B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1* Apr. 15 | Honolulu –> Taipei (Taoyuan)
We start our adventure by boarding an international flight to Taipei, the capital city, and also the political, economic, and cultural center of Taiwan (ROC). Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2* Apr. 16 | Taoyuan – Taipei
Upon arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet us and escort us to our hotel. Taoyuan is the county developed from a satellite city of Taipei’s fourth largest metropolitan area in Taiwan.
Day 3* Apr. 17 | Taipei | (B, L, D)
Relax at our hotel after breakfast before driving to Shifen Old Street, a bustling hub for those eager to get a glimpse of an old railroad town which still retains the charm of yesteryear. Originally built to transport coal, the Shifen Old Street stop has now become one of the most popular on the Pingxi rail-line. The Sky Lanterns at Shifen Old Street were once used as a signaling system for those living and working in the railroad industry. Today, we can paint wishes with calligraphy before releasing the lanterns into the sky. Next, we will proceed to Yehliu, a cape in Wanli District, New Taipei. The cape, known by geologists as the Yehliu Promontory, forms part of the Daliao Miocene Formation. It stretches approximately 1,700 meters into the ocean and was formed as geological forces pushed the Datun Mountains out of the sea. A distinctive feature of the cape is the hoodoo stones that dot its surface. These shapes can be viewed at the Yehliu Geopark operated by the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area administration. A number of rock formations have been given imaginative names based on their shapes. The best known is the “Queen’s Head“, an iconic image in Taiwan and an unofficial emblem for the town of Wanli. Other formations include the “Fairy Shoe”, the “Beehive”, the “Ginger Rocks”, and the “Sea Candles“. After Lunch, we will visit Tamsui Old Street, a wonderful contrast to the hustle and bustle of Taipei City. You’ll surely find something worth tasting among the diverse snacks available here. An ice cream cone longer than your face will amaze adults and children alike. The tiny “Iron Eggs” with their rich, chewy flavor will be hard to stop once you start eating them. Enjoying a cup of sour plum juice with the gentle riverside breeze is a great way to cool off on a summer afternoon. Or a bowl of fish ball soup (fried tofu filled with glass noodles) makes for a memorable local experience. Eating to the sound of talented buskers, with the beautiful view of the setting sun before you, it is no surprise that people love this place!
*Lunch: Inhouse Hotel. In Chinese culture, people believe that crock is the best dishware for cooking soup. Crock can only be used for slow cooking style, because of this limitation, all the nutrition will stay inside the soup instead being evaporated through the cooking time.
*Dinner: Taiwanese Beef Noodle. In Taiwan it is considered a national dish and every year the city of Taipei holds an annual Beef Noodle Festival. We will taste traditional Taiwanese Beef Noodle for today’s lunch.
Day 4* Apr. 18 | Taipei | (B, L)
This morning, we will have an enjoyable Hands-on DIY Experience in making pineapple cake at Golden Pineapple Castle. Then we will enjoy our lunch. Afterward, we will move to Taipei 101 located in Xinyi business district, the most developed business district in the capital city of Taipei. Taipei 101 is a landmark skyscraper, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center and formerly ranked as the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010. In the late afternoon, we will explore the National Palace Museum featuring one of the world’s largest collections of priceless Chinese art treasures. More than 620,000 art objects are currently collected and stored in the museum. Tonight, we will experience Taiwan’s nightlife by walking around the popular, bustling Shilin Night Market, the largest and most famous night market in Taiwan. Enjoy dinner on your own in the night market before returning to the hotel.
*Lunch: Din Tai Fung, a world-famous restaurant and an award-winning restaurant originating in Taiwan, specializing in Xiaolongbao (small steamed buns), with numerous branches in 9 countries.
