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Plan Taiwan Itinerary

Taiwan is our favorite holiday destination, re-visit to Taiwan and discover new attractive spots are always in our mind.  We have done lots searching and interview friends who came back from Taiwan, finally we come out our dream Itinerary, hope we can realize it in near future together with our precious baby.

We plan to rent a car with driver from Day 2 onward for 6 days to visit Hua Lien, Qing Jing, WuLing, Nan Tou, Taichung, Tao Yuan and back in Taipei.

Any of your suggestions on others hot spot, transportation plan, home stay, hotel and etc are most welcome.  Please share with us.  Thanks in advance. 🙂

Our colleagues recommended us this driver cum tour guide, www.facebook.com/jj5376.

Remark: photo are download from internet.

Day 1 

Arrived in Taipei Tao Yuan International Airport.  Own time own target in Taipei city. 

Refer: Our Taipei Free and Easy Trip


Day 2

Taipei > Yehliu Geological Scenic Park > Shi Fen Waterfall > Pingsi Sky Lantern > Yin Yang Sea > Golden Waterfall – Stay Jiu Fen (Homestay

台北 > 野柳地质御景园 >十分瀑布 > 平溪放天灯 > 阴阳海 > 黄金瀑布 宿九分民宿


Yehliu Geological Scenic Park 野柳地质御景园



Shi Fen Waterfall 十分瀑布

SF Waterfall


Pingsi Sky Lantern 平溪放天灯



Yin Yang Sea 阴阳海



Golden Waterfall 黄金瀑布

JGS Waterfall


Day 3

Jiu Fen Old Street > Jin Gua Shi Gold Ecological Park > Hua Lien Shimizu cliff > Qixing Lake > Hualien Night Market – Stay Hualien Hotel or Homestay

九分老街 > 金瓜石黄金博物园区 > 花蓮清水斷崖 > 七星潭 > 花蓮商业圈 – 宿花蓮, 酒店或民宿



Jiu Fen Old Street


Jin Gua Shi Gold Ecological Park 金瓜石黄金博物园区

Jin Gua Shi


Shimizu cliff 清水斷崖



Qixing Lake 七星潭

QiXing Tan


Day 4

Hua Lien > Qing Seminary > Liyu Lake > Lin Tian Mountain Forestry Center > Baci Gazebo > Shi Ti Ping Scenic Area > Yun Shan Wet Ground > Hualien Rainbow Night Market – Stay Hua Lien Hotel or Homestay

花蓮 > 慶修院 > 鯉魚潭 > 林田山 > 芭崎眺望台 > 石梯坪 > 雲山水溼地 > 花莲彩虹夜市 – 宿花蓮, 酒店或民宿


Qing Seminary 慶修院


Liyu Lake 鯉魚潭

Liyu Lake🙂

Lin Tian Mountain Forestry Center 林田山



Baci Gazebo 芭崎眺望台


Shi Yin Ping Scenic Area 石梯坪



Yun Shan Wet Ground 雲山水溼地


Day 5

Hualien > Taroko National Park > Shakadang Trail > Changchun Temple > Swallow Grotto Trial > Cihmu Bridge > Tunnel of Nine Turns > He Huan Shan National Forest Recreation Area > Wuling National Forest Recreation Area – Stay Qing Jing Hotel or Homestay

太魯閣國家公園 > 砂卡礑步道 (神秘谷步道) > 長春祠 > 燕子口 > 慈母橋 > 九曲洞 > 合欢山 > 武岭 ( >3,275 meters ) – 清境, 酒店或民宿


Taroko National Park 太魯閣國家公園



Shakadang Trail 砂卡礑步道(神秘谷步道)



Changchun Temple 長春祠



Swallow Grotto Trial 燕子口



Cimu Bridge 慈母橋



Tunnel of Nine Turns 九曲洞



He Huan Shan National Forest Recreation Area 合欢山


Wuling National Forest Recreation Area 武岭 (>3,275 meters)



