Taiwan Discovery

TWN04: 8 Days Taipei - Sun Moon Lake - Tainan - Kaohsiung - Kenting - Taitung - Hualien - Taipei
Day 1 Arrival in Taipei
Welcome to beautiful Taiwan. Your flight will land in the Taoyuan International Airport and after passing through customs, our guide will greet you with a warm smiling face holding a sign with your name on it. Then we will transfer you to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you.
Day 2 Taipei
Taipei 101
Today we will find Taipei highlights. Our first destination is the famous National Palace Museum. This museum and the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City in Beijing are derived from the same institution, which has been divided into two due to the Chinese Civil War. There are more than 696,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, spanning many dynasties. The items on display change every 3 months. Then we will visit the Martyr's Shrine seeing Taiwan's changing of the guards and the Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall which is an important landmark of Taiwan. Lunch will be arranged at the well-known Taipei 101 Building. Following the morning activities, we will go to the old Lungshan Temple, which enjoys a history of more than 270 years. The temple has been destroyed by numerous earthquakes and man-made disasters and has been restored several times. It is one of the must-see sights for any Taipei tours. In the evening, we will go to the nearby Huashi Street Night Market where we will find authentic local foods and a variety of antique shops.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Taipei - Sun Moon Lake
Today we will enjoy the beauty of Sun Moon Lake. Our guide will pick you up from the hotel and head south to Sun Moon Lake. On the way, we will stop at Puli Town, having a short visit to the Puli winery, where the famous Shaoxing wine is produced. Proceeding to the Lake, when we arrive we take a boat trip on the sparkling water. We visit the famous sights around the lake like Ci En Pagoda, Wen Wu Temple and La Lu Island. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the beauty of the peaceful Lake. You may wander around, cycle or have a pot of tea/coffee in a sidewalk café for total relaxation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Sun Moon Lake - Tainan - Kaohsiung
A Night Market
We depart for Tainan this morning. After around 2.5 hours driving, we will reach Tainan. Lunch will be offered at a local restaurant. Following lunch, we will visit Koxinga Shrine, Chihkan Tower and Chi Mei Museum, a private comprehensive art museum. Koxinga Shrine was first built in 1663 to worship Koxinga who was a leader in the Qing Dynasty defeating the Dutch to claim Taiwan. Chihkan Tower is the most important historic site in Tainan and is a good place to learn about Taiwanese history. Later, driving for around 1.5 hours, we arrive in Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan and check in at a local hotel. In the evening, we will see Love River in the lights and wander around the bustling Lio Ho Night Market.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Kaohsiung - Kenting
Today we will have a full day tour to Kenting National Park, which is 90 kilometers away from Kaohsiung. With a total area of 466.8 hectares, it is the first national park in Taiwan and one of the most popular destinations for any Taiwan tours. The Park is home to beautiful beaches, hot springs, tropical forests and varied wildlife. Pay a special visit to Oluanbi Lighthouse and Maobitou Park, which are famous spots in the National Park. Stay overnight in Kenting.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Kenting - Hualien
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
After breakfast, we will head north toward to Hualian along the famous East Coast, which stretches 170 kilometers. En route, we visit Siaoyeliou, Sansientai, the Stone Steps and the Caves of the Eight Immortals. Enjoy the stunning coastal view and find a unique part of Taiwan. In the late afternoon, we will reach Hualien and check in at a local hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Hualien - Taipei
Today we will have a full day exploration of Taroko National Park which is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. "Taroko" means "magnificent and beautiful" in the Truku language of the Tarokoindigenous tribe. We trek the landmark gorge of the park and continue our journey to the Tunnel of Nine Turns, Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Caves, Tienshiang Lodge and Chi Hsing Beach. Transfer to Taipei and check in at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Departure from Taipei
Your pleasant Taiwan journey is completed as we escort you to the airport and help you board the flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast
Questions & Answers
Asked by bell from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 12, 2017 20:43Reply
optional itinerary
we are schedule to visit taipei for 2 days .. on our first day we are planning to visit the ff: longshan temple, chiang kai shek memorial, sun yat sen memorial hall, yangmingshan national park, shida night market and taipe 101.. what is the best order of these places for us to save time and be able to visit all. thanks
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Answered by Liela from USA | Dec. 14, 2017 20:57

