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A new experiences to explore the local culture of Taiwan. Visit and stay at Puli, Wujie Indigenous Village and Toucheng Farm.

Inclusions:
  • 9 night guided vacation
  • 7 nights hotel, 1 night indigenous homestay and 1 night farm stay on TWIN sharing basis
  • Daily breakfast, lunch on Days 3 and 4, dinner on Days 3 and 8
  • 4 x 4 vehicle ride on SIC basis at the Wujie Indigenous Tribal visit
  • Entrance tickets
  • Local bottled drinking water (2 bottles per person per day)
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
June 1 – December 27, 2024
2 passengers from $5159
4 passengers (2 rooms) from $3499
1 passenger from $6559

Weekly – Friday departures
Not included: Gratuities, lunch & dinners not mentioned, personal expenses and any services not mentioned in the inclusions

Note: Hotels will be assigned by the supplier closer to departure and will be listed on their app for you to view. Travel Best Bets has no control over the hotels and their location that are arranged for this package.

Highlights:

Visit and stay at Puli, Wujie Indigenous Village

Puli: The people of Nantou county in central Taiwan are proud of the pleasant weather of Puli, a small town at the geographic center of the island. It’s famous of its Ai-lan fountain from which the well known Shao-Xing liquor is produced of with the best natural tasty water.

Wujie: Located in Renai Township of Nantou County, Wujie is a hidden gem, sitting in the valley between Wujie Mountain and Ganzhuowan Mountain, forming a canyon terrain, where you will find large tea plantations. The sea of clouds usually forms in the morning, giving Wujie the name of “Home of Clouds”. Wujie was even named the top 10 amazing destinations by the Taiwan Power Company in 2016. The Wujie tribe is the northernmost branch of the Bunun tribe in Taiwan, and the indigenous people live on farming vegetables and tea, passion fruits, apples..

Farm stay at Toucheng

A tyical Taiwan’s farm houses and farming fields. DIY your own Sky Lantern and release to sky with your wish.

Day 1: Taipei 

Upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car (NO guide). The remainder of the day will be free.

Day 2: Taipei – City Tour (B)

After breakfast, explore the city on a Full Day City Tour.

Our first stop is the world-famous National Palace Museum, which has a collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks throughout 8,000 years of Chinese art over multiple dynasties. Our guide will show you the master pieces during the 2-hour visit.

Keep driving to Martyrs’ Shrine to see guard changing ceremony at 12 o’clock.

We will then proceed to Taipei 101 building for lunch at the food court at your own expense.

After lunch, go to Taipei 101 Observatory for bird’s eye view of Taipei from the 89th floor.

Passing by Presidential Office Building, a symbolic landmark and historical site in Taipei city, we will then visit Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, an impressive monument in memory of President Chiang Kai-shek. As the end of the tour today, we will go to NingXia Night Market in the late afternoon. You will explore and taste local street foods being part of local people’s daily life.

To be transferred back to hotel after the night market visit at 7 PM.

Day 3: Taipei – Puli – Wujie Indigenous Village (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will take proceed to Puli to visit the Geographic Center of Taiwan. Lunch at Ya-chuo Hakka restaurant in Puli. Wujie eco-tour with 4WD vehicle to view the fish head rock, Dragon Bone Stone finding at river bed, I-Xien-Tien narrow valley and Wujie dam. Indigenous flavored dinner at Amilun homestay. Stay overnight at Wujie indigenous village, Nantou County

Day 4: Wujie – Sun Moon Lake (B/L)

Early morning sunrise viewing from a mountain top tea farm. Local breakfast at Amilun homestay. Morning hiking trip to walk across the Siyuan suspension bridge, pass by Wujie dam, Chu-Bing ancient trail, river tracing, Momonar waterfalls. Indigenous flavored lunch at Amilun homestay. Bid farewell to Wujie Indigenous Village and proceed to Sun Moon Lake after lunch.

Begin with a visit to Ita Thao, an indigenous village that offers insights into the culture and lifestyle of the Thao people. Then, marvel at the grandeur of Ci’en Pagoda, an iconic Sun Moon Lake landmark constructed by the late President Chiang Kai-shek in memory of his mother.

Following your visit to Ci’en Pagoda, your exploration of Sun Moon Lake continues with stops at two significant temples. First, you’ll arrive at Xuanzang Temple, a serene Buddhist sanctuary dedicated to the esteemed monk Xuanzang. Then, your journey takes you to Wenwu Temple, an imposing Taoist temple featuring three halls devoted to the Martial God and the God of Literature. With the expert commentary of your tour guide, you’ll gain deeper insights into Sun Moon Lake, enriching your appreciation of the area’s history and significance.

