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5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung

5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung - Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Duration: 5 days
Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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$582.50

This 5-day Taiwan tour will take you around the whole island, opening your eyes to the country’s diverse, astounding beauty and culture. Visit Sun Moon Lake and admire the remote beaches and rocky coastal scenery of places like Tarako National Park ... More info ›

This 5-day Taiwan tour will take you around the whole island, opening your eyes to the country’s diverse, astounding beauty and culture. Visit Sun Moon Lake and admire the remote beaches and rocky coastal scenery of places like Tarako National Park. Tour historic shrines and Buddhist temples such as Fo Guang Shan Monastery, explore bustling urban districts, and relax in natural hot springs. You’ll stay in 5-star hotels and travel aboard a comfortable coach, stopping in several locations for sightseeing tours with your English-speaking guide. Daily breakfasts and all entrance fees to attractions listed in the itinerary are included.

Itinerary

Day 1: Taipei - Sun Moon Lake

Stop At: Sun Moon Lake, Yuchi, Nantou
Divided by Lalu Island, the Sun Moon Lake scenic area got its name from the unique terrain that looked like a sun on one side and a crescent moon on the other. Crowned as one of the Eight Wonders of Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is also the most famous source of hydroelectric power; offering key tourist themes – “high mountain and lake”, “indigenous culture”, and “nature ecology”, the Sun Moon Lake Scenic Area attracts more than six million visitors each year.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Yidashao Pier, Yuchi, Nantou
Yidashao(Ita Thao), is called Barawbaw in thao language. The Han people call it North Cave. It was named Te Hua village after the restoration of Taiwan, and is under the administration of Yuchi. It has become the most populous area around the Sun Moon Lake. There are stores, restaurants, and hotels in the village. Also the thao people establishes the "thao Cultural Village" for tourists to appreciate the traditional culture, songs, and dancing of the thao tribe.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Xuanzhuang Temple, Yuchi, Nantou
Monk Xuanzang was the Holy Monk in the Tang dynasty. During the China-Japan War, Japanese took the Monk Xuanzang's remains away from Nanchin to the Tsen Temple of Saidama Ken in Japan. In 1955, the Monk Xuanzang's remains were returned back to the Xuanguang Temple. In 1965, the Monk Xuanzang's remains were moved to the Xuanzang Temple after the temple rebuilding. There is a bell in front of the main gate of the Xuanzang Temple. The bell is called "wake up bell." If you prefer quiet atmosphere, Xuanzang temple is the best places for you.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ci'en Pagoda, Yuchi, Nantou
Ci-en Pagoda is located on Sha Ba Lan Mountain near Sun Moon Lake. It was built by Chiang Kai-Shek in memory of his mother in 1971. The construction was very difficult because the materials had to be shipped over the lake and moved up the mountain. The Ci-en Pagoda is 46 meters in height and has become the famous landmark of Sun Moon Lake. Surrounding the tower are beautiful plants and trees and there are stone tables and chairs for visitors to take a rest. The Ci-en Pagoda overlooks Lalu Island and Sun Moon Lake.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Wenwu Temple, Nantou City, Nantou
Wenwu Temple is located at the shoulder of mountain where is on the north of Sun Moon Lake. It was built in 1938. People worried the water of Sun Moon Lake might cover Longfeng Temple and Ihuatang of Shuishotsun, they built Wenwu Temple. The Wenwu Temple is 2 (Longfeng Temple and Ihuatang) in 1. It was rebuilt in 1969. Its gate is face to the north. People pray the Civil Saint of Confucius, the Military Saint of Guangong, and the Established God of two temples at the Wenwu Temple. The temple is popular among students.
Duration: 40 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Hotel Fleur de Chine - Mountain View Room, Sun Moon Lake (5-star) or equivalent

Day 2: Sun Moon Lake-Fo Guang Shan-Kaohsiung

Stop At: Xiangshan Visitor Center, Yuchi, Nantou
The Xiangshang Visitor Center is both for tourism and administration use. The uniquely designed building has wood-patterned exteriors and wings that stretch like human arms embracing the earth. In addition, the two giant canopy structures, 34 meters long and 8 meters tall each, allow people to enjoy beautiful views of the Sun Moon Lake from the top.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Fo Guang Shan, Dashu District, Kaohsiung
At the north-east of Dashu District Kaohsiung City on the left bank of the Gaoping (Kaoping) river, a famous tourist destination is located. Here you will find the Buddhist center of South Taiwan, established by Master Hsing Yun and his disciples. The architecture of the temples is very characteristic, and at the southeastern side of Fo Gunag Mountain (Gunag Shan) Monastery the most prominent landmark of the region is found: a huge golden statue of Buddha Amitaabha which measures some 120 meters.
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Stop At: Ai He (Love River), Yancheng, Kaohsiung
Love River begins at Bagualiao in Kaohsiung City's Renwu District. It divides Kaohsiung City, into two. The Jianguo, Cisian and Jhongjheng Bridges connect the two sections and the river flows directly into the sea. Love River had originally been a shallow creek, which could only be crossed by ferry. During the Japanese Colonial era it was dredged into a canal and named The Kaohsiung River. This was the first time the river had been given an official name. It was formally referred to as The Kaohsiung Waterway or The Kaohsiung Canal. In 1948, Love River Boat Company was opened near the Jhongjheng Bridge. This gave people the opportunity to row up and down the river. This became a particularly popular past for local couples and therefore acquiring the name - Love River.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Liuhe Tourist Night Market, Daliao, Kaohsiung
Liuhe Night Market is Kaohsiung's oldest, most typical night market. When night falls, Liuhe(Liuho) Street, close to the traffic of the city center, changes into a culinary heaven given over to pedestrians, encompassing all of the port city of Kaohsiung's most characterful, trademark cuisine; and innovative international cuisine has also added an international tint to Liuhe Night Market. The Market won five awards in the ROC Tourism Bureau's 2010 Unique Night Market Selection Activity: “Most Civilized”, “Most Environmentally-Friendly”, “Friendliest”, “most Charming”, and “Most Stroll-Friendly”. It cannot be missed if you want to experience Taiwan's unique night market culture!
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Grand Hi Lai Hotel, Kaohsiung (5-star) or equivalent

