I've been! On the 9 kuai tickets they did one year. It was fun but I found it rather limited in terms of what to do. A week is probably the maximum I could do there, including a beach day or two and sight seeing. Everyone was very friendly, although not much English (this was three years ago) so I spoke mandarin to most people and they still didn't always really understand what I wanted. Overall would recommend for a short break.
Thanks, that sounds promising. It's going to be 7 days max, just a week to unwind and change of scenery from Shanghai. It would be during cherry blossom time and sounds more appealing than Tokyo (and much, much cheaper) hence we started looking into it. Did you go snorkelling / diving? Wondering if we can fill a couple of days underwater, possibly even trip to the other island (Ubo?).
Yes we have been! We were with family (DCs grandparents, uncle and aunt, and two DCs who were 3.5 and 5 mo at the time. Weather want great. I can imagine if the weather is fantastic it's really fun - like any holiday location - but when the weather isn't great there isn't an awful lot to do. Some great restaurants but I wouldn't go back in the same format (3night stay in small villa as part of a 3 week trip to Korea) it's just not worth the travel from Seoul.
Stumbled across the Sex museum, but can't go due to 8yo DS... However, Teddybear museum is on the list!
We have driven motorbikes around Asia, but we really want to drive a car again! By that time it will be almost 2 years without car driving and I just want to get behind the wheel again. Wouldn't dare to do so in Shanghai as it's total anarchy on the roads, so thanks for the heads up on calmer roads, Shanghaidiva.
Off to Decathlon for some proper hiking shoes later. Really looking forward to all the geological features (lava tunnels!) and just to get away from the city. We are staying a few nights at a farm and the rest on the beach in the South. Fingers crossed for good weather, but it seems to be the dry season so one can hope. Will go prepared, we have travelled so much in SE Asia, we got 'equipment' come rain or shine.
Beautiful scenery, great hikes and geological features. We went to pretty much every hotspot on the island as we were there for 8 days and spent half the time in the North and half in the South. Travelled pretty much everywhere.
Loved, loved, loved all the museums! DS over the moon in the Teddy bear museums, but also loved others such as the Alive museum (3D Art) and the Believe it or not!
Only downside was that we weren't allowed to hire a car. Arrived at Hertz and were told that class B license not enough. Need an international driving permit there. Others were in the same situation, it definitely wasn't made clear on websites. Nevertheless, got round fine with taxis.