Steeped in traditional Chinese culture, with influences from Japan and
the island's own indigenous tribes, Taiwan is a destination full of
surprises. Beyond the bustling metropolises are lush tropical
landscapes, rushing rivers, hot springs and some of northeast Asia's
tallest mountains. The island is a compact showcase of natural
attractions and cultural jewels, with unexpected marvels around every
Day 1: Taipei by Day...and Night
Taipei is a fascinating city, and what better way to get a sense it than by taking a half-day tour to spot the highlights? This tour takes in Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Martyr's Shrine (a classic example of Ming Dynasty architecture), the incredible Chinese art treasures of National Palace Museum and a handicraft center where you can see some classic Taiwanese craftsmanship.
Then see Taipei on the flipside with an exciting night tour – including a Mongolian BBQ dinner! You'll enjoy a delicious meal at a downtown restaurant before strolling through the exotic night markets and exploring the ancient Longshan Temple. Then you'll shoot up to the top of the world's second-tallest building to watch Taipei sparkle below.
Day 2: By Gorge! Exploring Taroko Gorge.
Taroko Gorge is one of the seven wonders of Asia and it's an absolute must-do if you're in Taipei. Take a day tour to this incredible sight, where you'll take a short flight to this stunning gorge known for its sheer marble cliffs, deep winding tunnels, and the Liwu River, which flows through its craggy landscape. See the Eternal Spring Shrine then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting Chi Hsing Beach, Hualien Stone Sculptural Park and a marble factory.
Day 3: Parks, Art and Hot Springs
Yes you're on holiday - but don't you want to up the relaxation factor a little bit more? Take a half-day tour to Yangmingshan National Park where hot springs, tranquil lakes and luscious green fields rich with birds, butterflies and blossoms await you. Once you're all blissed out, spend a relaxing afternoon exploring the arts and crafts of the two neighboring towns of Yingge and Sansia. Yingge is Taiwan's ceramics capital, producing magnificent hand-painted works of art, from earthenware tea sets to delicate statues, while Sansia's Ching Shui Tsu Shih Temple, built in 1769, is one of the world's finest examples of current Chinese temple art. You'll find some truly unique pieces to bring home with you.