Day 3: Kaohsiung-Kenting-Taitung

Stop At: Kenting National Park, Hengchun, Pingtung
Established on Jan. 01, 1948, is Taiwan’s first National Park. The park is superbly located. Spanning the Hengchun Peninsula, it faces the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Bashi Channel to the south, and the Taiwan Straits to the west. Some of Taiwan’s largest coral reefs lie off the coast and the forests along the park’s western edge are the last of Taiwan’s coastal tropical forests. The name Hengchun Peninsula says much about the area’s attractions. ” The fantastic climate, lush forests, beaches, and reef environments make Kenting a rival to internationally famous tropical resorts like Bali and Phuket.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Eluanbi, Hengchun, Pingtung
Kending's rugged coastline provides some of the area's most outstanding attractions. The most prominent of these must be Eluanbi, also known as "Taiwan's Tail". This is the island's southernmost point. Eluanbi Park was created in 1982 to provide an appropriate venue for people coming to visit Taiwan's southernmost point and one of the peninsula's most notable landmarks, the Eluanbi Lighthouse, also called "The Light of East Asia". It stands 21.4 meters high and is reputedly the brightest lighthouse in Asia. The park covers an area of 59 hectares. Within the park there are a number of recreational facilities and a wide range of interesting geological, botanical, and ornithological features. The area covered by the park is also one of the sites of Kending's prehistoric cultures.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Maobitou Park
Maobitou is located in the west cape of southern Taiwan, right on the demarcation point of Taiwan Strait and Bashi Channel. Since there is a rock falling from the sea cliff which looks like a crouching cat facing toward the sea, it is named Maobitou. The whole area of Maobitou is a typical erosional landform of coral coast which just faces windward and has abundant sea erosion. It is an excellent landform classroom with various scarps, reef columns, sea trenches, sea erosion caves and pot holes.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Longpan Park, Hengchun, Pingtung
Longpan is the great grassland beside the Jia-Oh highway and near the beach of Pacific Ocean. This area is based on the tableland of coral reef limestone. Eroded by the rain, the terrain of limestone shows a variety of crumbled ridges, subterranean limestone caves, and red soil.
Duration: 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel Royal Chihpen, Taitung (5-star) or equivalent

Day 4: Taitung - East Coast National Scenic Area – Hualien

Stop At: East Coast National Scenic Area, Chenggong Township, Taitung
The East Coast National Scenic Area, known as "Taiwan's last unspoiled land," stretches 170 kilometers down the east coast of the island from the mouth of the Hualien River in the north to Xiaoyeliu (Little Yeliu) in the south. To the east it is bounded by the Pacific Ocean; to the west rises the Coastal Mountain Range. The land here consists of volcanic rock, classic rock from deep beneath the sea, and shale that has been pushed upward- and is still being pushed upward- by tectonic action. Weathering, erosion, and accumulation have produced a wide range of landforms here, including coastal terraces, sand and pebble beaches, shoreline reefs, inshore islands, and capes along with sea-eroded platforms, trenches, and caves. This varied topography provides habitat for a rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Fanshuliao, Shoufeng, Hualien
Located at the 28-kilometer mark down the Provincial Highway No.11, Fanshuliao offers views of two strongly contrasting types of topography, both created by the Fanshuliao River: a wide valley made up of accumulated sediment, and a narrow, vertical-walled gorge which has been cut through the mountains by the relentless wearing action of the flowing water. The gorge is somewhat similar to the famous Tailuge (Taroko) Gorge, and offers the most remarkable vistas of this type of terrain on the East Coast. A local legend has it that the aborigines living here in the distant past so revered courage that they promised to make chief whoever could vault across the gorge. Many young braves tried; all fell to heir death. The bamboo poles that they used in their attempts survived, however, becoming a living bamboo grove that still thrives in the gorge today.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sanxiantai, Chenggong Township, Taitung
Situated at the 111-kilometer mark on the coastal highway, Sanxiantai consists of a headland facing a small island in the sea. The three huge rocks that make up the island's most prominent feature have given rise to a local legend that three of China's Eight Immortals once landed there; hence the name of the island, which means "terrace of the three immortals." The island was once connected to the headland by a neck of land which has been eroded away; it is now connected by a red, scalloped footbridge, and the island has a network of footpaths for viewing its geological features such as potholes and sea-eroded caves and trenches, as well as rare coastal vegetation. The island is surrounded by coral reefs and a multitude of tropical fish, making this an ideal spot for skin diving.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Xiaoyeliu
Located at the 159-kilometer mark near the southern end of the East Coast National Scenic Area, Fugang Geopark (Little Yehliu) offers a rich variety of fascinating rock formations similar to those found at Yehliu on Taiwan's North Shore. Unlike the rest of the Philippine Plate that determines the geology of this area, the rock of Fugang Geopark is sandstone. This prompts geologists to believe that it originated somewhere else. You should first study the detailed explanations of the geological displays in the Visitor Center before going to the seashore and examining the tofu rock, honeycomb rock, fungus rock, and other strange ormations there. On clear days, you can easily see Green Island from the shore at Fugang Geopark.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Yanzihkou Trail, Hualien City, Hualien
Along the Yanzihkou Trail(Swallow Grotto Trail) which runs about a half kilometer starting from the entrance to Yanzihkou Trail to the Jinheng Bridge, you can enjoy the sights of the Liwu River from nearly straight above the water, the potholes on the cliff faces, the springs sprinkled along the lower parts of the walls, as well as the famous rock formation "Chieftain's profile rock".
Duration: 40 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Silks Place Taroko - Garden View Room(5-star), Hualien or equivalent

