Is foot massage good in Taipei

April 2013

Treasure Island Taiwan! Experience i.a. the center of the country Taipei, the famous Sun Moon Lake and the Taroko National Park with its deep canyons. Afterwards you can review your impressions on the beautiful island of Bali.

Your chronicler

I'm Inge and I live in Cologne.

Fortunately, I am in the position of being able to spend a lot of time doing some of my favorite activities, e.g. B. Traveling and reading. In other words: I am retired.

Even as a kid I had certain destinations, but the more trips I could go, the more destinations there were, and I don't think I can get old enough to tick everything off.

The palace museum in Taipei is decisive for the destination Taiwan. But now I'm just as excited about the island's special landscapes and modern high-tech Taiwan.

Day 1: Taipei

We arrived punctually in the early morning in Taipei. The most important thing: The sun is shining, not a cloud in the sky and it is pleasantly warm. Since we can't move into our hotel rooms yet, our guide `` Johnny '', a very friendly Taiwanese, takes us on a sightseeing tour.

First of all, in Keelung we get to know one of the most important deities of the Taiwanese, "Guanyin", the goddess of mercy. A statue of 22.5 m high that looks down on us very gently. To be on the safe side, they guard 2 huge lions to the right and left at their feet. A laughing Buddha with a bare belly is also sitting near her. So we get in the mood for the Taiwanese religion in a friendly way.

The next point of interest is the Geopark in Yehliu, located directly on the sea. All the forces of erosion have created strange stone structures here, which with a lot of imagination have been given special names such as elephant rocks, fairy shoes, queen's head, candlesticks, etc. Most of them looked like mushrooms to me.

Now we were all really hungry and at our next stop, in the mountain village of Jiufen, we were able to satisfy our hunger. Gold was mined here a long time ago. Our goal, however, were the narrow, steep streets, our travel guide compared them to Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim - with many souvenir stands, tea stands and food stalls.

Those who dared could also taste a lot of the unknown. Everything is freshly prepared and eaten as you move on: mushrooms with sauce, Taiwanese sausages, fishball confectionery made from sweet potatoes. After the hustle and bustle, there was the special green tea "Oolong" from Taiwan to drink in a quiet oasis, a very stylish tea house.

So strengthened we drove to the last sightseeing point: the Longshan Temple in the middle of the city. It is one of the oldest temples in Taipei and here the Taiwanese worship both Buddhist and Daoist gods.

One can easily walk among the believers and is captured by the special mood of those who are absorbed and praying fervently. Much smoke rises from the incense sticks and many make their offerings, mostly flowers and fruit. The whole temple complex consists of several courtyards, ponds and halls, which are covered with magnificent, wide-reaching roofs on which all kinds of brightly painted animals cavort.

We are quite exhausted from these very diverse sightseeing points and just want to go to the hotel: check in, unpack, relax.

See you soon.

Day 2: Taipei - Sanyi - Taichung

Ni Hao - Good afternoon. That day took us on a city tour of important buildings in Taipei.

Early in the morning the first destination was the Chiang Kai-shek memorial, which was erected a few years after the death of the “Generalissimo”. It is located in a spacious park together with a theater and a concert hall, was built entirely of marble and has a roof made of blue glazed tiles - blue for the color of the Kuomintang party. 89 steps lead up to the main building for the 89 years of life and everything that was remotely related to the President is collected here, there is even a showcase with his favorite food. All of this is a gigantic demonstration of a personality cult.

At 10:00 a.m. we were able to experience a changing of the guard of the marines in front of the Shrine of the Martyrs - a memorial hall for the fallen soldiers of the last wars. 5 young men dressed in white, who could have been brothers, marched across the square at a goose-step as if in an exact choreography, their jaggedness being accompanied by `` steppe irons '' under their boots.

Then finally we came to the palace museum - for me the highlight of the day. With the visit, I thought of Chiang Kai-shek with a little sympathy. Because he had brought most of the treasures from the Beijing palace to Taipei on his escape from Maotsetung.