Day 6

Qing Jing Farm > The small Swiss Garden > Puli Brewery Factory > FengJia Night Market –  Stay Taichung

清境公园 > 小瑞士公园 > 埔里酒厂 > 逢甲夜市 > 台中, 酒店或民宿


Qing Jing Farm 清境公园



The Small Swiss Garden 小瑞士公园



Puli Brewery Factory 埔里酒厂



Day 7

Sun Moon Lake > Taichung Tai-An Station > Ruins of Yu Teng Ping Bridge > Tao Yuan Ta Shee Blooming Oasis > Cihu Mausoleum – Stay Taipei Wing Hotel

日月潭 > 台中泰安旧火车站 > 魚藤坪断桥 > 桃園大溪花海农场 > 慈湖陵寝 –  台北


Sun Moon Lake 日月潭


Taichung Tai-An Station 台中泰安旧火车站



Ruins of Yu Teng Ping Bridge 魚藤坪断桥



Tao Yuan Ta Shee Blooming Oasis 桃園大溪花海农场



Cihu Mausoleum 慈湖陵寝



Day 8

Taipei Free and Easy.

Home Sweet Home.


Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 1

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 2

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 3

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 4

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 5

Link: Taiwan (Taipei) Free and Easy Trip Day 1

Link: Taiwan (Tao Yuan & Taichung) Free and Easy Trip Day 2


  1. December 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    looks amazing 🙂 🙂 great photos:) make me wanna visit!!

  2. December 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    great shots

  3. shirly
    December 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Hi CC,

    My colleague recommend me your blog & I’m pleased to see how detailed your itinerary is. Can you share with me how much is the driver cost & the contact of the driver?

    • December 26, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Thanks for visiting our blog. This is our plan itinerary.
      We have checked with taxi driver who are able to drive us according to this itinerary, he charge NT6,500 per day for 4 passengers (car plus driver).

  4. Anonymous
    April 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    So like place. Ha,,,

  5. Johnc920
    April 28, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Really appreciate you sharing this post.Thanks Again. Really Great. kddkdkebdfdd

  6. Kaiyi
    May 19, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Hi pls share with me how much this trip ? Or got good driver n agency recommend? Thanks

    • May 21, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      Hi, thanks for visiting our blog.
      We get local driver cum tour guide (Tel: +886 930-978-945 or jj5376@kimo.com). He help us to plan for the itinerary and hotel booking. He is friendly and helpful.

  7. Anonymous
    June 21, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Hi, have you guys actually travelled already or this is still a plan?

    • June 21, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      Yes. We travel in early Mar 2014. We had a fantastic holiday, thanks to the driver cum tour guide, Xiao Cun.
      We experience snowing in Wu Lin mountain, taking photo with Sakura and etc.

  8. Anonymous
    June 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Thank you! I am planning a trip based on your itinerary. Do you advise this for a big group of about 8 adults and 8 kids?

    • June 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      We hv 6 adults n a baby. We use a VW 10 seater van, very comfortable.
      U guy may be need to use 2 vans. Xiao Cun told us, he has bring big group with 3 vans, they communicate via walkie talkie n mobile. U can talk or message him directly, ‪+886 930 978 945‬ 小村

  9. Anonymous
    June 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Thank you for prompt response, appreciate your information very much. Btw, my wife and I love your blog! Good job! – Mr & Mrs Teo

  10. Anonymous
    June 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Hi CC, one more question. For the first and last day stay in Taipei, did you book your own hotel or everything is done through guide? Which is cheaper? – Mr. Teo

    • June 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      We stay at Wing Hotel, we book online n call to confirm, pyt upon check in, indicate u want heart shape bathtub. U also can ask Xiao Cun to book for u. Price is same either u book or Xiao Cun. Advantage is he may know the hotel condition better.
      If u r interested, u can ask him to arrange for handmade activity eg body painting act, 做陶器 n etc. he will recommend u.
      U r welcome post question. 🙂
      Wish u hv a fantastic holiday in Taiwan.

