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7-Day Private Family Tour of Taiwan Itinerary
Day 1 – Taipei and Leofoo Safari Theme Park
- Fly into Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport near Taipei. It’s never more than an hour from the airport to Leofoo Resort, so if you’re not too tired after your flight we can make a stop along the way.
- One popular option is the old town of Daxi, where three old streets are lined with gorgeous prewar Baroque-style merchants’ houses. Several house businesses that specialise in the tofu products for which Daxi is famous. Just outside Daxi there’s a strange yet photogenic collection of statues. Gathered from all over Taiwan, these statues (they vary hugely in terms of size, style and material) are all of Chiang Kai-shek, the former president. When the political climate changed, they were ‘retired’ and moved here. Both Daxi and the statue park are good places for little ones who want to let off some steam.
- Of course, if you’d like to go straight to the resort, enjoy the sight of wonderful creatures just a few metres away, and try some of the various activities, your wish is our command.
Day 2 – Leefoo Theme Park and Sun Moon Lake
- After breakfast in the resort, you’ll have all morning to pet cute animals and enjoy the theme park. Around lunchtime, we’ll head south and inland toward Sun Moon Lake, arriving in time for a delightful afternoon cruise on a private boat. Once you’ve had your fill of views of this shimmering body of water and the mountains that surround it, we’ll bring you to your hotel to relax before dinner.
Day 3 – Sun Moon Lake and Qingjing Farm
- During the morning we’ll visit some of the lakeshore attractions, notably Cien Pagoda, built on the orders of Chiang Kai-shek to honour his late mother. Rather than be driven around the lake, you can take in the scenery more slowly by riding rental bicycles on the bike trail along the western shore.
- Sometime in the early afternoon, we will set out for Qingjing Farm deep in Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range. This typically takes an hour and a half, and we’ll arrive in time to see the sheep and pastureland for which this mountain resort is famous. Before dinner, we can as have a look around the hotel’s gardens, where they grow plants and vegetables that cannot thrive in Taiwan’s semi-tropical lowlands.
Day 4 – Taichung
- Being 1,700 m above sea level, we should enjoy some superb early-morning views.
- After breakfast and some more fresh mountain air, we’ll make our way down to the western lowlands. Total driving time will be no more than two hours. Before reaching the metropolis of Taichung (now officially Taiwan’s second-most populous city) we’ll pause for an educational stop at the 921 Earthquake Museum. There we’ll not only learn about the awesome natural forces that give Taiwan its rugged landscapes and occasional shakes, but also see the remains of a school (and its running track) ruined and twisted by the 1999 disaster.
- Taichung is a thoroughly modern city with an excellent range of dining and shopping options. Tell us what you want to see and would like to eat and we’ll lead you to the right places.
Day 5 – Taipei and Sanxia Village
- No need for an early start today. Total driving time to Taipei is around two-and-a-quarter hours, and en route we’ll make halts at Shengxing Railway Station and Longteng Broken Bridge. The former is a gorgeous Japanese-era wooden building at the heart of a picturesque village. The latter is what remains of a railway bridge built in 1909, damaged beyond repair in a terrible earthquake in 1935, then further wrecked in 1999’s ‘921’ quake.
- Nearer Taipei, we can call in at Sanxia, a little town that was once a major trading centre. Many of the century-old merchants’ shop-homes on the old street now house ‘cultural-creative’ businesses and it’s a good place to browse for gifts for the folks back home. Then its onwards to Taipei to check in and rest awhile before an earlyish dinner. After that, any activities will be tailored to your interests and energy levels. Nothing more strenuous than a stroll around Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a landmark dedicated to the Nationalist Chinese leader who was Taiwan’s president 1949-1975, may be in order. If you like bustle and colour, to finish up the evening we can take you to a local night market, where tasty snack foods are sold by outdoors vendors.
Day 6 – Taipei Zoo and Taipei 101
- After breakfast in your hotel, we’ll head off to the southern part of the capital for a look at Taipei Zoo. There we can see some of Taiwan’s best-known animals, including Formosan black bears and pangolins, as well as non-local species like a pair of pandas. Those who like butterflies will enjoy the superb insectarium. From the zoo we can ride the Maokong Gondola, a cable car that carries tourists up into the tea-growing closest to central Taipei.
- Late afternoon is the best time to go up to the observatory at Taipei 101 for sunset views over the city and beyond. There’s no need to leave the building for dinner: The world’s second-tallest skyscraper has its own branch of Din Tai Fung, the rightfully world-famous dumplings restaurant, and several other eating options. Taipei 101 is in the heart of Xinyi District, the city’s most modern shopping area, so the evening may be a good time to get some souvenir- and gift-buying done.
Day 7 – Wrap Up
- Whatever time your flight out, we’ll help you make the very most of your final day in Taiwan. If you have shopping needs, we’ll guide you to the right part of the city to fulfill them. If you think the kids need to burn off some energy before getting on the plane, we can bring everyone to a park, a short hiking trail or (if the weather isn’t so great) a mall.