I have been living in Taiwan (currently in Taoyuan) for more than 2 years now and for the first time my parents will come to visit me here. They will be here from June 8 to June 20.
I plan to spend the weekends with them in Taoyuan and Taipei and then take them around the island between Sunday to Friday (when the tourist spots are not so crowded). I have noticed the possibility to take a tour trip all around the island but prefer the freedom of going on your own. Also the tour trips try to squeeze in so many tourist spots in a few days. I prefer to concentrate on two places and stay on each place for a few days. So I have chosen to go to Hualien/Taroko Gorge and Alishan. It will be the first time also for me to these two places. We will travel by train between Taoyuan and Hualien and between Alishan/Chiayi and Taoyuan.
The problem is how to go to between Hualien and Alishan/Chiayi. Is it at all possible to travel by bus across the island in such a way? Are there any buses between Hualien and Alishan. How about domestic airlines? I noticed that Mandarin Airlines operates between Hualien and Taichong. Isn’t there a small airport also in Chiayi? Any advice would be appreciated.