28 days in Taiwan Itinerary

28 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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28 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  22 h
1
Taipei
— 10 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Taichung
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Kaohsiung
— 7 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Hualien City
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h
End: Johannesburg


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10
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Hsing Tian Kong. Kids will enjoy Fulung Beach and Taipei Zoo. Explore Taipei's surroundings by going to Yeh Liu Geo Park (in Wanli), Meihua Lake (in Dongshan) and Keelung Harbor (in Zhongzheng District). On the 17th (Mon), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Yangmingshan National Park. Pack the 20th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Leofoo Village Theme Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Taipei 101, get engrossed in the history at National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, see BabyBoss, and make a trip to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Taipei planning tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Taipei is an approximately 22-hour combination of train, flight, and subway. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Johannesburg to Taipei, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in Taipei are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

New Taipei, Leofoo Village Theme Park, Keelung Harbor, Neipi Beach, Meihua Lake
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 22:
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

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.
You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Natural Science and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wenwu Temple and ConfuciusTemple Martyr's Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Taichung side-trips: Alishan National Forest Recreation Area (in Alishan), Ali Mountain (Alishan) (in Xinyi Township) and Lugang Old Street (in Lukang). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Sun Moon Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan), don't miss a visit to Tunghai University, and experience rural life at Cingjing Veterans Farm.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Taichung trip planner .

Drive from Taipei to Taichung in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Taichung are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nantou, Touliu, Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, Lugang Old Street
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
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Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and Chimei Museum. Visit Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) and Guanzi Hill (Guan Zi Ling) for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Former Tainan Weather Observatory (in Dongshan), West Central District (Confucius Temple, Hayashi Department Store, & more) and Anping Tree House (in Anping). Pack the 31st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at E-Da Theme Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area, don't miss a visit to The Dome of Light, browse the different shops at Dream Mall, and stroll through Central Park Kaohsiung.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kaohsiung holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Taichung to Kaohsiung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Taichung in December, expect Kaohsiung to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hualien City.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Tainan, Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum

3
nights
Hualien City

Hualien City ©
Step out of the city life by going to Taroko Gorge and Climbing Tours. Go for a jaunt from Hualien City to Xiulin to see Eternal Spring Shrine about 34 minutes away.

To plan Hualien City vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kaohsiung to Hualien City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hualien City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hualien
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area
Yanzihkou Trail (Swallow Grotto) ©
Yanzihkou Trail (Swallow Grotto)

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