Explore Taiwan
Taiwan
A Vibrant Time Tunnel

Officially the Republic of China, Taiwan is a country in East Asia. Though majorly it appears postmodern owing to its highly developed cities, Taiwan is deeply rooted to its culture, traditions and history. It is also influenced by Chinese and Japanese cultures which is evident from its cuisine and temples. Taiwan is home to some of the most beautiful parks, few beaches, lakes, mountains, quaint temples and monasteries. Also, the vibrant night markets undoubtedly make Taiwan one of a kind. 


Popular cities: 

  • Taipei

  • New Taipei City 

  • Kaohsiung

  • Taichun

  • Hualien

Climate
The climate of Taiwan is subtropical but the southern part is tropical. The best time to visit the country is from October to April.

  • January — Cool
  • February — Cool
  • March — Cool
  • April — Warm
  • May — Warm
  • June — Humid
  • July — Humid
  • August — Humid
  • September — Humid
  • October — Warm
  • November — Warm
  • December — Cool
Things to do
City Life
Taiwan displays a perfect blend of past and future. Its cities feature futuristic modern architecture and recreational facilities along with quaint temples and abundant nature. Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, is a perfect melange of Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Spanish cultures that is evident in its spirit and architecture. The Taipei 101 Observatory, a super skyscraper, offers panoramic views of the city. Its design is distinctly postmodern and absolutely stunning. You can enjoy scenic views of the riverside promenade in New Taipei City on a river boat to Fisherman's Wharf. Kaohsiung, the second largest city after Taipei, boasts a diverse art scene, vibrant markets, eccentric architecture and lively nightlife. It's also a major hub of art and architecture in Southern Taiwan. Visit Jiuru Street Art Factory and the art zone at Pier 2 Art Center to witness some of the best street artworks in Taiwan. If you are a fan of Ghibli films you would love to visit Jiufen as it's like a frame taken out of Miyazaki's Spirited Away. The night markets in nearly every city offer an exotic experience. Shilin Night Market in Taipei gives you an exotic experience of nightlife in Taiwan with its scrumptious street food. Vintage cassettes and arcade games are also sold here. Huaxi Street Night Market in Taipei is the oldest night market in Taiwan. Yet its rustic charm and welcoming ambience hasn't faded away. Other popular markets include Keelung Night Market, Raohe Night Market, Ningxia Night Market, Linjiang Street Night Market, and many more.
Historic/Architectural Heritage
The Rainbow village is an important part of Taiwan tourism. Started by Huang Yung-Fu, it is a unique street that exhibits artworks and paintings that reflect Taiwan's culture. The aesthetic colourful designs and intrinsic patterns of people, birds and nature will steal your heart.Chihkan Tower, constructed by the Dutch colonists in the 17th century is one of the prominent landmarks in Taiwan. It stands as a testament to Taiwan's rich history. Dragon and Tigers Pagodas, nestled by the Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung, are a must visit because of its unique architecture. These twin pagodas are 7 storeys tall and are extremely vibrant. You get to climb to the top level and enjoy the marvelous views of the lily pods on the ground level below. The National Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is itself a grand structure. This iconic edifice stands as a tribute to Chiang Kai She, the president instrumental in the formation of Taiwan. The National Palace Museum is one of the most important museums in the Chinese-speaking world. It houses more than 700,000 artifacts and ancient artworks, some of which date back to the Neolithic ages. The collection here includes jades, statues, paintings, calligraphy, lacquerwares and much more. For art lovers, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Juming Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art are musts. Founded in 1992, Chimei Museum exhibits western art, cultural artifacts, scriptures, arms and much more. It is also known to house the world's largest collection of violins, with over  1300 violins on display.
Nature
Yushan National Park in Nantou County is an ideal place for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Surrounded by tall peaks, steep cliffs, lush valleys and the Jade Mountain, this place facilitates trails for hiking, trekking and other sports activities. Another great place for hiking is the Taipingshan National Forest Recreational Area, as it covers mountainous zones. Yangmingshan National Park, nestled on the outskirts of Taipei City, is a testament to Taiwan's diverse natural wealth. It's adorned with gorgeous waterfalls, lakes, hillocks and ridges. The Dream Land and Xiaoyoukeng are the prime attractions of this park. The Maokong Gondola ascends from Taipei Zoo MRT station into the foothills surrounding the city, where fruity Baozhong oolong tea is grown. You can walk to numerous tea houses overlooking hiking trails and expansive tea farms. Taiwan is a hub for hot springs where you can de-stress and relax amidst nature. Some famous hot springs in Taiwan are Beitou, Wulai, Wenshan, Hakoune, and Zhaori Saltwater Hot Springs. Lying on the coast of Taichung, is the gorgeous Gaomei Wetlands. Some of the best sunset views can be captured in this tranquil place. You'll also come across several water animals and a great flock of migratory birds during the winter months. Jing Zi Jiao Wapan Salt Fields come alive at sunset. It's one of the most photogenic places in Taiwan. These fields also tell alot about Taiwan's salt history. Taroko National Park houses the Taroko gorge, Liwu Lake and gorgeous waterfalls. The marble canyons are truly an embellishment to this park. It also houses over 30 species of animals including bears, deer and boars. Taroko Gorge, located in Hualien, is Taiwan's epic scenic wonder. Traveling up between the vertical walls of this narrow canyon is a chilling experience. Eternal Spring Shrine, Zhuilu Old Trail and Shakadang Trail are the major highlights of this place. Shifen Waterfall, also known as the Little Niagara Falls of Taiwan, is an integral part of the country's sightseeing. The horseshoe-shaped waterfall is a marvel of nature and attracts numerous tourists. To interact with the heartwarming locals you must visit the nearby Shifen village. Every night they arrange a beautiful lantern display which you wouldn't want to miss.
Adventure