  11. Anonymous
    June 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Hi CC! WOOOW! Such a nice place! How much did you spend all in all? Thanks!

  12. Anonymous
    June 25, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    We use your itinerary to get quote from a driver recommended by friend. He recommend we made adjustment to the itinerary because he said most of the time, passengers will see only mountains and not other scenery .His recommendation is to travel in a counter clockwise direction the places .Taipei -Taichung -Qingjing-Hualian-Yilan -Taipei. Just want to check if you encounter such situation he mentioned ?

    • July 31, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Sorry for the late reply.
      Actually, we are travel in clockwise direction, from Taipei – Taichung – QingJing – Hualien – Yilan – Taipei. According to Xiao Cun, if we travel from Hualien to QingJing, we will have less Mountain sickness, due to the road structure.
      If I’m not wrong, the driver in Taiwan is work 8 hour per day, from 9am to 5pm. You wouldn’t be able to complete our itinerary in 8 hours daily. 🙂 Actually, few of my colleagues having same experience as you. After interview them, finally we choose Xiao Cun, and he is perfect choice for us.

  13. Mrs Yeo (Laura)
    July 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Beautiful Photos, Thanks for the blog.
    Is the Driver cum tour guide English speaking?
    He can quote whole package if we give him our itinerary including min su accommodation and transport?

    Mrs Yeo

    • July 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Dear Mrs Yeo, Thanks for visiting our blog.
      No, the driver speak Mandarin n Hokkien.
      Yes, he can also quote as whole package.
      Hope u hv a fantastic holiday ahead.

  14. Carolyn
    October 1, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Hi CC.. what month did you go.. and how much was your budget for this trip/itinerary? Thanks

    • October 1, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Thanks for visiting our blog.
      Recent trip, we went in End Feb this year.
      The main cost are:
      1. Air Ticket – depend on what airline u choose.
      2. Hotel – Estimate NT2,000 per night.
      3. Transport Cum Driver (VW Van) – NT7,500 per day (we hv 6 adult n 1 baby to share the cost, so is cheap)
      4. Food and Shopping – depend on ur choice
      Have a nice trip in Taiwan. Cheers.

  15. October 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Thanks for the lovely blog.

  16. Anonymous
    October 1, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Hi CC, if is 2 paxs going, will the price be cheaper?

  17. October 1, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Hi CC, if 2 pax going. Will it be cheaper?

    • October 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      I think you hv to ask Xiao Cun directly.
      Have a great holiday in Taiwan.

  18. Anonymous
    October 8, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Hello, I just saw u post the Taiwan trip, very nice. I would like to check with you whether you go by yourself or you follow travel agent? If you are go by yourself , may I know how much you spend for the trip and can I have the tour or driver contact? Thank you.

    • October 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Thanks for visiting our blog.
      We get a local driver cum tour guide for this trip. His name is Xiao Cun, hp +886 930-978-945. He will help u plan for the itinerary.

  19. Vincent
    October 12, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Hi CC,

    Nice blog and thanks for sharing.
    So the whole trip from Day 1 is handle by Xiao Cun?

    In Day 2 you went to Yeliu but stay in Jiufen, so your things put in car? And went to attractions first before go to Jiufen hotel?

    • October 12, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Thanks for visiting our blog.
      Xiao Cun pick us from Day 2 onward. As we reach Taipei in the evening.
      Yes, we keep our belongings in his VW van. We check in hotel upon completed our daily itinerary.
      He drove us to tour around, from Taipei to Jiu Fen, Hua Lien, Qing Jing, TaiChung, Tao Yuan and back in Taipei.
      Wish you hv a nice trip to Taiwan.

  20. Vincent
    October 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    HI CC,

    Sorry, one more question.
    Did you take bullet train to Hualien or the driver drove your group from Taipei to Hualien?


  21. Vincent
    October 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    You all went to Beitou too? by the driver?
    Stay there?

    • October 13, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      Yes, he drove us to Beitou. We hv rent hourly hotel to try the hot spring bath.
      Good try. Very much different compare with Korea n Japan.
      We stay at Wing Hotel near CKS Memorial Hall.

