2015 Mid-Autumn Festival In Taiwan & Gourmet Experience in 10 Days
Day 1 - Departure from Australia 19Sep 2015 (Sat): Depart flight from Sydney, Australia with China Airlines CI52 22:10 to Taiwan.
Day 2 - Arrive Taiwan / Sun Moon Lake / Puli / Chiayi (L/D) 20Sep 2015 (Sun): On arrival into Taipei International Airport at approx 5:55AM in the morning, you will be met by your friendly Taiwan Holidays & Travel tour guide who will greet you at the Taipei Airport lobby. You will be transfered to Nantou, where Sun Moon Lake is located. It is Taiwan's largest lake with the east side shaped like "Sun", and West side shaped like "Moon", hence the name "Sun Moon Lake". Sightseeing around the area includes: famous Wenwu Temple and Literature Warrior Temple dedicated to Confucius as Master of Pen and to Kuan Ti as Master of Sword, Holy Monk Shrine and Peacock Garden. After touring round Sun Moon Lake, you will be transfered to the "Taiwanese Gourmet Restaurant" to have lunch in Puli, then depart for "Nine Aboriginal Tribes Culture Village" to see the shows and beautiful garden of the theme park and Aboriginal culture village. Tonight you will stay at Chiayi City, there is a night market near your 5 star hotel. Hotel: Maison de Chine Hotel, Chiayi (5)
Day 3 - Chiayi / Alisan / Kaohsiung (B/L/X) 21Sep 2015 (Mon): After breakfast, you will depart for the "Eight Wonders of Taiwan - Alisan", which is located at the end of the Alisan Forest Railway. If the weather permits, you will be able to see the eternal sea of clouds and sunrise on Jhushan after an early morning walk through a spectacular landscapes of valleys and trails. Sightseeings around the Alisan National Scenic Area including: Cherry Blossom (Season: 15Mar-20Apr), Sister Lake, Zhaoping Park,Sochun Temple, Old Alisan Tree Site, ... just to name a few. After the experience at Alisan, you will be transferred to Kaohsiung City, where will have the City Tour of Kaohsiung, see the largest industrial harbor- Kaohsiung Harbor in Taiwan, and the second busiest harbor in Asia. In the evening, you will visit "Liuho Night Market", to taste the Taiwanese desserts and snacks. You can then visit the famous "Love River" which is now renowned for its café culture and night tour which are popular among local couples for a romantic night. Tonight you will stay at the 5 star Garden Villa Hotel, which is opposite the famous Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung City. Hotel: Garden Villa, Kaohsiung (5)
Day 4 - Kaohsiung / Kenting / Taitung (B/L/D) 22Sep 2015 (Tue): After breakfast, the tour will depart for Theresa Deng Museum. She was the most popular and influential Taiwanese singer in the world. Today, the highlight for many visit Taiwan is a visit to Kenting National Park, undoubtedly one of the most beautifully reserved natural forest in Taiwan. It is located in south of Taiwan with popular beach bordering on the tropical region of Taiwan where palm tree, banana trees, sugar cane and surfing beach are part of the scene. It's an excellent place for swim, surf, and dive. Other sightseeings will be visited today are the southernmost tip of Taiwan, "Maopitou" (named after the shape of cat-nose-like rock.) The coast of coral reef is worth a visit for land-reforms which strongly affected by wave erosions, efflorescence, and salt-soaking. The natural landscape like wave erosion caves, ditches, and pillars are amazing, sea view here is attractive and very enjoyable. The Oluanpi Light House will also be visited (it is the world's first military equipped light house). We then continue to Taitung via the Scenic Southern Link Highway. Overnight at Taitung and enjoy a relaxing 'water therapy spa" at the 5 star hotel in Taitung. Hotel: Naruwan Hotel, Taitung (5)
Day 5 - Taitung / East Coast National Scenic Area / Hualien (B/L/D) 23Sep 2015 (Wed): After Breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to "Tainan Aboriginal Beinan Cultural Village" it is the site where the BC civil human evidences have been found. Then we will drive thru the HuaTong Mt Route, where we will stop at: “Butterfly Valley”which is abundance with beautiful landscape and natural environment. It's just the perfect essence to a perfect relaxing vacation and well renowned butterfly sceneries. Here you can enjoy an unique natural experience and amazing comfortable sensation outdoor hot spring and spa in the deluxe Butter valley Resort. Tonight you will be overnight at Hualien City. Hotel: Chateau De Chine Hotel, Hualien (5)
