TOUR CODE: ENCTWN
Trip Type: Semi-Independent Tour
Discover Taiwan’s natural splendors and savor its vibrant culture and mouthwatering cuisine on an 8-day tour. Explore this fascinating island from its capital Taipei to the breathtaking Sun Moon Lake in the Central Mountain Range. Take in the beautiful scenery of Sun Moon Lake before visiting Kaohsiung and sampling the delicious street food available at Liuhe Night Market. Experience enchanting temples, churches, quaint fishing villages, and scenic oceanic landscapes at Kenting National Park, followed by East Coast National Scenic Area. In this final part of our trip, we will tour Taroko National Park before heading back to Taipei.
ARRIVE IN TAIPEI
Arrive at Taoyuan International Airport. Meet your driver at the arrival hall to transfer to the hotel, where you can rest well for your upcoming tour.
TAIPEI CITY TOUR (B)
Gain a deeper insight into Taiwanese religion, history, and culture on our morning tour. See the impressive Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, built to commemorate late president Chiang Kai-shek. View the excellent example of classical Ming dynasty architecture at Marty’s Shrine, witness the hourly changing of the guard, and discover more about the former president. Admire the world’s most extensive collection of priceless Chinese imperial artifacts and art treasures at the National Palace Museum. Stop at the Grand Hotel in Taipei’s Zhongshan District. The hotel’s main building is one of the world’s tallest Chinese classical buildings and played host to many foreign dignitaries who have visited Taipei.
TAIPEI/SUN MOON LAKE (B)
After breakfast, drive to scenic Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range, situated 2,500 feet above sea level in the lofty mountains. On our way, stop at the famous Wenwu Temple, dedicated to Confucius as Master of Pen and Kuan Ti as Master of Sword. See the Holy Monk Shrine and Tse-En Pagoda before checking in to your hotel at Sun Moon Lake. Each of the 211 guest rooms features a natural hot spring pool allowing you to enjoy a natural hot spring in your room.
SUN MOON LAKE/FO GUANG SHAN MONASTERY/KAOHSIUNG (B)
We travel from Sun Moon Lake to Kaohsiung, the largest city in southern Taiwan. Learn about Buddhism during our visit to the Fo Guan Shan Monastery. Explore the Main Shrine and Great Buddha Land, the site of a giant Buddha statue. Continue to Kaohsiung City, the second-largest city in Taiwan, and visit the Love River and Liuhe Night Market.
Set off for a morning tour to Kenting National Park at Taiwan’s southern tip. This national park is well-known for its coastal geographical features and marine biodiversity due to crustal deformation and tropical climate. Stop at Eluanbi Lighthouse, Maobitou Coastal Scenic Area, and Kenting Forest Recreation Area. Continue to Taitung via the Southern Link Highway.
TAITUNG/EAST COAST NATIONAL SCENIC AREA/HUALIEN (B)
After breakfast, we tour the picturesque East Coast National Scenic area. The East Coast National Scenic Area, also known as “Taiwan’s last unspoiled land,” stretches about 105 miles down the island’s east coast. Weathering, erosion, and accumulation have produced a wide range of landforms, such as pebble beaches, shoreline reefs, inshore islands, and capes, along with sea-eroded platforms, trenches, and caves. The coastline is home to enchanting temples, churches, and fishing villages. We stop at Xiaoyeliu, Sanxiantai, Shitiping (Stone Steps), and Fanshuliao marble factory and showroom. Afterward, we drive to Hualien for an overnight stay at Taroko National Park.
HUALIEN/TAROKO NATIONAL PARK/QINGSHUI CLIFF/TAIPEI (B)
Today, we explore the beautiful Taroko National Park. Taroko means “Human being” in the truku tribe language. Taroko Gorge is an exceptionally beautiful, narrow raving created by the Liwu River, which has cut deep into the mountains of solid marble. A road carved into sheer walls of rock rewinding its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above it, while hundreds of feet below a river roar past gigantic marble boulders. Passing by the Tunnel of Nine Turns, Ci Mu Bridge, we will take a short break at Swallow Grotto and Changchun Temple (Eternal Spring Shrine). We stop at the towering Qingshui Cliff before heading back to Taipei via the Su-Hwa Highway and the 8-mile-long Hsuei-Shan Long Tunnel to arrive in the city in the early evening.
TAIPEI DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, head to the airport for our onward flight.
Meals: B= Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
Per person, based on double occupancy
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