DAY 2: Hualien— Taroko Gorge National Park : (Tourist Center, multimedia show― Ever Spring Shrine— Swallow Grotto— Tszmu Bridge—
Tenhsian：suspension bridge, Buddhist temple, pagoda)― East Coast National Scenic Area― Shihtiping coast area― Pashien Caves (Eight immortal caves— historical site) , entrance optional— Water Running Upward― via coast highway― Taitung— Chihben, evening streets of Chihben, a town of hot spring, the hot spring bath and SPA― check in the hotel.
DAY 3: Start out from Chihben― Express Highway— Kaohsiung― Fo Guang
Shan, the biggest Buddhist monastery in East Asia— Cijin island (Cihou Fort— Cihou Lighthouse— Tianhou Temple at Cijing, built in 1673 AD, the first Mazu Temple in Kaohsiung City) — Meet the driver—Liuhe night market, varieties of food beyond your expectation (dinner on your own)― Love Boat on the Lover River― check in the hotel
DAY 4: Kaohsiung— Lotus Lake and Kaohsiung old fort― Spring and Autumn / Dragon & Tiger Pavilions― Tainan― Castle of forever― Chikan Castle― Shrine of Kuosinga, King Yenpin― Confucius Temple― Anpin Fortress― check in the hotel
DAY 5: Tainan― highways— Sun Moon Lake, a national scenic area (Wen-Wu Temple, Te-Hua village (The aboriginal village), The Hsuen-Tsang Memorial, Tzu-En Pagoda)— Chung Tai Monastery, a palace
style Buddhist Monastery― Puli― Puli Brewery, an experience to the
year 1999 big earth quake— Taiwan Paper Art Village, DIY make your own paper, optional― back to Taipei— Wu Fen Pu Fashion District―
check into the hotel
* Snow Mountain Tunnel
The Hsuehshan Tunnel or "Snow Mountain" tunnel is the longest tunnel in Taiwan, located on the Taipei-Yilan Freeway. It is through the Hsuehshan Mountain Range. The road connects the city of Taipei to the northeastern county of Yilan (Ilan), cutting down the journey time from two hours to just half an hour. One of the key aims of constructing the tunnel was to connect the western coast of Taiwan, where 95% of the population live to the eastern coast of the island and in doing so tackle the unbalanced development on the island. It is constructed with one pilot tunnel and two main tunnels for eastbound and westbound traffic. The total length is 12.942 km (8.042 mi), making the Hsuehshan Tunnel the second longest road tunnel in East Asia and the fifth longest road tunnel in the world.
* National Center for Traditional Arts
This new 24-hectare facility is located beside beautiful Dongshan River in Yilan. In addition to organized displays and performances of culture and art, it also provides a stage where performing artists can show off their creative works. The emphasis here is on the continuous propagation, innovation, and renewal of traditional arts. You can stroll casually among artistic creations, listen to elegant music, and enjoy exciting opera performances--and you can even participate in the process of artistic creation yourself. From the Center, you can take a boat and visit the Dongshan River Water Park.
The small city of Hualian boasts one of the island s five international seaports. Artisans take advantage of the area s vast marble deposits to craft an amazing range of products in an endless variety of colors and patterns. Hualian is also popular for performances of songs and dances by the aborigines. Nearly 80,000 aborigines reside in the area, most from the Ahmei tribe. Traditional tribal dances are performed at the Ahmei culture village about 15 minutes drive from Hualian
* Taroko Gorge National Park
Taroko became a national park in 1986, including Hualien County, Nantou County and Taichung County. It is the second largest national park in Taiwan. Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Li Wu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by Li Wu River, creating impressive grand canyons. From Tsing Shui to Nan Hu Peak, the drop height is 3,742 meters. Such special geography has also bred special flora and fauna in this area. The waterfalls characterized Taroko National Park and the most famous ones are Pai Yang Waterfall, Yin Tai Waterfall, Chang Chun Waterfall, and Lu Shui Waterfall. Yen Tze Kou and Chiu Chu Tung are the most impressive natural scenes in Taroko and the canyons here are the narrowest. Tourists can appreciate the natural beauty along the tour track. Swallows nest on the cliff, chirping and flying back forth. The Taroko monumental is designed in Chinese style and Chang Chun Temple is to remember those who sacrificed their lives for building the central highway.
