Best Travel Destinations in Taiwan

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Taiwan is located north of the Philippines and approximately 180 kilometers off the coast of the south-eastern mainland China. The South China Sea borders the island to the south-west, East China Sea to the north, South China Sea to the south-west and the Bashi Channel to the south. The island features beautiful and natural rock formations, waterfalls, lush forests, mountains and bustling cities. Taiwan is divided into the regions of Northern Taiwan, Central Taiwan, Eastern Taiwan and Southern Taiwan.

Taiwan is home to more than 23 million people of whom a small percentage is descendants of immigrants from the mainland. The climate here is typical hot during the summer and cold in the winter. The best time to visit Taiwan is from October to December.

Chinese festivals are celebrated in Taiwan, such as the Chinese New Year (19 February 2015), Ching Ming festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Hungry Ghost Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival. The Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated throughout the seventh month and it is believed that the gates of hell are open during this period. In order to prevent misfortune, food is offered to feed the hungry ghosts. Amazing puppet shows and Chinese opera performances are also held to appease these ghosts.

Explore the Capital of Taiwan

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Taipei is the capital and home to the fourth tallest skyscraper in the world. Taipei 101 is a famous landmark located on Number 7 Hsinyi Road Section 5, and comprises five floors underground and 101 floors above ground. Next to the tower is a large shopping mall with hundreds of restaurants, stores and clubs.

Wanhua is the oldest district of the city and home to many historic buildings, including the Red House Theater and the Longshan Temple. The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is the prime attraction in the Zhongzheng district. The Martyrs Shrine and Fine Arts Museum are located in the Zhongshan district which is also well-known for its riverside parks and bar scene. Raohe Street Night Market is Tapei’s famous street market in Songshan district. The Xinyi district, home to the Taipei 101, offers many entertainment venues and shopping malls.

The district of Neihu is situated in the north-east of the city and a definite must-visit. Neilhu is home to the IT industry and home to many modern and traditional Taiwanese restaurants and shopping malls. The district of Shilin is home to the National Palace Museum and the largest night market in the city. The National Palace Museum houses the best collection of historical artifacts and antiquities.

National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is the symbol of Taipei and is the famous spot where the nation’s flag is raised each morning. The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Number 505, Section 4, Ren-ai Road, features magnificent architecture. The beautiful Zhongshan Park is situated in the front of the hall.

Taipei is home to many other amazing tourist attractions, such as:

  • Taipei Story House – +886 2 2596 1898: A tea merchant housing all kinds of exhibits related to tea and a charming tea garden offering amazing views over the Danshui River.
  • Miniatures Museum of Taiwan on B1, 96 Jianguo North Road, Section 1 – +886 2 2515 0583: Houses impressive pieces such as the tiny forty-bulb chandelier.
  • The Taipei Artist Village is situated in close proximity to the Shandao Temple Station and features several cafes and Taiwanese artists.
  • Spot Taipei Film House on Zhongshan North Road, Section 2, is well-known for its great restaurants and cafes on the balconies and in the garden.

The Beitou Hot Spring Museum, built in 1913, was the biggest bathhouse in those years. You can visit the bathhouse on any day except Mondays. You can also visit the Tittot Museum on 16 Lane 515, Zhongyang North Road east of Guandu station on Danshui Line.

Parks and Temples in Taipei

Tranquility in Peace Park, Taipei

Tranquility in Peace Park, Taipei

Peace Park is located on the north side of Katagalan Boulevard and is a popular place for the practitioners of taichi and people playing chess. You can also relax at the twelve-kilometer long Daijia Riverside Park on the south bank of the Keelung River. Tennis, badminton and basketball courts are available.

Other great parks to visit include the Taipei Botanical Garden with its beautiful gardens located near the National Museum of History, the Daan Forest Park in central Taipei and Zhongshan Fine Arts Park south of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.  The Zhishan Garden is a short distance from Zhishan Metro Station and features several shrines and temples.

Longshan Temple, Taipei

Longshan Temple, Taipei

Longshan Temple is located at 211 Guangzhou Road in Wanhua district. This is where Taiwanese people come to find out what they should name their child or who they should marry. The temple is dedicated to Buddhist representation of compassion.

One of the leading religious sites in Taipei is the Baoan Temple at 61 Ha-mi Street. The construction of the temple was finished in 1830 and houses impressive sculptures and paintings. The temple was accredited in the 2003 UNESCO Asia Heritage Awards.

