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3-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Alishan National Scenic Area from Taipei

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Zhongshan District, Taiwan
3-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Alishan National Scenic Area from Taipei

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Overview

Discover the beauty of Taiwan’s countryside on this 3-day tour from Taipei. Hear interesting anecdotes and enlightening commentary aboard your coach, and disembark to explore the picturesque region on foot with your guide. Drive around Sun Moon Lake, walk through the well-preserved Alishan National Scenic Area, and visit the town of Puli. Includes two nights’ accommodation near Sun Moon Lake and Chiayi with breakfast, plus round-trip transport.
  • 3-day sightseeing tour of Puli, Sun Moon Lake, and Alishan National Scenic Area from Taipei
  • Enjoy a drive around the Sun Moon Lake area and visit charming sites like Tehua Village, Wenwu Temple, Tse-En Pagoda, and Holy Monk Shrine
  • Explore the beautiful Alishan National Scenic Area and marvel at natural wonders like the Sister Ponds and the Xianglin Sacred Tree
  • Overnight accommodation in 4- to 5-star hotels with breakfast and round-trip hotel transportation included
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional tour guide
Admission fee and entrance ticket included in the itinerary
1-way forest train ride from Alishan to Zhaoping
2-night hotel accommodation (5-star)
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Please arrive 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

We pick up from hotels in Taipei City Center. If the hotel lobby is located on an upper level, please meet the tour guide on the ground level of the hotel building. Exact pick-up time will be provided by local operator upon confirmation.
Explore the natural beauty and must-see cultural attractions of the Sun Moon Lake region and Alishan National Scenic Area on this 3-day tour from Taipei. Your trip combines relaxing coach tours with walking tours of Chiayi County’s temples, forests, and towns such as Puli. Visit Southern branch of National Palace Museum. Enjoy two nights’ accommodation with breakfast and informative commentary from your guide. Note: Your tour may return to Taipei by train.
Itinerary
Sun Moon Lake
This morning you will depart from central Taipei and head for the heart of the island, Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area. Before reaching Sun Moon Lake, you will stop by Puli for a lunch break, where excellent quality drinking water is well-known, and that creates a prosperous wine making business. Enjoy a short tour in Puli Winery, and do not miss the chance to try a Taiwanese sausage flavored with Shaoxing Wine! Sun Moon Lake is the biggest freshwater lake in the island. Divided by Lalu Island, the lake got its name from the unique terrains that look like sun on one side and crescent moon on the other side. The area around the lake is also the home to the Thao people, a group of Taiwanese aborigines.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Yidashao Pier
Yidashao(Ita Thao), was named Te Hua village after the restoration of Taiwan. It has become the most populous area around the Sun Moon Lake. There are stores, restaurants, and hotels in the village. Also the thao people establishes the "Thao Cultural Village" for tourists to appreciate the traditional culture, songs, and dancing of the Thao Tribe.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Xuanzhuang Temple
Monk Xuanzang was the Holy Monk in the Tang dynasty. In 1965, the Monk Xuanzang's remains were moved to the Xuanzang Temple after the temple was rebuilt. There is a bell in front of the main gate,called "wake up bell." If you prefer quiet atmosphere, Xuanzang temple is the best places for you.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Ci'en Pagoda
Ci-en Pagoda was built by Chiang Kai-Shek in memory of his mother in 1971. The Ci-en Pagoda is 46 meters in height and has become the famous landmark of Sun Moon Lake. Surrounding the tower are beautiful plants and trees and there are stone tables and chairs for visitors to take a rest.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Xiangshan Visitor Center
The Xiangshang Visitor Center is both for tourism and administration use. The uniquely designed building has wood-patterned exteriors and wings that stretch like human arms embracing the earth. In addition, the two giant canopy structures, 34 meters long and 8 meters tall each, allow people to enjoy beautiful views of the Sun Moon Lake from the top.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Hotel Fleur de Chine - Mountain View Room(5-star), Sun Moon Lake or equivalent
Meals:
  Not Included
Alishan National Forest Recreation Area
After breakfast you will depart for Alishan National Forest Recreation Area and enjoy a forest bathing. Alishan National Forest Recreation Area is located in Chiayi County, covering an area of 1,400 hectares that includes the most popular hot spots in this county. Today you will take a relaxing walk and experience a nature therapy in the misty and dreamy forest. Start with a train ride from Zhaoping Railway Station that was built a century ago, and enjoy the stunning view along the railway. After lunch, you will stroll through the forest and stop by Shouzhen Temple, Sister Ponds and admire the Giant Sacred Trees.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Alishan Shenmu Area
This Formosan red cypress is the tallest and oldest of the trees on the Giant Tree Plank Trail. It has a girth of 13.1 meters and is 43.5 meters tall; it is estimated to be around 2000 years old. The tree also hosts Rhododendron kawakamii, the fern Oleandra wallichii (Hook.) Presl and other plants native to Taiwan.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Shouzhen Temple
Shouzen Temple is the largest temple in the Alishan area, restored in 1969. The main gods worshiped here are the Syuantian Emperor, the Fude God and the Jhusheng Goddess.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Nice Prince Hotel(5-star), Chiayi or equivalent
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum
After breakfast, you will depart for the last stop of this tour – the South Branch of the National Palace Museum. Surround by man-made lakes, the South Branch is located in a quiet and secluded area, about 30-min drive away from the downtown. This is a peaceful place to house the treasures of Chinese emperors, where the visitors can take their time and appreciate beauty of the art crafts. The South Branch was established in order to achieve a balance of cultural resources between the North and the South of Taiwan. After lunch, you will head back to Taipei and arrive in the hotel later this afternoon.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast