Upon your arrival time, your private guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day after check-in is free for your acclimatization and exploring the city.
Your private guide and driver will accompany you from Taipei to Taizhong.
Visit the most beautiful lake in Taiwan to view the elegant lake scenery and to learn about the unique custom of an aboriginal tribein Taiwan — the Thao tribe.
Lalu Island in the middle of the lake, divides the water into two parts, the south part shaped like the moon while the northern part looks like the sun. This is where the name originates. The major sites of this area are Lalu Island, Jioulongkou, Wenwu Temple, Ci En Pagoda, Xuanguang Temple, Peacock Garden, and Yida Tribe. Around the lake, there are many hiking trails and people can take a boat ride in the lake. While swimming is not allowed, an annual 3-km race called the Swimming Carnival is a highlight for Mid-Autumn Festival.
Your next destination is Puli Town, the geological center of Taiwan. In this small town you can visit temples, churches, sugarcane fields, countryside hiking trails, and mountains. One of the most popular temples is Chungtai Chan Temple, which is over 80 other temples in Taiwan. Just outside the town is Taomi Village, where a church made of paper (Taomi Paper Church) is a site to remember. Heading to Liyu Lake (Carp Lake), you will find some pleasant trails that are just ideal for a day in nature. Puli Town is also foodies' favorite for its fresh and organic products, Shaoxing liquor, Alianthus Prickly Ash Cookies and Puli Rice Flour Noodles are the town’s specialties.
You will be driven from Taizhong to Changhua County in Tainan. Today is packed:
Mazu (Goddess of Sea) Temple in Changhua: The Mazu culture is a unique religious culture popular in coastal area, especially in Taiwan and Fujian Province. Visit the saint place where Mazu, the saint goddess of sea, is worshipped.
Pakua Mountain: Located in northeast of Changhwa County, Pakua Mountain is a primary spiritual center for the locals and famous among Buddhists and tourists alike. Visit the most impressive site on the mountain —the Giant Buddha, which rises 7.2ft. The temple located there has a ground floor which is the shrine and the 2nd to 5th floor house important scriptures that tell the life story of the Buddha. The top of the statue offers a panoramic view of Changhwa City. Hiking along the trails around the mountain can be a good choice for a leisurely time.
Lukang Historic Area: Lukang Town is a small town used to be an important trading port during the Qing Dynasty. The erstwhile glory endowed this town with several remarkably well-preserved ancient architectures, such as Tien Hou Temple, Long Shan Temple, and City God Temple. The Folk Culture Museum has an interesting collection of antiques, clothes, furniture, musical instruments, and pottery. Enjoy the historical and cultural interests in Lukang Historic Area.
Your journey will extend to Kaohsiung today, escorted by your guide and driver.
Discover the war history between China and Holland in the Ming Dynasty (1368—1644). During the 17th century, Europeans poured into Asia for trading. Anping Town was chosen by the Dutch for its ideal strategic location as a sandy peninsula off the main coast. On 30th April 1661, General Zheng Chenggong won a battle against the Dutch with a loss of 1,600 Dutch lives and returned Anping Fort to the authority of Ming China. Nowadays, ruins of fortress are rarely seen but the history remains and is part of the as the town’s attraction. Zeelandia Museum provides an informative insight of the region’s history and culture.
Unfold the history of Taiwan in Chih-Kan Tower, a building with a history of more than 300 years. Built by the Dutch in 1653 during their colonial period, this typical European-style building functions as the island's center but it was torn down late in the Qing Dynasty. It was rebuilt it as a shrine to the Ocean God in a classical Chinese style with red tiles and cornices and this is the exterior of the present day structure.
Explore Taiwan’s most important military installation built in the Qing Dynasty — the Eternal Golden Castle and enjoy the clear skies and sea near the castle.
Feel the peaceful Buddhism in Taiwan’s largest and most influential Buddhist center — the Fo Kuang Shan Mountain. There are a giant Buddha statue, a main temple, monastery, nunnery and Buddhism university, and other facilities. Communicate with the monks or nuns to learn about the advanced management of the temple.
Extend your tour to Hualian from Kaohsiung today, escorted by your personal guide and driver. Today is packed, visit:
Former British Consulate: Serving as a museum with an abundance historical material and models, it was built in 1865 when the Treaty of Peking forced the Qing government of Formosa (present-day Taiwan) to open up the ports of Takao (present-day Kaohsiung).
Spring & Autumn Pavilions: A must-see attraction in Kaohsiung Prefecture. The twin pavilions, Spring Pavilion and Autumn Pavilion are built on elegant Chinese palace-style. There you appreciate the palace-styled pavilions and pick up a handicraft at the vendors around the twin pavilions.
Sizih Bay: The Sizih Bay Scenic Area is a very popular place in Kaohsiung. At the western corner of the city, Sizih Bay Scenic Area is faces Chichin Island at the south and lies at the foot of Wanshou Mountain. The sandy beach and clear water offer a cool break during summertime. The sunrise and sunset are the pretty on the bay, especially when enjoyed on a relaxing boat ride.
Visit one of the most famous national parks in Taiwan — the Taroko National Park to appreciate the magnificent canyons. The parks resources provide opportunities for mountain climbing, appreciating seas of cloud, hiking, caving, cycling, and photography. Beside the traditional places of historical interests and human landscapes, you might also see some rare animals from the glacial period, such as the Formosan Salamander, which exited millions of years earlier than dinosaur.
Enjoy a period of leisurely time in Chi Hsing Tan Beach. In this moon-shaped bat, you can just lie down on the beach, feel the gentle sea breeze, and listen to the sound of the ocean or stroll around.
As your vacation concludes today, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel upon your departure time. Sit back and relax, they will assist you find the right check-in desk and see you off at the airport. Enjoy your homebound journey.