Thanks to our travel guide, we got directly and quickly to the most important objects, e. B. the green jade cabbage and other jade carvings, bronzes, porcelain and much more. Only a fraction of the museum's immeasurable treasures are in the showcases. But after about 2 hours in an extremely well-attended museum, my receptivity was exhausted.

Now we went to Taipei 101, the former - in 2004 - tallest building in the world. The high-rise building has 101 floors and is modeled on the structure of a bamboo stem with 8 nested segments. This is said to be a symbol of the growth and prosperity of the Taiwanese economy.

With a very special elevator, which prevented the inside from turning outside, we got to the viewing platform on the 89th floor in just 37 seconds. In addition to the view of a city that is now in the haze, you have the opportunity to look at one of the 3 absorber pendulums. These are steel balls on 4 ropes each, which are intended to reduce the swaying of the building in the event of strong storms or earthquakes. The last earthquake at the beginning of the month measured a fluctuation of 3 meters. The ball, which is open to the public, has a diameter of 5.5 m and corresponds to the weight of 132 elephants.

Unfortunately, the time for a cozy lunch was too short - a world-famous fast food manufacturer had to suffice - as we had to leave for our next destination, Taichung. The journey there was interrupted in Sanyi. There is a center of wood processing and carving. In addition to Buddhas and animal figures, we discovered an interesting sculpture, 2 obviously Chinese children, examining the little boy's anatomy.

In Taichung it was just the right time for the night market near the university. The selection at the food stalls is diverse, whether it is fruit, meat, seafood, soup etc., you can find almost everything in almost every type of preparation and you think all the young people in the city are on their feet to eat here.

I had my absolutely cheapest dinner: fried noodles with vegetables for about 80 cents, and it was delicious. In addition, there are always curious or new things to discover, the cities are teeming with scooters and everyone wears a helmet, but which ones !!

That was a full program.
See you soon.

Day 3: Taichung - Puli - Sun Moon Lake

Ni hao! We spent the night in a hotel in Taichung with a modern design, especially the shower pleased a tired tourist. For breakfast there was almost exclusively Asian food, noodles, soups, chicken, but a state-of-the-art coffee machine from Switzerland. But why was a type of toast green?

Today we drive more into the interior of Taiwan, first out of Taichung, where the first rice fields were laid out near the city. Then the journey leads through a fertile landscape with lushly forested mountains, there were also banana plantations, sugar cane fields and orchards Fruits individually wrapped to protect them.

In the Chung Tai Monastery, a nun was waiting for us for a 1 hour tour. Chung Tai Buddhism corresponds to Zen Buddhism. The monastery was completed in 2001 by the architect who built Taipei 101. This time a lotus plant was the model for the construction, but a 136 m high one.

After some explanations of her monastery life and the history of Chung Buddhism, she tried to win us over to the world of thought of Buddhism and many meditation exercises. That is not very convincing in this short period of time. The generous willingness to donate of the faithful was rather convincing, which allowed an enormous display of splendor with extremely valuable materials.

The next destination was the Moon-Sun Lake, so named because the outline of this largest lake in Taiwan corresponds to the two characters for moon and sun. The lake is surrounded by many mountains and is a popular destination for the Taiwanese. The ride on the shore leads through lush subtropical forest with giant bamboo, many ferns and many other plants that are unknown to me. Unfortunately the sun is too seldom seen.

After lunch we take a boat trip on the lake. In the meantime we learn that Chiang Kai-shek lived modestly, but had more than 40 villas built in the most beautiful spots in Taiwan.

Because we have now sat far too long, our guide obliges us to go on a forced hike. On one of the hills by the lake, Chiang Kai-shek had a pagoda built in honor of his mother. There we have to climb more than 200 steps. Of course, the view from up there is rewarding.

The conclusion is the Wen Wu Temple on a hill by the lake. This Taoist temple is dedicated to both Confucius and the god of war Guandong. You can visit it via 360 steps, which luckily we can descend from above.

