Taiwan

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Additional Information
Capital Taipei
Currency TWD
Timezone Asia/Taipei
Total States 22 subdivisions
Airport City Taipei–Taoyuan, Kaohsiung , Taipei , Taichung ,
Ruling Type Government
Offical Languages Mandarin Chinese,
National Animal Formosan rock macaque
Food Beef Noodles, Soup Dumplings, Minced Pork Rice (Stewed Pork Rice)
Seasons Autumn  : Sep - Nov
Summer : Jun - Aug
Winter     : Dec - Feb
Sprint      : Mar - May


Destination



1 ) Taipei City
Popular - Arts and Cultural     Location - Taipei City, -Taipei, -Taiwan

The capital of Taiwan is a marvelous place to visit, with a plethora of things for visitors to see and do. It is not only the political and economic hub of the island, but also the cultural one, as there is a lively arts and culture scene. With an intoxicating mix of old and new to be found in the delicious food and stunning architecture, it is a captivating city to visit. Old temples are located amidst the skyscrapers, and the towering Taipei 101 actually used to be the tallest building in the world. Fantastic restaurants, shops and bars abound in this bustling city, and there are loads of attractions on offer such as the Taipei Zoo, the Botanical Garden and the wonderful temple of Hsing Tian Kong.

For an authentic look at the local culture, head to the fun and friendly Raohe Street Night Market for some great food and entertainment, while numerous museums such as the National Palace Museum are on hand to help you delve further into the rich cultural heritage of Taiwan. After your time in Taipei, you’ll come away tired but happy at all of the amazing things that you’ve seen and done.


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2 ) Taitung
Popular - Scenic Area     Location - Taitung, -Taiwan, -Taiwan

Taitung City is on the southeast coast of Taiwan. It’s known for Peinan Cultural Park, the site of a number of buried Neolithic slate coffins first excavated in the 1980s. Examples of relics recovered from the site, including pottery and jade stones, are displayed at the National Museum of Prehistory. In the wooded Taitung Forest Park are birds and butterflies, and footpaths wind past several lakes.


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3 ) Kaohsiung
Popular - Historical     Location - Kaohsiung, -Taiwan, -Taiwan

A bustling city, full of life and energy, Kaohsiung has something for everyone to enjoy and consequently it is a favorite tourist destination with foreigners and locals alike. Acting as both the maritime and industrial hub of the country, it is the third most populous city and commerce and trade have ensured that there is a wide mix of peoples, cultures and communities, which is reflected in the delicious cuisine on offer. With great weather all year round and beautiful scenery surrounding it, it is a fantastic place to do outdoor activities, and both hiking and cycling will take visitors to many of the best viewpoints. In addition to all of this, Kaohsiung is home to lots of historic sites, and more and more museums are sprouting up each and every year.


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4 ) Hualien City
Popular - National Park     Location - Hualien City, -Taiwan, -Taiwan

Full of beautiful nature and incredible landscapes, this national park takes its name from that of the impressive gorge that runs through it, and as such it is well worth checking out when in Taiwan. Carved out over centuries and millennia by the winding Liwu River, it is Taroko Gorge that is the undoubted highlight of the area, along with the steep valleys, mountains and more features throughout the park. With a number of great outdoor activities that visitors can enjoy, you can be river rafting one minute, hiking through the canyons the next and be bathing in the Baiyang Waterfalls later that same day.

The scenery on show is absolutely gorgeous wherever you go, and some of the best views are from the delightful Eternal Spring Shrine and the Swallow Grotto. A great time to visit is during the Taroko Music Festival, when you can explore and experience the culture and traditions of the people and communities that live in the area.


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5 ) Taiwan
Popular - Lake     Location - Taiwan, -Taiwan, -Taiwan

The delightfully named Sun Moon Lake is the largest body of water in the country and is a popular tourist destination amongst locals and foreigners alike. As such there are loads of hotels and resorts located along the lake’s shores and there are numerous restaurants, shops and bars that cater to the visitor’s every need. With lots of outdoor activities on offer, you can go sailing on the lake, go for a delightful hike or bike ride in the hills surrounding it or relax on a boat trip across its tranquil waters and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. In addition to the stunning nature, there are some great temples for visitors to visit and there is also a cable car ride that offers up unforgettable views of the lake below.


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6 ) Taichung City
Popular - Industrial and Technology     Location - Taichung City, -Taiwan, -Taiwan

taichung is an industrial city on the western side of central Taiwan. It’s a gateway for exploring the island’s mountainous interior, including nature areas like Sun Moon Lake, popular for boating and hiking. In the bustling city center are museums, temples and the ornate brick Taichung Station, a legacy of the Japanese colonial period (1895–1945).
Taichung’s iconic Fengjia night market has a huge variety of street-food vendors, plus souvenir and electronics sellers. The Calligraphy Greenway park links the National Museum of Natural Science with the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, which specializes in modern Taiwanese works. Taichung’s also known for traditional teahouses (where bubble tea was invented), stylish nightlife spots and shopping, from the boutiques of Yizhong Street to the malls and department stores along Taiwan Boulevard. South of the urban core in Wufeng, the 921 Earthquake Museum commemorates the devastation wrought by Taiwan's massive 1999 earthquake.


