Race to the Beat of the Dragonboat Festival in Taipei

Agoda has goodies in store this fifth lunar month for those in tune with Taiwan. On Jun 6, the Duanwu or Dragonboat Festival gets in full force, with a roaring regatta attracting participants from all over the world. Anticipating the throngs of tourists enticed by the myth of saving Qu Yuan, China’s patriotic lyricist, from his watery grave, the reservation portal offers deals from ten hotels in Taipei. Taipei Garden Hotel (No.1 Sec.2, Zhonghua Rd., Zhongzheng District, Zhongzheng District, +866 (02) 2314-0022), rated eighth on the site, is your best bet, with Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market and Longshan Temple nearby. Enjoy a 30 percent discount when you stay a minimum of three nights. Rates start from US$108 ($132) a night. To book, head to www.agoda.com or find out more about Taipei Garden Hotel at www. taipeigarden.hotel.com.tw.