14 days in East Asia Itinerary

14 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Taiwan trip planner

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Yilan City
Train
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Hualien City
— 2 nights
Train
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Kaohsiung
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dapu
— 1 night
Drive
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Alishan
Drive
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Taichung
— 3 nights
Train
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Taipei
— 4 nights
Drive
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Toucheng
— 1 night
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Yilan City

Yilan City is a city and the county seat of Yilan County, Taiwan. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll around Diudiudang Forest, don't miss a visit to Jimi Square - Yilan Station, then get outside with Wanglongbi, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Yilan Distillery Chia Chi Lan Wine Museum.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yilan City trip tool.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major aiports are Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport and Taichung International Airport / Ching Chuang Kang Air Base. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hualien City.

Things to do in Yilan City

Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Hualien City

— 2 nights

Huashi

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hualien City road trip planning tool.

Getting from Yilan City to Hualien City by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. You will leave for Kaohsiung on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Hualien City

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Kaohsiung

— 2 nights

Harbor City

A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): head outdoors with Ai He (Love River), step off the mainland to explore Cijin Island, and then stroll around Cijin Wind Turbine Park. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Dragon Tiger Tower, explore the activities along Lianchi (Lotus) Lake, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), then steep yourself in history at Anping Tree House, and finally contemplate the long history of Formosa Boulevard Station.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung day trip website.

Take a train from Hualien City to Kaohsiung in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Kaohsiung, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dapu.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Dapu

— 1 night
To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dapu itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kaohsiung to Dapu takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Alishan.

Things to do in Dapu

Wildlife · Parks

Alishan

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shouzhen Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Alishan vacation planner.

Drive from Dapu to Alishan in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Taichung.

Things to do in Alishan

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Taichung

— 3 nights

Cultural City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Luce Chapel, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gaomei Wetland, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Maple Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Siangshang Market, ponder the world of politics at Wanchungong, then don't miss a visit to Shin Sei Green Waterway, then stroll around Xindu Shentai Park, and finally stroll through Dakeng No.10 Trail.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Taichung driving holiday website.

Getting from Alishan to Taichung by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Taipei.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Taipei

— 4 nights

City of Azaleas

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang), Wenwu Shengmiao (in Xinzhuang) and Shifen Old Street (in Pingxi). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, browse the different shops at Taipei 101, make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and wander the streets of Ximending.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Taipei vacation planner.

You can take a train from Taichung to Taipei in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Taipei can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel to Toucheng.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Toucheng

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Wushih Harbor and then see the interesting displays at Lanyang Museum.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Toucheng road trip app.

You can drive from Taipei to Toucheng in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Toucheng

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Yilan travel guide

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Landmarks · Hot Springs · Specialty Museums
The coastal city of Yilan makes a good base for trips around the wider eponymous county. The coastal scenery serves as an attractive backdrop during holidays in Yilan, with the town offering a good introduction to the natural and cultural history of the area through a range of festivals, museums, and galleries. Following the river that flows through town out into the surrounding plains, you'll see rolling paddies, rustic townships, and a number of hot spring resorts.

Hualien travel guide

4.1
Hiking Trails · Beaches · Landmarks