16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
+2
Fly + foot + train:  21​h 15​min
1
Hualien
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Taitung
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Pingtung
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Tainan
— 1 night
5
Nantou
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Magong
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
New Taipei
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Edmonton

2
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Eternal Spring Shrine and then don't miss a visit to Ch'ing-shui Cliff. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Yanzihkou Trail, trek along Taroko Gorge, and then hike along Shakadang Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hualien trip planning app .

Edmonton, Canada to Hualien is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taitung.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff
Shakadang Trail ©
Shakadang Trail

2
nights
Taitung

Taitung ©
Sitting between the mountains and the sea, Taitung offers pleasing scenery no matter what direction you face.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Chu Lu Ranch, then don't miss a visit to Taitung Brown's Road, and then head off the coast to Sanxiantai. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Jin Gang Da Dao, go for a stroll along the water at Lvdaoshilang, and then look for gifts at Chen's Mashu.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Taitung trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hualien to Taitung in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pingtung.

Things to do in Taitung

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Sanxiantai ©
Sanxiantai
Taitung Brown's Road ©
Taitung Brown's Road
Chu Lu Ranch ©
Chu Lu Ranch

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.
On the 21st (Sun), don't miss a visit to The Dome of Light and then enjoy the sand and surf at White Sand Bay. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenting National Park.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pingtung vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Taitung to Pingtung takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Tainan.

Things to do in Pingtung

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

The Dome of Light
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White Sand Bay ©
White Sand Bay
Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
The Dome of Light
The Dome of Light

1
night
Tainan

Tainan ©
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Shuangcun Binhai Recreation Area, look for gifts at Hecheng Fanbuhang, and then browse the range of quality goods at Hayashi Department Store.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tainan driving holiday 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 up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nantou.

Things to do in Tainan

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Hayashi Department Store ©
Hayashi Department Store
Hecheng Fanbuhang ©
Hecheng Fanbuhang

2
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Rainbow Village Taichung and then explore the activities along Sun Moon Lake. On your second day here, look for gifts at Tsutaya Bookstore - Taichung City and then take in the awesome beauty at Ali Mountain (Alishan).

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nantou road trip tool .

You can drive from Tainan to Nantou in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Nantou can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Magong.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Taichung
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Ali Mountain (Alishan) ©
Ali Mountain (Alishan)
Rainbow Village Taichung ©
Rainbow Village Taichung

2
nights
Magong

Magong ©
Most visitors take a trip to Magong to see Penghu's iconic landmark, the famed Tianhou Gong Mazu temple, honoring the Chinese sea goddess and dating back to the 16th century.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): make a trip to Cimeiyu, stroll through Local Beach, then don't miss a visit to Kueibishan, and finally look for gifts at Erkan Almond Tea. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Whale Cave, head off the coast to Penghu Islands, then take in the views from Penghu Great Bridge, and finally explore the striking landscape at Chixiyanpu.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Magong road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nantou to Magong takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Taipei.

Things to do in Magong

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Xiyu, Kueibishan, Chixiyanpu
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Local Beach ©
Local Beach
Chixiyanpu ©
Chixiyanpu
Penghu Islands ©
Penghu Islands

3
nights
New Taipei

New Taipei ©
Xinbei, also known as New Taipei City, stands as a newly founded part of the wider Taipei metropolitan area, stretching up from the capital to the island's northern coast.
Shop till you drop at Taipei 101 and Yuzhenxin. Step out of the city life by going to Yangmingshan National Park and Yeh Liu Geo Park. Step out of New Taipei to go to Beitou and see Beitou Spring, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Laomei Green Reef and appreciate the history behind Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our New Taipei travel planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Magong to New Taipei in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Taipei

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Taipei
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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park

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