40 days in Taiwan Itinerary

40 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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40 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Taichung
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Taipei
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Dongshan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Hualien
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Taitung
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Hengchun
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Alishan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Kaohsiung
— 9 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Sydney

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Natural Science and National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute. Head to Zhongxingxin Village and Mark Taiwanfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taichung: Sih Yue Syue Trail (in Sanyi), Outdoors Taiwan Tandem Paragliding - South of Taiwan (in Puli) and Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) (in Ren'ai Township). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kaomei Wetland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taichung Baptist Church, find something for the whole family at Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dakeng No.2 Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taichung trip itinerary planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Taichung is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Taichung is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Taichung hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Nantou, Sih Yue Syue Trail
Highlights from your plan
Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village ©

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.
Popular historic sites such as Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Yangmingshan National Park are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Yeh Liu Geo Park and Dongyan Mountain Forest Recreation Area. Explore Taipei's surroundings by going to Keelung River (in Bali) and Camel Mountain (in Wanli). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Taipei 101, pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, and don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail).

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Taipei travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Taichung to Taipei in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Taipei, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Dongshan.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

New Taipei, Dongyan Mountain Forest Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

3
nights
Dongshan

Dongshan ©
Visiting Dongshan River Forest Park and Qingshui Spring will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dongshan: Lala Mountain Nature Reserve (in Fuxing District), Wufengchi Waterfall (in Jiaoxi) and Qilan Shenmuyuan (in Datong).

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dongshan holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Taipei to Dongshan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. January in Dongshan sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hualien.

Things to do in Dongshan

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Datong, Lala Mountain Nature Reserve, Wufengchi Waterfall, Lucky Art Crayon Factory
Highlights from your plan
Meihua Lake ©
Meihua Lake
Lucky Art Crayon Factory ©
Lucky Art Crayon Factory

5
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Get in touch with nature at Taroko Gorge and Chishingtan Scenic Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hualien: Yushan National Park (in Shuili), Sun Moon Lake (in Yuchi) and Ali Mountain (Alishan) (in Xinyi Township). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Ch'ing-shui Cliff, enjoy the sea views from Chi-lai-bi Lighthouse, explore the landscape on two wheels at Green Path, and admire the sheer force of Nan-an Falls.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hualien online vacation maker .

Traveling by train from Dongshan to Hualien takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Taitung.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Nantou
Highlights from your plan
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Yushan National Park ©
Yushan National Park

5
nights
Taitung

Taitung ©
Sitting between the mountains and the sea, Taitung offers pleasing scenery no matter what direction you face.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Kung-Tung and Taitung Museum. Visiting Lvdaoshilang and Taitung Bicycle Road will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Sanxiantai, contemplate the waterfront views at Jiaming Lake, look for gifts at Natural Tasty Healthy Confections, and explore the striking landscape at Mantou Rock.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Taitung sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Hualien to Taitung in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Hengchun.

Things to do in Taitung

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sanxiantai ©
Sanxiantai
Orchid Island(Lanyu) ©
Orchid Island(Lanyu)
Guanshan Bicycle Path ©
Guanshan Bicycle Path

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium and Fu'an Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Kenting National Park and Longluan Lake Wetland. Change things up with a short trip to National Forest Recreation Areas in Shizi Township (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Kenting Long Keng Ecological Reserve, head off the coast to Sand Island (Sa-Dau), admire the sheer force of Cikong Waterfalls, and don't miss a visit to Kenting Homeone.

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

Traveling by car from Taitung to Hengchun takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hengchun are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Alishan.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pingtung, Checheng, National Forest Recreation Areas
Highlights from your plan
Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
Kenting Long Keng Ecological Reserve ©

3
nights
Alishan

Alishan ©
Shun Bao Fu De Temple and Ciyun Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Alishan National Forest Recreation Area and 36 Curve Road. Step out of Alishan to go to Fanlu and see Eryanping Trail, which is approximately 34 minutes away.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Alishan driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hengchun to Alishan takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Alishan

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Chiayi County, 36 Curve Road, Eryanping Trail
Highlights from your plan
Alishan National Forest Recreation Area ©
Tashan Trail ©
Tashan Trail
Eryanping Trail ©
Eryanping Trail

9
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia). The Pier-2 Art Centre and Anping Tree House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Kaohsiung's surroundings by going to Soulangh Cultural Park (in Jiali), Sheng Li New Estate - General's House (in Pingtung City) and Yamuliao Market (in North District). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Ai He (Love River), explore the landscape on two wheels at Da Peng Bay Bike Trail, browse the range of quality goods at Hayashi Department Store, and get to know the fascinating history of Pujidian.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung trip planner .

Getting from Alishan to Kaohsiung by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Tainan, Beauty Cave, Sheng Li New Estate - General's House, Da Peng Bay Bike Trail
Highlights from your plan
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre

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