Day 5: Sun Moon Lake – Tainan – Kaohsiung (B)

Kick off your Taiwan round-island adventure with a delightful breakfast, setting the tone for another day of exploration. Hop on the bus and make your way to Tainan, the oldest city in Taiwan, celebrated for its abundance of historic buildings and profound historical heritage.

Your adventure proceeds with a visit to Fort Zeelandia, constructed by the Dutch East India Company during their 38-year administration of western Taiwan. The original fortress faced near destruction by the British army in the 19th century but was subsequently rebuilt by the Japanese.

After exploring Fort Zeelandia, take a leisurely walk along Anping Old Street. Situated on the east side of Fort Zeelandia, this historic street was established by the Dutch over 300 years ago and holds the distinction of being the first officially named street in Taiwan. Besides its fascinating history, Anping Old Street is also known for its local specialties such as tofu pudding, shrimp rolls, fish skin dishes, beef soup, and many more. While you’re here, don’t miss the chance to savor the city’s signature delicacies, adding a delightful culinary experience to your historical journey in Tainan.

After lunch, your next destination is the romantic harbor city of Kaohsiung, the most populous city in Southern Taiwan. Upon arriving in Kaohsiung, your first stop is the renowned Fo Guang Shan Monastery (FGS), a significant Buddhist monastery founded by the Venerable Master Hsing Yun in 1967. The monastery is most famous for its Great Buddha Land, featuring a majestic 36-meter-tall golden statue of Buddha Amitabha, which stands as the tallest standing Buddha in Southeast Asia. It is encircled by an impressive array of 480 smaller statues depicting Buddha Amitabha. During your visit to Fo Guang Shan Monastery, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with a knowledgeable monk who provides insights into the doctrines and development of Buddhism, which is the most widely practiced religion in Taiwan

Stay overnight in Kaohsiung city

Day 6: Kaohsiung – Kenting – Taitung (B)

After a hearty breakfast, set out on your journey as you head south toward the border, where Taiwan’s first national park awaits.

Kenting National Park is celebrated for its coastal geological formations, scenic landscapes, and rich marine biodiversity, fostered by its unique combination of crustal deformation and tropical climate. Additionally, Kenting is also a paradise for surfers and divers alike.

On the third day of your Taiwan-round island tour, you will make your stops at Maopitou, literally cat’s nose, aptly named as it resembles a colossal crouching cat when viewed from afar; Chuanfan Rock, literally sail rock, another distinctive natural formation that resembles the sail of a ship or a likeness of the former US President Richard Nixon; Eluanpi Lighthouse, a Qing Dynasty-era construction that was recognized as one of the Eight Views of Taiwan during the Japanese colonial period; and Longpan Park, a coral limestone plateau overlooking the Pacific Ocean, shaped over time by rainfall erosion.

Following your exploration of Kenting National Park, your journey will take you to Taitung via the scenic South Link Highway, allowing you to savor the continually shifting landscapes throughout your drive.

Tonight, you’ll enjoy the pleasure of staying in a serene hot spring resort in Zhiben, Taitung County. Zhiben is renowned for its carbonate hot springs, which are known for enhancing blood circulation and alleviating, fatigue, making it the perfect place to rejuvenate after a day of exploration.

Day 7: Taitung – East Coast National Scenic Area – Hualien (B)

After a good night’s sleep and a delectable breakfast, your tour in Taiwan continues as you journey along the east coast, known as the last unspoiled place of the island. Wherever you go, it never ceases to amaze you with its enchanting natural beauty. You’ll visit some of the most impressive scenic spots along the way, including Xiaoyeliu, Sanxientai, Shitiping, and Fanshuliao, each boasting its own distinctive geological features.

The first stop is Xiaoyehliu (literally “Little Yehliu, or officially “Fugang Geopark”). This area is known for its natural rock formations, resembling those found in Yehliu Geopark on the northern coast of Taiwan, hence the name. Here, you can get up close to these unique landforms, shaped over time by weathering and sea erosion.

Your adventure continues with a visit to Sanxientai (literally the terrace of the three immortals), which comprises an offshore island and coral reefs, with a cross-sea bridge that connects the mainland to the island, serving as a prominent landmark in the East Coast National Scenic Area.

