[quote=“mesheel”]Actually, I wanted to see all this. I’m sure my parents will be happy with less…=)
We could skip day 4 and go from Taidong directly to Tainan or to Alishan, but that’s not possible is it? Seems like I have to decide whether to see the east or the west coast?
Or how about this?
- day: Taipei, North Coast, Chiufen, Hualian
- day: Taroko Gorges
- Sun Moon Lake, Alishan
- Chiayi (Jiayi), Changhua (Zhanghua), Taizhong
- back to Taipei
First day is okay but the second? You’re going to explore Taroko gorge and then drive to Sun Moon Lake? I assume you’ll be driving up the gorge to Tayuling and down past Hehuanshan, Chingjing farm, Puli, Sun Moon Lake. That’s a lot of hours of driving after a long day driving and exploring in the gorge. Are you going to drive at night? If you do you’ll miss some of the most beautiful mountain scenery around. I would suggest exploring Taroko and then driving as far as Chingjing Farm. Nice high alpine environement. Will make your Swiss family happy.
Day 3: drive to Puli and get a tour of the Chung Tai Chan buddhist temple. It’s an amazing modern structure with some gorgeous artwork. Best of all you can get full tours of the temple in English. The tours explain Buddhist thought, art motifs, historical characters, and some of the amazing modern architectural features of the temple. Well worth a visit and an experience you can’t really get in Europe.
Drive on to Sun Moon lake and spend night.
Day 4: In morning explore lake, maybe go for a boat ride. Lunch at Lalu hotel. Then drive to Snake Kiln in Shuili for cultural experience or drive to Alishan. But that’s a long drive too. You’d probably arrive in Alishan at night.
Day 5: Explore Alishan during morning, see sunrise, walk around on trails, and then go to Yushan National Park. Then drive down to Chiayi and spend the night there, or better, another night in the Alishan.
Day 6: Next day drive down to Chiayi. You could drive out to see the old Matzu Temple in Beigang. Then up to Taichung. Spend night in Taichung though I would suggest driving to Taian for hotsprings (since you mentioned you wanted to take them for hotsprings). Really, what do you want to do in Taichung?
Day 7: then back to Taipei. Drop off at Sanyi to explore the wood carving shops and stroll through the forest. On way past Sansia pay a visit to the magificently restored Zhushi Temple.
See, this is a pretty full itinerary in itself. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the distances look short on a map so it shouldn’t take long to get there. Many of the roads you will be travelling on are not big highways. They are winding mountain roads. And when you go through villages and towns it can take forever stopping at lights.
The new Lonely Planet will be out next month so you can refer to it for hotels and other sights you wish to visit.