Day 5* Apr. 19 | Taipei – Hualien | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will head to Pinglin Tea Museum, built to reinforce the production and sales of Baozhong Tea in 1983. Baozhong oolong tea has a long history in Northern Taiwan, famous for its serene mountains, wonderful tea culture, and refreshing light green oolongs. Afterward, we will proceed to Wufongchi Waterfall, one of the eight great scenic spots of the Lanyang Plains in Yilan County. It is named for the five sharp peaks which stand in a row behind the falls that look like the five triangular banners that usually hang down the back of the war general’s costume in Chinese Opera. Fog and mist drift gracefully around the mountaintop year-long, and torrents of mountain springs continuously flow down its slopes, forming three layers of cascades that are now the Wufongchi Falls. After lunch, we will continue our tour to Qixing Lake, a poetic name in Chinese. The most stunning beach area in the immediate Hualien City area, Qixingtan Beach is a sprawling stone covered beach with sweeping views galore.
*Lunch: Crock Soup. In Chinese culture, people believe that crock is the best dishware for cooking soup. Crock can only be used for slow cooking style, because of this limitation, all the nutrition will stay inside the soup instead being evaporated through the cooking time.
*Dinner: Taiwan & Yunnan style Restaurant. A restaurant located in a village that offers dishes which is a combination of Taiwan & Yunnan cooking style.
Day 6* Apr. 20 | Hualien | (B, L, D)
Today’s highlight is Taroko National Park, one of eight national parks in Taiwan. The name Taroko means “magnificent and beautiful” in the language of the Truku indigenous tribe. Taroko Gorge is an amazing natural gorge created by the Liwu River which has cut deep into mountains made of solid marble. As we travel on a road carved into sheer walls of rock winding its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above it, while hundreds of feet below a river roars past gigantic marble boulders, we can appreciate the natural beauty along the way. We will arrive at Tienshiang after passing Shakadang Trail Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou), and Tse Mu Bridge. Swallow Grotto is the most impressive natural site in Taroko Gorge where the canyons are the narrowest. Swallows nesting on the cliff can be seen chirping and flying back and forth. Changchun Shrine or Eternal Spring Shrine is a landmark and memorial shrine in Taroko National Park.
*Lunch: Dageeli Aboriginal Style Restaurant. The restaurant’s aboriginal style cooking uses all natural traditional Truku ingredients in their kitchen with an aboriginal cooking style. It offers tours and traditional song and dance performances. At Dageeli, diners can enjoy delicious aboriginal cuisine and learn about traditional Truku culture.
*Dinner: Good Roast Chicken Restaurant. A restaurant which is famous for the roast chicken cook in a large wood fired crock. The chicken meat was actually tender and juicy. You don’t need much seasoning because the chicken itself gave you enough flavor already.
Day 7* Apr. 21 | Hualien –> Kaohsiung | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will transfer to Hualien Train Station and board the Chu-Kuang Express to Kaohsiung, one of five special municipalities in Taiwan. Since its establishment in the 17th century, Kaohsiung has grown from a small trading village into the political, economic, transportation, manufacturing, refining, shipbuilding, and industrial center of southern Taiwan. Lunch will be served on the train. Next, we will visit The Pier-2 Art Center, built in 1973 and located within the third ship trench in Kaohsiung Harbor. It is now the best place in Kaohsiung for modern art fans, and the area is bustling with young art lovers and visitors every day. After dinner, we will check into our hotel.
*Lunch box on Chu-Kuang Express.
*Dinner: Yi’er Lou Historical Cuisineis a restaurant that’s located inside a historical building. They offer different varieties of Taiwanese local dishes praised by the locals.
Day 8* Apr. 22 | Kaohsiung – Alishan National Scenic Area – Chiayi | (B, L)
After breakfast, we will transfer to Alishan National Scenic Area, one of the major landmarks associated with Taiwan. 250 years ago, a chief of the Tsou tribe had a successful hunting trip on a mountain and in memory of him, the tribe named the mountain “Alishan”. The song “Alishan de guniang” (Chinese: 阿里山的姑娘; English: The Girls of Alishan) refers to the beautiful girls of the Tsou aborigine tribe and is one of Taiwan’s most popular folk songs. It is also well known in China and several foreign countries. We will take the Alishan Forest Railway, a 54 mile network of narrow railways running up to and throughout the mountain resort of Alishan. This tourist attraction with unique Z-shaped switchbacks, 50 tunnels, and over 77 wooden bridges is one of only three mountain rails in the world. After lunch, we will continue our tour to Chiayi. Tonight, we will walk and experience Taiwan’s nightlife at The Wenhua Road Night Market, one of the most popular tourist night markets in Taiwan. It is a place where local merchants sell snacks and provide entertainment.