Day 5: Hualien – Taroko – Taipei

Stop At: Taroko National Park, Xiulin, Hualien
Taroko became a national park in 1986, including Hualien County, Nantou County and Taichung City. Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Liwu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by Liwu River, creating impressive grand canyons. From Qingshui to Nanhu Peak, the drop height is 3,742 meters. Such special geography has also bred special flora and fauna in this area.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cihmu Bridge, Xincheng, Hualien
Along Central Cross-Island Highway, after passing Jiuqudong (Tunnel of Nine Turns), you will arrive at Cimu Bridge(Motherly Devotion Bridge), which is an H-Shape hanging bridge with marble stone lions on each end and with marble lotus stones on two sides. The rock beneath the bridge looks like a frog. The frog-like rock is composed of black layer of schist at the top and white marble at the bottom. A pavilion was built on this frog rock, becoming the crown on the frog. This was built by late President Chiang Jing-guo, in memory of his mother, during construction of the road. Cimu pavilion area is on the east side of the bridge, built by late President Chiang Kai-shek, in memory of his mother, Mrs. Wang.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Eternal Spring Shrine, Xiulin, Hualien
The starting point of this trail is the tunnel that leads from the highway to the Changchun Temple(Eternal Spring Shrine). This is definitely a trail for those who don't mind exerting themselves; for although it is not long, it is extremely steep. Those who suffer from vertigo should probably avoid this trail as well, for it has an intimidating bridge-crossing, and part of the trail also follows a mountain ridge, which falls away steeply on either side.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lushui Trail, Xiulin, Hualien
Lushui Trail was part of the Old Cross-Hehuan Mountain Road. The width of the path is about 2 meters which is about the same as during the Japanese Era. (1895-1945) The trail has a gentle slope and is easy to walk. It is a sight-seeing path that is suitable for all ages. There is a 30 meter tunnel along the trail, so please bring a flash light.
Dense forest, cliff terrain, plants growing on the rock and historical monuments are the characteristics of the Lushui Trail. You can view the historical monuments of Tailuge (Taroko) National Park and observe the special botanical ecosystem. Walking on this historic path you follow in the footprints of earlier people.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Qingshui Cliff, Xiulin, Hualien
Qingshui Cliff is a 21 kilometer length of coastal cliffs averaging 800 meters above sea level in Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan. The tallest peak, Qingshui Mountain, rises 2408 meters directly from the Pacific Ocean. The cliff is located at the southern part of the Suhua Highway that connects the counties of Yilan and Hualien in eastern Taiwan. It is considered to be a very scenic area and is the highest coastal cliff in Taiwan.
Duration: 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

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4-Day Tour of Central and Southern Taiwan from Taipei Including Kaohsiung and Sun Moon Lake

4-Day Tour of Central and Southern Taiwan from Taipei Including Kaohsiung and Sun Moon Lake - Taiwan, Taiwan
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Duration: 4 days
Location: Taiwan, Taiwan

From USD
$482.99

Explore central and southern Taiwan and discover the beautiful countryside scenery on this 4-day tour from Taipei. Sit comfortably aboard an air-conditioned coach and hear interesting anecdotes and enlightening commentary about the sites, culture and local life in Taiwan ... More info ›

Explore central and southern Taiwan and discover the beautiful countryside scenery on this 4-day tour from Taipei. Sit comfortably aboard an air-conditioned coach and hear interesting anecdotes and enlightening commentary about the sites, culture and local life in Taiwan. Step off the bus with your guide to walk around the region’s highlights and hidden wonders including the town of Puli, picturesque Sun Moon Lake, the scenic lighthouses of Kenting National Park, Kaohsiung’s impressive temples and pavilions and the historic town of Lukang.

Itinerary

Day 1: Taipei - Puli - Sun Moon Lake

Pass By: Edison Travel Service, Zhongshan District, Taipei
Edison Travel Service Co., Ltd. was established in 1988 by a team of travel experts and professional tour guides. With the everlasting efforts put into the field of tourism, good feedbacks and recommendations from our clients, Edison Travel Service has become the leading inbound tour operator in Taiwan among English, German and French speaking markets

