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Taiwan

Travel Guide
Taipei which includes a high-rise building, cbd and skyline

Experience the natural and cultural riches of this East Asian island nation, home to mountain trails, monuments, temples and skyscrapers.

With mountain landscapes, white-sand beaches, tropical forests and hot springs, Taiwan has no shortage of diverse attractions.

Begin your visit in Taipei. This lively, cosmopolitan city in the north of the island has a history preserved in shrines, temples and monuments. Tour the grand Confucius Temple and view the vast collection of Asian art at the National Palace Museum. One of the city's most popular attractions is the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, a monumental building dedicated to the memory of President Chiang Kai-shek. Take the fast elevator up the 1,670-foot (510-meter) Taipei 101 skyscraper. Browse night market stalls at Snake Alley and Shilin and stop at a food stall for grilled quail eggs or fried chicken and noodles.

Rent a bike for a cycling trip along the riverside trails. Taiwan is bike friendly with thousands of miles of cycling paths and lanes throughout the island.

Taiwan’s diverse scenery offers plenty of outdoor activities. Just outside Taipei is Yangmingshan National Park, known for its hot sulfur spring baths and mountain hiking trails. Travel to the southern tip of Taiwan for Kenting National Park. Relax on its beaches, dive among corals and go bird-watching in the forests. Make your way to Yehliu to investigate unusual rock formations shaped by millions of years of wind and sea erosion. Hike through Taroko Gorge to the Eternal Spring Shrine. This temple sits above a waterfall and is flanked by mountains.

A great way to see some of the scenery is to take the Alishan Forest Railway. The line climbs through steep forest terrain to the Alishan mountain resort.

If you have time in your schedule, take a short flight from Taipei to the Matsu Islands. Visit the small archipelago’s beaches, temples, forts and tunnels that were previously used by the military.

With its subtropical climate, Taiwan’s superlative scenery, religious sites and outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

Popular cities in Taiwan

Taipei
Taipei
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business
Taipei is the fun capital of Taiwan and is full of modern malls, ancient temples, rich palaces and night markets.

Reasons to visit

  • National Taiwan University
  • National Taiwan Normal University
  • The Red House
Taijiang National Park which includes a ferry, a river or creek and a temple or place of worship
Tainan
Known for Tours, Sightseeing and Hot Springs
One of the island's oldest settlements and the region’s former capital, this city’s winding streets tell the story of Taiwan’s history. 

Reasons to visit

  • Chihkan Tower
  • Garden Night Market
  • Tainan Confucian Temple
Kaohsiung showing a city
Kaohsiung
Known for Shopping, Ports and Sunny
Taiwan’s second-largest city is changing its industrial focus and emerging as a modern hub of entertainment and culture.

Reasons to visit

  • 85 Sky Tower
  • Liuhe Night Market
  • Pier-2 Art Center
Shilin Night Market featuring markets and food
New Taipei City
Known for Dining, Shopping and Hot Springs
Between the mountains and the coast, there is so much to see and do in the most populous city of the Taiwan Metropolitan area that you’ll never want to leave.

Reasons to visit

  • Yangmingshan National Park
  • Jiufen Old Street
  • Shifen Waterfall
Taichung Park showing a statue or sculpture and a park
Taichung
Known for Shopping, Dining and Business
With cosy restaurants, traditional night markets and tranquil tai chi in the park, this destination will make you forget that you’re in Taiwan’s third-largest city.

Reasons to visit

  • Taichung Park
  • Zhonghua Night Market
  • Taichung Confucius Temple
Hsinchu showing a city
Hsinchu
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business
A thriving hub for technological companies and universities, this city’s industries propel it into the future, while its heritage buildings anchor it to the past. 

Reasons to visit

  • Hsinchu City God Temple
  • Big City Mall
  • Glass Museum of Hsinchu City

Taiwan