50 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Kaohsiung
— 8 nights
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Hualien
— 8 nights
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Taipei
— 8 nights
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Taichung
— 8 nights
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Chiayi
— 7 nights
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Tainan
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Kaohsiung — 8 nights

Harbor City

A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
Visit Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and Fo Guang Shan for their historical value. Visiting Kenting National Park and Cijin Island will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaohsiung: Wan Jin Church (in Wanluan), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hengchun) and Beauty Cave (in Liuqiu). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Caishan Natural Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Xiao Nan Hai Guanyin Delubrum, view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre, and steep yourself in history at Guandimiao.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kaohsiung travel route planning tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Kaohsiung is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Taipei Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Cape Town in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Kaohsiung: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hualien.
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Hualien — 8 nights

Get in touch with nature at Taroko Gorge and Chishingtan Scenic Area. Visit Xiangde Temple and Kakita'an for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Hualien to Shuili to see Yushan National Park about 1h 30 min away.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hualien travel route site.

Getting from Kaohsiung to Hualien by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can take a train to Taipei.
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Taipei — 8 nights

City of Azaleas

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Songshan Cihui Temple. Get in touch with nature at YehLiu Geopark and Beitou Hot Spring. Explore Taipei's surroundings by going to Keelung River (in Bali) and Shifen Waterfall (in Pingxi). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taipei Zoo, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yangmingshan National Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Qixing Mountain.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Taipei online itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hualien to Taipei in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Taipei, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Taichung.
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Taichung — 8 nights

Cultural City

Known for 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.
Get outdoors at Hehuanshan National Forest Recreation Area and Sun Moon Lake. Wenwu Temple and Nantian Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore Taichung's surroundings by going to Ali Mountain (Alishan) (in Xinyi Township) and Jinlong Mountain (in Yuchi). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Gaomei Wetland, admire the sheer force of Sunglungyen Waterfall, hike along Dakeng No.2 Trail, and get outside with Xintian Hiking Trail.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Taichung holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Taipei to Taichung takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Taichung can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chiayi.
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Chiayi — 7 nights

The provincial city in the county of the same name, Chiayi sits as the gateway to the national scenic mountain area of Alishan.
Get outdoors at Alishan National Forest Recreation Area and Tanayiku. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Ancient Taiwan Tiles and Alishan Forestry Village & Hinoki Village. Venture out of the city with trips to Alishan (Tashan Trail & Shun Bao Fu De Temple), Meishan (36 Curve Road, Rueili Scenic Area Swallow Cliff, &more) and Park Chitose Five Years (in Baozhong). There's still lots to do: trek along Fenrui Historic Trail, see the interesting displays at J18-Chiayi City Historical Relic Museum, don't miss a visit to Century Couple Tree, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jiayi Botanic Garden.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chiayi trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Taichung to Chiayi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tainan.
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Tainan — 9 nights

Phoenix City

The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) and Pujidian. Get in touch with nature at Guanziling Hot Spring and Sicao Lvshe Tunnel. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Anping Fort (Anping gubao), explore the wide array of goods at Hayashi Department Store, stroll around Guanzi Hill (Guan Zi Ling), and take in breathtaking views at Nanhua Valley.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tainan trip app.

Traveling by car from Chiayi to Tainan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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