I wish to travel to Hualian, Taichung and Taipei on my 5-7 days tour to Taiwan and Yilan in the month of November. I am travelling with my friends. I am interested in Monument, Mountains, Nature and Wildlife.

asked on 31 Oct 2015 Singapore
Interest: Nature, Mountains, Wild Life, Monument
Ridhima
Travel Expert
A travel plan for Taiwan is ready for you!

Hi
Taiwan remains largely undiscovered and seriously underrated by Western travelers, but those that make it here are in for a real treat. I would try my best to make a nice itinerary of Taiwan for you so that its leads to a memorable trip of yours.

Basic Travelling Information

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Flights
There are many flight options available as per your trip, but I would suggest you to travel via Tigerair and Transasia Airways.
 
Flights Schedule
 
Flight 1
The flight from Singapore to Taipei is a direct flight. The flight no. 2996 of Tigerair will take off at 13:20 hours from Singapore and will land in Taipei at 18:10 hours.
 
Flight 2
The return flight from Hualien to Singapore will have a flight change at TSA Taipei, Taiwan. The flight no. GE 10 of Transasia Airways will take off at 10:15 hours from Hualien and will land in Taipei at 10:55 hours. After waiting for six hours and forty minutes you need to board flight no. BR-2203 of Eva Air. The flight will take off at 17:35 hours from Taipei and will land in Singapore at 22:20 hours. 

Time Difference

There is no time difference between Taiwan and Singapore

Currency

The currency of Taiwan is Taiwan Dollar (TWD) 
 
1 TWD = 0.04305 SGD
 
1 SGD = 23.1778 TWD

Day 1 - Taipei

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Spending two days in Taipei will offer you enough time to marvel at many beautiful and cultural sites that we will be more than happy to introduce to you the amazing Taiwanese culture as well as surroundings.
 
 
There are numerous hotel options in Taipei that includes Amouwalker, Taipeicorner – Ximen, Taipeicorner – Shida and for more options you can visit here
 
On the first day you can visit Martyrs' Shrine, National Palace Museum, Handi craft center, Longshan Temple, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and Taipei 101 Building

Martyrs' Shrine

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With a magnificent architecture, reminding us a palace, The Martyrs Shrine is dedicated to many men who sacrificed their lives and heroes of the country from the Ching Dynasty through the world war two, the civil war until today. Every spring and autumn, the president of Taiwan assists to a guardian s ceremony. The guardians of The Martyrs Shrine, very serious and conscientious are not allowed to move or even smile, even under the pressure of tourists who try their best to get a smile from them. The way they change guards every hours is also very attractive and tourists always enjoy watching it.

National Palace Museum

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The National Palace Museum holds an enormous treasure inherited from the previous Sung, Y'an, Ming and Ching dynasties. The museum is house of over 700, 000 pieces of ceramics, bronzes, paintings, jades and more. For the time of the visit and with the help of your guide you will discover the treasure of our ancients. With its white walls and green roof, its architecture is also very impressive from outside.

Handicraft Center

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The handicraft center which exhibits and sells a huge selection of traditional handicrafts, perfect for a souvenir. Taiwan handicrafts are originated from ancestors' primitive need in daily life. Most of ancients in Taiwan are immigrated from coastal area in mainland. They brought rich culture and consummate crafts into Taiwan. Combined with local geographical features and climate characteristics, special forms of handicrafts developed in Taiwan.

Longshan Temple

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Longshan Temple is a famous temple and sight attraction in Taiwan; it was built in the 5th year in Ching Dynasty. Beautifully decorated, its architecture is also very interesting and worth seeing as well as its delicate sculptures. On the 1st and the 15th of each month of lunar year, regular visitors come to the temple for a worship ceremony.

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

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Located next to the national concert hall is the famous Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, monument erected in memory of Chiang Kai-Shek, former President of Taiwan. Its bronze statue on the 5th floor can also not be missed. Surrounded by a park, the design of the monument includes many elements of traditional Chinese architecture.

Taipei 101 Building

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Taipei 101 became the world’s tallest skyscraper after its completion in 2004, with 101 floors above the ground and 5 floors underground, the building was designed to resist to typhoons and earthquakes. The building hosts a multi-level shopping mall as well as hundreds of fashionable stores, restaurants and clubs. Taipei 101 offers two floors with a 360 degree view and attracts visitors from around the world. An Indoor Observatory stands 383.4-m the above ground, offering a comfortable environment with large windows. An Outdoor Observatory deck that stands at 391.8 m above the ground also offers an incredible view over the city. (Please note that tickets for these Observatory decks are not included in the price of the tour but can be bought directly within the building).
 
After this you can head back to your hotel for a nice sleep. 

Day 2

The itinerary of the second day should include Yangming Shan National Park, Beitou Hot spring bath and SPA and Shilin Official Residence.

Yangming Shan National Park

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Located few minutes north of Taipei, near Beitou, the Yangmingshan Park is the only park in Taiwan that has volcanic geography and hot springs. This is a mountainous area where visitors can enjoy charming waterfalls, lakes, steaming hot springs and volcanic craters. Visitors can walk around this 11, 000 hectares park using the numerous walkways and trail. There is also a paved path which is very accessible; it is neither dangerous nor difficult. The natural beauty of the park reaches a pick when arriving on the top. Effectively, visitors take a look at the breathtaking scenery with a wonderful view over Taipei. The park is also famous for a large clock made of flowers with water running around the clock. Music is also played every hour. Opposite the clock is a statute of Chiang Kai Shek and on both sides of the statue are the cypresses planted by president Chiang himself.