Now a foot massage would be a dream, but unfortunately there is no free appointment at the Hotel am See. But the rooms are so pleasant and comfortable, and the comfortable bathroom as well as a shower fitting with massage jets make up for my disappointment.

See you soon.

Day 4: Sun Moon Lake - Tainan - Kaohsiung

Ni hao. After saying goodbye to the Sonne-Mondsee we drove on towards Tainan. A first stop is in Jiji at the Zhang Temple. This temple has been on its knees and been crushed by an earthquake. But he bravely holds up.

Our tour group consists of 18 people and some fellow travelers have put considerable pressure on me to mention that we are a friendly and cheerful group. It is really fun.

We arrived in Tainan, the ancient capital of Taiwan, which was established as a Dutch colonial city in 1621. Later it was shaped by one man in particular: Koxinga also known by its Chinese name Zheng Chenggong. He was half Chinese and half Japanese.

He ended the power of the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. and has managed to establish a kingdom in Taiwan by means of state-sanctioned piracy during the unrest that led to the transition from the Ming to the Qing dynasty in China. Of course, he also came to fame and reputation, so that he is worshiped like a god in today's Taiwan. You can find his traces in many buildings in the city.

The handover of power to Koxinga is documented in the Chihkan Tower or Fort Provintia, one of the oldest structures in Taiwan. His companions and officers are honored in the Koxinga Shrine. Unfortunately, the adjacent museum was closed, but an impressive modern sculpture of Koxinga could be photographed through the door.

A little outside is the Chimei Museum, which was founded by an industrial company. The owner has collected a large number of cultural assets with great passion. These include European paintings, e.g. B. by El Greco or van Dyck, sculptures, musical instruments and a lot more, which cannot be visited at the moment due to the move to a new pompous building.

We got a demonstration of jukeboxes with different instruments, piano, drum, banjo, flutes, which played well-known and snappy melodies. The ladies of the museum service operated the old machines with holy earnestness and stern expressions, while we were happily at it.

Then the journey continued to Kaohsiung, a port city by the sea and the so-called Love River. On a river trip during a romantic sunset, the scents on the water weren't exactly lovely.

The night market in Kaohsiung was the grand finale of the day. It was much more varied than the previous one. There was everything to eat, whatever is present on or in a land or water creature.

The three of us ate wonderfully large, grilled scampi while sitting at a plastic table and on plastic stools. Without hesitation, we adopted the Chinese custom of throwing away everything we couldn't eat on the bare table, and it was really cozy.

The passing visitors smiled at us in astonishment but friendly. For dessert we wanted to try the notorious durian or stink fruit. The sensation was limited, it doesn't taste particularly good and it doesn't smell particularly bad.

We have also discovered something curious for beloved pets. (See photo)

See you soon.

Day 5: Kaohsiung

Ni Hao. Today we experienced a day of contrasts: In the Foguanshan Monastery, where a Buddhist order of the Maharana direction lives, we were able to visit both an older area and an ultra-modern complex.

In the old part you can experience the homage to the Amitahba Buddha, who is represented in more than 1000 identical figures and a giant statue of 36 m. In one side complex there is an art gallery with valuable historical art treasures but also very modern objects, e.g. B. a temple made of styrofoam.

The bus takes you to the new part of the monastery, which initially looks like a modern shopping center behind the entrance. There are coffee shops, restaurants, bakery shops and souvenir shops. Behind it, one climbs past 8 pagodas to a central building with a giant figure sitting above, where the Buddha is revered, revered in a reserved manner. There, too, one experiences a display of magnificence in gigantic proportions, whereby we encountered the nuns and monks living there in simple gray-brown robes and with shaved heads.

The next goal is a World Games stadium with an exceptionally constructed roof. This is followed by the lotus lake in the city center, it was laid out in the 17th century and is surrounded by numerous temples, pagodas and a giant figure of the King of Heaven. There you can experience religion in a simpler, down-to-earth and very colorful form.

