Spring Scream (春天吶喊) is held at Oluanpi Lighthouse National Park (鵝鑾鼻燈塔國家公園).
For chartered buses to Spring Scream from Taipei, check www.kitravel.com.tw/servlet/springscream.bus. The Spring Scream bus operated by Kitravel runs from the front of Roxy Rocker at 177, Heping E Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市和平東路一段177號), tel: (02) 2351-8177, to Oluanpi. As of press time, there were still seats left on buses leaving at 1am on April 4, April 5, April 6 and April 7, but they are selling fast so book as soon as possible. The trip is about eight hours. Tickets are NT$1,100 one-way or NT$2,000 roundtrip.
Other bus companies run regular services to Kenting via Kaohsiung. Contact them directly or through Taipei Bus Station (www.taipeibus.com.tw, or by calling (02) 7733-5888).
A quicker (but more expensive) way of getting there is to take the Taiwan High Speed Rail (www.thsrc.com.tw, tel: (02) 6626-8000) to Kaohsiung’s Zuoying Station (高鐵左營車站). The total travel time is approximately 90 minutes from Taipei. Reserving your HSR tickets in advance by telephone or online is highly recommended because weekend trains often sell out.
After arriving in Zuoying, board the No. 88 bus to Kenting and make sure to ask the driver to take you to Oluanpi Lighthouse. You can also share a taxi with up to three other people to the Spring Scream site for about NT$1,600 to NT$2,000 (bargaining is an option).
The Taiwan Railway Administration (www.railway.gov.tw/en/index/index.aspx, tel: (02) 2381-5226) operates train services to Kaohsiung from Taipei. Buses run from Kaohsiung to Kenting from both Kaohsiung Train and Zuoying stations. Make your bookings as soon as possible.
The short trip from Kenting to Oluanpi takes about 15 minutes and you can travel by taxi or catch the Spring Scream shuttle bus that operates throughout the day.
As this is a holiday weekend, expect heavy traffic. The short trip to Oluanpi from Hengchun (恆春) can take more than three hours. Spring Scream organizers recommend an alternative route: Start east of Hengchun and pass along Ciaotou Road (橋頭路, Route 200) and Jiao Highway (佳鵝公路). See the “get here” section of the festival’s Web site for a map.
Camping at the Spring Scream site is available from April 4 to April 8 for Spring Scream ticket holders and performers only. The camping fee is NT$1,000 per tent (a maximum of six people). Places cannot be reserved in advance and are first come, first served (though there are other campsites nearby just in case). If your tent and camping gear exceeds 3m by 3m, you must pay the camping fee for two areas. The campground has running water, solar-powered hot showers and toilets.
Other campsites are located alongside the road between Kenting and Oluanpi and charge around NT$100 to NT$200 per person per night.