure in order for a comprehensive tour.

2. It is suggested that the company be used for travel for people with disabilities.

3. Notes for hot springs

● One should wash the body thoroughly before going into the pool.

● Those with chronic diseases such as heart disease should enter the pool according to doctor’s instructions.

● One should replenish water adequately before and after soaking in hot spring.

● Please enter the pool in the following order: foot bath, half bath to whole body bath; soaking height should not exceed the heart.

● If any discomfort is experienced after entering the pool, please get out of the pool immediately and inform the service personnel.

● Those who had travelled a long way, that are over fatigued or just had intense exercise, should take a break before going into the pool.

● Those with infectious diseases are forbidden to enter the pool.

● Females during menstruation period are forbidden to enter the pool.

● Pets are not allowed to enter the pool.

● Pregnant females, people with disabilities, seniors, and children should avoid entering the pool alone.

● Those who are drunk, with empty stomach and full stomach are not suitable to enter the pool.

● Bathing time should not exceed 15 minutes per time, and should not exceed 1 hour in total.

● It is not suitable to go directly into the oven after getting out of the pool.

II. Lion’s Head Mountain Barrier-Free Tour – Recommended Routes for Seniors and Barrier-Free Tours (1-Day Tour)

Taipei, Kaohsiung → HSR Hsinchu Station → Green World → Shishan Visitor Center → Nanzhuang Visitor Center → Nanzhuang Old Street

Public Transportations

1. Take HSR (http://www.thsrc.com.tw/index_en.html?force=1) to HSR Hsinchu Station, then transfer to Lion’s Head Mountain Route of Taiwan Tourist Shuttle (http://en.taiwantrip.com.tw/), with Shihshan Visitor Center as the final station, then transfer to Nanzhuang Route of Taiwan Tourist shuttle to Nanzhuang Visitor Center. (The current bus is still not barrier-free bus yet).

2. Take Taiwan Railways (http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/index.aspx) to Zhudong Station, and then transfer to Lion’s Head Mountain Nanzhuang Route (http://en.taiwantrip.com.tw/line/33?x=1&y=6) of Taiwan Tourist Shuttle to Nanzhuang Visitor Center. (The current bus is still not a barrier-free bus yet).

3. THSR Barrier-free service: https://www.thsrc.com.tw/en/Article/ArticleContent/db0e38d8-6cd6-4615-8e53-6288b96a6a84

4. Taiwan Railways Barrier-free Service Section: http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/CP.aspx?sn=16985&n=19592

RehaBus

* Inquiry division and contact Tel. No.:

Department of Social Affairs, Hsinchu City Government 03-5216121 ext. 395; “Related Link

Social Affairs Department, Hsinchu County Government 03-5518101#3181; “Related Link

Miaoli County Government 037-374785 and 037-374885; “Related Link

* Please refer to the websites for Department of Social Affairs, Hsinchu City Government; Social Affairs Department, Hsinchu County Government; and Miaoli County Government for relevant information.

Recommended Travel Itinerary

Recommended Time:9:30~16:30

Name of Recreational Site: Green World

Site Introduction:

Green World is located in Beipu, Hsinchu with an area of over 70 hectares. In this open ecological farm, visitors may feel as if they are in various ecological environments. There they may observe swans, butterflies, aquatic plants, rainforest ecology and all types of rare cactuses at close distance. People can also admire cute performances from macaws and toucans, thereby having fun through learning on family outings. (Ticket for disabled NT$200, for those with disability card and 1 escort (ID required).

Barrier-Free Facilities:

http://www.green-world.com.tw/index.asp

Mobility Auxiliary Tool: 6 wheelchairs for free rental

Barrier-free toilet: 1 toilet

Coordinates: 24.41.57, 121.4.1

Barrier-free parking space: 2 parking spaces

Coordinates: 24.41.57, 121.4.1

 

Name of Recreational Site: Shihshan Visitor Center

Site Introduction:

Shihshan Visitor Center was renovated from the former schoolhouse of Shihshan Elementary School, which provides services including tour-guide explanations and multi-media video admirations…etc., as well as displays scenic area tourist attractions, specialties, and animal as well as plant ecologies, making it the top venue for visitors to learn about Lion’s Head Mountain. There is barrier-free trail by the visitor center leading to Xiexin Teahouse, which allows visitors to experience simple Hakka hospitality while savoring Hakka tea and food.