* The Eternal Spring Shrine
The Eternal Spring Shrine is one of the most photographed sights in Taroko Gorge. What most people don’t know is that it hides one of the most pleasant short trails (1.5 km/50 minutes) in the park. Crossing the Changchun Bridge, one soon reaches the shrine and escapes the mobs of camera wielding tourists. If not unnerved by the spiritual world this is a wonderful place to compose a poem or contemplate life. The gurgling sound of water rushing over the cliff edge matched with the cool shade offered by the shrine has a most relaxing effect.
* Tunnel of Nine Turns
The tunnel of nine turns is actually a series of short tunnels cut through the rock offering wonderful views between the tunnels. Walking through the tunnel of nine turns gives access to very nice sceneries of the gorge, the river, the tunnel itself and the surrounding vegetation. This is one of the best and favorite attractions for tourists of the Gorge.
* Swallows Grotto
This part of Taroko Gorge is composed of marble cliff faces covered with small holes, the result of long-term erosion by river and ground water. House swifts and Pacific swallows often forage and nest here, giving the place its name.
* Tiansiang Lodge
This is the site of an old Atayal village at the confluence of the Liwu and Dasha rivers. Its name commemorates Wen Tian-siang, who lived in the 13th century and was the last prime minister of the Song Dynasty. Scenic spots at Tiansiang include Siangde Temple, Tianfong Pagoda, a suspension bridge, the Wen Tian-siang Memorial Garden, the Plum Garden, and Tiangsiang Church. In winter each year the Plum Garden blooms forth, forming a sea of white blossoms stretching from the highway to Siangde Temple. Shanyue Village at Bulowan, another old tribal settlement in the gorge, offers a new and unique type of accommodation for the area.
* Ho Hwan Mountain
About 30 km east of Lishan is Tayuling, the hight point of the Cross Highland highway. Continuing east, the highway leads to the famous Taroko Gorge. Another branch road leaves the main highway at Tayuling and leads south for 9 km to Huhuanshan (Mountain of Harmonious Joy), Taiwan s only skow skiing area.
* Chin Jin
Passing native forests, through towering gorges, you can immerse yourself in the fresh air and the scenic wild greenery of the Cingjing Veterans Farm.The Cingjing Veterans Farm is situated at the Jen-Ai Town of Nan-Tou County where 8 km north of Wushe Section. The Farm has been opened to public since February 20th, 1961. The Cingjing Veterans Farm is 1,750 meters above the sea. The weather is generally mild all year round. In the months from May to September, temperatures average between 15 and 23 degree. The Farm produces various fruits including: peaches, pears, plums, kiwi fruit, and high land vegetables.
Sun Moon Lake
* Sun Moon Lake
(Wen Wu Temple, Te Hua Village, Cih-en Pagoda, Holy Monk Shrine)
The Sun moon lake is located in the Central Mountain Range 80 kilometers south of Taichung, the beauty and peace of the Sun Moon Lake’s water have made it Taiwan’s most popular honeymoon resort. Attractions over there include a panoramic view of the lake from the Wen Wu Temple, a peackok garden, a small aboriginal village and of course spectacular sceneries.
* Chung Tai Monastery
Ended in 2001, the construction of the building combined both Chinese and Western styles. It became the belief center of many Buddhism. The visitors or the crowd of believers come to visit because of its fame. The temple was built with perpendicularity development instead of Chinese traditional temple s horizontal extension mode. Looking at the bodybuilding from the side is like a saint seating in the green woods.
* Puli Brewery（Traditional Culture & Arts Center）
Puli is a basin surrounded by rising & falling mountains, hills and farmland. The most famous tourist spots include the Puli Brewery Factory, Guangshing paper Manufactory where the traditional craft of paper-making has been preserved and is still using methods passed down over the centuries. Chung Tai Chan Monastery can also be seen over there; its special products include wild rice stems, passion fruit, red sugar canes, rice-noodles, and Shaushing wine...
* Taiwan Paper Art Village
The Guangsing Paper hut. above the Ailan Tableland has over 30 years of history. Nowadays, the chief task of paper hut is still paper-making. Due to the suggestions and actions of local people, and due to the emerging risks of this industry, this paper hut is opened to the public and has served the education and transformation work. The handwork paper of Sifu rice paper and Yichihun rice paper which were made from the outer shell of Coba and the stems of betel nut tree has been developed. It has its specific Characteristics. There are guides to lead the tourists to learn the DIY paper-making. By engaging in these activities, one may have chance to enjoy the fun of paper making and monotype.
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