Two other temples that you could visit are the Confucius Temple and Xingtian Temple. The latter is situated at the corner of Songjiang Road and Minquan East Road. The Confucius Temple is located next to the Baoan Temple at 275 Dalong Street.

Hot Springs and Theme Parks in Taipei

You can relax in the hot springs at Beitou, Wulai and Yangmingshan National Park. The Children’s Recreation Center is a large amusement park and is situated on Zhongshan North Road. The park offers a folk art museum, an IMAX Theater and old fashioned rides.

In summer, you can visit the Taipei Water Park at 1 Shiyuan Street. The park features swimming spas and water slides. The park is constructed around the Museum of Drinking Water.

The Taipei Zoo at 30 Xinguang Road in the suburb of Muzha is located in a lush valley and offers lanes of trees with a variety of birds and animals. The park is really well maintained and clean.  All of the park’s animals roam freely in open paddocks.

Shopping in Taipei

Core Pacific Living Mall

Core Pacific Living Mall

The weekend Jade Market reaches from Renai Road and Jianguo South Road to Xinyi Road. Flowers, jade, jewelry and handcrafts can be purchased at the market. The Chinese Handicraft Mart at 1 Xuzhou Road is also a popular place for handicrafts. If you love pottery, then you should definitely visit Yingge in Taipei County in Old Street. Shilin Night Market is the most famous market in Taipei and is accessible via the metro train at Shilin or Jiantan stations.

The Station Front Area in downtown Taipei is well-known for its bookstores. Guanghua Digital Plaza is popular among computer buffs. The market offers the largest number of stalls selling software and hardware.

The Core Pacific Living Mall at 105, Taiwan, Taipei City, Songshan District, is the largest shopping center in Asia. The mall boasts a cinema complex, large food court and is home to the famous Plush nightclub. The structure is a complex of two buildings. An L-shaped building contains specialty boutiques. The building is connected to a sphere which contains the Mira Department Store.

East Taipei is known as the shopping area of the city. Zhongxiao East Road is surrounded by many boutiques, small stores and department stores.

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For the Hungry

Mango Ice, Taipei

Mango Ice, Taipei

Sweet potato and taro are favored for its nature and low maintenance and play an important part in the indigenous Taiwanese cuisine. Night markets in Taipei offer a wide variety of foods and you can buy snacks such as oyster-filled omelets, steamed meat in buns to fruit ices and many more.

Stinky tofu is one of the popular local Taiwanese foods. Stinky tofu has an unpleasant odor. The traditional method for producing stinky tofu is to prepare brine made from fermented milk, vegetables and meat. The brine fermentation can take as long as several months. Stinky tofu can be eaten stewed, cold or fried and is often served with chili sauce.

The most famous restaurant in Taipei is Ching-Yeh at 10 Lane 105, Zhongshan North Road Section 1. Other great restaurants include Xian Ding Wi Restaurant at 284 Yonghe Road, Section 2; Tainan Tan-tsu-mien Seafood Restaurant at 31 Huaxi Street and Shinyeh’s Table at 2F 201 Zhongxiao East Road, Section 4.

Other Great Tourist Destinations in Taiwan

Yingge is located about an hour south of Taipei and is famous for ceramic ware and pottery. Old Street in Yingge displays an almost endless row of pottery. You can also visit the Yingge Ceramics Museum and view the beautiful displays.

The Taroko Gorge is a magnificent nineteen-kilometer canyon near Taiwan’s east coast. The area of the gorge is known as the Taroko Gorge National Park. The park is home to thirty large species of mammal and 144 species of birds. It also hosts eighteen species of fish, 251 species of butterflies and 32 species of reptile.

If you from the west exit of Central Cross-Island Highway and go south to Liwu River Valley, you will find the Eternal Spring Shrine or Changchun Shrine. You can also visit the Tunnel of Nine Turns and Swallow Grotto. The Shakadang Trail, also referred to as Mysterious Valley Trail, offers the most amazing views and will only take about forty-five minutes going one way. The path allows you to experience extraordinarily untouched scenery.

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Entry Requirements in Taiwan

The nationals of Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore are eligible for the visa exemption program, which permits a duration of stay up to 30 days. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months, except the citizens of Japan that can hold a passport valid for 3 months.

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