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Taiwan A Small Island With A Big Offering

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Taiwan is a small island with a big offering of history, culture, food, fun and sophistication. Only 400 k’s from north to south and with a land mass of 36,000 sq. k’s the island just off the Chinese mainland is home to 23 million.
Try this five night six day introductory tour which will whet your appetite to re-visit.

Fly with Cathay Pacific from any Australian capital city to Kaohsiung the second largest city in Taiwan. The city is one of Taiwan’s cultural hubs.

City attractions include The Dragon and Tiger Pagodas and the Spring and Autumn Pavilion at Lotus Lake. Catch a ferry to Cijin Islet, a tiny district famous for its seafood. Overnight at the Hi Lai Hotel in Kaohsiung.

 

After dinner visit the Liuhe night markets one of the most popular night markets in Taiwan where seafood, handicrafts, clothing, knives, cameras and a whole host of other merchandise are sold. A visit to the glass work at the Dome of Light inside the Formosa Boulevard MRT station is well worthwhile.

Next day Visit Fo Guang Shan (literally Buddha’s Light Mountain) Monastery the home of Nan-Tien Temple in Sydney and Chung Tien Temple in Brisbane. It is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan founded in 1967 and is considered one of the “Four Great Mountains” or four major Buddhist organizations of Taiwanese Buddhism, along with Dharma Drum Mountain, Tzu Chi, and Chung Tai. There are more than 100 Buddha’s in this complex and a restaurant that can seat up to 3000 people. Try a vegetarian lunch at the local café.
Drive or take public transport to Tainan, Taiwan’s old capital (1683-1887) to visit Anping Old Fort, the Anping Tree House and the Anping Old Street. The Anping Treehouse is a large banyan tree that over the years has literally swallowed an old warehouse that once belonged to British operation Tait & Co Merchant House. Stay at Silk Place, Tainan a five star property with all the trimmings.

Dinner at Du Hsiao Yueh Restaurant The island’s most famous ladle noodle Taiwan cuisine restaurant started its operation in Tainan in1895.

Visit Hayashi Department Store opened in 1932, the first department store in South Taiwan and the restored building is heritage listed.
Day three transfer to Sun Moon Lake; the largest body of water in Taiwan and situated in the middle of the island. A very popular tourist attraction. Located in Yuchi Township, Nantou County. The area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of 16 aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. Board a cruiser from Shuishe Pier to Ita Thao and take in the beauty of the lake and the mountains.

Take a Cable car ride for birds eye view of Sun Moon Lake and visit Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and Theme Park. Visitors can observe Taiwan’s indigenous tribal lifestyle and witness an abundance of aboriginal traditions as well the tribal songs and dances. The Culture Village sprawls across 62 hectares (1,550 acres). It is particularly beautiful during cherry blossom season and great for a family holiday. The Theme Park has all the high flying rides, including the Big Dipper, Caribbean Splash and the free falling UFO. Check in to Sun Moon Lake Hotel. Dinner at Mafei Restaurant for Thao tribal cuisine.

Day four,transfer to Taroko Gorge of Hualien via Central Cross Island Highway passing through the famous Ching-Jing Recreational farm holiday area stopping for coffee and sandwich before continuing the climb up to the highest point of the highway at Wuling, 3275 meters above sea level. Stay at Silks Place Taroko hotel.

Visit the breathtaking Taroko Gorge which offers major attractions and walking trails, Eternal Spring Shrine (Changchun Shrine) and Swallow Grotto. There are many walking trails long and challenging or short and easy inside the Taroko National Park. The Park has more than six million visitors annually. Enjoy a fantastic dinner at Matsu Shabu-shabu Restaurant in your Parkview Hotel.

Day five all aboard the tilt train on a 2 hour journey between Hualien and Taipei With speeds ranging up to 150 k’s per hour. Alight at Taipei Central Station and connect Taipei MRT to Chiang-Kai-shek Memorial stop.

Visit Chiang-Kai-shek Memorial; The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a Taiwanese national monument, landmark and tourist attraction erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China situated in the heart of Taipei city centre with National Concert Hall and National Opera House position on each sides. In recent years it is referred to as Democracy Square.

Catch MRT to Taipei 101 Station Lunch at Din Tai Fung Dumpling Restaurant 101 Branch Michelin Star rated and ranked as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants by The New York Times. Visit Taipei 101 Observatory Tower 101, once world’s tallest building, a landmark supertall skyscraper in Xinyi District, Taipei. Stay at the aptly named Grand Hotel Taipei. The hotel has played host to many foreign dignitaries. The main building is one of the world’s tallest Chinese classical buildings. Catch a taxi to the nearby Shihlin Night Market, Taipei’s largest night market, for bargain hunting and snacking. Taiwan is known throughout Asia as food paradise and street and market snacking is part of the food culture both locals and visitors enjoy. Try a local oyster omelette.

Book for Taiwan’s unique experience of pineapple cake DIY at The Kuo Yuen Yi Museum of Cake & Pastry or visit the National Palace Museum not far from the Grand Hotel; or, catch short taxi ride to visit The Chiang Kei-shek Shihlin Residence. These attractions can also be reached by local bus.

A 10 day MW Tours Around Taiwan Tour flying QF or CX from AUD$2895 Land only from $1895

For further information: www.mwtours.com.au
www.taiwan.net.tw

Written by John Savage

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