Min group size: 2 people
Best time to go: Apr - Aug
Highlights: Mandarin Speaking Guide Guide 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.
ARRIVAL TAIPEI - TAOYUAN
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day at own leisure.
Overnight in Taoyuan.
TAOYUAN - HUALIEN (B,D)
After breakfast, we take a bullet train ride to Taipei, then hop on to the mass rapid transit to National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall. The hall enormous marble edifice towers over landscaped garden, graceful pavilions and placid ponds The bronze statue of the late President Chiang Kai Shek looks out over the city from the main building. Thereafter proceed to Yehliu for a spectacular view of the ocean and the terrain shaped by thousand of years of water activity. You will see the natural rock formations (wild willows) in an amazing array of artistic shapes created by erosion and other natural forces. Then 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 to Amei Aboriginal Cultural Village where you will be able to observe their unique life style and also enjoy delicious Amei cuisines with bamboo tube rice.
Overnight in Hualien.
HUALIEN – TAITONG (B,L,D)
After breakfast, proceed to 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 gardens and then proceed to Enternal Spring Shrine, situated in the valley with a commanding view. After which, proceed to Rei Suei Leisure Farm blessed with beautiful scenery, clear water, fresh air and abundant grassland which are ideal for stockbreeding. Then proceed to Taitong to check into Hot Spring Resort in Taitung where you can experience the rustic yet refined hot spring culture. Immerse yourself in the hotspring and savour the moment. It is recommended that you bring your own swimwear to enjoy the hotspring.
Overnight in Taitong.
TAITUNG – 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, visit Mei Non Hakka Village where you have the opportunity to see traditional Hakka handicrafts, such as hand-made umbrella, bamboo handicraft, etc. A Hakka meal will be served in the Village for lunch. After which, proceed to the Spring and Autumn Pavilions, dedicated to Kuan Kung, the God of War and Xuantian Shandi Temple. In the evening, go for a shopping spree at Dream Shopping Mall and then to Leo Ho Night Market to enjoy some delicious local snack and also to hunt for bargains for clothes or souvenirs.
Overnight in Kaohsiung.
KAOHSIUNG – TAICHUNG (B,L,D)
After breakfast, proceed to Sun Moon Lake ~ the largest lake in Taiwan. There is an island called “Guang Hua Island” in the middle of the lake. Northern part of the island looks like a sun, southern park looks like a moon, that’s why is being named as Sun Moon Lake. Then we visit Peacock Gardens. There are over 200 peacocks in the gardens, which span more than four hectares and also include other precious fowls such as golden pheasants, silver pheasants, blue magpies and black coots. After lunch, visit Wen Wu Temple, a shrine dedicated to the worship of Confucius, Guan Gong and Yue Faye. Thereafter, let’s ‘put’ our love in Love River (Aihe) and take a boat ride at this well known Romantic Love River and False Red Cypress. Visit the famous “Sho Cheng Temple” here. After that, transfer to Taichung to visit Fong Jia Night Market, the night market situated near to the Feng Chia University where you can buy some low-priced clothes and shoes. Enjoy a dinner at Five Cents Driftwood House.
Overnight in Taichung.
TAICHUNG – TAIPEI (B,L)
After breakfast, transfer to Miaoli Fruit Ranch for fruit pickings at your own expense. If it is not a fruit season we will instead go to Sankeng Tofu Street where you can taste delicious tofu and also to observe the process of tofu making.
After which, journey back to Taipei to visit Martyr’s Shrine to view an elaborate ceremony of the changing of guards on an hourly basis. Next, visit National Palace Museum, which houses the largest collections of ancient Chinese art treasure which spans nearly 5,000 years of Chinese history. Then proceed to visit the 101 Shopping Mall - the world tallest building. At night, proceed to the largest night market in Taipei, Shihlin Night Market where there are local handicrafts, clothes, toys, tasty local snacks and souvenirs.
Overnight in Taipei.
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|
|Zai Yan Leader Hotel (local 3*) or similar + Hualien Lige Hotel (local 3*) or similar + Chih-pen Toong Mao Hot Spring Hotel (4*), Taitung or similar + International Citizen Kaohsiung (local 3*) or similar + Wen Won Hotel (local 4*) or similar + Paradise Hotel (3*) or similar||1480||950||730||530|
- Departure on Wednesday and Saturday
- Minimum 02 Adults per departure
- Package valid until 31 Dec 2012
Peak season and public holiday surcharge may apply for certain dates.
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