I have traveled extensively throughout Asia and have of course compared notes with many others. People hate paying non-local prices. Even if I can afford it, it puts a very bad taste in my mouth. I have never been charged more for being a non-local in the US, but then again I haven't lived in the US very much in the last 20 years. I can't remember any extra charges for national or state park entry in California though in recent years and I would be outraged if there were.
This is a terrible idea. Steve and MM are doing the right thing.
If foreigners really do get ahead in the line for paying extra, this needs to be clearly explained and there would need to be transparency on the numbers. That would probably end the quota program since Taiwanese people would probably be outraged.
Of course, the biggest problem with Yushan remains that there is no public transport to Tatajia, which means that very few people can afford to get there. NT$700 is the least of the costs!
Confuzius wrote:Muzha Man wrote:Confuzius wrote:Muzha Man wrote:Well at least we have the local complacency about shooting themselves in the foot perfectly exemplified on this thread.
Don't see no one gettin shot in da foot or gettin hurt by this.
I understand your problem, a problem of principle. I simply disagree and think its silly.
Both Steve and I are heavily involved in promoting Taiwan as a travelling destination for westerners. We see this as a flawed policy that could hurt Taiwan for reasons given above. You have to understand that this isn't a place with a lot of cache for western travellers. This policy is just another example of bureacratic ignorence of how the world sees this place.
I don't see how this sends the wrong message or promotes the wrong image (as you said in another, followup post).
ALL sorts of places in the states including museums, operas, concerts, restaurants, etc, which are big tourist spots have different prices for locals and visitors (ie whether or not you have an instate DL or out of state). It helps attract more locals and makes the attractions more available to them. Shoot, even theme and amusement parks do it! I SERIOUSLY doubt this sends any sort of bad message or keeps tourism down.
If a foreigner comes to Taiwan and wishes to do this climb...do you honestly think that an extra 500+ nt or so is going to deter them? That's 15usd. After paying close to 1500usd (talking round trip from the US, give or take) 15usd more is not even going to bug them in the least.
It just seems to me you are making a mountain out of a mole hill. I understand your love for TW, your wish to promote it and why you are so passionate about TW not getting some sort of 'bad rep' so to speak because of this. However, if you do not get the policy changed I think this thread is doing way more damage to Taiwan's image as a wonderful, egalitarian and welcoming tourist spot than the price itself ever could-because you are making an issue out of a non-issue (and people are like cattle and are easily led...they would not have thought it an issue before...but after reading this thread and seeing that someone thinks it is an issue, they will too, well, because the are cattle). Though of course this damage is also, of course, minimal at most, but certainly more than the policy itself.
Maybe I should write the theme parks in my home town in KY, and the museums and theatres and tell them they should no longer have two tier pricing for locals and tourists since it is gving KY a bad rap (well, I think inbreeding, the noah's ark theme park and hillbilly craziness probably does that, but perhaps their pricing policy is just the nail in the coffin?)