Major Tourist Attractions: Taipei 101, National Place Museum, Kenting National Park, Yushan, Shilin Night Market
The island of Taiwan, officially called the Republic of China, is one of Asia’s most underrated destinations. Taiwan offers the fast-paced big Asian city life, a deep-rooted important food culture, and stunning natural wonders just a short distance away from the city centers.
There is no shortage of things to do in Taipei itself. Explore museums and historical structures during the day and feast on local specialties at one of the city’s well-known night markets. Taipei is also known for its shopping, with everything from local products to high-end designer brands.
Navigating Taipei is easy with the local MRT system that is cheap and efficient. Taxis are plentiful, honest, and unlike some destinations, it’s easy to flag one down anywhere in town. Lodging ranges from inexpensive hostel type accommodations to five-star international-brand hotels. English is becoming more common in large cities like Taipei, but expect to hear Mandarin, Taiwanese, or even Hakka in most places around the island.
Taiwan is generally divided into five regions: Northern, Central, Eastern, Southern, and Outlying Islands; all of which offer distinctly different holiday experiences. The island’s climate can be diverse depending on what part of the island and when you choose to visit. The high mountains get cold and they can even have snow. The northern part of the island sees a lot of rain and is marine tropical, with pretty hot summers. Typhoons do occur, primarily between the months of June through October.
In Taiwan, you can:
- Dive among beautiful coral reefs and relax on the beach in Kenting
- Eat at the world famous Din Tai Fung and try xiaolongbao
- Ride a train and experience sunrise at Alishan Mountain
- Explore Tainan, Taiwan’s former capital, renowned for its historic buildings and the birthplace of many noted Taiwanese foods
- Spend a day at the Kenting National Park on the south end of the Island
- Spend a night at scenic Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan’s largest lake
- Marvel at bizarre geological formations at Yehliu and along Taiwan’s Scenic Northeast Coast
- Ascend to the top of Taipei 101, formerly the tallest building in the world
- Experience what a 7.6 earthquake feels like at the 921 Museum in Taichung
- Watch a changing of the guards ceremony at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
- Explore one of Taiwan’s famous temples, like Longshan or Confucius
- Relax in one of Taiwan’s famous hot springs
Address: No. 7, Lane 134, Section 3,
Xinyi Road, Da’an District,
Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Phone: (02) 2162-2000