Taiwan is a naturally and culturally rich island at the heart of Asia. The picturesque island is known for its lush green mountains, abundant culture, and beautiful beaches. It somehow manages to cram a cultural and scenic diversity into its borders that would be the envy of countries five times its size. And the best thing about it is that it’s still kind of a secret among travellers from the west. Whether you want to explore the bustling cities or bicycle around the entire island (it's possible!), there's no shortage of ways to soak in Taiwan's beauty and sense of adventure.
Why visit Taiwan?
The question is more like why not visit Taiwan? The list of reasons to visit Taiwan is pretty much endless. Taipei, Taiwan’s largest city and capital, has bustling streets lined with all sorts of cool shops and must-see attractions, like the incredibly tall Taipei 101 building. Besides the amazing cities, there's also tons of natural beauty in Taiwan.
Beauty, adventure and relaxation
Taiwan is home to one of East Asia’s tallest peaks, Yushan (Mt. Jade), which provides a perfect retreat for hikers and photographers. Yushan’s breathtaking Sea of Clouds fill in the valleys of the forested mountains, and provide some of the most beautiful scenic views in Taiwan. In addition, there are so many stunning natural landscapes from beaches to mountains. There's plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventures too, with tons of cycling, hiking, rafting, surfing and more.
For some rest and relaxation, Taiwan is renowned for their hot springs, with literally hundreds to choose from (almost one in every city). The Zhaori Hot Springs is one of the world’s only accessible seawater hot springs and is a great spot for holidayers in need of therapeutic downtime. Taiwan also has 10 main offshore islands, each with its own unique geography and culture.
Eating in Taiwan
Eating in Taiwan is an awe-inspiring experience of its own, with a melting pot of different cuisines and delicious exotic fruits.
Not sure what foods to try first? Some of our favorite dishes include sticky rice sausage (大腸包小腸), oyster omelets (蚵仔煎), coffin board (棺材板)，and Dan-Tzu Noodles(擔仔面). Luckily, all of this good food is very inexpensive! Taiwanese nightlife is also very exciting (especially in Taipei) and there are many nightclubs, bars, and karaoke spots to ensure you’ll never have a dull moment.