Taiwan

Taiwan Travel Guide

Most visits to Taiwan start in the capital city Taipei. As the bustling cultural and economic hub, there are so many things to do in Taiwan's capital. Between the fashion flagships on Zhongshan to Taipei's emerging art scene at Treasure Hill, there is plenty to do. The National Palace Museum and Taipei 101 are just two of the sites that no curious traveller should miss.

Wondering what to do in Taiwan after a few busy days in Taipei? Visit one of the island's many hot spring resorts. Beitou is only a short trip from Taipei, but there are many other resorts dotted around the island.

For the adventurous traveler, Taiwan is home to eight national parks and some of Asia's most extraordinary scenery. Between hiking the high peaks of Shei-Pa National Park and rafting down the Xiuguluan River just outside of Toroko National Park, there is plenty of adrenalin-pumping activities for thrill-seekers. For a more serene take on the outdoors visit Sun Moon Lake and Shifen Falls.

Visiting the monasteries and temples of Taiwan is one of the many ways to experience the island's ancient culture and heritage. Seeing the Buddha Statue at Changhua, the temples at Luagang and the Fo Guang Shan Monastery are some of the must-see things to do in Taiwan. For history buffs, Kinmen Island the frontier between Mainland China and Taiwan holds memorial battlefields and Chinese monuments.

Still not sure what to do in Taiwan? Witnessing one of island's festivals is a treat for any traveler. Most celebrations follow the lunar calendar, but it can be difficult to find out specifics about aboriginal festivities. If you happen to stumble upon an aboriginal harvest festival, most tribes will welcome visitors with open arms. For a calendar of events visit Taiwan's tourism website.

Bird’s eye views, and inviting teahouses at the end of the line.

One of the more famous night markets, where snakes are sold as food.

Tucked in the fish market at Keelung’s Bisha port, Dr. Ice—also known as Shia Bing Hsieh Chiang—offers a menu of ice cream and shaved-ice treats that sound perhaps more like the makings of nice salad entrées: pineapple shrimp, cuttlefish, peanut and wine ice, or mango ‘n’ seaweed.

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A café/gallery/restaurant/design store, the Museum of Tomorrow stocks ingenious Japanese home wares and furniture.

Built by the Japanese in 1908, the red-brick octagonal building was recently renovated, like many old structures in Taipei. Stylishly dressed young people fill the café on the first floor and the theater on the second.

A contemporary art museum, located in the old city hall.

Known for its handsome bartenders, groovy interiors and delicious cocktails.

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A café/gallery/restaurant/design store, the Museum of Tomorrow stocks ingenious Japanese home wares and furniture.

The city’s most revered site has fantastically gilded and lacquered pillars and walls.