Places Visited: Taiwan Discovered, Taipei, Taroko National Park, Jiufen, Kenting, Fo Guang Shan, Tainan, Alishan, Sun Moon Lake
This 16-day trip covers Taiwan’s scenic and cultural highlights, starting in Taipei and preceding in a clockwise direction around the island. With a generous three nights in the capital, you’ll have plenty of time to marvel at the Imperial Chinese treasures on show at the national museum, explore the city’s prettiest temples and take a leisurely day trip out to nearby Jiufen and Yehliu Geo Park. From Taipei, you’ll then delve into Taiwan’s mountainous heart with a visit to the Taroko Gorge, before continuing on to the tropical far south, with its breezy beaches and dramatic hinterland. A night with the monks at the Fo Guang Shan monastery provides a cultural interlude, then it’s on to experience two of the island’s signature landscapes at Alishan and Sun Moon Lake.