The next destination is the island of Chichin, which we can reach within 5 minutes after a ferry ride. There, cycle rickshaws await us for a half-hour round trip. It took a bit of effort to be driven by an older Taiwanese woman who sometimes had to put herself on the pedals. After a stroll across the island and the ferry ride back we just wanted to go to the hotel.

See you soon.

Day 6: Kaohsiung - Pingtung - Chihpen Hot Spring

Ni Hao. After leaving Kaohsiung, we drive south to the vicinity of Pingtung, where there is a large park where the life of the Taiwanese indigenous people is brought closer to us.

There are around 13 recognized tribes, all of which have their own tradition and, above all, language and cannot communicate with one another in their tribal language. Communication was not through writing, but through art and music.

In the park we are greeted with a dance and fireworks, which especially the small children have a lot of fun with. Afterwards there is a dance performance in a kind of arena and also a presentation of the individual ethnic groups. I've heard of the Americans before, but actually only from crossword puzzles.

They all have very colorful costumes and their music is cheerful and rousing, and we enthusiastically clap along. Then, analogous to the story, there is a Chinese performance and at the end a kind of combination of the two, but by then the arena has become pretty empty.

Perhaps this is a result of the simmering conflict between Taiwanese and Chinese. While still in the park, we are approached by a group of Taiwanese school children and their teachers who want to be photographed with us. You are refreshingly curious and repeatedly lapse into enthusiastic giggles.

We continue towards the Pacific Ocean. Once again you can see the enormous fertility of the soil. There are countless fruit-growing areas. In the photos you can see pineapple plantings and also mango bushes, but the white spots on them are not special Taiwanese inflorescences, but simply paper sleeves to protect the individual fruits. which become pretty pristine and can be sold at a higher price.

We often enjoy the fruit at one of the stops on the way, where you can buy it cut to size and chilled. They are just delicious. Later we can also see a multitude of ponds, into which fresh sea water is always pumped. All kinds of seafood are grown here.

On the way we have to cross a mountain range. Although this landscape is accessed by traffic routes and power lines, the rainforest that grows in the valleys and on the hills seems impenetrable. In the sunlight it glitters in all imaginable variations of green tones and the bare trunks of some trees look like white skeletons.

There are many hotels in Chihpen, all of which have their raison d'être through hot springs. After bathing in one of these springs in our hotel, the skin feels soft, but it also smells slightly `` sulphurous ''.

Apart from me, only Chinese take part in the evening buffet. You hardly ever pay any attention to an older European woman, and tend to be a bit rude. But the Taiwanese service staff are extremely friendly and also a bit curious, although few speak English here. Until then American Chinese come whose first question is: '' Where are you from ''?

The best thing about this buffet was seafood - we noticed it on the way - and above all sashimi made from a fish I didn't know. Satisfied and refreshed by a Taiwanese beer, I gave myself to this report.

See you soon.

Day 7: Chihpen - Hualien

Ni Hao. Another addendum to the hotel in Chihpen. The sulphurous springs there are called Beauty Hot Springs. This morning I was disappointed after looking in the mirror. Maybe I should have immersed myself completely.

The smell of hydrogen sulfide also made me sleep poorly, but maybe the smell is in the nose of the smelling person. But the highlight of the special came with brushing your teeth: Toothpaste and the taste of rotten eggs is a hardship, so quick for breakfast.

Our drive along the Pacific to Hualien today was interrupted in many places. The last stop - at the Tropic of Cancer - we wearily waved on. But back to the morning. Our tour guide bought cherimoyas for everyone. Today was the last day of the harvest and they tasted very good.

In the further course we experienced a very wild coast with bizarre rock formations: the "mushrooms" as old acquaintances from YehliuPark on the first day, an "umbrella rock" and "stairs" that we had to climb in the strong wind.

The Banxian Cave is one of the special features. It was probably formed below sea level, and because the island was pushed out of the water by tectonic forces in the course of the earth's history, this cave is now in the cliffs.

