Taiwan Sports and Recreation
East Coast National Scenic Area
In Taiwan's sweltering, humid, summer, when temperatures range
between 30 and 38 degrees Celsius (86°F to 100°F), people
naturally seek relief at the shore. The fine natural beaches
along the East Coast National Scenic Area is a fine place
for watersports activities. It is relatively secluded but
offer fewer facilities.
Northeast Coast National Scenic Area
There's much more to do at Taiwan's beaches than just swim
or work on a tan. Less than an hour from Taipei, the Northeast
Coast National Scenic Area, which included the beaches at
Fulung and Yenliao, has the island's most concentrated and
diversified variety of seashore activities; surfing, wing
surfing, diving, jet-skiing, boating, picniking, camping,
fishing, hiking, rock climbing, parasailing and even ultralight
Some private beaches, such as Green Bay offer similar aquatic
activities and camping. An entrance fee is charged. An entrance
fee is also charged at Chinshan, which has camping facilities
but fewer types of rental equipment. The beaches at Kenting
and Oluanpi rent equipment necessary to enjoy a day at the
beach, and entrance is free at some of the beaches in the
Kenting National Park.
Kenting National Park
The north shore, from Tamsui to Suao, is one of Taiwan's most
popular summertime diving area. The water between Maopitou
and Oluanpi is sparkling clear and is home to a variety of
tropical coral and fish. A day of diving, including an experienced
guide and rental equipment, costs about NT$6,8000 (US$250).
Certification from a major national or international diving
organization is required; many local diving companies have
cerified diving courses which last from one to three weeks.
For information and equipment rentals, please call the ROC
Diving Association in Taipei at +886 02 2567 0256.
Chiang Kat-shek Memorial Park & etc..
One of the latest sporting crazes to hit Taiwan is rollerblading,
also known as in-line skating. There are a number of locations
in Taipei, for recreational skating. These include Chiang
Kat-shek Memorial Park, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park, Minchuan
Park, Ta-an Forest Park and the campus of National Taiwan
University. In the south Taipei suburb of Yungho, there is
a large skating rink at Jenai Park.
For more information about free in-line skating lessons on
Tuesday evenings at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, contact
the Mono Club at +886 02 2394 5011.
Saichia Air Sports Park
Saichia Air Sports Park in Pingtung is a popular place for
paragliding, as are a number of locations along the North
Shore, inluding Green Bay. A paraglider is one step down from
a hang glider, and is basically a parachute. Instead of opening
the canopy after jumping out of an air-plane, the pilots gets
the chute inflated in the wind and then runs off a mountain.
Paragliders are controlled by pulling on handles attached
to lines which pull down the trailing edges of the canopy
and turn the glider left or right.
Palm Lakes Golf Resort
Scenic 18-hole golf course rated in the top 100 golf courses
in 1996. It is noted for the sole bent grass green in Taiwan.
Fountain lakes and sand come into play on many holes with
palm trees everywhere. If you play in summer at noon, you'll
see lots of huge elec tric fans blow the green to cool it
down or the bent grass might not survive over 25C. By the
way, the most beautiful and young kind lady caddie will give
you accurate golf tip, take it, you'll make it.
Tel: +886 05 259 0066
Sunrise Golf Club
This is a beautiful mountaintop 18-hole glof course with lots
of elevation changes. The layout is quite nice, although the
greens are just average; same as most courses in Taiwan. The
clubhoue at Sunrise is spectacular. The entry is massive with
a fifty foot high vaulted ceiling supported by huge marble
columns. The locker facilities are elegant and spacious. Sunrise
is a private club, but it's definitely one of the best courses
Tel: +886 03 478 7099
Fax: +886 03 478 1177
Pearl Heights Golf Course
18-hole golf course set several hundred feet up overlooking
the ocean on the north coast. The wind is always quite strong
which makes for some interesting approach shots. It takes
about an hour to an hour and a half to get there from downtown
Taipei. The best way to get there is through Tam Shui, not
through Keelung nor over Yang Mi Shan as some taxi drivers
will suggest. Address : Adress: 5 Tsou Pu Wei, Tsou-Li
Village, Shie-man, Taipei Tel: +886 02 538 2930
Fax: +886 02 638 3106
Oasis Fitness Center
Unlike the traditional regime, Grand Hyatt's Oasis Fitness
Center features computerized Life Circuit exercise machines
as well as luxurious spa facilities and other innovative equipment
to suit the needs of the modern living of today. The sports
facilities are so up to date that it's custom-designed Fitness
and Lifestyle Assessment maximizes your potential on the most
sophisticated exercise equipment available.
Gymnasium: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Spa areas: 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sundays & Holidays: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Grand Hyatt Taipei
No: 2 Sung Shou Road
Grand Hyatt Taipei
Tel: +886 2 2720 1234
Fax: +886 2 2720 1111