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Day Trips

Our most recommended Central Taiwan Day Trips

From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour

1. From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour

Explore some of Taiwan's most stunning scenery on this full-day tour to Taroko National Park departing from Taipei. Ramble through the trails in the gorge and enjoy the stunning view of the soaring marble cliffs. Meet your guide in the early morning, and enjoy a cozy ride to Hualien. Take a break at TCC DAKA Park, an ecological recycling factory and photo hotspot. Walk along Shakadang Trail, with the crystal clear blue water of Liwu River running beside you. Head through the tunnels of Swallow Grotto and marvel at the view of the cliffs reaching up to the sky. Stop by Cihmu Bridge (Motherly Devotion Bridge), an H-shape hanging bridge built of marble and named by Late President Chiang Jing-guo. Take a short break at a recreational area and have lunch at one of the restaurants in the park. Head to Tunnel of Nine Turns, considered the most scenic section of Taroko Gorge. See the meander running through the deep and spectacular canyons from high above. Get a closer look at the faults and folds of the sheer marble cliffs, as well as the vegetation on the walls. Visit Eternal Spring Shrine, which commemorates the 225 military veterans who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. End with a visual feast of the amazing Qingshui Cliff, one of the island's "Eight Wonders". Enjoy a sweeping view of a 21 kilometer stretch from the viewing platform before traveling back to Taipei Main Station.

From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Day Tour by Train

2. From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Day Tour by Train

Meet your host and board the express train bound for Hualien on your own. Sit back and enjoy a 3-hour journey to paradise. Upon arrival in Hualien, your tour guide will greet you at the train station and take to you to the world-famous Taroko National Park. From the archway entry to Tianxiang, this 12.5-mile (20 km) section of Central Cross-Island Highway through the steep marble cliffs and tunnels of the gorge will take your breath away. Walk along the Shakadang Trail, where the crystal clear blue water of Liwu River runs beside you. Walk through the Swallow Grotto tunnel, where you will enjoy a stunning view of the cliffs. Take a short break at Tianxiang, a large river terrace recreational area and enjoy lunch in a restaurant in the park. After lunch, stop by Cihmu Bridge (Motherly Devotion Bridge), a suspension bridge made of marble and named by Late President Chiang Jing-guo after a heart-warming story about a loving mother. Next, head to the Tunnel of Nine Turns, considered to be the most scenic section of Taroko Gorge. Visit the Eternal Spring Shrine, which commemorates the 225 military veterans who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. Go to a local marble factory, where you can buy some souvenirs and take a walk to the romantic Qixingtan, a pebble beach where the mountains meet the sea. Your 14-hour adventure then ends with drop-off at Taipei Main Station.

From Taipei: Taichung Instagram Day Tour

3. From Taipei: Taichung Instagram Day Tour

Enjoy a very Instagrammable tour of Taichung City with an experienced guide and take beautiful photos of the area's top sites. Begin at Zhong-she Flower Garden, where you can take photos of colorful flower fields. Continue on to Rainbow Village, a former military dependents' village that is brightly painted in every corner by Huang Yung Fu, also known as “Rainbow Grandpa." Next, sip on drinks and eat pastries in Miyahara, famous for its beautiful vintage decorations and variety of sweets. Later, stop for a group photo at National Taichung Theater, an opera house designed by the famous Japanese architecture “Toyo Ito." Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the graceful and mysterious ambience created by the master. End the tour at the Gaomei Wetland, where you enjoy the view of windmills spinning on the wide open beach, creating an endless view in the far horizon. Finally, head back Taipei, where you can choose to disembark at Ximending Commercial District or MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.

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What people are saying about Central Taiwan

Excellent gorge

Beautiful gorge. All you can eat lunch Josephine the tour guide speaks with some accent but is mostly understandable Travel to/from Taipei is by train - you don't need passport.

Fantastic day out

The tour guides who work for this company are hilarious, friendly and informative. The scenery is breathtaking. Thank you Josephine and Jacky Chan :)

The tour guide was informative and nice. We had a small group that day so it was easy to move around as a small pack. I had a blast - thanks !

In few hours one can discovered the scenery views on the Taiwanese mountains with the incredible roads between and inside the rocks

Very worthwhile trip

A great day out with a nice guide and well organised. The Gorge is spectacular.