There the "Eight Immortals" are venerated, they are Daoist saints from Chinese mythology who, like our helpers in need, are responsible for different areas of life or professional groups. Man then added something special to nature: a dragon bridge as a connection between the rocks.

A nice change was a visit to the Ami village for a musical performance. These natives live in a matriarchal society, but a young man was also allowed to play the drums in the orchestra. The music troupe has even played overseas, including in Hanover, and their music is very rhythmic, rousing and has more echoes of European melodies.

They played on instruments they had made themselves: bamboo tubes were used as drums, individually or tied together in a bundle, a kind of vibraphone, a timpani and, as a specialty, a nose flute that could be played in two parts.

We all admired this young soloist, especially because she also worked as a fireworker after the music lecture. For about 1.50 € you could buy a shot that was fired from a bamboo tube. Her assistant was a girl of about seven and they filled the cannon with small bits of carbide. I was then allowed to trigger the shot with a long fire stick. The bang was almost "stunning", but led to liberating outbursts of amusement, everything had gone well.

See you soon.

8th-9th Day: Hualien - Taroko - Taipei

Ni Hao. Today was filled with a visit to the Taroko Gorge, one of Taiwan's 7 national parks. The national park occupies an area of ​​920 km². The Liwu River has cut deep into the rocks, earthquakes and typhoons have also contributed to the formation of this magnificent landscape.

On the Shakadang Trail we hiked for a while along the lush rocks with impressive views of the river bed and huge scree.

The next stop was the Swallow Cave. You have to put on a helmet to go there. Our helmets were very dressy, of a friendly light blue. There were rumors that these helmets should not only protect against falling rocks, but also against swallows' excretions. Fortunately, I can neither confirm one nor the other.

Another stop was at the '' Frog King '', a bizarre rock with a pagoda as a crown. Imagination was once again required. At the end of the gorge, halfway up in the middle of the woods, is the '' Spring Shrine ''. This is a temple in honor of the workers who built the roads and bridges, many of whom were killed.

After the Taroko Gorge, the road towards Taipei leads along the east coast. It places the highest demands on bus drivers in terms of driving ability and concentration. Our driver mastered this task brilliantly. The views of the ocean and the sheer cliffs below were dramatic. We arrived safely in Taipei.

By the way, our guide can predict the arrival time for the evening to the minute at noon, sometimes it was 5:17 p.m. and today it was 6:18 p.m. That is certainly Taiwanese intuition and ancient East Asian knowledge.

Our tour in Taiwan came to an end. The overall impression on me: Taiwan is an exciting country with contrasts between old Chinese traditions and western influences. We enjoyed both: night markets and Starbucks. Above all, however, the Taiwanese are extremely friendly people, which is noticeable in contrast to the Chinese tourists.

Our tour guide was friendly, humorous and always helpful, our driver brought us calmly and safely from one end to the other of this scenic island. It is an '' Ilha Formosa '' a beautiful island: this is what the Portuguese called it, when they were the first Europeans to discover it.

See you soon.

Day 10: Bali

Selamat sore - good afternoon.

Our trip to Bali went smoothly. After a restful night, the Balinese luxury has now begun. I would like to describe what it consists of for me: I am lying on the beach under tall trees that provide pleasant shade.

A refreshing wind blows here with silky breezes. An orchestra plays Balinese music in the background, but a dove also does its best to get in the mood. Squirrels hop around in the trees and also look for something to eat on the ground. The sea rolls over the coral reefs with whitecaps, but it is too shallow for bathing at low tide.

After dinner I got a good espresso. Anyone who is a coffee junky like me will appreciate that. I can also surf the Internet and send emails, comfortably stretched out on the beach chair. It's like paradise ....

But even in paradise you should wear your glasses, otherwise you can mistake a harmless bean for a hot chilli pepper. Immediately my eyes watered and I got hiccups. But the sate skewers were delicious.

