Taiwan Lantern Festival Tour

The Taiwan Lantern Festival is celebrated on the first full moon of the Chinese New Year. It is featured on Discovery Channel’s ‘Fantastic Festivals of the World" and Channel 9's "Getaway". The Lantern Festival is commonly regarded as one of the most important and romantic festivals in Taiwan. 

It is a great time for visitors who want to experience authentic Taiwanese culture, hospitality, customs and delicious local festive cuisine and snacks. For those of you who are looking for a vacation that allows you to experience the world's different cultures, Taiwan is definitely one place you would not want to miss! 

Taiwan Lantern Festival Tour 2016

Highlights:

  • Visit popular landmarks -- the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial and the National Palace Museum.
  • Experience Taiwan's natural wonders, Taroko Gorge and the stunning natural Sun Moon Lake.
  • Experience a very exciting, unforgettable and exotic Lantern Festival.
  • Discover exotic culinary wonders and connect with like-minded individuals.

Inclusions:

Return economy class airfares departing from Australia with selected airlines to Taiwan.

Fully inclusive tour with all transfers between airports / stations and hotels in each city.

Daily sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary.

Evening  entertainment and personal fully escorted by Advance Olympic Travel professionals.

Most of the meals.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 20 Feb 2016 Sydney - Taipei  Sat)

Fly with China Airlines overnight from Sydney to Taipei. Taipei is the capital of Taiwan and the largest urban area in Taiwan.

Day 2  - 21 Feb 2016 Taipei ( Sun)    Meals B / D

Upon arrival at Taipei International Airport, you will be transferred to our hotel for check in and join your tour leader Sherry Feng for a welcome breakfast. The day is at your leisure. Tonight we will enjoy our Welcome drinks & dinner. After dinner, we will visit Taipei 101 – the second tallest building in the world and see the spectacular and colourful night lights of Taipei.

Day 3  - 22 Feb 2016 Taipei (Mon)    Meals B / L / D

After breakfast, we start our exploration of Taipei with a visit to the National Palace Museum, whose permanent collection houses the world’s largest array of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks, spanning 8,000 years of Chinese history. Faced with the impending fall of the southern capital of Nanjing to the Chinese Communists in 1948, the Nationalist government shipped their most valuable relics to Taiwan – ultimately saving them from the ravages of mainland China’s destructive Cultural Revolution. Tonight we will attend the magnificent Lantern Carnival and Sky Lantern Festival, which is a blaze of luminous glory where more than 100,000 lanterns fill up the moonlit sky.

Day 4 -  23 Feb 2016  Taipei (Tue )   Meals B

This morning, we will visit Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, a famous landmark built in memory of Chiang Kai-Shek, the country’s first president. Next we explore the Taipei Artist Village in Zhongzhen, a four-story building and Taipei’s first such artist enclave. The building houses 13 individual studios, a dance rehearsal space, a darkroom and performance hall in which residence artists work. Feel free to roam from room to room and see what local Taiwanese artists are creating. Tonight, we will visit Huaxi Snake night market where you are able to see live snakes and sometimes snake shows. Huaxi is becoming more and more popular, especially for foreign travellers to experience the unique style of Huaxi St night market

Day 5- 24 Feb 2016 Hualien (Wed)    Meals B/L/D

Today, we will board the Express train to Hualien then visit the Taroko National Park and the Taroko Gorge. The Gorge is a beautiful, narrow ravine created by a river which has cut deep into mountains of solid marble. Afterwards, we will drive to see the Hualien Pacific Lantern Festival which has organized thousands of large red traditional lanterns and decorations lighting up the main routes, combining the local culture and night show. The Hualien city presents the most traditional lantern festival of all. The main lanterns “the blue whale” and “red faced duck” represent the ocean and Hualien.

