29 days in Taiwan & Jiangsu Itinerary

29 days in Taiwan & Jiangsu Itinerary

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Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Suzhou, China
— 4 nights
Train
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Nanjing, China
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
— 5 nights
Taxi to Donggang, Ferry to Liuqiu
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Liuqiu, Taiwan
— 1 night
Ferry to Donggang, Bus to Hengchun
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Hengchun, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Alishan, Taiwan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nantou, Taiwan
— 4 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan

— 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.
Step out of Taipei with an excursion to Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) in Ruifang--about 46 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Sat) exploring nature at Yangmingshan National Park. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, visit Ximending, don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taipei sightseeing planning tool.

If you are flying in from Taiwan, the closest major aiports are Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport and Taichung International Airport / Ching Chuang Kang Air Base. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Suzhou, China

— 4 nights

Venice of the East

One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Step out of Suzhou to go to Taicang and see Shaxi Ancient Town, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Suzhou Museum, admire the natural beauty at Lion Forest Garden, stroll around Humble Administrator's Garden, and contemplate the long history of The Lingering Garden.

Plan trip to Suzhou with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Taipei to Suzhou in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Nanjing.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Nanjing, China

— 4 nights
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yangzhou (Daming Temple & Slender West Lake). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling), walk around Xuanwuhu Park, get engrossed in the history at The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, and steep yourself in history at Jiming Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nanjing trip planner.

You can take a train from Suzhou to Nanjing in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Suzhou in February, plan for much warmer days in Nanjing, with highs around 11°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kaohsiung side-trips: Anping Tree House (in Anping), Chimei Museum (in Rende) and Beutic Private Tour (in North District). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Ai He (Love River), make a trip to The Dome of Light, step off the mainland to explore Cijin Island, and steep yourself in history at Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia).

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kaohsiung driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Nanjing to Kaohsiung by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Nanjing in February, with highs in Kaohsiung at 29°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Liuqiu.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Liuqiu, Taiwan

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get interesting insight from Liuqiu Dive, walk around Xiao Liu Qiu, and then kick back and relax at Siao Liou Ciou Ge Ban Bay Beach Venice Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Liuqiu trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Kaohsiung to Liuqiu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. February in Liuqiu sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Hengchun.

Things to do in Liuqiu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Hengchun, Taiwan

— 4 nights
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.
Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Kenting National Park. And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, make a trip to Kenting Homeone, head outdoors with White Sand Bay, and take some stellar pictures from Alang Yi Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hengchun trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Liuqiu to Hengchun in 3 hours. February in Hengchun sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Alishan.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Alishan, Taiwan

— 2 nights
On the 18th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Zhushan Sunrise Observation Deck, then get engrossed in the history at Alishan Museum, then take a peaceful walk through Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, and finally get outside with Tashan Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shun Bao Fu De Temple, wander the wide-open spaces of Greening Ranch, then hike along Tefuye Trail, and finally make a trip to Yuyupas.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Alishan route planning website.

You can drive from Hengchun to Alishan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hengchun in February, you will find days in Alishan are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nantou.

Things to do in Alishan

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Nantou, Taiwan

— 4 nights
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Get out of town with these interesting Nantou side-trips: National Museum of Natural Science (in North District) and West District (Gen.Sun Li-Jen Residence & National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts). On the 21st (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Moon Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jinlong Mountain, experience rural life at Cingjing Veterans Farm, and explore the striking landscape of Wenwumiaohoushan Park.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nantou tour website.

You can drive from Alishan to Nantou in 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Nantou when traveling from Alishan in February, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Nantou

Nature · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Taiwan travel guide

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Landmarks · Flea Markets · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.

Jiangsu travel guide

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Gardens · Bodies of Water · Parks
Most foreign travelers consider the province of Jiangsu synonymous with Suzhou, one of China's top tourist destinations and a world-famous economic powerhouse. But beyond this modern city with an old-world charm, the province offers a 900 km (500 mi) stretch of coastline on the Yellow Sea, as well as a slew of historic sites that include World Heritage-listed gardens, tombs, temples, and water villages. A tour of Jiangsu can also lead you on a journey of discovery along the Yangtze River, a mighty body of water flanked by a series of pleasant canal towns.