The Hindu gods watch over everything here with their sacred animals like Garuda.

See you soon.

11.-12. Day: Bali

Selamat sore.

Today was the first day of the excursion in Bali. Among other things, we were able to see the rice terraces of Jatiluwih. There were some spectacular views, especially at lunch we were able to enjoy the sight a little longer. The green of the rice terraces stands out clearly from the green tones of the other plants, it has a very strong and luminous tone.

The other program items included 2 temples. In Batukaru we were only able to visit part of the facility in front of the Batukaru volcano. Bedugul lies next to it, and in the crater lake Bratan the temple Ulun Danu of the fertility goddess Dewi Danu. Here, too, you enter the temple complex through a split gate, after which you can see some multi-storey Merus - pagodas - the innermost main temple is only accessible to Balinese.

This structure is typical of Balinese temples. The Merus have different levels of floors and this shows which Hindu god they are dedicated to. A beautiful, lush park has been created in the vicinity of this complex, in which even a tower for Buddha statues was built.

A mosque has been built in the vicinity, and here there are houses of prayer of 3 religions peacefully side by side in a small space. The Hindu temples are visited very often, and those who do not have time to make offerings themselves can buy ready-made flower bowls at the markets.

Finally we could have bought the "cat coffee" at a spice shop, which costs only a tenth of the price in Europe here in Bali. But we saw the poor cats, through whose digestive system the coffee beans have to get through, locked in cages. Sometimes they only get these beans to eat and die from malnutrition.

Instead I bought cocoa from Bali and poured it in my hotel room. It is very aromatic and a tasty nightcap. However, I have to mention that I missed the competence and friendliness of our Taiwanese guide that day.

See you soon.

Day 13: Bali - Excursion to Java

Selamat sore.

This April 27th was a special day for me. My need for old stones has been more than fulfilled. I flew to Yogyakarta in Java early in the morning and saw a Buddhist and a Hindu temple complex, both from the 9th century and undiscovered for a long time because the house volcano of Yogyakarta had covered everything: Borobodur and Prambatan.

I also had a guide who, with a lot of patience, led me to the steepest staircase and explained the stone reliefs to me in a very friendly manner: the life of Buddha and a Hindu epic. In the governor's sultan's palace, a tiny lady, over 80 years old, was waiting for me for the tour. She had an accident with her bike, but still wants to work until she turns 100.

I was well taken care of, always got enough water, tea or coffee, was driven to lunch at times when my tired bones went on strike, the driver drove me close to smaller temples that I could look at while sitting.

The crowning glory was a recommendation for the VIP lounge at the airport. Without being a VIP, you can get food, drink - and finally a foot massage - for a small amount. The staff will get the boarding pass, pay the airport fee and drive directly to the plane at boarding time.

I was at the hotel shortly before midnight - tired but very satisfied.

See you soon

14.-18. Day: Bali

Selamat sore.

Today was the last day of the excursion in Bali. In the afternoon we saw first - what do you think? One of the approx. 40,000 temples in Bali, of course. Tamanyun - from the 17th century is surrounded by a moat and is located in a spacious park. The inside is only accessible to Balinese, but we can get a good insight.

There are many different high pagodas and shrines with beautiful stone reliefs from Hindu mythology. The entrance gate, like all the split gates of the old temples, is made of bricks with filigree plastering.

In Alas Kedaton there is a monkey forest with gray macaques. A warning is given about the aggressive animals, but we have seen them very peaceful, as long as you don't get too close to them. There are also flying foxes, but in my opinion in an inappropriate way: Just to offer spectacular photos, the animals' teeth are clipped off and they are trained for flight maneuvers during the day.

The last visit was Tanah Lot. Unfortunately we were very disappointed. The temple is in an enchanting place, but not only are masses of tourists on the way, you have to go through several stalls with thousands of junk shops. I've never seen so much hype.

A good tip would be - unfortunately we found out about it too late - to bypass the booths and go to the east side of the temple. There you can experience the sunset with the temple as a backdrop with a drink in a small restaurant. We were able to take some nice photos from the west side and then left the crowded place.