Beitou Hot spring bath and SPA

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Located in Beitou District, the Beitou hot springs region refers to an area covering the Hell Valley, Longfong, Fonghuang, Hushan Village and Singyi Road. Very popular place for hot spring tourism, visitors can appreciate hot springs with a variety of different components and colors. In the area, there is also the Beitou Hot Springs Museum which is a hot spring bathhouse built in 1913 during Japanese occupation. With a lot of great sceneries and hot springs, visitors can enjoy here one of the most popular leisure attraction in Taiwan.

Shilin Official Residence

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Located in Shilin, Taipei City, Chiang Kai-Shek Shilin Residence is the first ecological garden of Taipei City, and was previously the home of renowned former president, Chiang Kai-Shek. Upon entering the residence, you can find Madame Chiang’s former Cadillac and her favorite rose garden along with white plum trees. Also, part of the Chiang Kai-Shek Shilin Residence is the Ecosystem Zone, which allows you to observe all sorts of plants and insects at your pleasure. In addition, the Wooden Musical Stage engrosses you in the aural feast while you relax in the beautiful garden surroundings.
 
After this you can head back to your hotel for a nice sleep as the next day you need to head to Taichung.

Day 3 - Taichung

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Taichung is an industrial city on the western coast of central Taiwan, distinguished by relatively dry, sunny weather. It is just a two to three hours’ drive away from Taipei so I would suggest you to leave Taipei early in the morning.
 
On the first day you can visit Rainbow Village, National Museum of Natural Science and Gaomei Wetlands.

Rainbow Village

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Tucked away in one corner of the large city of Taichung, Taiwan lies a modest ‘military dependents’ village’ – a community built in the late 1940s and the 1950s to serve as provisional housing for Nationalist soldiers, but ended up becoming permanent settlements. Over the years, many military dependents' villages have suffered from urban problems such as housing dereliction, abandonment, urban decay, and urban slum. This drab place has now been transformed into a beautiful and vibrant tourist hotspot, thanks to the colorful paintings of Huang Yung-fu, an 86-year-old veteran from Taichung City.

National Museum of Natural Science

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The National Museum of Natural Science is a national museum in North District, Taichung. It is a six-venue complex housing: the Space IMAX Theater, Science Center, Life Science Hall, Human Cultures Hall, Global Environment Hall, and Botanical Garden.

Gaomei Wetlands

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Gaomei Wetlands is a wetland in Qingshui District, Taichung. The prime spot for a bird-and-sunset-watching combo in the greater Taichung area. Take a local train to Qingshui, then board bus 178 (NT$20, 30 minutes). There are only five buses a day, so consider taking a taxi (NT$250).
 
After this you can head back to your hotel for a nice sleep. 

Day 4

On this day you can head for a day trip to Shei-Pa National Park. 

Shei-Pa National Park

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Shei-Pa National Park is a national park located in the central part of Taiwan around the peaks of Hsuehshan and Dabajian Mountain, with an area of 768.5 km², covering the area of Hsinchu County, Miaoli County and Taichung City. High mountain ecology, geology, topography, rivers, creek valleys, rare animals and plants, and plentiful variety of forest types are some important resources for conservation. Notable geologic features of the park include the box fold of Pintian Shan as well as many glacial cirques. The mountains of Shei-Pa cradle the headwaters of several major rivers in Taiwan.
 
After this you can head back to your hotel for a nice sleep as the next day you need to head to Hualien.

Day 5 - Hualien

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Hualien City is a county-controlled city and the county seat of Hualien County. Hualien is eastern Taiwan's second largest city and one of the more pleasant small towns in Taiwan. It is just a 4 to 5 hours’ drive away from Taichung so I would suggest you to leave early in the morning.
 
On the first day you can head to the Taroko National Park.

Taroko National Park

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Taroko National Park where locates in the Eastern part of Taiwan. Taroko Gorge, an exceptionally beautiful area of Taiwan, which is formed by the Liwu River cutting through the marble mountains. It is the "Seven Wonder of Asia", its narrow raving created by the Liwu River which has cut deep into the mountains of solid marble. A road carved into sheer walls of rock rewinding 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. 
 
After this you can head back to your hotel for a nice sleep.

Day 6

On this day you can head to Qing-Shui Cliff. 

Qing-Shui Cliff

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Situated between Heren and Chongde on the Su-Hua Highway, Qingshui Cliff is a big formed by Chongde, Qingshui and Heping mountain coastal cliffs. Creating a magnificent scene, it stretches more than 21km and rises vertically from the Pacific Ocean, with an average height of over 800m. This section of cliff is composed of gneiss and marble. It has risen straight up on the eastern coast of Taiwan for thousands of years. The route along the Qingshui Cliff is the only coastal road in Taroko National Park. The site of the Qingshui Cliff was designated in 1953 by the Taiwan government as one of the island's "Eight Wonders."
 
With this you can call it a day and head back to your hotel for a nice sleep as the next day you got your return flight. 

Day 7

This is the last day of your tour and your return fight is scheduled in the morning so make sure you pack all the belonging carefully and reach airport three hours prior to your flight timings. 
 
The return flight from Hualien to Singapore will have a flight change at TSA Taipei, Taiwan. The flight no. GE 10 of Transasia Airways will take off at 10:15 hours from Hualien and will land in Taipei at 10:55 hours. After waiting for six hours and forty minutes you need to board flight no. BR-2203 of Eva Air. The flight will take off at 17:35 hours from Taipei and will land in Singapore at 22:20 hours.  
 
I hope the destinations mentioned, according to your interest will lead to a memorable trip. I wish you return with the most exciting experience and memories of your life. 
 
Have a wonderful trip!
 
Ridhima Arora

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