9 days in Taiwan Itinerary

9 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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9 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Kaohsiung
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Hengchun
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Taichung
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Yuchi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Alishan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Xiulin
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
7
Taipei
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Manila, Luzon

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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 25th (Tue), view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ai He (Love River).

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kaohsiung online trip planner .

Manila, Philippines to Kaohsiung is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in December; daily highs in Kaohsiung reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hengchun.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Ai He (Love River) ©
Ai He (Love River)

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Hengchun

Hengchun ©
Located on the southern tip of the eponymous peninsula, Hengchun serves as the entry point to Kenting National Park, often attracting more travelers than locals with its tropical beach resorts and bustling night markets.
On the 26th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenting National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hengchun trip planner.

Drive from Kaohsiung to Hengchun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taichung.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): engage your brain at National Museum of Natural Science, identify plant and animal life at Kaomei Wetland, and then don't miss a visit to Tunghai University.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Taichung trip itinerary app .

Getting from Hengchun to Taichung by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hengchun in December; daily highs in Taichung reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yuchi.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Wildlife Childrens Museums
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Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland
National Museum of Natural Science ©
National Museum of Natural Science
Tunghai University ©
Tunghai University

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Yuchi

Yuchi ©
Yuchi Township is a rural township in the center of Nantou County, Taiwan.HistoryFormerly called Go-sia-poAdministrative divisionsThe township comprises 13 villages: Dalin, Dayan, Gonghe, Riyue, Shuishe, Toushe, Tungchi, Tungguang, Wucheng, Wudeng, Xincheng, Yuchi and Zhongming.Tourist attractions Cih-en Pagoda Dajhu Lake Waterbirds Reserve Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village Kong-ming Temple Lalu Lalu Island Peacock Park Shuei-she Mountain Sun Moon Lake Syuentzang Temple Wen Wu TempleTransportationProvincial Highway No. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Sun Moon Lake Bikeway and then explore the activities along Sun Moon Lake. On the next day, get in on the family fun at Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yuchi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taichung to Yuchi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Yuchi are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alishan.

Things to do in Yuchi

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village ©
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
Sun Moon Lake Bikeway ©
Sun Moon Lake Bikeway

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Alishan

Alishan ©
On the 30th (Sun), take a peaceful walk through Alishan Shenmu Area and then take a peaceful walk through Alishan National Forest Recreation Area.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Alishan trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Yuchi to Alishan in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Xiulin.

Things to do in Alishan

Parks Nature
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Alishan National Forest Recreation Area ©

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Xiulin

Xiulin ©
Xiulin Township or Sioulin Township is a mountain indigenous township of Hualien County, Taiwan. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): trek along Baiyang Trail, appreciate the history behind Eternal Spring Shrine, and then hike along Taroko Gorge.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Xiulin travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from Alishan to Xiulin with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Xiulin

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Baiyang Trail ©
Baiyang Trail
Eternal Spring Shrine ©
Eternal Spring Shrine

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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 1st (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, then get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, and then stop by Sugar & Spice Bakery Cafe - Dunhua S. Store Ⅱ. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taipei Zoo, then don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Shilin Nightmarket.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Taipei vacation maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Xiulin to Taipei takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Museums Parks
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Taipei Zoo ©
Taipei Zoo
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

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