If you are looking for adventure the hikes in the Greater Taipei area will definitely meet your needs. The Pingxi Crags is a series of trails leading up to a cluster of vertical crags. Huangdi Dian, located in Shiding district, is another famous hiking trail. It is a little tougher as it involves a long uphill slog. But as you reach the peak you can witness the picturesque ridge walk. Wuliaojian trail is one of the most exciting hiking trails as it includes cliffs, rope ladders, ridges and incredible views. Hualien is an ideal destination for adventure enthusiasts as this county is filled with thrilling opportunities for adventure sports. White river rafting in Hualien is one of the most exhilarating things to do in Taiwan. The most popular route is the Xiuguluan river. It includes over 20 rapids in the 3 to 4 hour route. Besides this you can also try river trekking, stand up paddle boarding and paragliding. Qingshui Cliffs are a great place for kayaking. Hehuan Mountain and Xueshan are famous for their snow covered hiking trails.

Lakes

Sun Moon Lake, a gem of the Central Mountain Range, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Taiwan. There are many interesting places to explore around the lake such as old weapons and handicrafts exhibitions, lush green forests, temples, a park, and resorts. You can take a cable car ride or ferry ride to get a better view of this scenic lake and its surroundings. Lianchi Lake is a gorgeous promenade in the Kaohsiung district. Brimming with beautiful lotuses, this little artificial lake is a sight to behold.