Stop At: Sun Moon Lake, Yuchi, Nantou
Divided by Lalu Island, the Sun Moon Lake scenic area got its name from the unique terrain that looked like a sun on one side and a crescent moon on the other. Crowned as one of the Eight Wonders of Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is also the most famous source of hydroelectric power; offering key tourist themes – “high mountain and lake”, “indigenous culture”, and “nature ecology”, the Sun Moon Lake Scenic Area attracts more than six million visitors each year.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Yidashao Pier, Yuchi, Nantou
Yidashao(Ita Thao), is called Barawbaw in thao language. The Han people call it North Cave. It was named Te Hua village after the restoration of Taiwan, and is under the administration of Yuchi. It has become the most populous area around the Sun Moon Lake. There are stores, restaurants, and hotels in the village. Also the thao people establishes the "thao Cultural Village" for tourists to appreciate the traditional culture, songs, and dancing of the thao tribe.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ci'en Pagoda, Yuchi, Nantou
Ci-en Pagoda is located on Sha Ba Lan Mountain near Sun Moon Lake. It was built by Chiang Kai-Shek in memory of his mother in 1971. The construction was very difficult because the materials had to be shipped over the lake and moved up the mountain. The Ci-en Pagoda is 46 meters in height and has become the famous landmark of Sun Moon Lake. Surrounding the tower are beautiful plants and trees and there are stone tables and chairs for visitors to take a rest. The Ci-en Pagoda overlooks Lalu Island and Sun Moon Lake.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Xuanzhuang Temple, Yuchi, Nantou
Monk Xuanzang was the Holy Monk in the Tang dynasty. During the China-Japan War, Japanese took the Monk Xuanzang's remains away from Nanchin to the Tsen Temple of Saidama Ken in Japan. In 1955, the Monk Xuanzang's remains were returned back to the Xuanguang Temple. In 1965, the Monk Xuanzang's remains were moved to the Xuanzang Temple after the temple rebuilding. There is a bell in front of the main gate of the Xuanzang Temple. The bell is called "wake up bell." If you prefer quiet atmosphere, Xuanzang temple is the best places for you.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Wenwu Temple, Nantou City, Nantou
Wenwu Temple is located at the shoulder of mountain where is on the north of Sun Moon Lake. It was built in 1938. People worried the water of Sun Moon Lake might cover Longfeng Temple and Ihuatang of Shuishotsun, they built Wenwu Temple. The Wenwu Temple is 2 (Longfeng Temple and Ihuatang) in 1. It was rebuilt in 1969. Its gate is face to the north. People pray the Civil Saint of Confucius, the Military Saint of Guangong, and the Established God of two temples at the Wenwu Temple. The temple is popular among students.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Xiangshan Visitor Center, Yuchi, Nantou
The Xiangshang Visitor Center is both for tourism and administration use. The uniquely designed building has wood-patterned exteriors and wings that stretch like human arms embracing the earth. In addition, the two giant canopy structures, 34 meters long and 8 meters tall each, allow people to enjoy beautiful views of the Sun Moon Lake from the top.
Duration: 20 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Sun Moon Lake Hotel - Mountain View Room(4-star), Sun Moon Lake or equivalent

Day 2: Sun Moon Lake – Lukang – Kaohsiung

Stop At: Lukang, Lukang, Changhua
The Village of Lukang, located about 180 kilometers south of Taipei, is known as a center of arts and handicrafts, particularly wooden and bamboo items. It is the nearest port to the coast of Mainland China. In earlier years, the city was the site of magnificent homes and temples of uniquely Taiwanese architecture. Some of these structures still exist today. The Lung Shan Temple is the prime example
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lugang Longshan Temple, Lukang, Changhua
Longshan Temple in Lukang was originally a small temple in Lukang. Later it was remodeled by local residents to be the current larger scale. The temple was beautifully designed. It is seated facing the west with the back to the east. The layout is square. The main building consists of four strata and three gardens. The format and design are inspired by Longshan Temple in Quanzhou (Chuanchow) of Taiwan.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Lugang Old Street, Lukang, Changhua
Lukang Old Street includes Yaolin Street and Putou Street. The historic site is perhaps the only place in Taiwan which best preserves the architecture stemming from as early as the Qing Dynasty. Previously a prosperous business center in the Qing Dynasty, the town’s streets feature buildings with a shop front and a back door facing the river for loading goods. Today, these traditional architectural pieces with brick walls, tiled roof as well as wooden door and windows are listed as a historic site. In addition to the main street, the winding brick streets and the narrow Osmanthus Lane are another area which had been filled with shops and households since early times. Now the area is occupied by folk art shops, nostalgic stores, teahouses, bookstores and painting stores, restaurants, local food vendors, and pastry stores, which are always packed with tourists on holidays. Walking on the streets, you will feel like being a part of a Qing drama.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tianhou Temple, Lukang, Changhua
Lukang Tianhou Temple is the one of the three major historic sites in Lukang. It lies on Zhongshan Road, Lukang. In the Ching Dynasty, General Shi Lang built the first temple of Goddess of Sea in Taiwan. The statue in the alter was imported from Meizhou, China. There are over 1 million worshipers coming here every year. With the smoke of the incense, the statues face has turned black, so the Goddess is also called black-faced Goddess.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Lianchi (Lotus) Lake, Zuoying, Kaohsiung
This famous scenic area on the northern outskirts of Kaohsiung City is noted for its profusion of temples, with the Confucius Temple at its northern edge and, in the south, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas and the Spring and Autumn Pavilions. The lake is most beautiful in the late afternoon, when the setting sun is reflected in the water. Nearby are the ruins of the Fengshan County walls and gates, which have been designated a first-grade historic.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Spring and Autumn Pavilion, Zuoying, Kaohsiung
Two massive pavilions dedicated to Kuan Kung, the God of War, the Spring and Autumn Pavilions were completed in 1951. In front of the pavilions is a statue of Guanyin(Kuanyin), the Goddess of Mercy, riding a dragon. According to legend, Guanyin(Kuanyin) appeared above the clouds riding on a dragon, signifying that believers must erect an image depicting this event between pavilions of summer and autumn: The present-day structures are a result of this vision.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Dragon Tiger Tower, Zuoying, Kaohsiung
About 700 meters to the south of the Spring and Autumn Pavilions are the Dragon Tiger Tower (Dragon and Tiger Pagodas). The dragon's throat is the entrance and the tiger's mouth is the exit. Entering a dragon's throat and coming out a tiger's mouth symbolizes turning bad luck to good fortune. Inside, paintings depict China's 24 most obedient sons as well as scenes of heaven and hell to inspire people to do good deeds during their lifetime, and to provide threatening examples of retribution for wrongdoing.
Duration: 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel Chateau de Chine(4-star), Kaohsiung or equivalent

