Taiwan is a "glittering secret isle" which "seduces travellers with its diverse temptations", declares Traveller. You'll begin your discovery the little-known Asian island state with a sightseeing tour of the capital, Taipei, followed by a visit to the bustling Huahsi Night Market. Next stop on your tour is Sun Moon Lake, where you can admire the mountain scenery from the comfort of a gentle boat ride, and visit Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, one of the top-rated attractions in Taiwan on TripAdvisor. Kenting National Park, known for its white-sand beaches, caves, coral reefs and spectacular mountain scenery, is next on your tour. A night will also be spent in Taitung County in a hot-spring-and-spa hotel.
You'll then travel along the coast through Taiwan’s last remaining unspoiled region, the East Coast National Scenic Area, before reaching Taroko National Park and Taroko Gorge. With its "marble-walled canyons, lush vegetation and mountainous landscape", Taroko "really puts the formosa (beautiful) in Ilha Formosa", raves Lonely Planet. The trip concludes back in Taipei, where you will catch your flight back to Australia.
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Upon arrival at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), you will be greeted by our service guide who will transfer you to your accommodation. Travellers may have an option to join a half-day tour in the afternoon (on your own expense and subject to arrival time).
After your breakfast, you will be travelling with our coach to enjoy the overview of Taipei City, including the Office of the President of the Republic of China and the National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Later we will arrive at the National Palace Museum at where you can find more than 690,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artefacts and artworks. Besides, our group will also visit a local Taiwanese handicraft centre. After that, we will head north to Tamsui District in New Taipei City. Located on the riverside of Tamsui (Fresh Water) River and as a former colonial area for the Spanish, the Dutch and as well as the Japanese, Tamsui was one of the major trading ports in Asian history. As a consequent, when you are enjoying local famous Taiwanese street food (on your expense) at Tamsui Old Street, you may also discover some of the colonial remains! Heading back to Taipei City, you will enjoy the taste of traditional local dishes for your dinner and visit Mengjia Longshan Temple which has been built since 1738 and is one of the most historical Chinese temples in Taiwan. We will be also going to the nearby Snake Alley (also known as Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market) to experience local people’s life, delicacies and drinks.
In the morning our group will travel to Sun Moon Lake (Lake Candidus) in Nantou County. Surrounded by mountains, Sun Moon Lake is the largest natural lake in Taiwan and is located approximately 760m above sea level. Not only you will have a chance enjoying the scenery with boat riding, but you will also be amazed by the architecture in the area, including Lalu Island, The Lalu Hotel, Syuanguang Temple, Syuentzang Temple, Wen Wu Temple and Peacock Garden. (Our tour guide will adjust the activities to this day subject to weather and other limitations.)
After Breakfast, we will head south towards Kaohsiung. Our group will arrive at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center (BMC) which is our first attraction for the day. Located in Kaohsiung and completed in 2011, BMC has been enshrining the Buddha’s relic, given by Tibetan Lama Kunga Dorje Rinpoche since the beginning of contraction in 2001. We will be spending most of our day at this place to enjoy the serene atmosphere, which also allows you to explore the whole area. Later we will be entering into Kaohsiung Cityand explore one of the local night markets.
Today’s highlight will be Kenting National Park where is located at southern tip of the island of Taiwan. You will see the spectacular landscape and unique wildlife when travelling on the coach. We will have a stop at Maibitou (Cape Cat’s Nose) Park to enjoy the breeze from the ocean of the southernmost tip. You will also visit Eluanbi Lighthouse which is one of the major attractions in the national park. This lighthouse is cylindrical shaped coloured in white and is also renowned as “the Light of East Asia” for its strong optical power of light that can reach 20 miles at most. In the afternoon, you will have your own relaxing time to spend at the Kenting Main Street, where you can find a range of local food and souvenir. Later in the day, we will leave Kenting and head to Taitung.
After breakfast, you will travel with our coach to visit the East Coast National Scenic Area. The range was formed by the solidification of andesitic magma, sedimentary stone from the ocean bed and igneous rock from the Central Mountain Range, and is also the northern extension of Luzon Island of the Philippines. The coastal range is geographically unique and stunning in its beauty. The two main locations where we will stop over to enjoy such amazing view will be at Little Yeliu and Sansiantal. Later in the day will be heading to Hualien, and visit Baxian Cave (Eight Immortals Cave) on the way. You will have your own leisure time at Hualien in the late afternoon.
Heading to Taroko National Park, we will be spending our day to embrace the nature of this munificent landscape. This national park is named after the Taroko Gorge where supplies ample quantity of marble. You will also have a chance to appreciate the beauty of majestic Liwu River which cuts through the marble as it flows through Taroko Gorge. Our group will then go deeper into the inland to visit Changchun Shrine (the Eternal Spring Shrine) and Swallow Grotto (Yanzihkou). After that, you will have a chance to walk through the Tunnel of Nine Trail (Jiuqudong, subject to weather conditions), at where you view the rock folds, joints and faults of the marble cliffs. In the late afternoon we will be heading back to our beginning city of this trip, Taipei, and visit a local marble factory on the way. At night time, you will follow our coach to enjoy the night view of Taipei as well as TAIPEI 101 (admission fee on own expense) which is landmark skyscraper in Taiwan.
You will be transferred to the airport and catch your flight back to your origin.
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