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
Drive:  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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Yangmingshan National Park, make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Taipei Zoo, explore the striking landscape at Yeh Liu Geo Park, then contemplate the long history of 228 Peace Memorial Park, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Shilin Night Market. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Ximending, then don't miss a visit to Danshuei, and then steep yourself in history at Taipei Confucius Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Taipei attractions 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. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wuling and National Chi Nan University. Explore Taichung's surroundings by going to Yuchi (Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village & Wenwu Temple). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Parklane, take in the spiritual surroundings of PaoChueh Temple, and get curious at National Museum of Natural Science.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Taichung trip builder app .

Take a train from Taipei to Taichung in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Tainan.

Things to do in Taichung

Theme Parks Parks Nature

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Cheng Kung University and Central Park Kaohsiung. Get out of town with these interesting Tainan side-trips: Dashu District (Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum & Fo Guang Shan), Kaohsiung Main Public Library (in Qianzhen) and Dragon Tiger Tower (in Zuoying). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Dome of Light, examine the collection at Chimei Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), and contemplate the long history of Anping Tree House.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tainan travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Taichung to Tainan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Taichung in December, things will get a bit warmer in Tainan: highs are around 29°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride 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 Zhuilu Old Trail. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Su-Hua Highway, make a trip to Hualien Cultural Creative Industries Park, deepen your understanding at National Dong Hwa University, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hualien day trip planner .

Getting from Tainan to Hualien by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Hualien

Outdoors Parks Trails
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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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