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Fun-filled Adventure
Perfect for Parent-Child Bonding

Travel Day: 1 day
Trail Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Main Route: Ganjiao, Zhongkeng Historic Trail, and Ganjiao Stop

Features:

family tour

Family fun​

Taiwan photo tour

Photo Spots

Outdoor

Highlights

Taifa Charcoal Kiln

Come to Taifa Charcoal Kiln for a glimpse into the secret of coal making. At that time, the kiln produced the largest amount of coal in the Shuangxi area, supported by over one thousand workers on a daily basis. Workers only made six dollars in profit when burning a kiln and earned less than 100 dollars a day, but they had to work long hours under high temperature and extreme risks. Their skin was torched red and dry, but they had to continue working to support their families.

Weihui Temple

Weihui Temple was the center of both religious and everyday life for Ganjiao residents. In early years, Ganjiao produced tea, and tea merchants would trade at the temple plaza. Other vendors joined the booming commercial district, selling pork, tofu, and groceries. During the gold rush era, Ganjiao was the transportation hub of the Danlan Historic Trail system that connected nearby villages—south to Daping, north to Shifenliao, and east to Dingshuangxi. There was even a handcar railway between Ganjiao and Dingshuangxi when the mining industry was at its peak.

Zhongkeng Historic Trail

Zhongkeng Historic Trail was the shortcut for tea merchants to travel between Ganjiao and Panshankeng. When you enter the trail, what comes in sight are terraced fields, frog-shaped rocks, running streams, old stone bridges, and ancient houses. You might even spot a water buffalo family grazing on the green pasture.

Ganjiao Station

Mr. Wang, the owner of Ganjiao Courier Station, used to work in finance but then decided to settle down in Ganjiao Town, “the pearl in the mountain valley,” to build his own Shangri-La. He has an unique taste for coffee, so he roasted his own coffee beans and created “Ganjiao Special”, a signature drink that attracted great fanfare. In addition to his barista business, he also grows organic vegetables, hoping to create a slow living, healthy, and natural lifestyle. Ganjiao Station is the perfect spot to relax your body and mind.

Itinerary

9:00-9:50 Taipei Main Station to Taifa Charcoal Kiln
9:50-10:30 Guided Tour at Taifa Charcoal Kiln
10:30-10:40 Walk from Taifa Charcoal Kiln to Weihui Temple
10:40-11:00 Guided Tour at Weihui Temple
11:00-11:30 Walk from Weihui Temple to Zhongkeng Historic Trail
11:30-14:30 Zhongkeng Historic Trail (roundtrip)
14:30-14:35 Walk from Zhongkeng Historic Trail to Ganjiao Courier Station
14:35-15:35 Ganjiao Courier Station – Tea Tasting and Snacks
15:35-17:00 Ganjiao Courier Station – Coffee Bean Roasting
17:00 Return to Taipei Main Station

Tour Details

Minimum Numbers

6-20 people

Availability

Departs on everyday

Meeting point

9 am at Taipei Main Station

When to book

Book 3 days in advance

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes

Price

Adult (Over 6 years old)

150 USD per person

Child (1 to 6 years old)

80 USD per person

Infant (0 to 1 years old)

Free of charge. (Please note there must be at least one adult accompanying the tour with infant.)

Inclusion

Accommodation

N/A

Food

Lunch is included

Admissions

All included

Tour Guide

A great English/Chinese -speaking guide

Transportation

Van or sedan

Others

Travel insurance and of course, memories that money can't buy!
Please note that tips for your tour guide are NOT included.

From 80 USD per person

Don’t just take our word for it. Read what our previous clients have to say about us!

Shirley C
Shirley C
An unforgettable day trip with Topology
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This is the first time I've booked the tour with Topology, the experience with them was fantastic! Penny who has communicated with me from beginning to the end, she is very responsive with all the questions I had or requested, and well informed about tour guide's info and pickup time. Fun time seems to pass by quickly, Spencer surely made our trip so memorable, we will always remember him and hopefully one day we will meet up again. =)
Angelina C
Angelina C
Amazing trip and amazing guide
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It was a very interesting trip. We knew unique places and very beautiful views. I recommend it and thank our guide Mr. Clint Liang for his help and kindness. It was very important that he knew the area so well.
kentucky
kentucky
Excellent agency, wonderful tour guide
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We were a family of 13 that did 2 private day tours and airport transfers with Topology. Peter was excellent with all communications from the beginning. Airy was a wonderful bilingual guide thar really made us feel at home. The kids in our group also warmed up to her quickly. The included lunches were sumptuous and extensive. They are a little pricey but well worth every penny.
Andrea
Andrea
Week in Taiwan
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We had an amazing time in Taiwan! Allen from Topology was responsive throughout the planning stages. We have a child with many food allergies and requested an English-speaking guide to accompany us for the entire trip. We could not have been happier with Spencer! We spent 7 days with him touring Taipei, Jiufen, Yehliu National Park, Kaoshiung, and Kenting National Park. He kept that pace quick for the kids and most of our free time was spent exploring different markets sampling street food. Spencer kept my son safe during the entire trip, and by the end he was like a part of the family.
Ltran
Ltran
8 day private tour of Taiwan
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Our 8 day private tour of Taiwan included Taipei, Jiufen, Shifen, Taroko, Sun Moon, & Taichung. Both our consultant, Vivi, & our driver, Henry, were excellent. We felt well taken care of from beginning to end. Henry was especially accommodating to our changing needs and requests. He was punctual, patient and attentive to our interests, even suggesting extra stops that may appeal to us & taking pictures for us. Despite some minor stomach issues at the first half of the trip (we were not able to eat some of the planned dinners), we still got to see many scenes & sites that surprised us: Taroko gorge was stunning; releasing sky lanterns was fun; the local wet market was lively; the oyster/clam digging area looked like a wet sand desert complete with a windy sand storm. Over all, everything went smoothly, and our group of 4 adults + 1 child, enjoyed our trip immensely. Thank you
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