That was the last sightseeing point on this beautiful island, where everything seemed very elegant to me, both the architecture of the old temples and the people.

In the hotel we could see a group of little girls doing dance exercises. They still have a lot to learn, but they are simply adorable and convey a lot of joy and playfulness with rolling eyes.

And where can you become a millionaire so quickly, if only a rupee millionaire ?!

This time not see you soon but goodbye.

Your itinerary

Day 1 - marking
Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Taipei.

Day 2 - Taipei (approx. 105 km)
Arrival in Taipei and greeting by your German-speaking tour guide. Then drive to the northern coast of Taiwan with a stop at Yehliu Park. Then visit the Keelung Buddha and the Chiufen village. Then drive to the hotel. Afternoon visit to Lungshan Temple and Hwashi Night Market.

Day 3 - Taipei - Sanyi - Taichung (approx. 135 km)
Today you will get to know Taipei on a city tour. You'll visit some of the city's many attractions, such as B. Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, National Palace Museum, Martyrs Shrine and Taipei 101 Shopping District. In the afternoon drive to Taichung. Stop in Sanyi on the way. The city has been a center for traditional wood carving from camphor and cypress wood for decades. In the evening visit to the largest night market in Taichung.

Day 4 - Taichung - Puli - Sun Moon Lake (approx. 70 km)
After breakfast drive to Puli with a visit to the Chung Tai monastery. Then drive to the Sun-Moon Lake, so named because its shape resembles the Chinese characters for the sun and moon. It is located at an altitude of 760 m in the middle of a picture book landscape between hills with rocks, tall trees, temples and pagodas. Visit the famous Wen Wu Temple, the temple for literature and struggle. You can also take a boat trip across the lake.

Day 5 - Sun Moon Lake - Tainan - Kaohsiung (approx. 270 km)
After breakfast drive to Tainan, the old capital of Taiwan, which stands for culture and a leisurely pace of life. You will see the Kozinga Shrine and the Chi Mei Museum. Then drive to Kaohsiung. Here you will visit the Lio Ho night market and the river of love in the evening.

Day 6 - Kaohsiung
Today is a visit to the Fokuangshan Monastery. It is considered the largest Buddhist center in southern Taiwan. Followed by a city tour including a boat trip to Chichin Island, where you will go on a cycle rickshaw ride. Back in Kaohsiung, continue to Lotus Lake, the largest body of water in the city with its spring and autumn pavilion.

Day 7 - Kaohsiung - Pingtung - Chihpen Hot Spring (approx. 200 km)
Drive to Pingtung with a visit to the '' Taiwan Indigenous People Cultural Park ''. Here you will be brought closer to the lifestyle of the indigenous people through dances and songs. In the afternoon we continue to Chihpen. Enjoy a bath in the hot springs or a visit to the SPA in your hotel.

Day 8 - Chihpen - Hualien (approx. 185 km)
Today's trip leads along the east coast with its steep walls towards Hualien. Along the way, enjoy beautiful views and admire Hsiaoyehliu, the Stone Steps, the Caves of the Eight Immortals, and the coral rocks of Sanhsientai. On arrival in Hualien, visit to a marble factory and the associated visitor center.

Day 9 - Hualien - Taroko - Taipei (approx. 175 km)
After breakfast drive to Taroko National Park with its gorge of the same name. Up to 500 m high rock walls made of pure marble sometimes even prevent the view of the sky. Here you will experience waterfalls, pagodas and temples on steep slopes. You will see, among other things, the Shrine of Eternal Spring and the Nine Turn Cave. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Taipei via the expressway and highway.

Day 10 - Taipei - Bali
Transfer to the airport and flight to Denpasar. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Day 11-16 - Bali
Enjoy relaxing days in Bali.

17th day - departure
Transfer to the airport and return flight with a stopover to Germany.

Day 18 - arrival in Germany