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Taiwan Sports and Recreation

East Coast National Scenic Area
In Taiwan's sweltering, humid, summer, when temperatures range between 30 and 38 degrees Celsius (86F to 100F), 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 aircraft flying.

Green Bay
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 in Taiwan.

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

Located at:
Grand Hyatt Taipei
No: 2 Sung Shou Road
Taipei, Taiwan
Grand Hyatt Taipei
Tel: +886 2 2720 1234
Fax: +886 2 2720 1111
Email: Concierge@hyatt.com.tw


Acknowledgements: ASIATRAVELMART.COM

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