Day 3: Kaohsiung – Kenting – Kaohsiung

Stop At: Kenting National Park, Hengchun, Pingtung
Established on Jan. 01, 1948, is Taiwan’s first National Park. The park is superbly located. Spanning the Hengchun Peninsula, it faces the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Bashi Channel to the south, and the Taiwan Straits to the west. Some of Taiwan’s largest coral reefs lie off the coast and the forests along the park’s western edge are the last of Taiwan’s coastal tropical forests. The name Hengchun Peninsula says much about the area’s attractions. ” The fantastic climate, lush forests, beaches, and reef environments make Kenting a rival to internationally famous tropical resorts like Bali and Phuket.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Maobitou Park
Maobitou is located in the west cape of southern Taiwan, right on the demarcation point of Taiwan Strait and Bashi Channel. Since there is a rock falling from the sea cliff which looks like a crouching cat facing toward the sea, it is named Maobitou. The whole area of Maobitou is a typical erosional landform of coral coast which just faces windward and has abundant sea erosion. It is an excellent landform classroom with various scarps, reef columns, sea trenches, sea erosion caves and pot holes.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Eluanbi Park
Kending's rugged coastline provides some of the area's most outstanding attractions. The most prominent of these must be Eluanbi, also known as "Taiwan's Tail". This is the island's southernmost point. Eluanbi Park was created in 1982 to provide an appropriate venue for people coming to visit Taiwan's southernmost point and one of the peninsula's most notable landmarks, the Eluanbi Lighthouse, also called "The Light of East Asia". It stands 21.4 meters high and is reputedly the brightest lighthouse in Asia. The park covers an area of 59 hectares. Within the park there are a number of recreational facilities and a wide range of interesting geological, botanical, and ornithological features. The area covered by the park is also one of the sites of Kending's prehistoric cultures.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Longpan Park, Hengchun, Pingtung
Longpan is the great grassland beside the Jia-Oh highway and near the beach of Pacific Ocean. This area is based on the tableland of coral reef limestone. Eroded by the rain, the terrain of limestone shows a variety of crumbled ridges, subterranean limestone caves, and red soil.
Duration: 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel Chateau de Chine(4-star), Kaohsiung or equivalent

Day 4: Kaohsiung - Taipei

Stop At: Port Of Kaohsiung, Gushan, Kaohsiung
At the fourth largest container port in the world, Kaohsiung Harbor plays an important role to Taiwan's economic development. The Harbor currently has a channel lane of 18 kilometers, available for boats 100,000 tons. There are 97 docks, with a total length of 20.570 meters. A cruise around Kaohsiung Harbor will let you see the modernization of the Harbor and experience the beauty of the City.
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The British Consulate At Takao, Gushan, Kaohsiung
The consulate was built in 1865 with more than a hundred years of history. It is now the most antique western building preserved in Taiwan. It was the western building designed by a British engineer and built by Chinese craftsmen, and it is the most meaningful ancient building of Chinese modern history with graceful and elegant proportion.
Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Ai He (Love River), Yancheng, Kaohsiung
Love River begins at Bagualiao in Kaohsiung City's Renwu District. It divides Kaohsiung City, into two. The Jianguo, Cisian and Jhongjheng Bridges connect the two sections and the river flows directly into the sea. Love River had originally been a shallow creek, which could only be crossed by ferry. During the Japanese Colonial era it was dredged into a canal and named The Kaohsiung River. This was the first time the river had been given an official name. It was formally referred to as The Kaohsiung Waterway or The Kaohsiung Canal. In 1948, Love River Boat Company was opened near the Jhongjheng Bridge. This gave people the opportunity to row up and down the river. This became a particularly popular past for local couples and therefore acquiring the name - Love River.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Chengcing Lake, Niaosong, Kaohsiung
Chengcing Lake is the main water source for Kaohsiung. Originally a small pond, Chengcing Lake was expanded several times during Japanese Occupation in order to satisfy the water demand. Chengcing Lake has been a popular sightseeing spot since the 60s’ due to its unrivaled natural beauty and relaxing, tranquil atmosphere. The lake district covers an area of over 300 hectares (approximately 741 acres) with the lake itself being 103 hectares (approximately 255 acres). A 7-km road running around the lake features scenic spots like viewing decks, a wetland park, the Ocean Fantasy Museum, a playground, picnicking and barbecue area, a forest, and the Chiang Kai-shek Chateau. These places are connected to each other and you will feel extremely relaxed no matter if you’re taking a walk around the lake, chatting with friends in a pagoda, or just appreciating the beautiful lake and mountains at a random spot.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

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3-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Alishan National Scenic Area from Taipei

3-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Alishan National Scenic Area from Taipei - Taiwan, Taiwan
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Duration: 3 days
Location: Taiwan, Taiwan

From USD
$431.25

Explore Taiwan’s countryside and discover its beautiful scenery on this 3-day tour from Taipei. Sit comfortably on board an air-conditioned coach and hear interesting anecdotes and enlightening commentary about the sites you pass ... More info ›

Explore Taiwan’s countryside and discover its beautiful scenery on this 3-day tour from Taipei. Sit comfortably on board an air-conditioned coach and hear interesting anecdotes and enlightening commentary about the sites you pass. Step off the bus with your guide to walk around the region’s hidden wonders including the town of Puli, picturesque Sun Moon Lake, the extraordinary Alishan National Scenic Area in the county of Chiayi and visit the Southern branch of National Palace Museum.