Barrier-Free Facilities:

Mobility Auxiliary Tool: 1 wheelchair for free rental

Barrier-free toilet: 1 toilet

Coordinates: 24.655172, 121.024671

Barrier-free toilet  Barrier-free toilet

Barrier-free parking space: 1 parking space

parking

Coordinates: 24.655172,121.024671

Coordinates: 24.655172,121.024671

Name of Recreational Site:Nanzhuang Visitor Center

Site Introduction:

It is located in the vicinity of Nanzhuang Old Street, providing visitors with travel info inquiries, tour-guide services, and itinerary planning, as well as several travel brochures for free. This allows visitors to learn more about Lion’s Head Mountain Scenic Area.

Barrier-free facilities:

Mobility Auxiliary Tool: 1 wheelchair for free rental

wheelchair for free rental

Barrier-free toilet

Barrier-free toilet: 1 toilet

Coordinates: 24.598083, 121.564101

Barrier-free parking space: 1 parking space

Barrier-free parking space

Coordinates:24.655172,121.024671

Dining & Accommodation Info

Hotel Name No. of Rooms (dedicated for barrier-free) Room Rates Tel. Address
Sheraton Hsinchu Hotel 770(8) NT$5000~6000 03-620-6000 No.265, Dong Sec. 1, Guangming 6th Rd., Jhubei City, Hsinchu County

Notes for Visitors

The B&B within this scenic area do not feature barrier-free guest rooms, those with disabilities are suggested to contact the proprietors regarding the relevant accommodation facilities prior to check-in, and family escort is recommended.

III. Mt. Bagua Barrier-Free Tour (1-Day Tour)

Taipei → Mt. Bagua Ecology Visitor Center → Alice’s Garden → Qingshuiyan Ecology Display Center → Songboling Visitor Center

Public Transportations

1. To Mt. Bagua Ecology Visitor Center: take the HSR (http://www.thsrc.com.tw/index_en.html) to the Bureau of Culture (Mt. Bagua Giant Buddha Scenic Area). (The current bus is still not barrier-free bus yet).

2. To Alice’s Garden: take Taiwan Railways (http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/) to Changhua Train Station, the transfer to Changhua Bus  towards Tsaotun, get off at Shekou Station, turn right and walk for about 5 minutes to arrive at Alice’s Garden. (The current bus is still not barrier-free bus yet).

3. To Qingshuiyan: Take a ride to Tianjhong Station, and then transfer to Changhua Bus towards Yuanlin (6915), get off at Qingshuiyan Station to arrive there. (The current bus is still not barrier-free bus yet).

4. THSR Barrier-free service: https://www.thsrc.com.tw/en/Article/ArticleContent/db0e38d8-6cd6-4615-8e53-6288b96a6a84

5. Taiwan Railways Barrier-free service section: http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/CP.aspx?sn=16985&n=19592

By Car

1. National Highway No.1: Exit Changhua Interchange, go along Tai 19 Route to connect to Jhonghua Road and Kongmen Road, go past Jhongshan Road crossroad and follow Dongmin Street and Guashan Road straight upwards to arrive at Mt. Bagua Scenic Area and Mt. Bagua Ecology Visitor Center.

2. Mt. Bagua Ecology Visitor Center → County Highway 139 → Tai 74 Route A → Kuaiguan Interchange on National Highway No.3 → Fenyuan Interchange on National Highway No.3 → Zhongshan Road → Alice’s Garden (No.167, Zhongshan Rd., Fenyuan Township, Changhua County)

3. Alice’s Garden → Jhongshan Road → Tai 14 D → Fenyuan Interchange on National Highway No.3 → Tai 76 Route (Baguashan Tunnel) → County Highway 137 (Foothill road) → Qingshuiyan Temple (No.1, Cingshueiyan Rd., Cingshuei Village, Shetou Township, Changhua County)