*Lunch: Alishan House Chinese Meal. All of the ingredients used in the Chinese dishes are harvested from Alishan National Area. The food prepared here is simple but very tasty.
Day 9* Apr. 23 | Chiayi – Sun Moon Lake (Nantou) | (B, L, D)
Sun Moon Lake is the largest body of water in Taiwan and a popular tourist attraction. The lake surrounds a tiny island called Lalu and the east side resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the name. Today, we will take a Boat Ride from Sheshui Terminal to Syuanguang Temple which lies between Sun Lake and Moon Lake. A golden idol of Master Syuanzang, above which is written, “Great National Scholar” is inside. We will discover Ita Thao Indigenous Village, formerly called Dehua Village, and the main Thao settlement. The Thao Aborigines claim their ancestors originated from Alishan. The village hosts traditional Thao performances and cultural exhibitions and has a shopping area full of Thao souvenirs. After dinner, we will transfer to our Natural Hot Springs Hotel in Sun Moon Lake.
*Lunch: A Feng Shi Restaurant offers healthy entrees using vegetables and meats, while guaranteeing the best taste and quality.
*Dinner: Fullhouse Resort Sun Moon Lake – Fruit Meal. The Fruit Meal plays a special role in Taiwanese cuisine. You cannot compare it with western fruit dishes. Taiwanese prepare dishes paired with fruits such as Sugar-Apple, Dragon Fruit, Wax-Apple, Persimmon, Pineapple and Mango.
Day 10* Apr. 24 | Sun Moon Lake (Nantou) | (B, D)
Today, we will spend our day in Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, an amusement park in Nantou. The park contains the tallest free-fall ride in Taiwan as well as Taiwan’s largest European gardens and bell tower. In this amusement park, we can enjoy different entertainment attractions. One of the most popular programs at the Culture Village is the splendid aboriginal folk dance show at Naruwan Theatre, performed by representatives from Taiwan’s nine aborigine tribes. We can also enjoy the show in Pestle Music Theatre for performances of traditional aboriginal instruments and the Culture Square for the welcome and farewell show. These are must see at Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. After a long day of activities, we will return to our hot spring hotel.
*Dinner: Hotel Buffet Dinner
Day 11* Apr. 25 | Sun Moon Lake (Nantou) – Taipei | (B, L)
After breakfast, we will proceed south to Nantou County, the only landlocked county in Taiwan. Surrounded by mountains, Nantou is abundant in tourism resources, with picturesque scenery everywhere. After lunch, we will visit the Guangxing Paper Factory to learn the history of handmade paper and skills required for papermaking. We will see the processes used to make paper: boiling and washing fibers, making pulp, forming paper, pressing excess water and drying. We will also experience a DIY activity: making a paper fan using ancient printing techniques. After lunch, we will proceed to Taipei. Please enjoy your free leisure time and explore the city on your own.
*Lunch: Jing Du Restaurant features Shaoxing dishes, the main branch of Zhejiang Cuisine, with its tender, smooth and delicate taste, refreshing flavor, and mild fragrance. Since most of the food is cooked with mild Shaoxing rice wine, the dishes are accompanied with the fragrance of rice wine.a
Day 12* Apr. 26 | Taipei – Taoyuan –> Honolulu | (B)
Please enjoy your free leisure time in the morning. Later of the day, we will transfer to Taoyuan International Airport for our return flight home, ending our fantastic journey to Taiwan
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(SINGLE SUPP: $900)