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7 ) Tainan
Popular - Historical     Location - Tainan, -Taiwan, -Taiwan

Formerly the capital of imperial Taiwan, this ancient city is well worth a visit and there are loads of interesting sights and cultural landmarks for visitors to enjoy. One of the most popular parts of the city to visit is the Anping District, which is the historic heart of Tainan. This area has lots of beautiful old temples scattered about, as well as Fort Zeelandia which was built by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. There are a number of great museums, such as the Chimei and Koxinga Museums, and there is loads of fantastic shopping to be had. Stop off at the night markets for some of the local cuisine. With lots of lovely nature surrounding Tainan, you can easily take a day trip to the Nanhua or Hutoupi Reservoirs, or even head off to Taijian National Park.


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8 ) Keelung
Popular - Hills     Location - Keelung, -Taiwan, -Taiwan

Keelung City is a port city near Taipei, in northern Taiwan. Surrounded by mountains, it’s known for its sheltered harbor. Near the waterfront, street-food stalls at Miaokou Night Market offer traditional snacks and seafood. Several forts around the area include hilltop Ershawan Fort, with cannons and a Chinese-style gate. Both Gongzi Liao Fort and Dawulun Fort offer views over the harbor and ocean.
Connected to the mainland by a bridge, Hoping Island (Peace Island) is known for its unusual cliffs and moonlike rock formations. Views from the island stretch out to the steep green slopes of volcanic Keelung Islet. Back on the mainland, Zhongzheng Park is home to the huge Goddess of Mercy and Maitreya Buddha statues, as well as several shrines and garden paths. Northwest of the center, the mountainous Lovers Lake Park has woodlands, a suspension bridge over the lake and views over the surrounding countryside.


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Activity



1 ) Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Activity Duration - 9am–6pm     Activity Category - Historical Place

This grandiose monument to authoritarian leader Chiang Kai-shek is a popular attraction and rightly so. It is a sobering feeling to stand in the massive courtyard. Chiang's blue-roofed hall is a prime example of the neoclassical style, favoured by CKS as a counterpoint to the Cultural Revolution's destruction of genuine classical culture in China. Note the main hall shuts at 6pm, but the surrounding park is open 5am to midnight.


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2 ) National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine
Activity Duration - 9am–5pm     Activity Category - Historical Place

Observe the hourly changing of the guard ceremony at the impressive National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine, a palace-like complex built in 1969 to commemorate deaths of nearly 400,000 soldiers, who perished serving the Republic of China against the Japanese Imperial Army and during the Civil War from 1911 to 1958. With most of the victims born in mainland China, the shrine was inspired by Beijing’s Forbidden City, and was also the funeral site of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s son. Located on the scenic Mount Ching, overseeing the Keelung River, the shrine makes a popular tourist spot, lying within walking distance of Dazhi station on the Taipei metro.


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3 ) Taipei 101
Activity Category - Tower

Towering above the city like the gigantic bamboo stalk it was designed to resemble, Taipei 101 is impossible to miss. At 508m, Taipei 101 held the title of 'world's tallest building' for a number of years. Until 2011, it also held the title of the world's tallest green building.


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4 ) Longshan Temple Tours
Activity Duration - 6am–10pm     Activity Category - Temple / Mosque / Church

The most well known temple in Taiwan, the Mengjia Longshan Temple was built in 1738 by settlers from Fujian as a gathering place for Chinese settlers. Located in the old village part of Taipei, Wanhua District, this temple has stood the test of time and lasted through several natural disasters and wars.

During World War II, the temple was badly damaged by American bombers during the Raid on Taipei after an accusation the Japanese were hiding arms inside the temple.


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5 ) Hell Valley (Geothermal Valley) Tours
Activity Category - Attraction

Historically one of Taiwan's 12 Great Sites, the springs at Thermal Valley have the highest temperatures in the Datun Mountains area, giving off an eerie sulphuric steam that rises from the surface of the pond that plays around in the breeze.

The sight of the steam rising off the surface of the water is quite surreal and beautiful.

The area around Thermal Valley is home to a rare type of rock called hokutolite, named after the Japanese name for Beitou, Hokuto. These rare rocks (also known as Anglesobarite or Beitou rocks) contain the radioactive element Radium, and can only naturally be found in Beitou and Akita Prefecture, Japan.