4. Qingshuiyan Temple → County Highway 137 (Foothill road) → County Highway 150 → County Highway 139 B → Songboling Visitor Center (No.181, Sec. 2, Mingshan Rd., Mingjian Township, Nantou County)

Recommended Travel Itinerary

Recommended Time: 9:00~17:00

Name of Recreational Site: Mt. Bagua Ecology Visitor Center

Site Introduction:

Mt. Bagua Ecology Visitor Center is located on the north side to Mt. Bagua Scenic Area close to the Mt. Bagua Giant Buddha. It is the first visitor center with the display theme based on grey-faced buzzards, while also demonstrating the current conditions of Mt. Bagua Scenic Area.

Barrier-free Facilities:

Mobility Auxiliary Tools: 1 wheelchair/1 walking stick/1 walking aid. Free for rental.

Barrier-free Toilet

Barrier-free Toilet: 1 toilet

Barrier-free parking space: 1 parking space

Barrier-free parking space

Coordinates: 24.0785106, 120.55576719999999

 

Name of Recreational Site: :Alice’s Garden

Site Introduction:

Litchi is one of Fenyuan’s three treasures, and in order to collaborate with the development of local characteristics, the Tri-Mountain National Scenic Area Administration renovated the old Fenyuan Recreation Park. Now it is a unique Litchi theme based park featuring a colorful flower sea, wedding photo plaza favored by the newlyweds, outdoor lush green grass lawn, interesting physical training area and DIY classroom…etc., Its ingenuity can be seen everywhere, creating a theme park suitable for family outings. (Promotional admission: free admission for people with disabilities and escorts).

Barrier-free Facilities:

Mobility Auxiliary Tools: 1 wheelchair/1 walking stick. (Free for rental.)

Barrier-free toilets: 3 toilets

Coordinates: 24.0021659, 120.625898

Barrier-free parking space: 5 parking spaces for cars and motorbikes

Coordinates: 24.0021659, 120.625898

 

Name of Recreational Site: :Qingshuiyan Recreation Area (Qingshuiyan Temple + Qingshuiyan Ecology Display Center)

Site Introduction:

Qingshuiyan Temple located in Shetou Township was constructed in 1728. The ancient but elegant temple demonstrates the centennial glory, making it one of the famous temples in the central region. Qingshuiyan Ecology Display Center was founded in the periphery during the recent years, collecting several hundreds of specimens to allow the public in learning the importance of ecological conservation. Qingshuiyan Park has setup friendly barrier-free facilities for seniors and friends with disabilities, ranging from the barrier-free parking spaces at the entrance, barrier-free toilets, electric wheelchair charging station to the barrier-free trails connecting the various sites within the park area, thereby providing an unobstructed travel environment.

Barrier-free facilities:

Mobility Auxiliary Tool: None

Barrier-free Toilet: 2 toilets

無障礙廁所  無障礙廁所

Coordinates: 23.8863784, 120.61389340000005

Barrier-free Parking Spaces: 4 parking spaces

Coordinates: 23.8863784, 120.61389340000005

Name of Recreational Site: Songboling Visitor Center

Site Introduction:

Songboling is located in Mingjian Township, Nantou County at an elevation of 200~400 meters. It is often clouded with mist, and features the natural environment suitable for cultivating tea. Therefore, it is an indexed tea area at medium-low altitude. If you would like to learn more about the history of tea industry, you may go to Songboling Visitor Center that provides visitors with tour-guide service, tea-producing experience, and savoring chance to truly savor tea.

Barrier-free Facilities:

Mobility Auxiliary Tools: 1 wheelchair/1 walking stick/1 walking aid. Free for rental.

Barrier-free Toilet: 1 toilet

Barrier-free Toilet

Coordinates: 23.8338781, 120.63601010000002

Barrier-free Parking Space: 1 parking space

Barrier-free Parking Space

Coordinates: 23.8338781, 120.63601010000002

Notes for Visitors

1. There is no direct public transportation connecting to this scenic area, it is recommended to come by car.

2. The B&B within this scenic area do not feature barrier-free guest rooms, those with disabilities are suggested to contact the proprietors regarding the relevant accommodation facilities prior to check-in.