Day 6 - Hualien / Taroko National Park / Taipei (B/L/D) 24Sep 2015 (Thur):This morning you will depart for Taroko Gorge National Park. The Taroko Gorge is an exceptionally beautiful area of Taiwan. It is the "Seven Wonder of Asia", its narrow raving created by the Liwu River which has cut deep into the mountains of solid marble. A road carved into sheer walls of rock rewinding its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above it, while hundreds of feet below a river roars past gigantic marble boulders. Stops will be made at Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Tunnel of Nine Turns, Marble Bridge, Tienshiang and Marble Factory. On our way back to Taipei, we will drive pass the "Chingshuei Cliff"located on the section of the Suao-Hualien Highway that stretches between Heping and Chongde stations, is one of the most spectacular sights on Taiwan's Pacific coast. The cliff is more than 1,000 meters high and drops almost vertically into the sea. The highway snakes along its curving face more than 20 kilometers, with the sheer cliff rising on one side and a sheer drop to the ocean on the other.We will then drive back to Taipei via Su-Hua Highway and Hsuei-Shan Long Tunnel (12.9 kilometers) to arrive Taipei at around 5PM, and then you will be driven to explore the vibrant night life of Taipei, e.g. Taipei 101 Building, .. etc. Tonight you will start your 3 nights accommodation at the five star hotel accommodation at Howard Plaza Hotel, which is located at the most convenient & popular & busiest shopping district of Taipei City! Hotel: Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei (5)
Day 7 - Taipei / Yehliu / Chiufen / Wulai (B/X/X) 25Sep 2015 (Fri): After breakfast, we will depart for Yehliu Ocean Park. It is known for its spectacular rock formations, sculptured throughout the ages by wind and sea erosion leaving fascinating pillars, including the famous "Queen's Head" and "Fairy's Shoe". The next stop will be Chiufen Village, famous for its old mining town's charming characteristics. Many famous Taiwanese movies were shot here. Lunch will be a great variety of choices at the village's traditional shops. After Lunch, you will be taking to Wulai, it is famous for hot spring, waterfall, and Aboriginal culture. There is even a cable car to whisk you up to the to top the mountain to have panoramic view of the valley. The "Wulai Old Street" will be visited, where you can taste the many famous Taiwanese gourmet and snacks. Hotel: Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei (5)
Day 8 - Taipei / Taipei City Sightseeing / Yangmingshan National Park (B/L/X) 26Sep 2015 (Sat): Sightseeings for today are: Presidential Building (Pass by), Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and National Palace Museum (has the largest Chinese art and painting collection - more than 650,000 pieces). Lunch will be held at the famous restaurant - Five Dimes, which was the masterpiece of the artist Ms Hsieh. After lunch, we will visit Martyrs' Shrine. Then you will be taken to Yangmingshan National Park. In the evening, you will be treated by the famous Taiwanese foot massage. Tonight you will visit the largest night market in Taiwan, "Shilin Night Market". In the night market, you will able to explore and see all sorts of bargains. Hotel: Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei (5)
Day 9 - Taipei (B/X/X) 27Sep 2015 (Sun): After breakfast, you will have leisure time to explore the vibrant city of Taipei. Taipei is a shopholic's heaven. You can find all sorts of bargain to all the world famous brands at one shopping district. You can catch the MRT to many parts of the city, e,g. Ximending, Xingyi Shopping District, East Chungxiao Area for shopping. See some suggestions by click here. About 8PM in the evening, you will be transferred to the Taipei International Airport for flight back to Australia at 23:00PM.
Day 10 - Arrive Australia 28Sep 2015 (Mon): The flight will arrive Sydney approximately before 10:15AM.
Taiwan News Encyclopedia: Mid-Autumn Festival
Along with the Dragon Boat Festival and the Lunar New Year, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a national holiday in both Taiwan and China. It originated during the Sung dynasty, which lasted from the 10th to the 13th century. The festival always falls on the 15th day of the eighth month on the lunar calendar.
Traditionally, most Taiwanese people celebrate the festival with their families. These gatherings often include a sumptuous meal. Gazing at the full moon after dinner is also a tradition on this holiday, since the moon is closer and brighter on this day than it is on any other day in the year.
In Taiwan, two popular festival foods are moon cakes and pomelos. The round moon cakes are mostly stuffed with red bean paste, lotus seed paste and egg yolks, though other flavors of moon cake -- such as green tea, pineapple paste and even Chinese ham -- are sold as well.
Over the past few years, barbecuing has been quite popular in Taiwan during the Mid-Autumn Festival. However, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) says that barbecuing could pose a health hazard to humans because the smoke from burning charcoal emits carcinogens, and it pollutes the air too. The EPA says, though, that the government will not impose a ban on barbecuing.
Images of Our Hotels on Tour:
Maison de Chine, Chiayi (5)
Garden Villa Hotel, Kaohsiung (5)
Naruwan Hotel, Taitung (5)
Chateau De Chine Hotel, Hualien (5)
Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei (5)
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Mid Autumn Festival in Taiwan & Gourmet Experience in 10 Days
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Single Room Supplement: $580
*Child price $1680 is for child between 2-12 yr old to share bed with existing bedding (sharing with 2 adults)
*Child between 2-12 yr old to have a bed (share room with 1-2 audlts), is $1780 per child.