Islands & Beaches
Cijin Island in Southern Taiwan is well known for its relaxing beachy vibes. It houses Kaohsiung's oldest temple, Tianhou Temple dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu. The serene black sand beaches are ideally suited for surfing, sunbathing and swimming. Lambai, a coral island on the Taiwan Strait, perfect for a day or overnight trip. You can explore the island on a bicycle or scooter. It features impressive rocky coastlines and translucent waters. It's also famous for snorkeling with sea turtles. Green Island, situated near Taitung coast, is one of the best places in Taiwan for scuba diving and snorkeling. It is also home to Zhaodi Hot Spring where you can relax listening to the tranquil ocean waves. Fulong is probably the most famous beach in Northern Taiwan. It is also a popular destination for surfing, sailing, canoeing, jet-skiing, and much more. Kenting beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern Taiwan. The exquisite coral reefs call for a memorable diving experience. Laomei Beach, Jici Beach, Wai Ao Beach are some of the other famous beaches in Taiwan.
Wildlife
Taipei Zoo, also called Muzha Zoo, is a public zoological garden in the Wenshan district. It houses more than 700 species of animals and birds. The Penguin House and Koala House are special attractions here. Kenting National Park, situated on the peninsula in the southern part, boasts breathtaking views of the ocean. It also houses beautiful beaches and a vast range of flora and fauna. Purple Butterfly Valley is uniquely designed to conserve the butterfly's environment. Every year from December to March millions of vibrant butterflies descend here. Chai Shan and Shou Shan are home to a large number of wild macaques. The best time to spot them is in the early morning or late afternoon. The only risk is they are prone to stealing items from people.
Places of Worship

Temples in Taiwan are extremely ornate centers of worship. They are typically a combination of Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism and folk religion themes. Longshan Temple, located in Taipei, is one of the most spiritual destinations in Taiwan. The soothing fragrance of incense sticks, authentic wooden interiors and a Zen Buddhist interior design creates a very relaxing and spiritual ambience in and around this temple. Fo Guang Shan houses the largest Buddha Statue in Taiwan. It is one of the four major Buddhist organizations of Taiwan. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Fo Guang mountains, this monastery is adorned with several Buddha statues and beautiful architecture. The four main temples of this monastery are the Dabei, the Da Xiangbao, the Dashu and the Dazhi shrines. Keelung Zhongzheng Park houses many shrines, small temples, statues, courts and the magnificent 22-metre tall statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin. Zhuputan Temple is the prime attraction of this park. Zushi Temple is a prominent centre of Taiwan's Zushi folk religion. Its modern fusion of eastern and western architecture sets it apart from the other traditional Chinese temples. Other popular places of worship include Qingshui Temple, Tianhou Temple, Xian Tian Temple, PaoChueh Temple, Tian Yuen Temple, Grand Matsu Temple and many more.

How to spend time / how long will it take?
You can visit the top sights of Taiwan in 5 to 8 days. Starting off in the northern region, spend a day in Taipei city exploring the street markets, museums, zoo and temples. Take a day tour to Yangmingshan National Park as it is located between Taipei and New Taipei City. You can spend a day in New Taipei City visiting Fulong Beach, temples and heritage sites. Moving downwards, spend a day in Taichung visiting the Rainbow Village. Further down, spend a day or two trying different adventure activities or sightseeing at the Yushan Peak, Yushan National Park, Sun Moon Lake and temples in Nantou. Spend a day in Hualien exploring Taroko Gorge and national park. It is probably the best place to explore nature in Taiwan. Ending your trip in the southern region, spend two days relaxing on Cijin Island and exploring the beautiful city of Kaohsiung.
Cuisine
  • Taiwanese cuisine offers several variations. Majority of the dishes are influenced by Taiwanese indigenous peoples, Chinese cuisine from outside Fujian and local Japanese cuisine. Each of these influences add a unique flavour to every dish making them one of a kind. Some popular Taiwenese food items include Beef Noodles Soup, Oyster Vermicelli Noodles, Hot Pot, Taiwanese Hamburger, Sticky Rice Dumpling, Braised Pork Rice and many others.
Costs
  • Meal prices in Taiwan can vary, the average cost of food is usually TWD 100 (USD 3.58) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians require a Visa.
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa.
Season to Visit
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 5 - 8 days

Known For
  • Temples
  • Lakes
  • Mountains
  • Cityscape
  • Monasteries
Areas to Visit
  • Nature, temples and night street markets in Taipei
  • Yangmingshan National Park in Northern Taiwan
  • Eastern region for islands, beaches; nature and wildlife at Taroko Gorge
  • Yushan Range in central-southern region
  • Kaohsiung in southern region for temples and cityscapes

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