SINGAPORE – Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed priceline.com Incorporated, has secured some great value room rates for travelers visiting the 2010 Taipei International Flora Expo.
Transforming Taipei into a city of blossoming parks and gardens, the Flora Expo is the first internationally-recognized event of its kind to be hosted by the Taiwanese capital. Running from November 6, 2010 to April 25, 2011, the Expo aims to promote floriculture within Taipei and inspire both residents and international visitors to adopt sustainable living practices to help preserve our natural environment.
The theme of the Expo is “Rivers, Flowers, New Horizons.” Fourteen exhibition halls across more than 90 hectares will house floral displays and showcase advances in environmental sciences, green technology and horticulture. The Expo will inhabit the Yuanshan area, including the Taipei Fine Arts Park, Yuanshan Park, Xinsheng Park and the popular recreational spot, Da-Jia Riverside Park.
The Expo site takes in some of Taipei’s most high-profile cultural venues, with displays that range from the historical to the high-tech. All 14 exhibition sites offer visitors something educational and inspirational. The following is a selection of event highlights travelers should be sure to catch.
STORY HOUSE. Taiwan’s only Tudor-style building is set in a classic English garden and will have 700 Taiwanese antiques on display, offering visitors a snapshot of aristocratic life in 19th-century Taiwan.
PAVILION OF NEW FASHION. This high-tech hall – dubbed the ‘FE ecoARK’ – is made entirely of recycled garbage, including 1.5 million recycled PET bottles. Visitors strolling through its quiet, airy passageways can reflect on the unity of ‘heaven and humanity’ and experience the elements of light, wind and water.
PAVILION OF ANGEL LIFE. This pavilion combines art with life, featuring design that integrates holistic practices and aesthetics. A large theatre projects high-definition images of Taiwan – a great introduction for first-time visitors to the country.
PAVILION OF THE FUTURE. This is an innovative exhibition zone with a greenhouse powered by green energy. Here, visitors can witness the role of technology in creating a more harmonious existence between humans and the environment.
PAVILION OF DREAMS. Located in Xinsheng Park, visitors here are given a ‘technology dream bracelet’ that projects a holographic flower. 3D movies and virtual reality displays engage each of the audience’s five senses.
CELEBRITY’S HOUSE: From the late ’60s through to the 80s, the late Teresa Teng was one of Asia’s leading female singers and today she’s a Taiwanese icon. In this exhibition, Teng’s life is interpreted through art and technology – guests can listen to her music, attend seminars by local artists and celebrities and create their own floral arrangements, a practice believed to still the mind and promote oneness with nature.
To best experience what is set to be one of Asia’s most stunning and enjoyable eco-events, Agoda.com has secured a selection of hotel deals in Taipei.
AMBIENCE HOTEL – 4 stars
Agoda promotional rates from US$87. Stay 4 nights, pay 3 nights. Valid until December 30.
BEAUTY HOTELS-STAR BEAUTY RESORT – 4 stars
Special rates from US$72. Minimum stay 3 nights – enjoy 15 percent discount. Valid until December 31.
CITY INN PLUS – 4 stars
Enjoy modern design and quick access to fashion street. Agoda rates from as little as US$64.
CAESAR PARK HOTEL – 5 stars
Agoda rates from US$105. Book a minimum 3 nights for 15 percent discount. Until December 29.
HOWARD PLAZA HOTEL – 5 stars
Agoda rates from US$128. Early Bird Rate: book 20 days in advance and enjoy 10 percent discount.
Valid until January 11, 2011.
ROYAL PALACE HOTEL – 4 stars
Agoda rates from US$91.
MIRAMAR GARDEN HOTEL – 5 stars
This classy hotel is in Zhongshan district with rates through Agoda.com from US$191.
IMPERIAL HOTEL – 5 stars
Special Agoda promotion: book minimum 2 nights and enjoy 25 percent discount. From US$104 per night. Valid until November 30, 2010
COSMOS HOTEL – 4 stars
This is a high-comfort business hotel close to Taipei railway station. Rates through Agoda from US$98 per night.
GRAND FORMOSA REGENT HOTEL – 5 stars
A luxurious hotel in the ZHongshan District. Rates from US$227. Valid until December 12, 2010.
For more information about Agoda.com, contact [email protected] Agoda.com . To learn more about the 2010 Taipei Int’l Flora Expo, visit www.2010taipeiexpo.tw .