13 days in Taiwan Itinerary

13 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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13 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  19 h 30 min
1
Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Nantou
— 3 nights
Train:  5 h 15 min
3
Hualien
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
4
New Taipei
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h
End: Toronto

3
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.
Explore Kaohsiung's surroundings by going to Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) (in West Central District), Chimei Museum (in Rende) and Zhen'antang Feihu General Temple (in Annan). There's still lots to do: stroll around Xiao Liu Qiu, make a trip to The Dome of Light, get outside with Ai He (Love River), and browse the exhibits of The Pier-2 Art Centre.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kaohsiung tour site .

Toronto, Canada to Kaohsiung is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Kaohsiung, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in September, you will find days in Kaohsiung are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are warmer (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nantou.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Tainan, Xiao Liu Qiu
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

3
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Nantou is known for nature, parks, theme parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Sun Moon Lake, don't miss a visit to Mona Rudao Memorial Stele, relax in the rural setting at Cingjing Veterans Farm, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan).

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Nantou road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kaohsiung to Nantou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nantou can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Hualien.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

2
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Chishingtan Scenic Area and then hike along Taroko Gorge. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Eternal Spring Shrine and then explore the striking landscape at Ch'ing-shui Cliff.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hualien trip planner .

You can take a train from Nantou to Hualien in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to New Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area

3
nights
New Taipei

New Taipei
Xinbei, also known as New Taipei City, stands as a newly founded part of the wider Taipei metropolitan area, stretching up from the capital to the island's northern coast.
When in New Taipei, make a side trip to see National Palace Museum in Shilin, approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, take a stroll through Ximending, browse the different shops at Taipei 101, and hunt for treasures at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street).

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New Taipei day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Hualien to New Taipei in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Taipei

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Taipei
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)

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