30 days in East Asia Itinerary

30 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Taiwan travel route planner

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Kaohsiung
— 4 nights
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Tainan
— 4 nights
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Chiayi
— 4 nights
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Hualien
— 5 nights
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Taichung
— 6 nights
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Taipei
— 5 nights
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Kaohsiung

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cihou Fort and Wan Jin Church. Appreciate the collections at Fengyi Academy and Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaohsiung: Pingtung Xi Qu Gu Shi Guan (in Chaozhou), Liuqiu (Liouchiou Yu Lighthouse & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Park (in Majia). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Caishan Natural Park, contemplate the long history of Qijin Xingkong Tunnel, make a trip to Lungshan Temple, and take in the exciting artwork at The Pier-2 Art Centre.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung trip itinerary app.

Naha, Japan to Kaohsiung is an approximately 5-hour flight. Traveling from Naha to Kaohsiung, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Naha in November, expect nights in Kaohsiung to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tainan.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Tainan

— 4 nights

Phoenix City

The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Taiwan History and Chimei Museum. Visit Hayashi Department Store and Shennong Street for their historical value. There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Taiwan Literature, visit Guohua Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Anping Fort (Anping gubao), and take in the spiritual surroundings of An'png Kaitai Tianhou Palace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tainan trip planner.

Take a train from Kaohsiung to Tainan in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Tainan, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chiayi.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Chiayi

— 4 nights
The provincial city in the county of the same name, Chiayi sits as the gateway to the national scenic mountain area of Alishan.
Get in touch with nature at Alishan National Forest Recreation Area and Eryanping Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum and Paper-cut Art Village. Get out of town with these interesting Chiayi side-trips: Huwei (Huwei Tianhou Temple, Cats on the roof, &more), Ershui Old Street (in Ershui) and Alishan (Tashan Trail & Shouzhen Temple). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Formosan Golden Bat Home and stop by Touliu.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chiayi sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tainan to Chiayi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hualien.

Things to do in Chiayi

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hualien

— 5 nights

Huashi

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zhuilu Old Trail and Lintienshan Forestry Culture Park. Get in touch with nature at Shakadang Trail and Yun Shan Shuei Ecological Farm. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Su-Hua Highway, appreciate the views at Emerald valley, grab your bike and head to Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Water Curtain.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hualien trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Chiayi to Hualien takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Taichung.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Taichung

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ali Mountain (Alishan) and Wenwu Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Sun-Link-Sea Forest and Nature Resort and Wenwumiaohoushan Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taichung: Taiwan Yingcheng Taotailang Village (in Zhushan), Chung Tai World Museum (in Puli) and Yuchi (Sun Moon Lake Bikeway & Siang Shan Bikeway). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yong An Temple, explore the world behind art at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and go for a walk through Alishan Shenmu Area.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taichung trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Hualien to Taichung in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Taichung can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Taipei.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Taipei

— 5 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 the city life by going to Shifen Waterfall Walk Area and Wufengchi Waterfall. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Dalongdong Bao An Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taipei: Lanyang Museum (in Toucheng) and The Lin Family Mansion and Garden (in Banqiao). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Palace Museum, stop by Ximending, admire the striking features of Taipei 101, and appreciate the history behind Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Taipei trip builder.

Traveling by train from Taichung to Taipei takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trips