8:00 Depart Taipei and drive down Taiwan’s scenic east coast
10:30~11:00 Qing-shui Cliff 清水斷崖
Qingshui Cliff, located on the section of the Suao-Hualien Highway that stretches between Heping and Chongde stations, is one of the most spectacular sights on Taiwan's Pacific coast. The cliff is more than 1,000 meters high and drops almost vertically into the sea. The highway snakes along its curving face more than 20 kilometers, with the sheer cliff rising on one side and a sheer drop to the ocean on the other.
13:30 Lunch / Local cuisine
13:30~14:30 Mountain-Moon Bridge 山月吊橋
Visitors arrive to the Buluowan Suspension Bridge by following the trail adjacent to the Buluowan Idas Hall. At a length of 196 m, a width of 2.5 m, and crossing the Liwu Valley at a height of about 152 m, the Buluowan Suspension Bridge is the longest and highest bridge in Taroko National Park. From the bridge, viewers can observe from above the twists and turns of the Liwu River that, flanked by the steep walls of the gorge, form a magnificent cascade of overlapping layers with a view that extends all the way from the gorge to faraway mountains.
15:00~17:00 Tunnel of Nine Turns 九曲洞
The 1,220m-long Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) Tunnel is the longest tunnel of the Central Cross-Island Highway, while the 700 meters long Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) Trail is the best part of Taroko Gorge. The trail snuggles against the tall mountain and deep gorge. If you look down, you will see Liwu River gushing swiftly past the mountain walls facing each other so closely. You will be astonished at the craftsmanship of nature that has created these treacherous terrains.
Baiyang Waterfalls Trail 白楊步道
The Baiyang Waterfall Trail is characterized by the number of tunnels. Beginning with the entrance tunnel of 380 meters (by the Central Cross-Island Highway 900 meters west of Tianxiang) to the last tunnel before Water Curtain, you will pass through eight tunnels along the 2.1 kilometer trail ( the 4.2 km round trip will take about one hour and a half)
18:00 Check in hotel
18:30 Dinner at hotel
Lakeshore Hotel 花蓮煙波大飯店
A Hotel in the City with Ocean View; Where the Heart of the Hills meets the Soul of the Sea Lakeshore Hotel Hualien is located in the downtown area of Meilun, overlooking the east the great Pacific Ocean and the west the hills of green. It is the place where the mountains, the ocean, and the hearts connect in the city. The unique geographical location invites travelers to adjoin the purest sensations with nature. Guests of all ages get to enjoy the hotel’s various facilities designed especially for the whole family.
Day 2 (AUG29)
7:00~8:00 Breakfast / Buffet
Ilan Park of National Center for Traditional Arts 宜蘭傳統藝術中心 (自由活動+diy)
There are four subordinate units under its authority, including GuoGuang Opera Company, Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company, National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan and Taiwan Music Institute; it also oversees three on-site fields: Yilan Park, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center, Kaohsiung Park. The facilities were built in the style of the town. From the faith center to the neighborhood, from preserving teaching and learning to promoting exhibitions and performances, this complex has reproduced a Taiwan folk community of the 1940s or 1950s. Everywhere one sees the life of that period in microcosm. It is rich in cultural significance.
Indoigo dyeinghouse 傳藝藍染DIY
This new 24-hectare facility is located beside beautiful Dongshan River in Yilan. In addition to organized displays and performances of culture and art, it also provides a stage where performing artists can show off their creative works. The emphasis here is on the continuous propagation, innovation, and renewal of traditional arts. You can stroll casually among artistic creations, listen to elegant music, and enjoy exciting opera performances—and you can even participate in the process of artistic creation yourself.
12:30 Lunch / Buan-tsuān-lau Restaurant 滿饌樓
The quintessence of “New Taiwan Cuisine” is based on the culinary traditions of Taiwan over the past century. Through earth kilns, steaming, stewing, pickling, and stir-frying techniques, the best seasonal ingredients that Taiwan has to offer, from north to south, from east to west, from the mountains to the sea, are expertly crafted by veteran chefs who have inherited the essence of Taiwanese cuisine, creating new timeless tastes of Taiwanese dishes that bridge the past to present.
14:00 Kavalan Whisky Distillery 金車噶瑪蘭威士忌酒廠
Kavalan Distillery has been pioneering the art of single malt whisky in Yilan County, Taiwan since 2005. Kavalan sources the mineral-rich meltwaters of Snow Mountain and is aged in a unique combination of intense heat and humidity together with sea and mountain breezes. All this combines to create the quality, smoothness, and fruity character for which Kavalan is known.Kavalan takes Yilan County's old name. A land of blessings, it was here that entrepreneur Mr. Tien-Tsai Lee dreamed of a new whisky homeland and a century-old’distillery to last generations.Mr. T.T. Lee’s ambition to create Taiwan’s first whisky took him across the old world to the sacred distilleries of Scotland and Japan. He knew to compete, Taiwan must be world-class, and this tested every sinew of his resolve.Kavalan brings together a highly skilled R&D team which takes on the legacy of renowned whisky specialist, the late Dr. Jim Swan. It is backed by King Car Group and its more than 40 years of beverage experience and knowledge.
16:300 Back to Taipei