8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
1
Taipei
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Hualien City
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Kaohsiung
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
4
Tainan
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
5
Taipei
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
6
Ruifang
— 1 day
Bus:  30 min
7
Taipei
— 2 nights
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.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Taipei trip itinerary website .

If you are flying in from Vietnam, the closest major airports are Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport and Taichung Ching Chuang Kang Airport. December in Taipei sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hualien City.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Shopping Outdoors
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1
night
Hualien City

Hualien City ©
On the 22nd (Sat), explore the ancient world of Shen'an Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jhih Ka Syuan Forest Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hualien Chenghuan Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hualien City trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Taipei to Hualien City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Hualien City

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hualien
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Shen'an Temple ©
Shen'an Temple

1
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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.
On the 23rd (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Cihou Lighthouse, make a trip to The British Consulate At Takao, then view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre, then hunt for treasures at Liuhe Tourist Night Market, and finally stop by Ruifeng Night Market.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kaohsiung driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hualien City to Kaohsiung in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kaohsiung are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tainan.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Ruifeng Night Market ©
Ruifeng Night Market
Cihou Lighthouse
Cihou Lighthouse
The British Consulate At Takao ©
The British Consulate At Takao

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night
Tainan

Tainan ©
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
On the 24th (Mon), examine the collection at Taiwan Salt Museum, look for gifts at Anping Gubao Ancient Street, steep yourself in history at Anping Tree House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shennong Street, then don't miss a visit to Shueisian Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikanlou-Dashi-Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tainan itinerary maker website .

Tainan is just a short distance from Kaohsiung. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Shennong Street ©
Shennong Street
Koxinga Shrine ©
Koxinga Shrine
Anping Gubao Ancient Street ©
Anping Gubao Ancient Street

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night
Taipei

Taipei ©
On the 25th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Taipei Confucius Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hsing Tian Kong, and then make a trip to Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taipei driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Tainan to Taipei takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and subway. When traveling from Tainan in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Taipei: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ruifang.

Things to do in Taipei

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Hsing Tian Kong ©
Hsing Tian Kong
Taipei Confucius Temple ©
Taipei Confucius Temple
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park ©

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day
Ruifang

Ruifang ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): appreciate the views at Wangyou Valley, hike along Bitoujiao Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Nanya Jiyan Area.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ruifang online tour planner .

Ruifang is just a short distance from Taipei. In December, daytime highs in Ruifang are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taipei.

Things to do in Ruifang

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Wangyou Valley
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Bitoujiao Trail ©
Bitoujiao Trail
Wangyou Valley ©
Wangyou Valley
Nanya Rock Area ©
Nanya Rock Area

2
nights
Taipei

Taipei ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hsing Tian Kong, steep yourself in history at Taipei Confucius Temple, then browse the collection at Beitou Public Library, Taipei, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Daan Forest Park, and finally explore and take pictures at National Taiwan University.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Taipei trip planner .

Taipei is just a short distance from Ruifang. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Daan Forest Park ©
Daan Forest Park
Beitou Public Library, Taipei ©
Beitou Public Library, Taipei
Taipei Confucius Temple ©
Taipei Confucius Temple

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