The L’Hotel de Chine Group, a luxury international five-star French hotel with Asian influences, has launched a competition to encourage young people to travel to Taiwan. The prize is a ‘working holiday’ in Taiwan for up to a month, with the choice of staying at one or more of the L’Hotel de Chine Group hotels: the Palais de Chine hotel in Taipei, or other hotels in Sun Moon Lake, Xinzhuang, Hualien, Chiayi, Taoyuan or Chungli. The winner will also receive NT$10,000 (USD$330) per person plus a NT$1,000 (AUD$30) per day food credit allowance.
I have had attended several functions at the Palais de Chine hotel in Taipei, and let me say that it is an understatement to describe the hotel as opulent – it is over-the-top French-Chinese inspired luxury. I have not yet visited the other hotels in the group, but I have heard excellent reports about their resort in Sun Moon Lake. (Sun Moon Lake is one of Taiwan’s most famous tourist spots. It is a beautiful alpine lake area, with hot springs and interesting temples — kind of like Taiwan’s answer to Lake Como.)
The summer holiday competition is open people aged between 18 and 35. To enter, you need to submit an online application, which includes a 600 word itinerary of your proposed travel to Taiwan and a two-minute you-tube video (this should showcase a ‘special talent’ — the website suggests things such as photography, painting, comedy, singing, musical instrument etc). The winner must work 20 hours per week (four hours a day), and blog at least twice a week in return for the experience of travelling staying at the hotels.
Online applications must be submitted by 15 May: the final decision will e announced on 10 June. For details, see the L’Hotel de Chine competition website at http://www.lhoteldechine-showyourself.com.tw/.