Magazine article Management Today

MT Business Travel - Frequent Flyer Franco I-Pang Chung's Guide to Taipei

Magazine article Management Today

MT Business Travel - Frequent Flyer Franco I-Pang Chung's Guide to Taipei

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HOW TO GET THERE There are many flights from London, although none is direct. BA, Cathay Pacific and Virgin are good. I like to fly with EVA airline in Deluxe or Business class. Flights from London to Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport take 16 hours.

AIRPORT TO TOWN Bus transfers cost about NTdollars 200 (pounds 3.50) and take 30-50 minutes. Most big hotels are on the bus routes and most buses terminate at Taipei Central rail station.

BEST HOTEL Caesar Park 1 (formerly Hilton, 38 Chung Hsiao W Road Sec 1, +886 2 2311 5151, www.caesarpark.com.tw) is dated, but located opposite Taipei rail station, with department stores nearby. Grand Hotel 2 (1 Zhongshan N Road, Sec 4, 2 2886 8888, www.grand-hotel.org) offers Imperial Chinese grandness with modern facilities. If attending the Taipei World Trade Centre, Grand Hyatt 3 (2 Songshou Road, 2 2720 1234, www.taipei.grand.hyatt.com) is unbeatable, new and high-tech. The Evergreen Laurel Hotel 4 (63 Songjiang Road, 2 2501 9988, www.evergreen-hotels.com) is not the best located, but has the best services.

BEST BUSINESS RESTAURANT I like to have breakfast meetings with clients at my hotel as the Chinese and Western breakfast buffet is usually excellent and if meetings overrun I can lunch with the client. For the best steak, try any Wang Steak restaurant (www.wangsteak.com.tw, outlets around town). Service is great and there's none of the usual grill-and-serve stuff; the steak is marinated for two days with special spices and roasted for 11/2hrs before serving. All for under pounds 20! China Pa 5 (145 Anhe Road Sec 1, 2 2702 7011, www.chinapa.com.tw) is also good for business meals, and offers live music.

BEST NIGHT MARKETS Night markets present the best of mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and south-east Asian food at low prices, as well as shopping and drinks. …

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