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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 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.

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Day 6 - Hualien / Taroko National Park / Taipei (B/L/D)
9 February: 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, Night Markets... 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 - Wulai / Chiufen / Yeliu (B/X/X)
10 February: After breakfast, 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. After Lunch, 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 in the evening will be Chiufen Village, famous for its old mining town's charming characteristics. Many famous Taiwanese movies were shot here. You will be able to see the beautiful sunset when you arrive at the village. Dinner will be a great variety of choices at the village's traditional shops.

Day 8 - Taipei / Yangmingshan National Park / Taipei City Sightseeing (B/L/X)
11 February: After breakfast, we will visit Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Martyrs' Shrine (Guards' Changing Ceremony) and National Palace Museum (has the largest Chinese art and painting collection). Lunch will be held at the famous restaurant inside the museum where the chef was favored by the ex-President Chen. Other sightseeings for today might include Presidential Building (Pass by) if time available. in the afternoon, we will visit Yanmingshan National Park. ) which commenced in 1985. 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".

Day 9 - Taipei / Airport (B/X/X)

12 February: After breakfast, you will have leisure time to explore the vibrant city ofTaipei. 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 7PM in the evening, you will be transferred to the Taipei International Airport for flight back to Australia at 23:55PM.

Day 10 - Arrive Australia
13 February: The flight will arrive Sydney approximately before 12:05AM.

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