15 days in Taiwan Itinerary

15 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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15 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Taipei
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Hengchun
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Yuchi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Xiulin
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Zurich

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Palace Museum and Ximending. Get some historical perspective at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Yangmingshan National Park. Step out of Taipei to go to Gongliao and see Fulung Beach, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taipei Zoo, make a trip to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, look for gifts at Sugar & Spice Bakery Cafe - Dunhua S. Store Ⅱ, and take an in-depth tour of National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Taipei trip builder .

Zurich, Switzerland to Taipei is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in September, things will get much hotter in Taipei: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

New Taipei
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia). Take a break from the city and head to Ai He (Love River) and Lianchi (Lotus) Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Kaohsiung side-trips: Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area (in Donggang), Chimei Museum (in Annan) and Anping (Eternal Golden Castle & Anping Tree House). There's more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Dragon Tiger Tower.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kaohsiung day trip tool .

Getting from Taipei to Kaohsiung by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. In September in Kaohsiung, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hengchun.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tainan, Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area
Highlights from your plan
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)

2
nights
Hengchun

Hengchun ©
Located on the southern tip of the eponymous peninsula, Hengchun serves as the entry point to Kenting National Park, often attracting more travelers than locals with its tropical beach resorts and bustling night markets.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): make a trip to Hengchun South Gate, admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, and then enjoy the sand and surf at White Sand Bay. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenting National Park and then make a trip to Feng Chui Sha.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Hengchun vacation planning site .

Traveling by car from Kaohsiung to Hengchun takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yuchi.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
White Sand Bay ©
White Sand Bay

2
nights
Yuchi

Yuchi ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at WenWu Hiking Trail, grab your bike and head to Sun Moon Lake Bikeway, and then explore the activities along Sun Moon Lake. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Wenwumiaohoushan Park, contemplate the long history of Wenwu Temple, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at National Chi Nan University, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan).

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yuchi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hengchun to Yuchi takes 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Xiulin.

Things to do in Yuchi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Nantou
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)
Wenwu Temple ©
Wenwu Temple

2
nights
Xiulin

Xiulin ©
On the 27th (Thu), trek along Zhuilu Old Trail and then stroll through Taroko Gorge. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baiyang Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chishingtan Scenic Area, and then appreciate the views at Mukumugi Valley.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Xiulin online itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yuchi to Xiulin. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Xiulin

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Chishingtan Scenic Area
Highlights from your plan
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area
Baiyang Trail ©
Baiyang Trail

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