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Early Portuguese sailors named Taiwan Ilha Formosa, meaning ‘beautiful island’, due to the breathtaking scenery, which still impresses modern visitors today. The energetic capital, Taipei, is home to possibly the best collection of Chinese artefacts in the world, while Tainan showcases Taiwanese architecture. The countryside is perhaps the biggest surprise, with deep gorges, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, tea plantations and rugged coastline.
Fly from London (regional connections available) direct to Taipei with China Airlines.
Arrive and transfer to Howard Plaza hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. A welcome dinner will be held this evening.
Full-day tour of Taipei, including the National Palace Museum, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Martyrs’ Shrine and Longshan temple.
(Breakfast and lunch)
Drive south to the village of Beipu, home to the Hakka ethnic minority group. See traditional architecture and sample Hakka food then continue to Sun Moon Lake for a 2-night stay at the Einhan Resort.
Take a short boat excursions on the lake, then visit the Wenwu Temple and the Tse-en Pagoda.
Drive to the Alishan Forest Park, taking a walking tour in the afternoon. Stay overnight at Alishan House.
(Breakfast and dinner)
Optional early morning ride on the Alishan Forest Railway to see the sunrise (weather permitting) from the summit of Mount Alishan. After breakfast, drive to the charming mountain town of Fenchihu, then on to Tainan to visit Fort Anping and historic Yanping Street. Proceed to Fo Guang Shan, the largest Buddhist monastery in south-east Asia. Stay overnight at the guesthouse.
(Breakfast and dinner)
Option to rise early and join the monks for morning prayers. Drive south to Kenting National Park, where you’ll be able to explore on foot before heading north towards Taitung. Stay 1 night at the Hotel Royal Chihpen.
Drive north through the East Coast National Scenic Area towards Hualien and stay 1 night at the Fullon Hotel.
Morning tour of remarkable Taroko gorge and visit the Eternal Spring shrine and the Swallow Grotto. Drive on to Taipei. Stay overnight at Howard Plaza hotel.
Fly direct to London with China airlines.
Alishan House is a simple yet charming guesthouse in a delightful setting on the forested hillsides of Alishan. Facilities include one restaurant serving Chinese food and a spacious terrace for enjoying the panoramic views from the hotel.
Founded by Master Hsing Yun in 1967, Fo Guang Shan has evolved from a mountaintop bamboo forest to the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The two lodges here, Pilgrims and Bamboo Garden, offer en suite guest accommodation within the monastery. Rooms are basic but comfortable, with air conditioning, bottled water, small televisions and tea making facilities.
The Fullon Hotel Hualien is situated a 15-minute drive from Hualien Station and a 5-minute walk from Hualien Harbour. The properties 257 rooms are set in a 16-storey building, with either mountain or sea views. Hotel facilities include a café, a spa with sauna and fitness room, and located on the 3rd floor of the hotel with superb views of the Pacific Ocean, is an outdoor swimming pool and outdoor spa pool.
The Howard Plaza is located in the heart of Taipei on the tree-lined Jen Ai Road, in close proximity to the National Palace Museum and the Yangmingshan National Park. The hotel has an extensive selection of restaurants serving international, Cantonese, Jiangzhe or authentic Taiwanese cuisine. Guestrooms feature elegant Chinese decor and modern amenities.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on a solo traveller staying in a twin or double room. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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