Taichung, Chiayi & Alishan Itinerary – Taiwan Nature & Cultural Escapade

Taiwan is a beautiful country with lots of natural, cultural and urban attractions. If you have only visited Taipei, we recommend you to venture out to its more historical and cultural cities such as Taichung and Chiayi. Chiayi, in particular, is the gateway city to visit the famed Alishan – a mountain province filled with green slopes, and sacred trees. To help you with your trip planning, we are happy to share the travel details of our 7 Days Taichung, Chiayi & Alishan Itinerary. Have fun adapting the itinerary to best suit your travel preference.

Taichung, Chiayi & Alishan Itinerary – 7 Days Taiwan Highland & Cities Adventures

Day 1Singapore6.55amCheck In Flight Scoot TR 996Changi Terminal 2
8.30pmFlight Departure
Taipei1.15pmArrival TaipeiTaipei Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1
2.30pmTake HSR To Chiayi / Lunch on boardTaipei HSR Station
Chiayi4.30pmReach Chaiyi HSR StationChaiyi HSR Station. Take cab 22 mins to hotel
5.00pmReach Chiayi King HotelNo. 234, Sinrong Road 600 Chiayi City Taiwan
6.00pmTurkey RiceSpraying of Water Chicken Rice 喷水鸡肉饭. On the way to night market
7.00pmApo Duck Noodle & Wen’s Sichuan Beef NoodleNo.106, Lanjing St., West Dist., Chiayi City 600. Further down from night market
8.00pmWenhua Road Night MarketWalk 550m from hotel
10.00pmRest EarlyChiayi King Hotel
Day 2Alishan9.30amPick up from hotel (TWD1800 Cash)Chiayi King Hotel
11.00amReach Fenqihu, eat local bento & explore the old townFenqihu Town
12.00pmMovie Set For Starry Starry Night
1.00pmDrinks & Dessert At Aiyu Uncle’s House
2.00pmReach 53.1 Homestay (stock up before heading up)602, Taiwan, Chiayi County, Fanlu Township, 公田村第五鄰隙頂76之8号
3.00pmTrek Up For Sunset53.1 Trekking Trail
5.30pmReach Homestay Before Dark53.1 Homestay
6.00pmDinner At Minsu or Aborginal Youbasi
9.00pmChill & rest for the night53.1 Homestay
Day 3Alishan6.30amView Xi Ding Sunrise200m from 53.1 Homestay
9.00amTake bus up to Alishan Main AreaBus stop from 53.1 Homestay
10.00amReach Alishan Main AreaAlishan Main Area
10.30amGiant Sacred Trees, Giant Trees Clusters, Shoujhen Temple & Sister’s LakeSacred Tree Station
7.00pmDinner At Minsu or Aborginal Youbasi53.1 Homestay
9.00pmRest for the night
Day 4 Alishan11.00amCheck Out53.1 Homestay
11.30amBus to Chiayi HSR Station (TWD1300)
Chiayi1.30amTrain to Taichung / Lunch On BoardChiayi HSR Station
Taichung2.30amReach TaichungTaichung HSR Station
3.00pmCheck In Hotel Half (18 mins cab ride away)4F, No. 135, Luchuan West Street, Central District, Taichung City, 400, Taiwan –
綠川西街135號4樓 , 中區, (台中市, 400)
3.30pmLate lunch / Tea At Banana New ParadiseNo.111, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North Dist., Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.). 6 mins by car
4.30pmConfucius Temple Martyr’s Shrine2 mins walk from Banana New Paradise
5.00pmYi Zhong Shopping Street
Must Try: Fong Ran Ice
Yizhong Street, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan 404
8.00pmSmile Night Market (3 mins from Banana New Paradise)Shuangshi Rd and Yule St intersection, North Dist., Taichung City, Taiwan 404
9.00pmRest back at hotelHotel Half
Day 5Taichung8.30amWake UpHotel Half
9.00amBreakfast & shopping Taichung 2nd Market
Must try: Dingshan Rou Yuan, Wang Carrot Cake & Fuzhou Noodles
No. 87, Sec. 2, Sanming Rd., Central Dist, Taichung, Taiwan (8 mins away from hotel)
11.30amAnimation Lane (15mins walk away)Lane 100, Linsen Road, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403
12.30pmChun Shui Tang for Bubble Tea403, Taiwan, Taichung City, West District, Gongyi Road, 68號
1.00pmTaichung Civic Square & Calligraphy GreenwayXiangshang North Road, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403
2.30pmI’m Talato Ice-cream & Camwhoring (Reservations made)No. 451, Yingcai Road, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403.
4.00pmCab to Gaomei WetlandsCalligraphy Greenway
5.00pmGaomei WetlandsGaomei Wetlands, Meidi Street, Qingshui District, Taichung City, Taiwan 436
7.00pmBagua Kiln RestaurantNo.539, Sec. 3, Wuquan W. Rd., Nantun Dist., Taichung City 408, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
9.00pmMitaka 3e CaféNo.731, Dongjin E. Rd., Shalu Dist., Taichung City 433, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
10.30pmRest back at hotelHotel Half
Day 6Taichung8.30amWake UpHotel Half
9.00amBreakfast only Taichung 2nd MarketNo. 87, Sec. 2, Sanming Rd., Central Dist, Taichung, Taiwan (8 mins away from hotel)
10.00amTaichung Suncake Museum DIY SessionNo. 25, Section 2, Ziyou Road, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400
11.00amBath & final packingHotel Half
12.00pmCheck out
12.30pmLunch At Wu Wei Tsao Tang Tea HouseNo. 106, Section 2, Gongyi Road, Nantun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 408
2.00pmFantasy Story13 Meicun Road Section 1 Lane 117
4.00pmTea Break At Sweet Woods136 Xiangshang North Road (5 mins walk away)
5.00pmCMP Block Museum of ArtsNo. 71, Guanqian Road, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 404
7.00pmDinner & DessertMiyahara Eye Hospital
9.00pmTake luggage & leave for HSRHotel Half
9.51pmTake 1570 HSR to Taoyuan (10.34pm)Taoyuan HSR Station
11.25pmCheck In Flight Scoot TR 897Taipei Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1
Day 7Taipei1.25amFlight DepartureTaipei Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1
Singapore6.15amArrival SingaporeChangi Airport Terminal 2

Taiwan Highland & Cities Adventures – Planning Tips

To avoid the crowds at Alishan, we recommend that you stay at one of the minsu that is located midway up the mountain range. The minsu – 53.1 Homestay we crashed at was really beautiful and we even saw a sea of cloud in the early morning. Use it as a base to explore Alishan. We were initially unsure if we should visit Gaomei Wetlands as it was pretty out of the way. But we were glad we did, it actually became one of our trip’s highlights. Have fun in Taichung, Chiayi and Alishan, do share your experience with us in the comments section below too!


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