In the morning, we visit Chikhan Tower, built by the Dutch in 1653 as Fort Provintia; this is a good place to learn more about the colonial history of Taiwan. We continue on to the Confucius Temple, Taiwan's largest, built in 1665.
In the afternoon, we drive towards Kaohsiung, stopping for a visit at Fo Guang Shan, the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. We visit the main shrine and the Buddhist Museum. At this stop we will have a light vegetarian lunch. After the visit, we continue on to Kaohsiung, the largest city in southern Taiwan, and check in at the hotel. In addition to its mild marine climate, Kaohsiung is known for its night markets, fine cuisine, and historic attractions. Rest of the day at leisure.
(Breakfast, Tainan; Lunch, Accommodations, Kaohsiung)