  22. Anonymous
    October 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Hi, may I know how much he charge you per day from Taipei to Hualien?

    • October 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      May be u can write to Xiao Cun at +886 930-978-945 directly. His charges is depend on whether u choose to take car or van.
      We took Van for 6 days, very comfortable, we hv 6 adult n a baby, he charge us NT7,500 per day.

  23. October 27, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Hello to you Taiwan hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  24. Xue Yen
    November 7, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Hi, I read your itinerary and this is what I am planning to travel too! But I have one question, how was the road from hualien to cingjing? I heard it was a winding road.

    • November 8, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      The road is winding but the scenery is beautiful.

  25. Varren
    November 20, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Hi May know which month is the best month to visit Taiwan ?? Is Dec good month ??

    • November 23, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      We like the cool weather during our trip but is up to your own preference.

      • Anonymous
        November 24, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        But is the scenery in Dec ( winter) as good as March (spring) ???

  26. Anonymous
    December 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Hi, happened to drop by your website as I am intending to plan a family trip to Taiwan. Your website is really useful, with many details, recommendations and pictures. Really grateful 🙂

  27. Ivan
    January 1, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Hi CC, Fantastic write up! Really appreciate your information. Have contacted xiao chun and he is currently planning for our family. Just to check, how did you pay him? Advance or pay per day basis? And if advance, meaning via what payment mode? Thank you very much if you can share this with me.

    • January 1, 2015 at 8:29 PM

      Thanks for visiting our blog. We pay him some deposit, about 1/3 to his paypal account. The balance we pay cash upon completion of the tour. You can check with xiao chun on the payment arrangement.

    • January 1, 2015 at 11:24 PM

      Thanks for visiting our blog.
      We pay him via paypal for deposit, pay cash when meet up. We wanted to pay him on ist day worry over spent. But he only took it on day 3.
      Hope u hv wonderful holiday in Taiwan. Cheers.

  28. TTS
    January 20, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Hi Hi CC Yee,

    Wow, you have a fun and exciting trip to Taiwan(2013). I had booked ticket to Taiwan in May for 8days.
    Would appreciate if you send me your planning for this trip, renting of cars or local tour, hotel stay.
    A budget trip for me. Need your recommendation.
    Thank you

    • January 21, 2015 at 9:28 AM

      Hi TTS, Yes we do have an exciting holiday in Taiwan. 🙂
      Actually, what we have done is contact Xiao Cun (+886-930 978 945 or jj5376@kimo.com) to tell him the arrival timing, how many days we stay in Taiwan, where we wish to go (Taipei, Taichung, Qin Jing n etc), what kind of activity (Theme Park, Zoo, Museum or handmade), type of hotel and budget (Hot spring hotel, hostel, farm stay & etc).
      Then, he will base on your requirement to do your itinerary and hotel recommendation for your decision.
      Hope you have a Great holiday in Taiwan. Cheers.

      • TTS
        January 21, 2015 at 10:49 AM

        Hi CC Yee,

        Need more on your advise and info from you, so you actually contact the person and told them where you plan to go and your accommodation? Then he will follow and bring us around base on his plan through out the whole of my Taiwan trip?
        Is the person trustable?
        What about hotel and how much you pay the person?
        Will be good if I can give you a call to get more info before I contact the person.
        Thank you.

      • January 21, 2015 at 11:30 AM

        Hi TTS,
        Yes, he is trustable. Few of my friends also engaged his services, we all hv a great holiday and satisfied with his services.
        Transportation – Xiao Cun charge only Transportation Fee. He will collect sum deposit, the rest you can pay him on last day. We paid him on 2nd day, worry over spent. Transport fee is depend on your choose 7 seaters passenger car or WV Van.
        Itinerary – You can hv your own itinerary or ask for his help to plan. Both party agreed and confirmed the itinerary before the trip.
        Hotel – He will recommend the hotel and book on your behalf. You have to pay directly to the hotel when check-in. Or you can book online on your selection or his recommendation.
        Hope I have answer your questions. Should I charge your consultation fee?? Haha..

