12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
1
Taipei
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Taichung
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Tainan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Hualien
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: Taipei

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Yangmingshan National Park, don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), tour the pleasant surroundings at Taipei Zoo, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yeh Liu Geo Park, then contemplate the long history of 228 Peace Memorial Park, and finally hunt for treasures at Shilin Nightmarket. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Ximending, don't miss a visit to Danshuei, and then contemplate the long history of Taipei Confucius Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Taipei planner .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport and Taichung Ching Chuang Kang Airport. In January, daytime highs in Taipei are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

New Taipei
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Taipei Zoo ©
Taipei Zoo
Taipei Confucius Temple ©
Taipei Confucius Temple
228 Peace Memorial Park ©
228 Peace Memorial Park

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and Wuling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taichung: National Chi Nan University (in Puli) and Wenwu Temple (in Yuchi). There's much more to do: engage your brain at National Museum of Natural Science, look for gifts at Parklane, and take in the spiritual surroundings of PaoChueh Temple.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Taichung trip tool .

You can drive from Taipei to Taichung in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Taichung can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tainan.

Things to do in Taichung

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nantou
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Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village ©
Wuling ©
Wuling
PaoChueh Temple ©
PaoChueh Temple

4
nights
Tainan

Tainan ©
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaohsiung Main Public Library and Fo Guang Shan. Get out of town with these interesting Tainan side-trips: Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum (in Dashu District), Dragon Tiger Tower (in Zuoying) and Yancheng (The Pier-2 Art Centre & Ai He (Love River)). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at National Cheng Kung University, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), make a trip to The Dome of Light, and see the interesting displays at Chimei Museum.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tainan itinerary builder .

Drive from Taichung to Tainan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Taichung in January: high temperatures in Tainan hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hualien.

Things to do in Tainan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kaohsiung
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Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
National Cheng Kung University ©
National Cheng Kung University
Central Park Kaohsiung ©
Central Park Kaohsiung

3
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shakadang Trail and National Dong Hwa University. There's much more to do: trek along Zhuilu Old Trail, stroll through Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road, head outdoors with Su-Hua Highway, and don't miss a visit to Hualien Cultural Creative Industries Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hualien trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Tainan to Hualien takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Hualien

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road ©
Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road
Su-Hua Highway ©
Su-Hua Highway
National Dong Hwa University ©
National Dong Hwa University

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