Hi, I am back from vacation. I have been in Taiwan for almost a month. The trip was pleasant but some of the phenomenon we saw was quite disturbing especially in the younger generation around the age of 18 and 40, which makes us question if we should shorten our visits in the future. I am still contemplating if I should write about what we saw. Anyway, we were able to visit Alishan while we were there this time. We have been discouraged by our family members to pay a visit to the place in the past because of the notorious Chinese tourists. We were lucky that there were no Chinese tourists there this time until we got off the mountain. It was great to get away from the heat for a few days. We love the tea and the tea owner of 阿里山日出商店 (嘉義縣阿里山鄉中正村32號). I will write about our stay in Taiwan when I have time. I am still trying to recover from the jet lag and stay awake at work. So if you don't hear from me, it is because I am still feeling fatigued from the trip.
By the way, the majority of our stay was at Le Meridian Taipei (台北寒舍艾美酒店 http://www.lemeridien-taipei.com/) in the center of Taipei Singyi District where Shin Kong Misukoshi and Taipei 101 are located. The amenities of the hotel are great. I would recommend staying at this hotel if you plan to visit Taipei.
Elisa English, 6/28/2011