Itinerary

Day 1: Taipei – Puli – Sun Moon Lake

Pass By: Edison Travel Service, Zhongshan District, Taipei
Edison Travel Service Co., Ltd. was established in 1988 by a team of travel experts and professional tour guides. With the everlasting efforts put into the field of tourism, good feedbacks and recommendations from our clients, Edison Travel Service has become the leading inbound tour operator in Taiwan among English, German and French speaking markets

Stop At: Sun Moon Lake, Yuchi, Nantou
Divided by Lalu Island, the Sun Moon Lake scenic area got its name from the unique terrain that looked like a sun on one side and a crescent moon on the other. Crowned as one of the Eight Wonders of Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is also the most famous source of hydroelectric power; offering key tourist themes – “high mountain and lake”, “indigenous culture”, and “nature ecology”, the Sun Moon Lake Scenic Area attracts more than six million visitors each year.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Yidashao Pier, Yuchi, Nantou
Yidashao(Ita Thao), is called Barawbaw in thao language. The Han people call it North Cave. It was named Te Hua village after the restoration of Taiwan, and is under the administration of Yuchi. It has become the most populous area around the Sun Moon Lake. There are stores, restaurants, and hotels in the village. Also the thao people establishes the "thao Cultural Village" for tourists to appreciate the traditional culture, songs, and dancing of the thao tribe.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Xuanzhuang Temple, Yuchi, Nantou
Monk Xuanzang was the Holy Monk in the Tang dynasty. During the China-Japan War, Japanese took the Monk Xuanzang's remains away from Nanchin to the Tsen Temple of Saidama Ken in Japan. In 1955, the Monk Xuanzang's remains were returned back to the Xuanguang Temple. In 1965, the Monk Xuanzang's remains were moved to the Xuanzang Temple after the temple rebuilding. There is a bell in front of the main gate of the Xuanzang Temple. The bell is called "wake up bell." If you prefer quiet atmosphere, Xuanzang temple is the best places for you.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ci'en Pagoda, Yuchi, Nantou
Ci-en Pagoda is located on Sha Ba Lan Mountain near Sun Moon Lake. It was built by Chiang Kai-Shek in memory of his mother in 1971. The construction was very difficult because the materials had to be shipped over the lake and moved up the mountain. The Ci-en Pagoda is 46 meters in height and has become the famous landmark of Sun Moon Lake. Surrounding the tower are beautiful plants and trees and there are stone tables and chairs for visitors to take a rest. The Ci-en Pagoda overlooks Lalu Island and Sun Moon Lake.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Xiangshan Visitor Center, Yuchi, Nantou
The Xiangshang Visitor Center is both for tourism and administration use. The uniquely designed building has wood-patterned exteriors and wings that stretch like human arms embracing the earth. In addition, the two giant canopy structures, 34 meters long and 8 meters tall each, allow people to enjoy beautiful views of the Sun Moon Lake from the top.
Duration: 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Hotel Fleur de Chine - Mountain View Room(5-star), Sun Moon Lake or equivalent

Day 2: Sun Moon Lake - Alishan

Stop At: Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, Alishan, Chiayi County
Alishan is famous throughout the island and parts of Southeast Asia for its spellbinding sunrise over the celebrated Sea of Clouds that rings Yushan (Mt. Jade). Blue and emerald peaks rise from a fleecy gray ocean which the rising sun turns vivid hues of silver, pink, and red. A leisurely half-day stroll along forested paths allows visitors to take in Alishan’s other attractions. The enchanting Sisters Ponds are two small pools (one with a wooden bridge and pavilion) named for two lovelorn aborigine sisters who drowned themselves there.
Another attraction is the Three-Generation Trees – one growing out of another, and a third from the second. Other pleasand diversions include several temples, a cherry garden, a deer farm, and a small museum.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Alishan Shenmu Area, Alishan, Chiayi County
This Formosan red cypress is the tallest and oldest of the trees on the Giant Tree Plank Trail.
It has a girth of 13.1 meters and is 43.5 meters tall; it is estimated to be around 2000 years old. The tree also hosts Rhododendron kawakamii, the fern Oleandra wallichii (Hook.) Presl and other plants native to Taiwan.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Shouzhen Temple, Alishan, Chiayi County
Shouzen Temple is the largest temple in the Alishan area, restored in 1969. The main gods worshiped here are the Syuantian Emperor, the Fude God and the Jhusheng Goddess.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Alishan Forest Railway, Alishan, Chiayi County
The scenic area has three branches of the railway: the Zhushan Line was the first high mountain railway built in Taiwan and is used by the visitors travelling to Zhushan to watch the sunrise. The Yanyue Line carries tourists through beautiful scenery to the famous Shihou (Stone Monkey) Recreation Area (this is undergoing repairs after being damaged by Typhoon Morakot and is still closed);the Shenmu Line cross the recreation area to the sacred tree (shenmu) area.
Duration: 6 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Nice Prince Hotel(5-star), Chiayi or equivalent

