An overlooked jewel among Asia’s diverse destinations, with a thriving arts scene and a vibrant traditional culture.
Ancient temples, stunning mountain scenery, superb museums: Taiwan has much to fascinate the cultural traveller. This 11-day tour explores the many facets of Taiwan in depth, from the natural beauty of its interior and coastlines, to the thriving contemporary arts scene in Taipei and some of East Asia’s greatest cultural treasures. The island also has a rich history to be discovered, from Portuguese and Dutch colonists to the enduring influence of its power neighbours, China and Japan, and the survival of indigenous cultures and rich artisanal traditions that have been lost elsewhere.
Days 1–2: Arrive into Kaohsiung and transfer to Tainan. Explore the city’s colonial past at Fort Zeelandia and its centuries-old Daoist temples.
Day 3: Admire Lugang’s temples and Japanese-era family mansions.
Days 4–6: Visit the National Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung and travel to Sun Moon Lake. Explore the lake’s surrounds and the Chung Tai Chan monastery and museum.
Day 7: Traverse the central range to Taroko Gorge and experience Taiwanese indigenous culture.
Days 8–10: Drive to Taipei. Ascend the Taipei 101 skyscraper; visit Chaing Kai Shek Memorial Hall and the extensive collection at the National Palace Museum.
Day 11: Depart Taipei.
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