19 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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Tainan
— 1 night
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2
Taichung
— 3 nights
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Taipei
— 4 nights
Train
4
Xiulin
— 1 night
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Hualien City
— 3 nights
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Taitung
— 2 nights
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Hengchun
— 1 night
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Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
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Tainan — 1 night

Phoenix City

The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Lin Mo-Niang Memorial Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Anping Fort (Anping gubao), then contemplate the long history of Anping Tree House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Shennong Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): make a trip to Hai Shan Pai le Di, get to know the fascinating history of Anping Guanyinting, see the interesting displays at Chimei Museum, then browse the range of quality goods at Hayashi Department Store, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tainan trip itinerary maker app.

Singapore, Singapore to Tainan is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Tainan reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taichung.
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Taichung — 3 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 out of town with these interesting Taichung side-trips: Chung Tai World Museum (in Puli) and Ren'ai Township (Mona Rudao Memorial Stele & Hehuanshan National Forest Recreation Area). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Gaomei Wetland, get curious at National Museum of Natural Science, stop by Mark Taiwan, and admire the masterpieces at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Taichung trip itinerary app.

Getting from Tainan to Taichung by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tainan in December, things will get slightly colder in Taichung: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Taipei.
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Taipei — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: Ruifang (Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) & Jinguashi 13 Ruins) and YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Palace Museum, visit Ximending, don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and get to know the resident critters at Taipei Zoo.

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Take a train from Taichung to Taipei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Xiulin.
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Xiulin — 1 night

Xiulin Township or Sioulin Township is a mountain indigenous township of Hualien County, Taiwan. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): trek along Taroko Gorge, hike along Baiyang Trail, then trek along Shakadang Trail, then trek along Xiao Zhui Lu Trail, and finally appreciate the history behind Eternal Spring Shrine.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Xiulin road trip tool.

You can take a train from Taipei to Xiulin in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hualien City.
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Hualien City — 3 nights

Huashi

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hualien City: Pure Aroma spa (in Ji'an) and Shoufeng (Farglory Ocean Park, Emerald valley, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Island Life Taiwan Adventures & Experiences, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll around Pine Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hualien City travel route planner.

Getting from Xiulin to Hualien City by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a train to Taitung.
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Taitung — 2 nights

Eastern City

Sitting between the mountains and the sea, Taitung offers pleasing scenery no matter what direction you face.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Church of Kung-Tung, stroll around Taidong Forest Park, look for gifts at Ching Tse, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Taitung Ocean Mountain Bikeway, then stop by Tiehuacun, and finally admire the masterpieces at Railway Art Village. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Jin Gang Da Dao, don't miss a visit to Taitung Brown's Road, then head off the coast to Sanxiantai, and finally go for a walk through Pisilian.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Taitung day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Hualien City to Taitung takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Hengchun.
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Hengchun — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenting National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hengchun online itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Taitung to Hengchun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hengchun can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kaohsiung.
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Kaohsiung — 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Siao Liou Ciou Duo Zai Ping (in Liuqiu) and Liuqiu Dive (in Pingtung City). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at The Pier-2 Art Centre, ponder the world of politics at Kaohsiung Main Public Library, make a trip to Dragon Tiger Tower, and explore the activities along Lianchi (Lotus) Lake.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kaohsiung trip website.

Traveling by car from Hengchun to Kaohsiung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Taiwan travel guide

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Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.
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