12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
1
Taipei
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
2
Taichung
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Tainan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Hualien
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
End: Taipei

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 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Yangmingshan National Park, make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taipei Zoo, contemplate the waterfront views at YehLiu Geopark, then steep yourself in history at 228 Peace Memorial Park, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Shilin Night Market. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Ximending, then don't miss a visit to Danshuei, and then contemplate the long history of Taipei Confucius Temple.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Taipei planner.

If you are flying in from South Korea, the closest major aiports are Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport and Taichung Ching Chuang Kang Airport. In February, daily temperatures in Taipei can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

New Taipei
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:
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Taipei Zoo ©
Taipei Zoo
Taipei Confucius Temple ©
Taipei Confucius Temple
228 Peace Memorial Park ©
228 Peace Memorial Park

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wuling and PaoChueh Temple. Explore Taichung's surroundings by going to Yuchi (Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village & Wenwu Temple) and National Chi Nan University (in Puli). There's more to do: look for gifts at Parklane and get curious at National Museum of Natural Science.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Taichung itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Taipei to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Tainan.

Things to do in Taichung

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nantou
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Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village ©
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
Wuling ©
Wuling
PaoChueh Temple ©
PaoChueh Temple

4
nights
Tainan

Tainan ©
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Cheng Kung University and Central Park Kaohsiung. Change things up with these side-trips from Tainan: Dashu District (Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum & Fo Guang Shan), Dragon Tiger Tower (in Zuoying) and Kaohsiung Main Public Library (in Qianzhen). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Chimei Museum, get outside with Ai He (Love River), get to know the fascinating history of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), and steep yourself in history at Anping Tree House.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Tainan trip planning tool .

You can drive from Taichung to Tainan in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Taichung in February, with highs in Tainan at 29°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Hualien.

Things to do in Tainan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kaohsiung
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 29:
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Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
National Cheng Kung University ©
National Cheng Kung University
Central Park Kaohsiung ©
Central Park Kaohsiung

3
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zhuilu Old Trail and National Dong Hwa University. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Su-Hua Highway, explore the landscape on two wheels at Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road, trek along Shakadang Trail, and make a trip to Hualien Cultural & Creative Industries Park.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hualien trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tainan to Hualien takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. While traveling from Tainan, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hualien, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Hualien

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road ©
Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road
Su-Hua Highway ©
Su-Hua Highway
National Dong Hwa University ©
National Dong Hwa University

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