50 days in East Asia Itinerary

50 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Taiwan trip planner

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Kaohsiung
— 8 nights
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Hualien
— 8 nights
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Taipei
— 8 nights
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Taichung
— 8 nights
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Chiayi
— 7 nights
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Tainan
— 9 nights
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Kaohsiung

— 8 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.
Visit Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and Xiao Nan Hai Guanyin Delubrum for their historical value. Visiting Kenting National Park and Ai He (Love River) will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaohsiung: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hengchun), Wan Jin Church (in Wanluan) and Beauty Cave (in Liuqiu). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Cijin Island, explore the activities along Lianchi (Lotus) Lake, contemplate the long history of Guandimiao, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yi Cheng Tang.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kaohsiung tour itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Kaohsiung is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Cape Town to Kaohsiung due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cape Town in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Kaohsiung: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hualien.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hualien

— 8 nights
Get in touch with nature at Taroko Gorge and Yushan National Park. Visit Tzu Chi Foundation and Kakita'an for their historical value.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hualien travel route site.

Getting from Kaohsiung to Hualien by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can take a train to Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Taipei

— 8 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Songshan Cihui Temple. Get in touch with nature at YehLiu Geopark and Shifen Waterfall. Step out of Taipei to go to Bali and see Keelung River, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Yangmingshan National Park, stop by Ximending, get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Qixing Mountain.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Taipei online itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hualien to Taipei in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Taipei, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Taichung

— 8 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.
Get outdoors at Hehuanshan National Forest Recreation Area and Jinlong Mountain. Wenwu Temple and Pusasi will appeal to history buffs. Explore Taichung's surroundings by going to Ali Mountain (Alishan) (in Xinyi Township) and Sun Moon Lake (in Yuchi). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Gaomei Wetland, hike along Dakeng No.2 Trail, get outside with Xintian Hiking Trail, and get curious at National Museum of Natural Science.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Taichung holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Taipei to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Taichung can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chiayi.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chiayi

— 7 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 outdoors at Alishan National Forest Recreation Area and Longgong Waterfall. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Ancient Taiwan Tiles and Alishan Forestry Village & Hinoki Village. Venture out of the city with trips to Alishan (Tashan Trail & Shun Bao Fu De Temple), Meishan (36 Curve Road, Rueili Scenic Area Swallow Cliff, &more) and Century Couple Tree (in Zhongpu). There's still lots to do: trek along Fenrui Historic Trail, take in the pleasant sights at Park Chitose Five Years, admire the natural beauty at Jiayi Botanic Garden, and make a trip to Hao Mei Li 3D Painting Village.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chiayi trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Taichung to Chiayi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tainan.

Things to do in Chiayi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Tainan

— 9 nights

Phoenix City

The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) and Anping Tree House. Get in touch with nature at Guanziling Hot Spring and Nanhua Valley. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Anping Fort (Anping gubao), delve into the distant past at Pujidian, admire the striking features of Anping Guanyinting, and browse the range of quality goods at Hayashi Department Store.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tainan visit planner.

Traveling by car from Chiayi to Tainan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature