Day 1: MONDAY – TAIPEI / SUN MOON LAKE
Be picked up at lobby of hotel in Taipei City and drive to Sun Moon Lake which is located in the middle of Taiwan and situated 762 meters above sea level in the lofty mountains of Central Taiwan. Tour will stop at the famous Wenwu Temple, also known as Literature-Warrior Temple, dedicated to Confucius as Master of Pen and to Kuan Ti as Master of Sword, Holy Monk Shrine and Ci En Pagoda. After touring round Sun Moon Lake, check in at hotel.
Enjoy natural hot spring at the Fleur de Chine Hotel, Sun Moon Lake. You can also enjoy the walking trails, biking, hiking or boating at the lake after hotel check-in.
Hotel: Fleur De Chine, Sun Moon Lake – Mountain View (5*) or similar
Day 2: TUESDAY – SUN MOON LAKE / FOGUANGSHAN MONASTERY / KAOHSIUNG (B)
Breakfast at hotel with a pleasant morning leisure at hotel on your own until 10 AM. Check out of hotel. The Tour will continue passing by the lovely small and old Jiji Railway Station, drive to Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, the most famous Buddhist sacred place of southern Taiwan. Here you will learn about Buddhism during the monastery walking tour and communicate with some of the monks and nuns during the visit. There will be the opportunity to taste Buddhist vegetarian lunch (at your own cost). After lunch, we will drive to Kaohsiung City, which is the second largest city of Taiwan. The tour will take you to Love River and Liuhe Night Market. Overnight stay at Kaohsiung.
Hotel: Grand Hi-Lai Hotel, Kaohsiung (5*) or similar
Day 3: WEDNESDAY – KAOHSIUNG / KENTING / ZHIBEN HOT SPRINGS (B)
Breakfast at the hotel, check out and enjoy the morning tour to Kenting National Park, located at Taiwan’s southern tip and the 37 miles of coral-rimmed shoreline along three sides of the park provide its main attractions. Stops will be made at Eluanbi light house, Maobitou coastal scenic area and Longpan Park. The Tour will continue with a drive to Taitung via Southern Link Highway. Overnight stay at Zhiben.
Enjoy natural hot spring at Hotel Royal Chihpen.
Hotel: Hotel Royal Chihpen, Taitung (5*) or similar.
Day 4: THURSDAY – TAIDONG / EAST COAST NATIONAL SCENIC AREA / HUALIEN (B)
After breakfast check out of hotel and look forward to the exciting East Coast Tour. The East Coast National Scenic Area, known as “Taiwan’s last unspoiled land”, stretches 170 kilometres down the east coast of the island. Weathering, erosion, and accumulation have produced a wide range of landforms here. Our tour will stop at Xiaoyeliu, Sanxiantai, Shitiping (Stone Steps), marble factory and showroom.
Late afternoon, we will proceed to Hualien for overnight stay at Taroko National Park.
Hotel: Silks Place Taroko (5*) or similar
Day 5: FRIDAY – HUALIEN / TAROKO GORGE / TAIPEI (B)
After breakfast and checking out of hotel we will make a visit to Taroko National Park. Taroko Gorge is an exceptionally beautiful, narrow raving created by the Liwu river which has cut deep into the mountains of solid marble. A road carved into sheer walls of rock rewinding its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above it, while hundreds of feet below a river roars past gigantic marble boulders. Stops will be made at Ci Mu Bridge, Swallow Grotto, Changchun Temple and Shakadang Trail. We will then drive back to Taipei with a stop at Qingshui Cliff, drive through Syue-Shan Long Tunnel (12.9 Kms) to arrive at around 6 PM.
Sun Moon Lake: The poetically lake is the most famous lake attraction in Taiwan. With over 100 square kilometres, 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.
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum: 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 theBuddhist centre of South Taiwan, established by Master Hsing Yun and his disciples.
The architecture of the temples is very characteristic, and at the south-eastern 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.