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Summary

This 8-day itinerary offers a comprehensive journey through Taiwan, from the bustling streets of Taipei to the serene beauty of Alishan, the vibrant culture of Kaohsiung, and the magical Taiwan Lantern Festival in Pingtung. Experience the best of Taiwan's urban and natural landscapes, indulge in local cuisines, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage.

🌆 Day 1: Exploring Taipei

The first day is dedicated to urban exploration in Taipei, experiencing its calm yet vibrant city life, rich culture, and delicious cuisine.

🏙️ Yongkang Street

Yongkang Street is a bustling area known for its food, culture, and friendly locals. It's a vibrant neighborhood that offers a mix of traditional and modern experiences, making it a must-visit for anyone exploring Taipei.

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Tips

Try the traditional soy milk breakfast at Yong He Soy Milk King for an authentic local experience. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the diverse range of street food and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of this charming district.

Day 2: Kaohsiung's Art and Culture

Discover the art, culture, and night markets of Kaohsiung, Taiwan's vibrant port city.

Lotus Lake

Famous for its pagodas and temples, a must-visit for Instagrammers.

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Tips

Enter through the dragon's mouth and exit through the tiger's mouth at the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas for good luck.

Day 3: Taiwan Lantern Festival

Experience the magical Taiwan Lantern Festival, a celebration of lights, art, and culture.

Taiwan Lantern Festival 2019

A spectacular celebration featuring artistic lanterns, performances, and high-tech shows.

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Tips

Wear comfortable shoes as the festival grounds are massive.

Day 4 and 5: Alishan Mountain Escape

Spend two days in Alishan enjoying breathtaking sunrises, ancient forests, and cultural experiences.

Alishan National Scenic Area

Home to ancient sacred trees, cherry blossoms, and stunning sunrises.

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Tips

Wake up early for the Alishan sunrise and take the forest train for a unique experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +886 5 267 9917
🌐   Website: https://recreation.forest.gov.tw/forest/ra?typ_id=0500001
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 605, Taiwan, Chiayi County, Alishan Township, 59號
🔗   Profiles: Instagram Facebook

Day 6: Quirky Taichung

Explore the modern and artsy city of Taichung, with its cool culture scene and unique attractions.

Miyahara

A Hogwarts-themed dessert store offering a magical dining experience.

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Tips

Don't miss the ice cream sundae with a variety of flavors and toppings.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +886 4 2227 1927
🌐   Website: http://www.miyahara.com.tw/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 25 min to 1 hr
📍   Address: No. 20號, Zhongshan Rd, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400
🔗   Profiles: Facebook Instagram

Day 7: Art and Shopping in Taipei

Return to Taipei for a day filled with art, shopping, and indulging in the city's famous fried chicken.

Songshan Cultural and Creative Park

An art district in a former tobacco factory, now a hub for creativity.

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Tips

Enjoy a bubble tea at Teazzi and shop at Yongkang Street for souvenirs and local fashion.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +886 2 2765 1388
🌐   Website: https://www.songshanculturalpark.org/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: No. 133號, Guangfu S Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 11072
🔗   Profiles: Instagram Facebook YouTube

Day 8: Nature, History, and Icons

Conclude your trip with nature walks, historical insights, and breathtaking views from Taipei 101.

Yangmingshan National Park

A beautiful national park offering hikes, hot springs, and cherry blossoms.

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Tips

Visit during cherry blossom season for an unforgettable experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +886 2 2861 3601
🌐   Website: http://www.ymsnp.gov.tw/
📍   Address: Taiwan
🔗   Profiles: YouTube