 


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6 ) Yangmingshan National Park Tours
Activity Duration - Daily 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Closed on the last Monday of every month (if a national holiday falls on a Monday, this area will also be closed on Tuesday)     Activity Category - National Park

Yangmingshan National Park  is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan, located between Taipei and New Taipei City. The districts that house parts of the park grounds include Taipei's Beitou and Shilin Districts; and New Taipei's Wanli, Jinshan and Sanzhi Districts. The National Park is famous for its cherry blossoms, hot springs, sulfur deposits, fumaroles, venomous snakes, and hiking trails, including Taiwan's tallest dormant volcano, Seven Star Mountain (1,120 m).

This mountain range was originally called Grass Mountain  during the Qing Dynasty, in reference to Datun Mountain . Officials during this period were worried about thieves stealing sulfur from the rich sulfur deposits in the area so they would regularly set fire to the mountain. Thus, only grass and not trees could be seen.


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7 ) Huaxi Street Night Market
Activity Category - Market

Huaxi Street Night Market is too famous among foreign visitors. Maybe you know more about the blocks than I do. This is the first market aiming at tourists in Taiwan. This market probably has hundreds of years of history. The location, Wanhua (Manka), used to be the third largest port in Taiwan, second to Tainan and Lukang. After the tourism business prevailed in Taiwan, Huaxi night market lost its prime time, but it is still a popular one because the most famous temple in Taipei, Manka Longshan Temple, is right next to the market. The most famous food here is of course the snake and softshell meals. People are saying that these foods are good for defying the poison in human body. Except for the not-so-loved-now exotic snake soup, there are also many other delicacies here. Oyster omelet can be found elsewhere, but according to my tongue, they are all different in texture and taste. The famous Danzi noodles are also originated here. Many Japanese are fond of the food. There are also bowl rice cake from Tainan, jelly with lemonade, and wine shrimps. You probably won’t go wrong finding food for most restaurants here have lasted for more than thirty years. After visiting Longshan temple and many other temples around the area, Huaxi Night Market is the best final destination of your day.

 


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8 ) Kaohsiung Pier-2 Art Center
Activity Category - Art Gallery

It was once an abandoned and forgotten warehouse buried in history due to the move from an industrial based segment to the service sector. However, with a group of persistent artist who injected waves of creativity and inspiration into the area, the Pier-2 area was released and re-born making the region a place where tourist and locals can come together to enjoy fine art. With the collision of an old area and new fine art, Pier-2 becomes an area of new vitality and liveliness.

Located at the sides of the pier are the artistic warehouse clusters. Not only are there unlimited flows of cars, boats, sea breeze and people coming and going every day but also when looking at the vast ocean and sky, one is relaxed, stress-free with limitless thoughts. The encounter of the land and the ocean is so vast at Pier-2, it seems to symbolized the bright future ahead.


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9 ) Guanziling Hot Spring Tours
Activity Category - Attraction

Guanziling Hot Springs owns unique mud hot spring. This spring is formed by Baihe earthquake and the water is black with high turbidity, carrying minerals which is good for skin. Go to Guanziling and have a trip of maintain your skin condition.


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10 ) Taiwan National Science and Technology Museum Tours
Activity Duration - 9am–5pm     Activity Category - Museum

Features an hourly IMAX show and high-quality, hands-on science exhibits designed for children. The exhibit on the industrial history of Taiwan, one of the few in English, is so informative that it alone is worth the price of admission, plus visitors over the age of 65 or under six can visit for free on weekdays.


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11 ) Zhuilu Old Trail
Activity Category - Adventure

If you are looking for some challenges and take your trip to the Taroko Gorge to the next level, then Zhuilu Old Trail is definitely your answer! It is a historic trail between Swallow Grotto and Cimu Bridge, which visitors can hike up to the cliff path that is approximately 600 meters above Liwu River for an astonishing view of the Taroko Gorge. Our expert guides will fill your day with the history of the trail and lead you to the best spots for photos along the way. The national park limits the amount of daily visitors to the trail and permits are required. But don’t worry, we are able to provide all the necessary permits upon your booking.


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Festival

1 ) Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

The Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is one of Taiwan’s most famous festivals and one that attracts people in their thousands. Each year during Lantern Festival people head for the small village of Pingxi to release sky lanterns with messages for the gods into the night sky.


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2 ) Jinshan Fire Fishing Festival

This festival was started to promote the dying art of fire fishing and help boost the fishing trade. The festival organizers arrange a variety of events, but by far the most popular is the chance for photographers to head out onto the water and capture it all on film. Jinshan Fire Fishing Festival, 323 Huanggang Road, Jinshan District, New Taipei City, Taiwan


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3 ) Song Jiang Battle Array

Long ago the men of Neimen often had to protect themselves against the local indigenous tribes that would raid their land. They became experts in defending their land and passed on their skills through generations. These days the Kaohsiung District is home to 54 battle parades which honor the military tradition. The Song Jiang Battle Array is 18 of these parades in a single event. Song Jiang Battle Array, 82 Nanhua Road, Neimen District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan


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