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.
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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.
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.
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.