Taiwan is small, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for it with many attractions and things to do. You will find temples, beautiful buildings, national parks and charming cities during your visit. It has a bit of everything you need in a holiday destination.
These range from affordable and high-end accommodations, big and small restaurants to sample the local cuisine, and vibrant markets for bargain finds. If you are planning your Taiwan trip itinerary, here are the must-visits for your stay.
This iconic structure is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the capital. It used to be the tallest building in the world, but even if it lost its title, it is still an architectural wonder. Another engineering feat its engineers and architects accomplished is the making of the 728-ton damper that allowed Taipei 101 to withstand earthquakes.
Go up to the observation deck to get beautiful bird’s eye views of the city from above.
Sun Moon Lake
This beautiful lake takes a while to reach, approximately 2.5 hours, but the long trip from Taipei is worth it. The breeze blowing and the views of nature are relaxing and a welcome relief to the urban jungle of the city. Go on leisurely walks or get on the ferry to see the lake.
If you do not want just to spend a few hours in Sun Moon Lake, there are nearby hotels to spend the night in.
Taroko National Park
If you want to have an adventure, Taroko Gorge is another place you can go as a day trip from Taipei. The gorge has stunning views throughout; it takes an entire day or so to explore every nook and cranny. Pack a day bag with extra clothes, water and some food for your trip.
Follow one of the trails that lead to the waterfall in Eternal Spring Shrine.
If you do not want to travel too far from Taipei, Yangminshan Park is a good choice. The park has a handful of peaks and scenic areas that will fill a day trip. Most of the trails are flat with gradual ascents and descents, if there are any.
Dragon and Tiger Pagodas
If you are in Kaohsiung, why not add these pagodas to your itinerary? The Dragon and Tiger Pagodas are beautiful with their distinct architecture and cultural significance. The area also provides scenic views of the lake. Take a leisurely stroll around to soak in the views and relax.
This former military village was too dull for Huang Yung-Fu. He decided to add some colour and vibrancy to it with his paintbrush. The result of his artistry and hard work is the beautiful rainbow village. Walk around and take pictures of the village.
Shifen Night Market
This night market is one of the most popular in Taipei. Here you will find the famous stinky tofu and other street food that complete your Taiwan experience. Look for bargain finds in one of the many shops.
Taiwan has more attractions to offer other than those listed here. Visit to discover all it has to offer and to experience its culture.