I don’t think you can visit the all within a day. Anyway, here is the suggestion:
Yangmingshan Park - Chiang Kai Shek - Longshan Temple - Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall - Taipei 101 - Shida Night Market.
You can go to Yangmingshan Park first, and then take bus 1717 to Chiang Kai Shek Shilin Residence. It takes about 40 minutes.
Then, take Tamsui-Xinyi Line to Danshui and transfer to bus 857 to Longshan Temple. It takes about 1h.
After that, catch a taxi to Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall within 10 minutes.
And then catch another taxi to Taipei 101 within 20 minutes.
Finally, take bus 284/ 311 to Long An Elementary School. Walk west for 10 minutes to Shida Night Market.
Asked by Nor from MALAYSIA | Dec. 09, 2017 00:44Reply
Can you advise places that are suitable for senior citizen in Taiwan?
I am planning to bring my mother. She is 76, she can walk by herself but only for short distance. And she has asthma. Please also advise about the best month to visit.
Thank you.
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Answered by Yoyo from SINGAPORE | Dec. 10, 2017 20:21

I'd recommend you take your mother for a visit in Mar. - Apr. The attractions that you may choose are Taipei National Palace Museum, Taipei 101, and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.
Asked by NICOLE_ONG | Mar. 16, 2016 04:10Reply
thanks... if i would like to travel to Tai Chong, where should i visit in Tai Chong... tks
Answers (3)
Answered by Karen | Mar. 16, 2016 20:01

For Taichung, you may visit Gaomei Wetland, Fengjia Night Market, Taichung Art Museum. If you are interested, Tunghai University and Taichung Park are also recommended.
Answered by NICOLE_ONG | Mar. 16, 2016 22:02

thanks. i will arrived in TauYuan at around 10pm.. then i will proceed to TaiChung and stay a night there then to Cing Jing farm and stay 1 night then to Hua lian.. is this the correct route?

Hotel - Tai Chung, what is the recommended and reasonable hotel (2 adults and 2 children).
Hotel - Cing Jing - plan to stay in Homestay.. any good one to recommend?

transport - can travel by bus from Tai Chung to cin Jing and Hua lian?

Answered by Karen | Mar. 17, 2016 03:53

Yes, your route is feasible. From Taichung, you can take Kuo-Kuang Transport to Puli and then change bus heading to Songgang or Cuifeng and get off at Qing Jing Farm. The whole journey takes around 2 hours. It is not very convenient to take public bus from Qing Jing to Hualian, I suggest you charter a car and the ride takes about 4 or 5 hours. As for the accommodation, you may search on hotel booking website for more choices.
Asked by NICOLE_ONG | Mar. 15, 2016 02:30Reply
what is the best route to go from Taiwan..
what is the best route to go from Taiwan.. eg Taipei.. for 2 days, cin jin farm for 2 days...
plan to trvl for 9 days 8 night.. what is the best place and route to visit.. thanks so much
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Answered by Karen | Mar. 15, 2016 20:18

For 9 days stay, you may spend two or three days in Taipei and then visit Sun Moon Lake, you may also visit Kaohsiung, Kenting and Hualien.
Answered by NICOLE_ONG | Mar. 16, 2016 02:28

thanks... 3 days in Taipei, and what's is the best place to visit.. can i have some idea?
Answered by Karen | Mar. 16, 2016 03:57

In Taipei, you may visit National Palace Museum, Ximending, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and enjoy the night scene at Taipei 101 Building. In the evening, you can go to Shilin Night Market or Huashi Street Night Market to find various local snacks and stores.
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