My family (hubby + 2 teenage girls) and I just got back from our 2nd trip to Taiwan (21-28 Nov 2011) and it was simply fantastic!
I planned the whole trip based almost entirely on information and recommendations from this forum so I thought I must “give back” by sharing my trip and views here.
My itinerary was as follows:
SINGAPORE > TAIPEI
Took Kuo Kuang bus from Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei and checked in @ CityInn III.
Went to XiMenDing
Later returned to Taipei Main Station (TMS) and picked up High Speed Rail (HSR) & train tickets at TMS booked via internet.
TAIPEI > TAICHUNG
Took HSR from Taipei to Taichung
Took Free Shuttle buses from Taichung HSR Station to Fengjia University stop. Took the route towards Overseas Chinese Institute of Technology (bus no 12) & alighted at Fengjia University stop.
Boss from Corner968 came to bus stop to pick us although it was within walking distance to Corner968, located in a private apartment building near Fengjia night market. Checked in room & Boss arranged cab driver to take us to Shinshe to visit Lavender Cottage Farm 薰衣草森林, Sea of Flowers 花海& Carton King紙箱王 in Shinshe.
Returned to Fengjia Night Market.
TAICHUNG > ALISHAN (CHIAYI)
Took the free HSR Shuttle from Fengjia University stop to Taichung HSR Station.
Picked up by Charlies from Small Swiss Homestay.
Car tour of Chiayi and stopped @ fengchihu en-route to Alishan.
Checked in @ Small Swiss Homestay.
Charlies drove us nearby to view sunrise @ 6 am.
Walked Alishan National Forest Recreation Area (abt 3 hrs+) + viewed Shihjhuo tea plantation area + climbed Bamboo Forest.
ALISHAN > CINGJING (NANTOU)
Cab Tour from Alishan- Sun Moon Lake (SML) – Puli - Cingjing
En-rounte stopped @ Jiji Train Station, took cable car @ SML and visited Puli's Paper Dome纸教堂 & Puli Winery.
Checked in @ Misting Villa, Cingjing.
CINGJING > HUALIEN
Cab Tour from Cingjing – Hualien (Taroko Gorge太鲁阁).
Checked in @ Hualien Bay & the owner, Mr Andie Chen drove us to nearby Nanbing Nite Market. Mr Chen came to pick us up after dinner & shopping. He brought us to buy fireworks & sky lantern. Went back to minsu & lighted up lantern & fireworks!
HUALIEN > TAIPEI
Mr Chen drove us to Hualien Train Station.
Took train from Hualien to Taipei: the Tzechiang Express
Left luggage @ CityInn III. Took MRT to Beitou & transferred to Xinbeitou.
Went to hotspring @ Beitou Spa at Shan-Yue hot spring Hotel 山樂溫泉 + tea (buffet).
Took MRT to Danshui.
TAIPEI > SINGAPORE
Checked out of CityInn III and last minute shopping around Taipei Main Station.
Took Kuo Kuang 国光 bus from Taipei to Taoyuan International Airport.