Day 3: Chiayi - Taipei

Stop At: Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum, Taibao, Chiayi County
To achieve cultural equity between the Northern and the Southern regions of Taiwan, and to drive the cultural, educational, social, the Executive Yuan approved the building Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum economic development in both regions, setting the Southern Branch Museum as an "Asian Arts and Culture Museum.
The Southern Branch Museum will actively plan a variety of awe-inspiring exhibitions to fulfill its duty as a museum for artifact collection, research, conservation, education, and exhibition as well as to introduce artifact-derived leisure and recreational activities, and engage in cultural and creative operations.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

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2-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Lukang from Taipei

2-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Lukang from Taipei - Taiwan, Taiwan
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Duration: 2 days
Location: Taiwan, Taiwan

From USD
$227.99

Enjoy the sights of Taiwan’s must-see destinations on this bus tour from Taipei. As you are comfortably seated inside a tour bus, listen to your guide’s interesting stories about the sites you pass ... More info ›

Enjoy the sights of Taiwan’s must-see destinations on this bus tour from Taipei. As you are comfortably seated inside a tour bus, listen to your guide’s interesting stories about the sites you pass. Explore some the region’s most important treasures including the small town of Puli, picturesque Sun Moon Lake and the old town of Lukang. In addition to enjoying informative onboard narration, you will also step off the bus with your guide to visit various attractions.

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Day 1: Taipei - Sun Moon Lake

Stop At: Sun Moon Lake, Yuchi, Nantou
Divided by Lalu Island, the Sun Moon Lake scenic area got its name from the unique terrain that looked like a sun on one side and a crescent moon on the other. Crowned as one of the Eight Wonders of Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is also the most famous source of hydroelectric power; offering key tourist themes – “high mountain and lake”, “indigenous culture”, and “nature ecology”, the Sun Moon Lake Scenic Area attracts more than six million visitors each year.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Yidashao Pier, Yuchi, Nantou
Yidashao(Ita Thao), is called Barawbaw in thao language. The Han people call it North Cave. It was named Te Hua village after the restoration of Taiwan, and is under the administration of Yuchi. It has become the most populous area around the Sun Moon Lake. There are stores, restaurants, and hotels in the village. Also the thao people establishes the "thao Cultural Village" for tourists to appreciate the traditional culture, songs, and dancing of the thao tribe.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Xuanzhuang Temple, Yuchi, Nantou
Monk Xuanzang was the Holy Monk in the Tang dynasty. During the China-Japan War, Japanese took the Monk Xuanzang's remains away from Nanchin to the Tsen Temple of Saidama Ken in Japan. In 1955, the Monk Xuanzang's remains were returned back to the Xuanguang Temple. In 1965, the Monk Xuanzang's remains were moved to the Xuanzang Temple after the temple rebuilding. There is a bell in front of the main gate of the Xuanzang Temple. The bell is called "wake up bell." If you prefer quiet atmosphere, Xuanzang temple is the best places for you.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ci'en Pagoda, Yuchi, Nantou
Ci-en Pagoda is located on Sha Ba Lan Mountain near Sun Moon Lake. It was built by Chiang Kai-Shek in memory of his mother in 1971. The construction was very difficult because the materials had to be shipped over the lake and moved up the mountain. The Ci-en Pagoda is 46 meters in height and has become the famous landmark of Sun Moon Lake. Surrounding the tower are beautiful plants and trees and there are stone tables and chairs for visitors to take a rest. The Ci-en Pagoda overlooks Lalu Island and Sun Moon Lake.
Duration: 1 minute

Stop At: Wenwu Temple, Nantou City, Nantou
Wenwu Temple is located at the shoulder of mountain where is on the north of Sun Moon Lake. It was built in 1938. People worried the water of Sun Moon Lake might cover Longfeng Temple and Ihuatang of Shuishotsun, they built Wenwu Temple. The Wenwu Temple is 2 (Longfeng Temple and Ihuatang) in 1. It was rebuilt in 1969. Its gate is face to the north. People pray the Civil Saint of Confucius, the Military Saint of Guangong, and the Established God of two temples at the Wenwu Temple. The temple is popular among students.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Xiangshan Visitor Center, Yuchi, Nantou
The Xiangshang Visitor Center is both for tourism and administration use. The uniquely designed building has wood-patterned exteriors and wings that stretch like human arms embracing the earth. In addition, the two giant canopy structures, 34 meters long and 8 meters tall each, allow people to enjoy beautiful views of the Sun Moon Lake from the top.
Duration: 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Sun Moon Lake Hotel - Mountain View Room(4-star), Sun Moon Lake or equivalent

