16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  19​h
1
Taipei
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Hualien
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  4​h 30​min
3
Pingtung
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Tainan
— 2 nights
5
Nantou
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Vienna

4
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.
Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple) and Taipei Confucius Temple will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Songshan Ciyou Temple and Miniatures Museum of Taipei. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Palace Museum, explore the striking landscape at Beitou Thermal Valley(Hell Valley), deepen your understanding at National Taiwan University, and take in the natural beauty of Yangmingshan National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Taipei trip itinerary planner .

Vienna, Austria to Taipei is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vienna in August, with highs in Taipei at 39°C and lows at 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hualien.

Things to do in Taipei

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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple) ©
Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple)
Taipei Confucius Temple ©
Taipei Confucius Temple

3
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shih Ti Ping Recreation Area and Shen'an Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Henan Temple and Tzu Chi Foundation. Step out of Hualien to go to Shuili and see Yushan National Park, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Zuocang Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Emerald valley, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hualien Chenghuan Temple.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hualien itinerary builder tool .

Take a train from Taipei to Hualien in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pingtung.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Yushan National Park
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Yushan National Park ©
Yushan National Park
Shen'an Temple ©
Shen'an Temple
Tzu Chi Foundation ©
Tzu Chi Foundation

2
nights
Pingtung

Pingtung ©
Mostly serving as a base for exploring Kenting National Park, Pingtung enjoys a pleasant, subtropical climate, sandy beaches, and a friendly atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Kenting National Park. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Kenting Long Keng Ecological Reserve and then pause for some serene contemplation at Wan Jin Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pingtung vacation planning app .

You can take a train from Hualien to Pingtung in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tainan.

Things to do in Pingtung

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
Wan Jin Church ©
Wan Jin Church
Kenting Long Keng Ecological Reserve ©

2
nights
Tainan

Tainan ©
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Guanziling Hot Spring, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zhen'antang Feihu General Temple, then admire the striking features of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Guanzi Hill (Guan Zi Ling). On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Linshui Furen Mamiao and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nankun Nidai Tianfu.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tainan trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Pingtung to Tainan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Nantou.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Guanzi Hill (Guan Zi Ling) ©
Guanzi Hill (Guan Zi Ling)
Guanziling Hot Spring ©
Guanziling Hot Spring
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)

2
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ci'entang, then take a peaceful walk through Ali Mountain (Alishan), and then take in the history at Dongpubu Nongbuluo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nantou road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tainan to Nantou takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nantou

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ali Mountain (Alishan) ©
Ali Mountain (Alishan)
Taiwan Adventist College ©
Taiwan Adventist College
Ci'entang ©
Ci'entang

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