Min group size: 2 people
Best time to go: Apr - Aug
Highlights: Local Mandarin speaking tourist guide Guided full-day city tour
Taiwan was formerly known as "Formosa," meaning "beautiful," a name given by Portuguese explorers passing by on the way to Japan in the 16th century. It is its dramatic and fertile beauty that has made Taiwan attractive to foreign powers such as the Portuguese as well as the Spanish, Japanese, and Dutch - all of which tried their hand at colonial rule - and more recently tourists, who are just starting to learn of its charms.
If you are looking for world-class Asian art, you may be surprised to learn that 10% of the world's greatest Chinese artifacts are stored in giant catacombs in the mountain behind the not-to-be-missed National Palace Museum in Taipei.
Perhaps one of the main reasons why Taiwan is such an enjoyable country to visit is its rich spiritual heritage. Taiwan’s landscape is sprinkled with spectacular temples, their roof eaves curling heavenward to attract good fortune and repel evil, whether it be in an industrial park, commercial center, or farmers' fields, or at the end of a lantern-lined lane in a quiet neighborhood. The temple interior, far from churchly solemnity, is a feast for the senses and a riot of animation.
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan is a thriving metropolis, with soaring skyscrapers, shopping malls, nightclubs, chic restaurants and whatever you would expect from a thoroughly modern capital city.
On this holiday you will be able to take it all in. With a full day guided city tour you can explore what Taipei has to offer. You will also get some free time to explore (or shop) at your own leisure.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel. Free at leisure for rest of the day.
Overnight in Taipei.
TAIPEI – HUALIEN (B,D)
After breakfast, proceed to Yehliu for a spectacular view of the ocean and the terrain shaped by natural elements for thousand of years. See the natural rock formations in an amazing array of artistic shapes created by erosion and other natural forces. Thereafter continue journey to Chiufen - known as “the Gold Capital of Asia” during the peak of its gold mining days in 1890s. It became famous after “City of Sadness” which won international acclaim at the Venice Film Festival, was filmed here. The gold is gone, but Chiufen (Jiufen) built of closely-packed houses clinging to steep mountainsides, continues to offer enchanting scenery, unique teahouses and fascinating glimpses into the lifestyles of the past. En-route, visit Nantian Temple before proceeding to Hualien for Amei Aboriginal Cultural Village where you’ll observe their unique lifestyle and also enjoy Amei cuisines with bamboo tube rice.
Overnight in Hualien.
HUALIEN – TAITONG (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we visit the impressive Taroko Gorge – a ravine of towering marble cliffs with rapids roaring below, reputed as one of the world wonders. Drive along the gorge and you will be awed by the fantastic natural garden and followed by visit Enternal Spring Shrine, situated on the valley with a commanding view. We then proceed to Taitong for a hot spring bath at Lu Yeh River Seasonal Hot Spring. Please bring along your own swimsuit to enjoy this high quality hotspring. After which, proceed to Master Bear Resort where there are many facilities like golf driving range, karaoke and Heavenly Light in the evening for prayers.
Overnight at Master Bear Resort.
TAITONG – KAOHSIUNG (B, L)
After breakfast, proceed to Kaohsiung for a visit to the Light of Buddha Mountain – Fokuangshan - which is one of Taiwan largest temple complexes and the island centre of Buddhist scholarship. Next, we will proceed to Mei Non Hakka Village where we have the opportunity to see traditional Hakka handicrafts, such as hand-made umbrella, bamboo handicraft, etc. After which, proceed to Spring and Autumn Pavilions dedicated to Kuan Kung, the God of War and Xuantian Shandi Temple. Then, let’s ‘put’ our love in Love River (Aihe) and take a boat ride at this well known Romantic Love River. Enjoy your evening with a shopping spree at Dream Shopping Mall.
Overnight in Kaohsiung.
KAOHSIUNG – TAIPEI - TAOYUAN (B,L)
After breakfast, we return to Taipei and visit Martyr’s Shrine to view an elaborate ceremony of changing guards on an hourly basis. There after we visit National Palace Museum, which houses the largest collections of ancient Chinese art treasure which spans nearly 5,000 years of Chinese history. After lunch at Five Cents Driftwood House, we proceed to 101 Shopping Mall - the world tallest building. Enjoy your night at the largest night market in Taipei -Shihlin Night Market - where you may get some local handicrafts, clothes, toys, tasty local snacks and souvenirs.
Overnight in Taoyuan.
DEPART TAIPEI (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight back home.
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Prices displayed are per person in MYR. Click on the hotel/room name for its description.
|Hotel||Single||Twin||Child + bed||Child no bed|
|Paradise Hotel (3*) or similar + Hualien Lige Hotel (local 3*) or similar + Master Bear Resort (Local 3*) or similar + Gear Hotel Kaohsiung (Local 3*) or similar +Zai Yan Leader Hotel (local 3*) or similar||1250||770||600||470|
- Minimum 2 adults per departure
- Package Valid until 31 Dec 2012
- Departure every Tuesday and Saturday
Peak season and public holiday surcharge may apply for certain dates.
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