The Lantern Festival is held each year in a different county or city on the 15th of the first month on the lunar calendar. As an event with prominent cultural and local folk features, the event always draws participation by both local and foreign visitors and is an important tourist draw. During the night tens of thousands of colorful lanterns hang out for appreciation and children go temples to carry the paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. While the mainland Chinese celebrates as Yuan Xiao Festival, the Taiwanese have stayed true to the ancient rituals and rites of these impressive celebrations. Experience Taiwan Lantern Festival with TaiwanHolidays.com.au tours.
Day 1 - Departure from Australia
4 February: Depart flight from Sydney, Australia with China AirlinesCI52 22:00 to Taiwan.
Day 2 - Arrive Taiwan / Sun Moon Lake / Puli / Chiayi (B/L/D)
5 February: On arrival into Taipei International Airport at approx 4:15AM in the morning, you will be met by your friendly Taiwan Holidays & Travels tour guide who will greet and transfer you 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 andLiterature Warrior Temple dedicated to Confucius as Master of Pen and to Kuan Ti as Master of Sword, Holy Monk Shrine and cruise around Sun Moon Lake. You will then be transfered to the "Taiwanese Gourmet Restaurant" to have lunch near Sun Moon Lake, then depart for Chiayi, who hosted the Taiwan 2011 Lantern Festival. The festival is held each year in a different county or city on the 15th of the first month on the lunar calendar. As an event with prominent cultural and local folk features, the event always draws participation by both local and foreign visitors and is an important tourist draw.
Day 3 - Chiayi / Alisan / Kaohsiung (B/L/X)
6 February: 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. One of Taiwan's most famous agriculture item is "High Mountain Tea" which is grown here at Alishan. You will have the opportunity to try the best quality & freshest tea here. 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 deserts 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. Taiwan 2011 Kaohsiung Lantern Festival is inspired by the Year of the Rubbit, the fireworks will feature with the water dance show and will be set off from Honorary Pier. In the meantime, various nationwide and worldwide performing groups will gather here on the main stage for the duration of the festival. 2011 Kaohsiung Lantern Festival even has planned out the gourmet area and Kaohsiung local specialty gift shop area, in hopes of satisfying visitors’ taste buds and craving for shopping.
Day 4 - Kaohsiung / Kenting / Taitung (B/L/D)
7 February: 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. TheOluanpi 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.
Day 5 - Taitung / East Coast National Scenic Area / Hualien (B/L/D)
8 February: 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.