17 days in Taiwan Itinerary

17 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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17 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
1
Taipei
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Hualien
— 6 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
3
Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Tainan
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Jincheng
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Taipei


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2
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.
On the 15th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, then get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, and then browse the different shops at Taipei 101. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), then get to know the resident critters at Taipei Zoo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hsing Tian Kong, and finally wander the streets of Ximending.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taipei day trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airports are Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport and Taichung Ching Chuang Kang Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hualien.

Things to do in Taipei

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

6
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Explore Hualien's surroundings by going to Ali Mountain (Alishan) (in Xinyi Township), Alishan National Forest Recreation Area (in Alishan) and Yuchi (Wenwu Temple & Sun Moon Lake). There's lots more to do: trek along Taroko Gorge, don't miss a visit to Fanshuliao, stroll around Farglory Ocean Park, and step off the mainland to explore Sanxiantai.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hualien trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Taipei to Hualien takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nantou, Taitung, Alishan National Forest Recreation Area
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge

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.
On the 24th (Sat), admire the striking features of Guandi Temple, head off the coast to Cijin Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yi Cheng Tang, then don't miss a visit to The Dome of Light, and finally view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Kaohsiung Main Public Library, then make a trip to Dragon Tiger Tower, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kaohsiung trip builder .

Traveling by train from Hualien to Kaohsiung takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Kaohsiung sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Tainan.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Ai He (Love River) ©
Ai He (Love River)

3
nights
Tainan

Tainan
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chongqing Temple and then explore the wide array of goods at Hayashi Department Store. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Anping Fort (Anping gubao), examine the collection at National Museum of Taiwan Literature, and then examine the collection at Chimei Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tainan trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Kaohsiung to Tainan by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Jincheng.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Anping Tree House ©
Anping Tree House

2
nights
Jincheng

Jincheng ©
When in Jincheng, make a side trip to see Shanhou Village in Jinsha, approximately 40 minutes away.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jincheng online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tainan to Jincheng in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jincheng

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jinhu, Guningtou Battle Museum, Shanhou Village
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Kinmen Island ©
Kinmen Island
Jiangongyu Islet ©
Jiangongyu Islet
Zhaishan Tunnel ©
Zhaishan Tunnel

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