14 days in Taiwan Itinerary

14 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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14 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
1
Taipei
— 3 nights
2
Taichung
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
3
Nantou
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Chiayi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hualien
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
End: Taipei

3
nights
Taipei

Taipei
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Explore Taipei's surroundings by going to Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang) and Yeh Liu Geo Park (in Wanli). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, take a stroll through Ximending, make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and get a taste of the local shopping with Taipei 101.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Taipei road trip site .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Taipei. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

New Taipei
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

2
nights
Taichung

Taichung ©
Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
On the 1st (Thu), get curious at National Museum of Natural Science, take a stroll through Rainbow Village Taichung, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kaomei Wetland. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Wuling Farm.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Taichung attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Taipei to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Taipei in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Taichung, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Nantou.

Things to do in Taichung

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Kaomei Wetland ©
Kaomei Wetland
Wuling Farm ©
Wuling Farm
National Museum of Natural Science ©

2
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Sun Moon Lake Toushehuo Basin Recreation Farm, then explore the activities along Sun Moon Lake, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wenwumiaohoushan Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) and then relax in the rural setting at Cingjing Veterans Farm.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nantou trip itinerary site .

Nantou is just a short distance from Taichung. In August in Nantou, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chiayi.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

1
night
Chiayi

Chiayi ©
The provincial city in the county of the same name, Chiayi sits as the gateway to the national scenic mountain area of Alishan.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Singang Fenqtain Gong, take in the architecture and design of National Chung Cheng University, don't miss a visit to Bei Men Yi, then don't miss a visit to Chiayi Garage Park, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Ancient Taiwan Tiles.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiayi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nantou to Chiayi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Chiayi

Museums

Side Trip

National Chung Cheng University
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National Chung Cheng University ©
National Chung Cheng University

3
nights
Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung ©
A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaohsiung: Chimei Museum (in Rende), Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) (in West Central District) and Zhen'antang Feihu General Temple (in Annan). There's much more to do: walk around Xiao Liu Qiu, make a trip to Dragon Tiger Tower, view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre, and head outdoors with Ai He (Love River).

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kaohsiung online holiday planner .

You can drive from Chiayi to Kaohsiung in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hualien.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Tainan, Xiao Liu Qiu
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Highlights from your plan
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Xiao Liu Qiu ©
Xiao Liu Qiu
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre

2
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the activities along Chishingtan Scenic Area and then hike along Taroko Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Yanzihkou Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ch'ing-shui Cliff.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hualien trip maker site .

You can take a train from Kaohsiung to Hualien in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area

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