Day 6 - 25 Feb 2016 Taitung  (Thurs)  Meals  B /L

After breakfast, we will catch the train to Taitung. Taitung is famed for its fascinating nature wonders, indigenous aboriginal cultures. We will first explore the marvels such as Sanxiantai, Xiaoyeliou, and Baxian Cave (Eight Immortals Cave), as well as savour a wide array of Taitung specials, including Chihshang Lunchbox, Donghe and Benan Steamed Bun, Mochi (glutinous rice cake) and many others. Tonight, will experience a best ever once-in-a-life-time experience watching the bombarding fireworks. A chosen man will perform in the role of the Master Han Dan who will wear nothing except a pair of red short pants and hold a bamboo fan to protect his face while standing on a sedan chair, carried around in designated route by four devotees. In Taiwan folklore the Mater Han Dan is regarded as a god of wealth who is known of being afraid of the cold, so bombarding fireworks was to keep him warm and in the hope of obtaining his blessing for prosperity for the coming year.

Day 7- 26 Feb 2016 Kaoshiung (Fri)  Meals  B / L  / D

This morning, we will catch the Express Train from Taitung to Kaohsiung to visit Taiwan's Harbour City!  It’s the second largest city in Taiwan and is a truly desirable travel destination. The tour will show you the city's highlights and give you an insight into the daily lives of the many Taiwanese who live here. The lovely red brick Takao British consulate residence was built in 1879 to serve as the British consul's abode, artfully designed by European architects and artists at Formosa Boulevard and Central Park stations. After we visit the Dragon and Tiger towers and the Spring and Autumn pagodas around the Lotus lake. Tonight, for those looking for the exotic ambience of Taiwan, we will head down to the Love River which is a significant river that flows through Kaohsiung, and you can witness the spectacular Kaohsiung Lantern Festival.

Day 8 - 27 Feb 2016 TainanSat Meals  B / L / D

After breakfast, we travel to Tainan. On the way, we will visit some great attractions including the Sun Moon Temple, Fengyungong, Mud Spring, followed by the Cishan Old Street. The street was built in the Japanese Colonial Period. It is now the only place with an arcade of stone arches in Taiwan, significantly different from other old streets.  We then approach Tainan in the southwest of Taiwan which is its oldest city and erstwhile capital. A visit to the ruins of this 17th century fortress built by the Dutch is well worth it. Having changed hands to house Taiwanese royalty and later rebuilt by the Japanese, it’s an architectural reminder of the city’s history and its views of the ocean are stunning. In the center of the city lies a beautiful and peaceful green space. Local flowers and trees line the pathways and overhang the pond, and couples stroll arm-in-arm, enjoying a relaxing afternoon.

Day 9 – 28 Feb 2016  Taichung  (Sun)  Meals B / L

Today, we will visit the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts with its abundant artistic culture and educational resources of Taichung city. In the late afternoon, we visit Jingming 1st Street, a 130-meter long pedestrian street featuring outdoor cafes, boutiques and exotic restaurants, and it is the very first model business street in Taichung. Taichung Park was built in 1903, and is one of the eight main scenic spots in Taiwan, and also has been a venue for annual Chinese Lantern Festival Exhibitions in the past.

Day 10 – 29 Feb  2016  Sun Moon Lake  (Mon)  Meals  B / L / D

After breakfast, we will visit Chung Tai Monastery, and then transfer to the beautiful Sun Moon Lake, the largest freshwater body in Taiwan. Its name derives from its shape; whereas the east of the lake is rounded like a sun, the west resembles a long, crescent moon, separated in the middle by a tiny island called Lalu. We will explore the lake’s surroundings on boat.  Tonight  we stay at the luxurious "Lalu" hotel, designed by award-winning Australian architect Kerry Hill with sweeping views of the surrounding lake and mountains.

Day 11-1 Mar  2016  Depart Sun Moon Lake (Tues)

Today is at your leisure. Please be in hotel Lobby at 6pm, ready for your transfer to Taipei International Airport. 

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