Day 2: Sun Moon Lake – Lukang – Taipei

Stop At: Lukang, Lukang, Changhua
The Village of Lukang, located about 180 kilometers south of Taipei, is known as a center of arts and handicrafts, particularly wooden and bamboo items. It is the nearest port to the coast of Mainland China. In earlier years, the city was the site of magnificent homes and temples of uniquely Taiwanese architecture. Some of these structures still exist today. The Lung Shan Temple is the prime example.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lugang Longshan Temple, Lukang, Changhua
Longshan Temple in Lukang was originally a small temple in Lukang. Later it was remodeled by local residents to be the current larger scale. The temple was beautifully designed. It is seated facing the west with the back to the east. The layout is square. The main building consists of four strata and three gardens. The format and design are inspired by Longshan Temple in Quanzhou (Chuanchow) of Taiwan.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Lugang Old Street, Lukang, Changhua
Lukang Old Street includes Yaolin Street and Putou Street. The historic site is perhaps the only place in Taiwan which best preserves the architecture stemming from as early as the Qing Dynasty. Previously a prosperous business center in the Qing Dynasty, the town’s streets feature buildings with a shop front and a back door facing the river for loading goods. Today, these traditional architectural pieces with brick walls, tiled roof as well as wooden door and windows are listed as a historic site. In addition to the main street, the winding brick streets and the narrow Osmanthus Lane are another area which had been filled with shops and households since early times. Now the area is occupied by folk art shops, nostalgic stores, teahouses, bookstores and painting stores, restaurants, local food vendors, and pastry stores, which are always packed with tourists on holidays. Walking on the streets, you will feel like being a part of a Qing drama.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tianhou Temple, Lukang, Changhua
Lukang Tianhou Temple is the one of the three major historic sites in Lukang. It lies on Zhongshan Road, Lukang. In the Ching Dynasty, General Shi Lang built the first temple of Goddess of Sea in Taiwan. The statue in the alter was imported from Meizhou, China. There are over 1 million worshipers coming here every year. With the smoke of the incense, the statues face has turned black, so the Goddess is also called black-faced Goddess.
Duration: 40 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

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Tainan in depth tour - exploring the big Tainan

Tainan in depth tour - exploring the big Tainan - Tainan City, Taiwan

Duration: 2 days
Location: Tainan City, Taiwan

From USD
$1500.00

#深体验 Why is the richest Chinese culture preserved in Tainan today?
# Enter the Tainan countryside and experience the truest look of Tainan. How Chinese, Dutch and Japanese cultures are ingeniously integrated and extended in Tainan.
# Tainan Center and Anping Day Trip, use the day to jump to the new and old in Tainan, how these make the proud pride and tolerance of Tainan today.
#品味台南地地美食, from roadside stalls to private kitchens, let you understand why Taiwanese people want you to eat in Tainan
#台南的城市和乡村, Temples and markets, sunsets and beaches, art and culture once in place

Itinerary

Day 1: Taipei - Tainan

Stop At: Snail Street, Tainan
Tainan Lane Lane Life
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Quanmei Movie Theater, West Central District, Tainan
Hand drawn movie poster cinema
Duration: 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Tainan

Stop At: Chimei Museum, Rende, Tainan
Art gallery
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

#深体验 Why is the richest Chinese culture preserved in Tainan today?
# Enter the Tainan countryside and experience the truest look of Tainan. How Chinese, Dutch and Japanese cultures are ingeniously integrated and extended in Tainan.
# Tainan Center and Anping Day Trip, use the day to jump to the new and old in Tainan, how these make the proud pride and tolerance of Tainan today.
#品味台南地地美食, from roadside stalls to private kitchens, let you understand why Taiwanese people want you to eat in Tainan
#台南的城市和乡村, Temples and markets, sunsets and beaches, art and culture once in place

Itinerary

Day 1: Taipei - Tainan

Stop At: Snail Street, Tainan
Tainan Lane Lane Life
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Quanmei Movie Theater, West Central District, Tainan
Hand drawn movie poster cinema
Duration: 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Tainan

Stop At: Chimei Museum, Rende, Tainan
Art gallery
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

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4-Day Private Yunnan Heritage Tour

4-Day Private Yunnan Heritage Tour - Taipei, Taiwan

Duration: 4 days
Location: Taipei, Taiwan

From USD
$530.00

Join this four-day trip to visit scenic spots and minority area in Honghe, Yunnan. You will discover sources of famous Yunnan snack and the south financial center in ancient time ... More info ›

Join this four-day trip to visit scenic spots and minority area in Honghe, Yunnan. You will discover sources of famous Yunnan snack and the south financial center in ancient time. After exploring attractions such as Yi Long Lake, Tuan Shan Village, Confucius temple, and Jiuxiang Cave, you will better appreciate why French stepped into southern part of Yunnan province.

Day 1 (L,D)
At 8:00am, your guide will you pick up at your hotel lobby or specified location in Kunming and drive to an 260 years old temple mixed with Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism in Honghe. After an hour visit at the temple, you will go to Shiping Town which is a 1,900 years old town where you can taste the famous Shiping tofu (bean curds). After lunch, you will continue onto a French style train station near 100 years old and learn about glorious stories about its past.
Day 2 (B,L,D)
Start your day at 6:00 AM to visit a famous private tofu (bean curds) workshop. See how local people made tofu and learn why Shiping tofu is the best of Yunnan. After breakfast, you will visit Yi Long Lake, Tuan Shan Village ( a 600 years old village), a 176 years old ancient bridge, and an ancient great gate of Qing Dynasty architecture style. You will be introduced to the technology behind it's construction and stories behind it. In evening, you go to an exhibition about local history in earlier 19th century. Overnight accommodation is at a 100 years old private home of a rich local family.
Day 3 (B,L,D)
In the morning, you will visit the second largest Confucius Temple in China for a couple of hours and learn the history of the building and Confucius philosophy. After Confucius Temple, continue onto Jianshui Town (a 1,200 years old town), a train station designed and built by French 100 years ago, and taste some famous snacks of Yunnan. You will also drive to a Yi ethnic village after lunch. During your visit in the village, see how they build special mud house and work in the field. In evening, you will enjoy a nature hot spring bath and stay overnight in the hot spring town.
Day 4 (B,L)
Today you will visit Stone Forest which is both a famous World Heritage and Karst Geomorphic site in Kunming. Explore these amazing stone formations during your stay. After lunch, you will drive to Jiuxiang Cave (a karst Cave) which is like an underground world with different kind of amazing stone formation. Afterwards, drive back to your hotel in Kunming and concludes this tour.

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