After exploring Sanxientai, you will make a stop at Shitiping (literally stone steps). This area is a well-developed sea erosion terrace, featuring promontories along the coastline that have been eroded by sea water over millions of years. This natural process has created an abrasion platform, sea grooves, sea cliffs, and potholes, making Shitiping a world-class outdoor geology classroom.

Before visiting the marble factory in Hualien, your next stop is Fanshuliao, a unique canyon often considered a smaller version of Taroko Gorge.

Marble mining and processing have been integral to Hualien’s history, significantly contributing to the city’s prosperity. The marble factory and its exhibits provide valuable insights into this major industry in Hualien.

Stay overnight at Taroko Gorge

Day 8: Hualien – Taroko Gorge – Toucheng (B/D)

On the last day of your Taiwan round-island tour, you’ll explore the most awe-inspiring destination in Taiwan, Taroko National Park. Get your camera or phone ready for an unforgettable adventure in the world’s largest marble canyon!

Situated in the eastern part of Taiwan, Taroko National Park was established in the year of 1986. This national park is renowned for its dramatic gorges, diverse wildlife, unique geological formations, and particularly, its towering marble cliffs, which can reach heights of up to 1,100 meters. Today, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the park’s most famous attractions, including Cimu Bridge, the Tunnel of Nine Turns, Buluowan Suspension Bridge, Eternal Spring Shrine (Changchun Temple), Swallow Grotto Trail, and Qingshui Cliff.

Embark on your day at Cimu Bridge after a hearty breakfast. The name “Cimu” directly translates to “loving mother”, as a homage to a touching story of maternal love. At the eastern end of the bridge proudly stands the Cimu Pavilion, a structure commissioned by the late president Chiang Kai-shek in memory of his own mother.

Originally constructed with white marble from the region, this red steel bridge, resembling a cable-stayed design, was known as the “Marble Bridge” before being swept away by a typhoon in 1990. On its eastern end, visitors can take in the scenic beauty of a riverbend where millions of years of powerful rapids have artistically shaped the riverbed.

Following your visit to Cimu Bridge, the next enchanting highlight on your Taroko adventure is the Tunnel of Nine Turns, which is considered the most picturesque section of Taroko Gorge. After extensive repair work, it reopened to the public in 2019. As you walk along the trail, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the meandering river below, running through the deep and spectacular canyon. Additionally, you’ll get a closer view of the geological faults and folds in the towering marble cliffs, as well as the unique vegetation clinging to the canyon walls.

Your next stop is Swallow Grotto Trail. The distinctive potholes on the cliff surface were formed by the combination of groundwater and the swift-flowing river. These natural formations were once the favored nesting spots for swallows, giving the trail its name. As you stroll through the tunnels, get ready to be amazed by the stunning vistas of the soaring marble cliffs that seem to reach the sky.

Your adventure persists as you explore the awe-inspiring Buluowan Suspension Bridge. Spanning 196 meters in length, 2.5 meters in width, and soaring approximately 152 meters above the Liwu Valley, this bridge offers visitors a remarkable vantage point to witness the twists and turns of the Liwu River. As you gaze eastward from the bridge, you will be captivated by the sweeping panoramas of the Liwu River Valley. Likewise, when you turn your gaze to the west, you’ll be enchanted by the breathtaking landscapes of the Swallow Grotto.

Next, you’ll stop by the Eternal Spring Shrine, a memorial shrine built in 1958 to commemorate the 225 personnel (military veterans), who lost their lives during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. From a distance, you’ll witness a waterfall gracefully descending over the sheer cliff beneath the shrine, forming a poetic and picturesque sight.

On the way to Toucheng, we will make a stop at the Qingshui Cliff, offering another visual spectacle. This towering cliff, standing at over 1,000 meters in height and stretching for 21 kilometers, plunges almost vertically into the sea. At the viewing platform, you’ll be able to relish a breathtaking panoramic view of this natural wonder.

Arriving at Toucheng Leisure Farm, you will be guided to visit the farm to show typical Taiwan’s farm houses and farming fields with vegetables, fruits, livestock and poultries.

After farmers’ style dinner, you will be given a hands-on program to make sky lantern step by step; and then, release it to sky as your wish making as an ending of the day.

Day 9: Toucheng – Jiufen Village – Taipei (B)

Proceed to Jiufen Village to visit the old streets with stories about the old mining village and taste local delicacies. You will be transferred to Taipei in the afternoon, and enjoy the free time in Taipei for the remainder of the day.

Day 10: Departure (B)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport by private car for departure flight

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