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Early Portuguese sailors named Taiwan Ilha Formosa, meaning ‘beautiful island’, due to the breathtaking scenery, which still impresses modern visitors today. The energetic capital, Taipei, is home to possibly the best collection of Chinese artefacts in the world, while Tainan showcases Taiwanese architecture. The countryside is perhaps the biggest surprise, with deep gorges, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, tea plantations and rugged coastline.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) direct to Taipei with China Airlines. (N)Day 2: Taipei
Arrive and transfer to The Sherwood Hotel Taipei hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)Day 3: Taipei
Full-day tour of Taipei, including the National Palace Museum, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Martyrs’ Shrine and Longshan temple. Optional evening visit to the Chinese opera. (B, L)Days 4-5: Sun Moon Lake
Drive south to the village of Beipu, home to members of the the Hakka ethnic minority group. See the traditional architecture and sample Hakka food, then continue to Sun Moon Lake for a 2-night stay at the Fleur de Chine hotel. The following day, take a short boat excursion on the lake, then visit the Wenwu Temple and the Tse-en Pagoda. (B)Day 6: Alishan
Drive to the Alishan Forest Park, one of the most spectacular mountainous regions of Taiwan. Afternoon walking tour of the park. Overnight at Alishan House. (B, D)Day 7: Tainan • Fo Guang Shan monastery
Optional early morning ride on the Alishan Forest Railway to see the sunrise (weather permitting) from the summit of Mount Alishan. After breakfast, drive to the charming mountain township of Zhuqi, and take a stroll down historic Fenchihu Old Street. Continue to Tainan to visit Fort Anping and historic Yanping Street. Then proceed to Fo Guang Shan, the largest Buddhist monastery in south-east Asia. Stay overnight at the monastery guesthouse*. (B, D)Day 8: Kenting • Hualien
Option to rise early and join the monks for morning prayers. Drive south to Kenting National Park, which protects an area of low-lying hills, limestone caves, forests and beaches. Explore the park on foot, then head north towards Taitung. Stay 1 night at the Hotel Royal Chihpen. (B, L)Day 9: Taroko gorge
Drive north on a sightseeing route to the Taroko National Park and stay 1 night at Silks Place Taroko. (B)Day 10: Taipei
Morning tour of remarkable Taroko gorge and visit the Eternal Spring shrine and the Swallow Grotto. Drive on to Taipei. Stay overnight at The Sherwood hotel. Options available to extend your stay in Taipei. (B)Day 11: Fly to London
Fly direct to London with China Airlines. (B)Meal basis:
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information *Fo Guang Shan monastery:
Overnight stays at the Fo Guang Shan monastery are subject to availability. If an unscheduled event is being held at the monastery, a night at a Kaohsiung City hotel will be provided instead.Superior tour:
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.Single supplement
Available on request.Tailor-made travel:
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
The Sherwood is in Taipei's financial centre and shopping district and a 10-minute walk to the Zhongshan MRT station. The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is approximately one hour's drive away. All rooms and suites are spacious, well-equipped and have a choice of pillows, wall soundproofing and filtered fresh air to ensure a good night's sleep. Each room has a complimentary phone with unlimited local calls, internet access and local recommendations. Features: 343 rooms, restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, spa with indoor swimming pool & sauna, fitness room. Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, minibar, coffee & tea making facilities.
Located inside the Taroko Gorge National Park, the five star Silks Place has 203 well-equipped guest rooms all with great views of the surrounding landscape. The variety of dining outlets includes Sichuanese, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Southeast Asian and international cuisine, as well as a coffee shop, pub and bar. Health and fitness facilities are available at the hotel's fitness centre featuring sauna and steam bath, indoor swimming pool and a spa.
The Hotel Royal Chihpen is located in the Chihpen Hot Springs, 20km south-west of Taitung City and close to the Chihpen National Forest Recreation Area. Rooms are brightly decorated and feature large glass windows for superb views of the surrounding rich natural landscapes. There is a choice of three restaurants serving a range of Chinese, Japanese and western cuisine. The hotel offers guests extensive spa facilities including indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. Features: 183 rooms, 3 restaurants, lobby lounge, spa, swimming pool, gym, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, minibar, television, tea & coffee facilities.
Founded by Master Hsing Yun in 1967, Fo Guang Shan has evolved from a mountaintop bamboo forest to the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The two lodges here, Pilgrims and Bamboo Garden, offer en suite guest accommodation within the monastery. Rooms are basic but comfortable, with air conditioning, bottled water, small televisions and tea making facilities. Both lodges have convention rooms and extensive dining facilities serving vegetarian meals such as noodles or dumplings, in keeping with Buddhist stricture.
The Fleur de Chine hotel is on the north shore of Sun Moon lake, an area known for its natural hot springs. The water from the hot springs is used in the hotel's spa and hot spring baths. Rooms are elaborately designed with French windows and balconies with views of either the mountain or lake. There are six restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines including international, Japanese and Chinese. The hotel's Sky Lounge rooftop bar has a panoramic view of the beautiful Sun Moon lake.
Alishan House has a delightful setting on the forested hillsides near Alishan Forest Park. Rooms are spread between a historic building dating from the 1950s, which retains some of its original features and contains most of the hotel's suite accommodation, and a modern building, which houses the regular guestrooms. Facilities include one restaurant serving Chinese food and a spacious terrace for enjoying the panoramic views from the hotel, and where stargazing experiences are held on clear evenings. Features: 102 rooms, restaurant, lobby bar, cafe, spa, gym, Wi-Fi, observation deck. Room amenities: Balcony/terrace, television, tea & coffee facilities, heater.
Low season from £3595 per person
High season from £3795 per person
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Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.
*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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