9 days in Taiwan Itinerary

9 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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9 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Nantou
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Kaohsiung
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hualien
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Wujie
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Taipei
— 1 night
End: Taipei


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2
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Sun Moon Lake has been added to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Nantou side-trips: Tunghai University (in Xitun), Kaomei Wetland (in Qingshui) and Rainbow Village Taichung (in Nantun). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Cingjing Veterans Farm, don't miss a visit to Caotun Leicang Si, and steep yourself in history at Wenwu Temple.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nantou road trip planning website .

Taipei to Nantou is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Taipei in August, plan for little chillier days in Nantou, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tainan.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Taichung
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Kaomei Wetland ©
Kaomei Wetland

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): head outdoors with Ai He (Love River), don't miss a visit to Dragon Tiger Tower, then take in the exciting artwork at The Pier-2 Art Centre, and finally step off the mainland to explore Cijin Island. On the next day, examine the collection at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Kaohsiung Main Public Library, and then make a trip to The Dome of Light.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Nantou to Kaohsiung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hualien.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Ai He (Love River) ©
Ai He (Love River)

2
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Eternal Spring Shrine and then explore the striking landscape at Ch'ing-shui Cliff.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hualien trip planning app .

You can take a train from Kaohsiung to Hualien in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Wujie.

Things to do in Hualien

Nature Parks
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Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff
Liyu Lake ©
Liyu Lake
Eternal Spring Shrine ©
Eternal Spring Shrine

1
night
Wujie

Wujie ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Jimi Square - Yilan Station and then take in the exciting artwork at National Center for Traditional Arts.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Wujie travel app .

Traveling by train from Hualien to Wujie takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Wujie are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taipei.

Things to do in Wujie

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Jimi Square - Yilan Station
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National Center for Traditional Arts ©
Jimi Square - Yilan Station ©
Jimi Square - Yilan Station

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, then take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, and then browse the different shops at Taipei 101. On the next day, make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail) and then get a taste of the local shopping with Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street).

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Taipei trip planner.

You can drive from Wujie to Taipei in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in August, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

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