Enjoy Eastern Taiwan in four days starting in Hualien where you will spend an exciting East Coast tour starting from Taiwan’s Last Unspoiled Land where the natural fascinating landforms are located. Experience Amis traditional culture and their unique lifestyle. Admire the abundant plant life in the East Rift Valley and the natural beauty of Taroko Gorge.
Taipei - Taitung
In the morning, you will move from Taipei to Hualien County by train where you will spend an exciting East Coast tour starting from the East Coast National Scenic Area (Taiwan’s Last Unspoiled Land). You will get to enjoy the fascinating landforms created by weathering and erosion. Before you continue to Taitung County, you will stop at Shitiping, a little coastal scenic spot in Hualien. There you will see the unusual coastal rock formations that are naturally carved out by the erosion of the gigantic rocks by destructive ocean waves. Then you will visit Sanxiantai in Taitung. The area contains several islands and a beach that stretches for ten kilometers in length and is well known for its long footbridge that connects the coast to the largest island. Next you will move to Amis Folk Center, located near the Duli Tourist Center of the East Coast Scenic Area Tourism Bureau. It is a great place to experience Amis traditional culture and admire the buildings and the unique lifestyle of the Amis. Finally, you will reach your accommodation in Taitung.
Overnight in Taitung
Taitung - Hualien
After breakfast, you will visit the East Rift Valley, a long, narrow valley flanked by the Central Mountain Range to the west and the Coastal Mountain Range to the east. This is where the Eurasian and the Philippine tectonic plates collide, resulting in the creation of many fault lines and an abundance of plant life in the East Rift Valley. You will also visit Luye Gaotai, filled by high mountains, hills, terraces, and plains, providing an ideal location for hot air balloons. The unique geographical conditions offer an ideal location for tea cultivation, and paragliding. Afterwards, you will visit Mr. Brown Avenue a small country road in Chihshang Township that will allow you to enjoy the view of vast green rice fields without a wire pole along the roadside. The Takeshi Kaneshiro tree on the avenue has become Taiwan’s best known one since the summer of 2013 after superstar Takeshi Kaneshiro sipped tea in its shade in an EVA Airways TV commercial. Your last stop will be at Matai'an Wetland Ecological Park, located at the foot of Masi Mountain, which is the biggest natural wetland in Hualien and also the traditional homeland of the Ami people.
Overnight in Hualien (Breakfast)
Hualien - Yilan
Taroko National Park will be your first stop where you will observe Taroko Gorge, a narrow raving which cut deep into the spectacular mountains of solid marble created by the Liwu River. Aferwards, you will visit Swallow Grotto trail which runs about a half kilometer starting from the entrance to Swallow Grotto to the Jinheng Bridge, you can enjoy the sights of the Liwu River from nearly straight above the water, the potholes on the cliff faces, the springs sprinkled along the lower parts of the walls, as well as the famous rock formation "Chieftain's profile rock". Then you will pass by Changchun Temple (Eternal Spring Shrine), Cihmu Bridge, Tianxiang until you reach Qingshui Cliff, a 21 kilometer length of coastal cliffs averaging 800 meters above sea level in Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan. The tallest peak, Qingshui Mountain, rises 2408 meters directly from the Pacific Ocean. The cliff is located at the southern part of the Suhua Highway that connects the counties of Yilan and Hualien in eastern Taiwan. It is considered to be a very scenic area and is the highest coastal cliff in Taiwan. Finally, you will stay at Jiaoxi.
Overnight in Yilan (Breakfast)
Yilan - Taipei
After breakfast, you will visit the National Center for Traditional Arts, located beside beautiful Dongshan River in Yilan. In addition to organized displays and performances of culture and art, it also provides a stage where performing artists can show off their creative works. The emphasis here is on the continuous propagation, innovation, and renewal of traditional arts. Then you will stop at the King Car Yuanshan Orchid Garden where the Taiwan International Orchid Show takes place every year since 2004. King Car Yuanshan Orchid Garden is the biggest orchid garden in northern Taiwan, with a greenhouse that covers an area of 28,231 square meters and cultivates 1,300,000 orchid plants. Finally, you will visit King Car Kavalan Distillery, the first whisky distillery in Taiwan. Here you are offered to have a sip of different types of whiskey.