Explore the natural beauty and must-see cultural attractions of the Sun Moon Lake region and Alishan National Scenic Area on this three day tour from Taipei. Your trip combines relaxing coach tours with walking tours of Chiayi County’s temples, forests and towns such as Puli and Lukang. Enjoy two nights’ accommodation with breakfast and informative commentary from your guide. Note: Your tour may return to Taipei by train. Please see Itinerary below for a more detailed schedule.
Itinerary Day 1: Taipei – Sun Moon Lake
• Hotel: Fleur de Chine, Sun Moon Lake (Mountain View Room) or similar
After pick-up from your Taipei hotel, your guide will drive you by comfortable, air-conditioned coach to Puli in the county of Nantou. Stop at the Guangxing Paper Factory for a guided tour to learn about the elaborate process of making paper.
Continue your drive to Sun Moon Lake. As you travel through the scenic area around the lake, admire views of boats docked by the lake’s pier and listen to your guide’s informative commentary on local sites you pass such as Tehua Village, the local village of aboriginal people. Step off the bus for short stops at Wenwu Temple, Tse-En Pagoda and Holy Monk Shrine, among others.
Have lunch, at your own expense, either in Puli or around Sun Moon Lake. Your guide will give you suggestions on great local restaurants and eateries, where you can enjoy a delicious meal in the company of your fellow travelers.
Head to your hotel and enjoy its extensive facilities before spending the night.
Day 2: Sun Moon Lake – Alishan – Chiayi
• Includes an Alishan Forest Railway ride. (6 to 10 minutes)
• Hotel: Nice Prince in Chiayi or similar
After a complimentary buffet breakfast in your hotel, board the bus and enjoy a scenic ride along the New Central Cross Island Highway. On this two to three hour drive, enjoy gorgeous views of towering mountain ranges covered with dense forests as you pass Yushan National Park.
Visit Alishan National Scenic Area in Chiayi County for a walking tour of its forest. As you stroll along the shore and over the bridge of the Sister Ponds with your guide, learn about the tragic story of the Tsou sisters. Discover the quirky names given to nearly every tree, like the ‘Tree Spirit Pagoda,’ the ‘Tree of Three Generations’ and the ‘Xianglin Sacred Tree.’ Enter the Shoujen Pagoda, the park’s largest temple, and marvel at the ornate golden altar and thousands of illuminated miniature Buddhas.
Stop for lunch,at your own expense, in any of the towns along the way at a restaurant suggested by your guide. Continue on a two hour drive to the city of Chiayi. Soak and snap some photos of scenic villages like Fenchihu and Rueili.
Afterward, check in your hotel and rest up for the night.
Day 3: Chiayi – Southern Branch of National Palace Musuem – enbus for Taipei
After a buffet breakfast on your third day, board the bus and drive to Southern Branch of National Palace Museum.
At the end of your third day, you’ll head back to Taipei. Once you arrive in Taipei, your driver will meet you at the station to take you back to your hotel.