Day 01: Arrive in Taipei
Upon arrival, meet our representative and transfer to Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei or similar for check-in.
Day 02: Taipei - Sun Moon Lake
Taipei-Sun Moon Lake-Lake Bus tour (Wenwu Temple-Ita Thao Indigenous Village-Ci-en Pagoda-Xuanzang Temple)
Sun Moon Lake: The poetically lake is the most famous lake attraction in Taiwan. With over
100 square kilometers, the lake got its name because the northern part of it has the shape of the sun and the southern part of it has the shape of crescent moon (those two parts are separated by Lalu Island). 'Autumn Moon Scene of the Sun Moon Lake' is considered as the most attractive 12 sights in Taiwan. (B)
Day 03: Sun Moon Lake-Foguangshan Monastery-Kaohsiung
Sun Moon Lake-Fo Guang Shan-Kaohsiung Liuhe Tourist Night Market-Love River Night Scenery
Fo Guang Shan: At the north-east of Dashu Township in Kaohsiung county on the left bank of the Gaoping (Kaoping) river, a famous tourist destination is located. Here you will find the Buddhist center of South Taiwan, established by Master Hsing Yun and his disciples. The architecture of the temples is very characteristic, and at the southeastern side of Fo Gunag Mountain (Gunag Shan) Monastery the most prominent landmark of the region is found: a huge golden statue of Buddha Amitaabha which measures some 120 meters.
Liuhe Tourist Night Market: You will not be considered to visit Kaohsiung if you miss out Liuhe Tourist Night Market. As early as in 1950, more and more stalls came to stationed in Dagangpu of Xinxing District in Kaohsiung, finally forming the well-known "Dagangpu Night Market". No matter what you like to have, a variety of delicious food, specialties, cold drinks, ices and seafood here are offered for your choice. Just remind you, don't miss the opportunity to taste the papaya milk and steamed salty shrimps in Kaohsiung.
Love River Night Scenery: Almost all big cities have a beautiful river passed by, this is specially true in Kaohsiung. Love River lies across Kaohsiung for times of sunrises and sunsets. Love River, known as Dagou River in Ching Dynasty, was renamed by Japanese as Takao River.The river was also called Kaohsiung Canal. After restoration of Taiwan, the riverbanks were beautified with greenery works and developed to be park areas, decorated with pillars chained with iron rope. The area becomes a romantic place for lovers to date with each other, therefore, the river was reputed as Love River. (B)
Day 04: Kaohsiung-Kenting-Taitung(Zhiben Hot Spring Beth)
Kenting-Eluanbi Park (Light house)-Maobitou-Kenting National Park-Taitung
Kenting National Park: Kenting National Park, which was established on Jan. 01, 1948, is Taiwan's first National Park. The park is superbly located. Spanning the Hengchun Peninsula, it faces the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Bashi Channel to the south, and the Taiwan Straits to the west. Some of Taiwan's largest coral reefs lie off the coast and the forests along the park's western edge are the last of Taiwan's coastal tropical forests. The name Hengchun Peninsula says much about the area's attractions. ' The fantastic climate, lush forests, beaches, and reef environments make Kenting a rival to internationally famous tropical resorts like Bali and Phuket. (B)
Day 05: Taitung(Zhiben Hot Springs)-East Coast National Scenic Area-Hualien
Taitung-East Coast Highway-East Coast National Scenic Area-Hualien
East Coast National Scenic Area: The East Coast National Scenic Area, known as "Taiwan's last unspoiled land," stretches 170 kilometers down the east coast of the island from the mouth of the Hualien River in the north to Xiaoyeliu (Little Yeliu) in the south. To the east it is bounded by the Pacific Ocean; to the west rises the Coastal Mountain Range. The land here consists of volcanic rock, classic rock from deep beneath the sea, and shale that has been pushed upward- and is still being pushed upward- by tectonic action. Weathering, erosion, and accumulation have produced a wide range of landforms here, including coastal terraces, sand and pebble beaches, shoreline reefs, inshore islands, and capes along with sea-eroded platforms, trenches, and caves. This varied topography provides habitat for a rich diversity of flora and fauna. (B)
Day 06: Hualien - Taroko Gorge - Taipei
Hualien-Taroko Gorge Gateway-Eternal Spring Shrine-Swallow Grotto-Tienhxiang-Marble Factory-Su Hwa Highway-Taipei
Taroko National Park: Taroko became a national park in 1986, including Hualien County, Nantou County and Taichung City. Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Liwu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by Liwu River, creating impressive grand canyons. From Qingshui to Nanhu Peak, the drop height is 3,742 meters. Such special geography has also bred special flora and fauna in this area.
Swallow Grotto: Along the Swallow Grotto trail which runs about a half kilometer starting from the entrance to Swallow Grotto to the Jinheng Bridge, you can enjoy the sights of the Liwu River from nearly straight above the water, the potholes on the cliff faces, the springs sprinkled along the lower parts of the walls, as well as the famous rock formation "Chieftain's profile rock". (B)
Day 07: Taipei - U.S.A
Bid farewell to Taipei and transfer to the airport for the flight home. (B)
Key: (B) Breakfast