17 days in Taiwan Itinerary

17 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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17 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Xiulin
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hengchun
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Yuchi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Taipei
— 5 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Cincinnati

1
night
Xiulin

Xiulin ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road and then trek along Taroko Gorge. On the next day, trek along Baiyang Trail, then trek along Zhuilu Old Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at Eternal Spring Shrine.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Xiulin trip maker website .

Cincinnati, USA to Xiulin is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cincinnati to Xiulin is 13 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Xiulin

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road
Highlights from your plan
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Baiyang Trail ©
Baiyang Trail
Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road ©
Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and Anping Tree House. Visiting Ai He (Love River) and Lianchi (Lotus) Lake will get you outdoors. Explore Kaohsiung's surroundings by going to Chimei Museum (in Annan) and Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) (in West Central District). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at The Pier-2 Art Centre, don't miss a visit to The Dome of Light, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park Kaohsiung.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaohsiung attractions planner .

Getting from Xiulin to Kaohsiung by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in December, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Hengchun.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Tainan
Highlights from your plan
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Anping Tree House ©
Anping Tree House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Kenting National Park and then make a trip to Hengchun South Gate. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, kick back and relax at White Sand Bay, and then make a trip to Feng Chui Sha.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hengchun trip site .

You can drive from Kaohsiung to Hengchun in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. January in Hengchun sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sun Moon Lake Bikeway and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Moon Lake. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan), then stroll through Outdoors Taiwan Tandem Paragliding - South of Taiwan, and then contemplate the long history of Wenwu Temple.

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

Getting from Hengchun to Yuchi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hengchun in January; daily highs in Yuchi reach 67°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taipei.

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

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Yangmingshan National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Taipei Zoo and Beitou Hot Spring. Get out of town with these interesting Taipei side-trips: Jinguashi Gold Ecological Park (in Ruifang) and Yeh Liu Geo Park (in Wanli). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Shilin Nightmarket, don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hsing Tian Kong.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Taipei sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Yuchi to Taipei in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in January, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

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

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