My husband and I are planning to go to Taiwan for 2 weeks in Oct 2008 to see a friend of ours as part of a RTW trip and were wondering if 2 weeks is a reasonable amount of time to spend there?
Any recommended itineraries or advice on sightseeing / recommended walks would be gratefully received.
Thanks for your help
I think 2 weeks will be enough.
For tourist information and places to go, this site (http://www.taiwan.net.tw/) would be a good start.
Depends on which city you will be staying with your friends. If you visit Taipei, don't miss these places:
- Taipei 101 area (that's a newly developed shopping district)
- The National Palace Museum (which has a very rich collection of Chinese arts)
- Shi-Lin night market, close to the National Palace Museum.
- Long-Shane temple in West Taipei (The English spelling can be misleading, but in Mandarin Chinese it meant "Dragon Mountain")
The east coast of Taiwan is also quite beautiful, and worth a visit for 2-5 days.
Hope you enjoy your time in Taiwan.
Taipei downtown is easy to get around - metro and buses take you anywhere you want. Taxi is also fairly useful and reasonably priced. Spend a few days in Taipei and go outside of the city. My recommendation would be taking the high speed rail way (or domestic flight) to Kaohsiung, hire a car, and drive along the coast to Kenting. Kenting national park is famous for its tropical plants and its coastline. Take the train from PinTung going down south and then eastwards to Taitung and Hualien. Try the hot spring, visit the oboriginal arts and crafts and also if you drive along the coast there are a few scenic spots to visit such as San-shien-dao. Visit Taroko national park. Spend a total of 4-5 days in the east coast. Then take a detour and drive across the moutain from the east to the west. On the way visit the Jade Mountain National Park and Alisan, where you can appreciate the forests, take the long hiking trails and take the old trains built by Japanese back before WWII. Back to Taipei and Keelung - don't skip Hsiao-Yi-Leou (where there are famous rocks and beautiful coastlines), Jin Shan for a good cup of coffee by the ocean and Tamshuei for the ferry at the sunset.