12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
train:  3​h
1
Kaohsiung
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Fenglin
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Tainan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Taichung
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Alishan
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  4​h 45​min
End: Taipei

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to The Dome of Light, contemplate the waterfront views at Ai He (Love River), then admire the landmark architecture of Dragon Tiger Tower, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lianchi (Lotus) Lake, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Kaohsiung Main Public Library.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kaohsiung trip builder tool .

Taipei to Kaohsiung is an approximately 3-hour combination of subway and train. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kaohsiung are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fenglin.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
The Dome of Light
The Dome of Light
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

few
hours
Fenglin

Fenglin ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lin Tian Shan Cultural Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Chi-lai-bi Lighthouse, and then steep yourself in history at A Mei Wenhua Village.

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You can drive from Kaohsiung to Fenglin in 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tainan.

Things to do in Fenglin

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hualien
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Lintienshan Forestry Culture Park ©
Lintienshan Forestry Culture Park
Qilaibi Lighthouse ©
Qilaibi Lighthouse

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 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Confucius Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), then get to know the fascinating history of Shennong Street, then contemplate the long history of Anping Tree House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Anping Fort (Anping gubao). On the next day, explore and take pictures at National Cheng Kung University, then steep yourself in history at Dajingtou, then get a taste of the local shopping with Hayashi Department Store, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tainan Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tainan trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Fenglin to Tainan takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Taichung.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Anping Tree House ©
Anping Tree House
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Hayashi Department Store ©
Hayashi Department Store

3
nights
Taichung

Taichung ©
Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
On the 6th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Maple Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Rainbow Village Taichung, look for all kinds of wild species at Kaomei Wetland, and then don't miss a visit to Tunghai University.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Taichung online itinerary maker .

You can drive from Tainan to Taichung in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Alishan.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland
Rainbow Village Taichung ©
Rainbow Village Taichung
National Museum of Natural Science ©

2
nights
Alishan

Alishan ©
On the 9th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yushan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shun Bao Fu De Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Ali Mountain (Alishan), then don't miss a visit to Bei Gang Wu de Temple God of Wealth Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Bei Gang Chao Tian Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Alishan attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Taichung to Alishan takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alishan

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Beigang, Nantou
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Yushan National Park ©
Yushan National Park
Ali Mountain (Alishan) ©
Ali Mountain (Alishan)
Bei Gang Chao Tian Temple ©
Bei Gang Chao Tian Temple

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