Central Taiwan 2 Days Tour - from $295

Day 1: Taipei - Puli - Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area - Round Lake Tour by bus (Wenwu Temple / Ita Thao Village / Ci'en Pagoda / Xuanzhuang Temple / Xiangshan Visitor Center)       


Today's tour will be visiting Sun Moon Lake in the center of Taiwan.

Puli is said to be at the most center of Taiwan. With an elevation between 380~700 meters, Puli is a basin surrounded by rising & falling mountains, hills and farmland. The most famous tourist spots include the Puli Brewery Factory, Guangshing paper Manufactory, and Chung Tai Chan Monastery; its special products (fine food) are wild rice stems, passion fruit, red sugar canes, rice-noodles, and Shaushing wine. 

The Sun Moon Lake, located in the middle of Taiwan, with an elevation of 748 meters above sea level, is the only natural big lake in Taiwan. The southern part of Kuang Hua Island is shaped like a new moon, and the northern part is shaped like a sun; hence the name Sun Moon Lake. Scenic resources, the most famous sights around Sun Moon Lake, are the Te Hua House, Kuang Hua Island, the Xuanzang Temple, the Ci En Pagoda, and the Wen Wu Temple and so on. The natural forests bordering these roads are good places for bird watching.
The Ita Thao Clan is the earliest clan that lived in the Sun Moon Lake region. The Harvest Festival, Sowing Festival and their special handicraft fair every year, as well as their articles has helped to preserve the particular culture of the Sun Moon Lake region.

Wen Wu Temple is located at the shoulder of mountain where is on the north of Sun Moon Lake. It was built in 1938. People worried the water of Sun Moon Lake might cover Lungfung Temple and Ihuatang of Shuishotsun, they built Wen Wu Temple. The Wen Wu Temple is 2 (Lungfung Temple and Ihuatang) in 1. It was rebuilt in 1969. Its gate is face to the north. People pray the Civil Saint of Confucius, the Military Saint of Kuankung, and the Established God of two temples at the Wen Wu Temple. The temple is popular among students.

Tehua Village (now called Ita Thao)
Ita Thao is called Barawbaw in thao language. The Han people call it North Cave. It was named Te Hua village after the restoration of Taiwan, and is under the administration of Yuchi. Barawbaw is the last residence of the thao people at Sun Moon Lake. On account of the continuous stream of tourists, many Han people moved here to go into trade. Therefore, Ita Thao becomes the most populous area around the Sun Moon Lake. There are stores, restaurants, and hotels in the village. Also the thao people establishes the "thao Cultural Village" for tourists to appreciate the traditional culture, songs, and dancing of the thao tribe.
The harvest ceremony, the most important and splendid ceremony among all the others held during the year, is held every year during August in lunar calendar. If you visit Ita Thao during this month, you will have the chance to appreciate the culture of thao people. Barawbaw(Ita Thao) is the entrance to the Shuishe Mountain.

Ci En Pagoda (Tse-En Pagoda)
is located on Sha Ba Lan Mountain near Sun Moon Lake. It was built by Chiang Kai-shek in memory of his mother in 1971. The construction was very difficult because the materials had to be shipped over the lake and moved up the mountain. The Tse En Pagoda is 46 meters in height and has become the famous landmark of Sun Moon Lake. Surrounding the tower are beautiful plants and trees and there are stone tables and chairs for visitors to take a rest. The Ci En Pagoda overlooks Lalu Island and Sun Moon Lake. The tourist tracks as long as 700 meters lead to the Ci En Pagoda. Alongside the track are beautiful trees and flowers, which make the track easy and comfortable to walk along.

Xuanzhuang Temple, the front of this temple built in 1965, faces Lalu Lake, while the rear faces Qingiong Mountai.  A fengshui master has claimed that the temple occupies a precious land where a "green dragon plays with a pearl".  The temple is divided into two levels, one where the remains of the monk Xuanzang are worshipped, and the other, where the golden Sakyamuni Buddha is worshipped.

Xiangshan Visitor Center, the uniquely designed building has wood-patterned exteriors and wings that stretch like human arms embracing the earth.  In additions, the two giant canopy structures, 34 meters long and 8 meters tall each, allow people to enjoy beautiful views of the Sun Moon Lake from the top.

Hotel: Sun Moon Lake Hotel (Mountain-view), Sun Moon Lake (4 star) or similar

 


Day 2: Sun Moon Lake - Lukang historical & cultural town - Enbus/Entrain for Taipei - Transfer to hotel in Taipei (B)


Lukang is situated on the west-central coast of Taiwan, at the edge of the coastal plain. Although once a harbor, severe silting of the sea and the Lukang River have left it some distance form the shore. The climate is temperate to tropical; summers are hot with occasional thunderstorms, the spring and fall have moderate temperatures, and winters are cool. From September to the following March strong northeasterly monsoons blow in large amounts of sand and dust, forming what is known locally as the "September winds".

The most fascinating aspect of Lukang is a number of ancient streets and lanes lined with old houses. The most unique of these are deep, narrow-fronted buildings that serve as stores and residences; this type of sky-lighted structure, however, can be seen today only at the Yuan Chang Shop on Chungshan Road, along Old Market Street, and at the Lukang Folk Arts Museum. Others, the half-old, the half-new shop residences along Chungshan road are products of the Japanese occupation period (1895-1945), when the front rooms of the buildings were dismantled because of a road-widening project and the modern arch-type facades were added.

The old temples of Lukang, too, are veritable collections of art and masterpieces of architecture. They are well worth careful observation.

Handicraft Shops on Chungshan Road carve palanquins for the gods. You can see how the chairs that transport the deities on their processions are made with meticulous woodworking techniques and carving skills. Shops that produce the religious images themselves continue to practice carving in the traditional Chuanchou style of Fuchien province. Makers of traditional wooden furniture still use the materials and exquisite handwork of former times to turn out sacrificial offering tables and other items. Other handicrafts produced on this street include fans, incense, tin sculptures, and ornamental lanterns, among other things.

Old Market Street  is made up of the curved, red-tiled lanes of today's Putou, Yaolin, and Tayu streets. Both sides of the streets are lined with newly renovated old-style shop buildings that feature intensely interesting internal room layouts and old-style exteriors. Here you can feel some of the atmosphere of old Lukang.
 
 

This afternoon you will Enbus or Entrain for Taipei, and then transferred to your hotel in Taipei City. You will arrive at your hotel in Taipei by 6-7PM.


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Price guide

 

Adult: from AUD$295
Child: from AUD$265
Infant: from AUD$40
   
Single Supplement:  AUD$100
Product Code: T2DA
Location: Central Taiwan
Duration: 2 Days 
Departure: Every Wednesday
Pick-Up Time: 8:00-8:30AM  
Pick-Up  &
Drop-Off:
Hotels Lobby in Taipei City only

 

All rates shown are PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE unless stated otherwise.
Rates shown are inclusive of all taxes

Prices listed are correct as at 30 JAN 2019, but may change without notice due to exchange rate fluctuations. 

 

Inclusions:

  • Hotel pick up from your hotel in Taipei city (metro area)
  • All road transport by modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • All sightseeing as specified and ALL entrance fees
  • 1 night accommodation (Twin Share) at 4 star hotel in Sun Moon Lake
  • 1 breakfast at hotel in Day 2
  • English speaking guide will accompany you throughout your destination based on a minimum of 2 passengers traveling
  • Train Ticket in Day 2 and Travel Insurance

Exclusions:

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry and souvenirs
  • Tippings

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台灣中部2日遊