Located to the southeast of the Chinese mainland, opposite Fujian Province, the island province of Taiwan is flanked by the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Taiwan Straits to the west. Taiwan features splendid mountains, tranquil lakes, beautiful beaches, sapphire seas, delicious snacks and fantastic downtown sceneries.
National Palace Museum, Taipei
In order to protect numerous invaluable cultural relics from World War II, a large collection of valuable memorabilia from the Palace Museum in Beijing was packed up and shipped off to Shanghai, Nanjing, Sichuan and Taiwan during 1933 to 1965. In 1962, the Taipei National Palace Museum was constructed so as to fit and house the large royal collection of ancient art treasures. Now, the museum has become the biggest and most precious museums of Taiwan, with a collection that includes over 700,000 pieces, including bronze, jade and porcelain works, calligraphy and paintings, coins and carvings.
Sun Moon Lake
As the only natural lake on the island of Taiwan, the Sun Moon Lake is situated in Nantou County. It is divided by the tiny island of Lalu; the eastern part of the lake is round like the sun and the western side is shaped like a crescent moon. The beautiful alpine lake is revered as the heart of Taiwan, not only because of its central geographic location, but also for its role as home to five major hydropower plants which provide electricity to the rest of the island- just like the blood sent from a person’s heart to their organs.
Alishan National Scenic Area
The Alishan National Scenic Area stands in the middle east of Taiwan, covering a total area of 41,520 hectares. It consists of 18 hills, with its highest peak –Tower Hill—about 2,663 meters. The area features five significant views, including a splendid sunrise, a massive sea of clouds, sacred trees, fragrant cherry blossoms and unique Z-shaped forest railways. In addition, visiting one of the local Tsou aborigines will provide you an unforgettable experience to feel the exotic culture.
Kenting National Park
Located on the Hengchun Peninsula of Pingtung County, the Kenting National Park is the southernmost park and the only tropical one in all of Taiwan. It covers an area of 333 square kilometers, including 181 square kilometers of land and 152 square kilometers of sea. Featuring scenic mountains, tropical forest, breathtaking beaches and coral reefs, the park attracts thousands of travelers both from home and abroad every season.
Taroko National Park
The Taroko National Park is located along the eastern coast of Taiwan. Named after Taroko Gorge, the park features soaring peaks, steep cliffs, amazing valleys, babbling streams and wonderful waterfalls. The most famous bit of the Taroko Gorge is called the Tunnel of Nine Turns. It is a walking-only path that runs parallel to the main road, and features some of the most dramatic scenery in the entire valley. When the whole island is sweltering in the summer heat, Taroko Park is an ideal place to take a deep, cool breath and enjoy the season at its best.
Ximending, situated in the west of downtown Taipei, is one of the most popular places among travelers. It is famed for its diversity in entertainment and activity that appeal to large numbers of young people. Wandering along the Ximending Walking Street, you will find anything you like among the wide selection of fashionable clothing and accessory shops in Chinese, Japanese and Western styles. In addition, local snacks are what you don’t want to miss. The most famous ones include oyster omelet, braised pork rice, beef noodle, pan-fried bun and bubble tea.
Taipei 101, also known as the Taipei Financial Center, is a 509-m, 101-story landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District of Taipei. Upon completion in 2004, the mega building had been the tallest building in the world until Dubai’s 828m-tall Burj Khalifa overtook it in January, 2010. There are two high-speed elevators located in the tower, which move at a top speed of 16.83m/s (55.22 ft/s), shooting visitors up from the 5th floor to the 89th floor observation deck in only 37 seconds. After a busy day trip in Taipei, flying high into the sky and having a bird’s eye view of the entire neon light covered city will certainly make for the perfect ending to your trip.
Yangmingshan National Park
Yangmingshan, standing high in the north of Taiwan, is very close to downtown Taipei. Boasting volcanic sights, tranquil valleys, various plants and hot springs, the mountain is the largest and most beautiful natural area on the whole island. The mountain can be divided into two parts: the Front Mountain Park, also known as Zhongzheng Park, features exquisitely designed bridges, elegant pavilions and beautiful flowers; the Back Mountain Park, also called Yangming Mountain Park, is well known for its volcanoes, crater lakes and hot springs.
Penghu Islands, also known as the Pescadores, are an archipelago in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. Consisting of hundreds of small islands and islets, the archipelago covers an area of 141 square kilometers. With its blue waters, clear skies, soft white beaches and abundant cultural scenic spots, the archipelago is a popular place with travelers. In spring and summer, the islands host several brilliant firework festivals; whilst in autumn and winter, you can enjoy some fresh delicious seafood at a series of seafood carnivals. When leaving the area, don’t forget to visit some local shops to get some souvenirs made of the local colorful and exquisite coral.
National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei
The National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, situated in downtown Taipei, is a memorial dedicated to Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the forerunner to the Chinese revolution. The building’s architecture was inspired by the structure of a traditional Chinese palace. The hall covers 29,464 square meters building areas, and contains displays telling of Sun’s life and the revolution he led. Now, the place has become a multi-purpose social, educational and cultural center for the public, as well as a grand and beautiful park.