16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + foot + train:  19​h 30​min
1
Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Taichung
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Hualien
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
4
New Taipei
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Toronto

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.
Explore Kaohsiung's surroundings by going to Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) (in West Central District), Xiao Liu Qiu (in Liuqiu) and Chimei Museum (in Rende). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre, make a trip to The Dome of Light, explore the galleries of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, and get outside with Ai He (Love River).

To find out how to plan a trip to Kaohsiung, use our trip itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to Kaohsiung is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Kaohsiung is 13 hours. When traveling from Toronto in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Kaohsiung: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Tainan, Xiao Liu Qiu
Highlights from your plan
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Xiao Liu Qiu ©
Xiao Liu Qiu
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taichung: Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village (in Yuchi) and Ren'ai Township (Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) & Cingjing Veterans Farm). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Kaomei Wetland, engage your brain at National Museum of Natural Science, take a stroll through Rainbow Village Taichung, and look for gifts at Mark Taiwan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Taichung trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Kaohsiung to Taichung by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hualien.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nantou
Highlights from your plan
Kaomei Wetland ©
Kaomei Wetland
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

3
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Take a break from Hualien with a short trip to Sun Moon Lake in Yuchi, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Taroko Gorge, explore the activities along Chishingtan Scenic Area, explore the striking landscape at Ch'ing-shui Cliff, and pause for some photo ops at Eternal Spring Shrine.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hualien holiday site .

Getting from Taichung to Hualien by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to New Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sun Moon Lake
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff

4
nights
New Taipei

New Taipei
Xinbei, also known as New Taipei City, stands as a newly founded part of the wider Taipei metropolitan area, stretching up from the capital to the island's northern coast.
Step out of New Taipei with an excursion to National Palace Museum in Shilin--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, explore the striking landscape at Yeh Liu Geo Park, browse the different shops at Taipei 101, and appreciate the history behind National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read New Taipei trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hualien to New Taipei takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Taipei
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)

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