14 days in Kaohsiung, Taipei & Taichung Itinerary

14 days in Kaohsiung, Taipei & Taichung Itinerary

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14 days in Kaohsiung, Taipei & Taichung Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  19​h 15​min
1
Kaohsiung
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Taipei
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Taichung
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  20​h
End: Toronto

4
nights
Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung ©
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 Chimei Museum (in Rende), Anping Guanyinting (in Anping) and Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) (in West Central District). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with The Pier-2 Art Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guandi Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Caishan Natural Park, and explore the galleries of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kaohsiung sightseeing planner .

Toronto, Canada to Kaohsiung is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to China Standard Time is 13 hours. Traveling from Toronto in January, expect Kaohsiung to be much hotter, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tainan
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Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre

4
nights
Taipei

Taipei
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli) and Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, browse the different shops at Taipei 101, explore the striking landscape of Yangmingshan National Park, and wander the streets of Ximending.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Taipei trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kaohsiung to Taipei takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kaohsiung in January, expect nights in Taipei to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

New Taipei
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

4
nights
Taichung

Taichung ©
Known 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.
Explore Taichung's surroundings by going to Sun Moon Lake (in Yuchi), Ren'ai Township (Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) & Cingjing Veterans Farm) and Ali Mountain (Alishan) (in Xinyi Township). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, stop by Mark Taiwan, take a stroll through Rainbow Village Taichung, and admire the striking features of Xiluo Fusing Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Taichung trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Taipei to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Taichung are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nantou, Xiluo Fusing Temple, Alishan National Forest Recreation Area
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

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