3*/4*/5* Stay (3nts)
3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
Return airport transfers on seat-in-coach
Guided full-day city tour
Trip to Chiufen
Local Mandarin speaking tourist guide
Taiwan was formerly known as “Formosa,” meaning “beautiful,” a name given by Portuguese explorers passing by on the way to Japan in the 16th century. It is its dramatic and fertile beauty that has made Taiwan attractive to foreign powers such as the Portuguese as well as the Spanish, Japanese, and Dutch – all of which tried their hand at colonial rule – and more recently tourists, who are just starting to learn of its charms.
If you are looking for world-class Asian art, you may be surprised to learn that 10% of the world’s greatest Chinese artifacts are stored in giant catacombs in the mountain behind the not-to-be-missed National Palace Museum in Taipei.
Perhaps one of the main reasons why Taiwan is such an enjoyable country to visit is its rich spiritual heritage. Taiwan’s landscape is sprinkled with spectacular temples, their roof eaves curling heavenward to attract good fortune and repel evil, whether it be in an industrial park, commercial center, or farmers’ fields, or at the end of a lantern-lined lane in a quiet neighborhood. The temple interior, far from churchly solemnity, is a feast for the senses and a riot of animation.
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan is a thriving metropolis, with soaring skyscrapers, shopping malls, nightclubs, chic restaurants and whatever you would expect from a thoroughly modern capital city.
On this holiday you will be able to take it all in. With a full day guided city tour you can explore what Taipei has to offer. You will also get some free time to explore (or shop) at your own leisure.
Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
After check in, free at own leisure for the rest of the day.
TAIPEI – CHIUFEN – HOTSPRING & sHOPING DELIGHT (B,L)
After breakfast, we visit the National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall. The hall’s enormous marble edifice towers over landscaped garden, graceful pavilions and placid ponds. The bronze statue of the late President Chiang Kai Shek looks out over the city from the main building.
Thereafter, proceed to Martyr’s Shrine to view an elaborate ceremony of the changing of guards performed on hourly intervals. After which, we visit National Palace Museum, which houses the largest collections of ancient Chinese art treasure which spans nearly 5,000 years of Chinese history.
Then continue to Chiufen – known as “the Gold Capital of Asia” during the peak of its gold mining days in 1890s. It became famous after “City of Sadness” which won international acclaim at the Venice Film Festival, was filmed here. The gold is gone, but Chiufen (Jiufen) built of closely-packed houses clinging to steep mountainsides, continues to offer enchanting scenery, unique teahouses and fascinating glimpses into the lifestyles of the past. Next we proceed to Peitou Hot Spring where we will have the opportunity to experience Taiwan’s rustic yet refined hot spring culture.
We then visit Tienlu Handicraft Centre not only to learn the 5000-year old ancient traditional Chinese culture but also to appreciate some fine handicrafts. Finally we visit Shihlin Night Market where you can get some local handicrafts, clothes, toys, tasty local snacks and some souvenirs.
After that, transfer back to Taipei hotel.
After breakfast, free at own leisure where you can explore the city or enjoy your time in the hotel. It is your choice.
Free at own leisure until transfer to airport for your flight back home.