        FYI, Some of my colleagues engaged poor services included straight driving hour (9am to 5pm), show black face if u rejected to go to the appointed shop to buy things, convinced them to change itinerary & etc.

      • October 29, 2015 at 11:33 PM

        Hi CC, I’m planning a 3D2N trip in Hualien from 4 to 6 Nov, arriving from Kaohsiung. Planning to day tour at Taroko Gorge and some other places. Saw your email thread about the driver cum guide. How do you communicate with Xiao Chun? Does he reply email in English?

        Appreciate your inputs.


  29. Anonymous
    January 27, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Hi how much u pay to book the tour guide from Hua lien to Tai Chung ?

    • January 27, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      We rented the van plus driver cum tour guide for 6 days. Starts fr Taipei to Tao Yuan, Taichung, Qing Jing, Wu Ling, Hua Lien, Jiu Fen, Shi Fen, Yeh liu and Yang Ming Shan. He charge NT7,500 per days for 7 of us.

  30. Suzzaine
    June 9, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Yes I am quite delighted to know more as Myself & 3 daughters are travelling on coming September,2015.Please let me know 7 days trip how much budget I required?

    • June 10, 2015 at 9:08 AM

      I believe u hv bought the Air Ticket. So left with land tour fee n hotel charge. Why not u contact Xiao Chun directly, so that he can help u to plan ur itinerary, hotel booking n drive u tour around Taiwan.
      His phone number +886 930-978-945. Or jj5376@kimo.com
      FYI, I’m not the agent. I’m here to share my great experience only.

  31. Joanne Tan
    November 17, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Hi Mr Yee,
    I am planning a f&e tour for nine days inTaiwan with my mother, sister and 2 friends. It’s my first time to Taiwan and am very excited and inexperienced. I am so lucky to see your blog and like your itinerary so much that I followed everything. I also contacted the driver that u recommended, he knows it’s your itinerary and said its ah yee’s itinerary. He asked me to book hotel first but since this is my first time there I don’t know to go which hotel. Can u pls introduce the hotels or homestays (moderate price) to me, Jiufen, Hua Lien, Qing Jing, Taichung and Taipei. As for the driver, what is the price and does he fetch us throughout the itinerary. Do we pay food/lodging for him too? Looking forward to recd your reply. Once again thanks a lot for your effort to plan out the itineraries.

    • November 18, 2015 at 7:59 AM

      Hi Joanne,
      Tks for visit. The Hotel was booked by Xiao Cun during our last trip as per the itinerary. We Jz told him our budget n what kind of Hotel we looking for. As same as the places u wish to go. He can tailor made for u.
      Pls do try Hotspring hotel as the hot spring is inside ur room. Might be a bit expensive.
      Our Company trip in Nov15, 232 person also engage Xiao Cun.
      The benefit of engage him is, he will complete the itinerary as promised, no extra charge, no appointed shopping place. Is really pure travel. He will avoid crowd, traffic jam n etc.
      The fees he charge is include everything, eg toll fee, petrol, his food n lodging.
      We are invited him for lunch. Dinner was in night market.
      Have a great holiday in Taiwan. Cheers.

  32. Jo
    November 21, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Hi , I have trouble w Chinese n wanted to know how do you plan the trip with the driver? Is it all in Chinese? I am thinking what is the best way… To tell him on my request
    Thx br jo

    • November 25, 2015 at 9:42 AM

      Can u speak Chinese? U can email to him in English too. He will use translation oh.

      • jo o
        January 12, 2016 at 5:56 PM

        thank you so much for ur recommendation. my family enjoy it


  33. Sharen Seah
    September 4, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    Hi thank you for your wonderful blog CC Yee.
    Planning to visit Taipei from 24 Oct to 2nd Nov 2016, but there are only two of us.
    Hope to use your link to see if there is only one interested to join us to cut down on the
    cost. Thanks

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