Taiwan is a small island to the east of China that has become a huge travel destination. With the scenic mountains, beautiful bodies of water, and tasty food, there's no wonder why more and more people are heading there on vacation.
Although Taiwan might be small, there are plenty of interesting attractions in Taipei, the nation's capital, and even more if you venture around the island. With forests, beaches, hot springs, museums, and other amazing attractions it might be hard to narrow down your list of things to explore and see during your trip to Taiwan.
When you visit Taiwan, deciding what to do and see between all the amazing scenic locations, museums with historical and fascinating artifacts and other attractions can be hard. Cycloscope has an excellent 14 day Taiwan plan for backpackers and cyclists, but if that's not your travel style, here are some must-see locations to add to your itinerary.
1. Raohe Street Night Market located in Taipei City
This is among the oldest night markets night markets in Taipei. It is a 600 meter-long path along Raohe street filled with night foods, snacks, stalls, quaint shops and carnival games.
Stroll along the maze of dense alleys and what you will find might surprise you. It is the perfect spot to learn about the food and culture of the Taiwanese people.
2. Chimei Museum located in Tainan City
This privately owned museum has five exhibits spanning a wide range of things. They have five exhibits including Western Art that features a large collection of weapons, paintings, and sculptures.
There is a Natural History section, Antiquities and Artifacts, Arms and Armour, and Musical Instruments that showcases one of the largest violin collections in the world. For anyone interested in art or lover of museums, this is a must see place.
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3. Alishan National Scenic Area located in Chiayi County
Located in the Alishan Mountains this scenic area is home to Tsou aboriginal villages regarded for their tea making. This area allows you to take in the local nature of Taiwan including the fallen Alishan Sacred Tree.
With the Alishan Forest Railway, a narrow train makes its way through the forest as well. Enjoy the tropical views and beautiful mountains in this location.
4. National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium located in Checneny Township
This museum and aquarium showcases some of the native aquatic life of Taiwan as well as 3 exhibits to learn about different aspects of marine life. With the Water of Taiwan exhibit, you can learn about the native marine life of Taiwan.
The Coral Kingdom Pavilion showcases coral reef habitats. The third exhibits is the World Waters Pavilion which discusses the ancient oceans during the beginning of Earth's history. This is a great location for families or anyone interested in learning about Taiwan's aquatic life.
5. Guanziling Hot Spring located in Tainan City
Fire and Water Cave – a geological phenomenon of a cave that outflows with gas and hot spring water, creating a fire which burns on water! This popular hot spring attracts people because of its naturally released methane that has been burning for almost three centuries.
With their amazing benefits, mud springs have become a must for many travelers. This hot spring is a relaxing way to spend an
6. Shei-Pa National Park located in Taichung City
Nestled in the peaks of Hsuchshan and Dabajian Mountain this park is filled with hot springs, rivers, rare animals, and native plants. For anyone interested in seeing the nature of Taiwan this is a must go location. Taiwan is known for its lush greenery, and the Shei-Pa National Park is a great place to see the amazing greenery.
7. Fort Zeelandia located in Tainan City
This fortress was build between 1624-1634 by the Dutch East India Company. During the 17th century, it became a vital transit city. It now is a museum where people can experience and learn about different aspects of history and Taiwanese culture.
For those wanting to learn more about the history of Taiwan, this is a great place to go and learn while taking in all the historical artifacts and one of a kind views.
8. Fulong Beach located in New Taipei City
Golden beaches are rare in Taiwan, and this beach is covered with beautiful gold sand. This beach is a favorite for locals and tourists during the summer and concerts, and events often occur on the beach. If you want to experience the beaches of Taiwan, this is the beach to go to.
9. Shanlinxi Forest Recreation Area located in Nantou County
This location offers visitors hotels, restaurants, shops and stores that they can enjoy during their visit. With bus touring and paths people can enjoy the waterfalls, caves, greenhouses, and other features that this area offers. This is an ideal destination for anyone who wants to make more than a day trip and wants to see the nature of Taiwan.
10. Wuling Farm located in Taichung City.
Cherry blossom and tea garden in Wuling Farm was created in 1963 as a place where retired servicemen could find employment. Now it is a beautiful farm that offers camping grounds for people to stay on during their visit.
Take the trails to view the scenic gardens filled with flowers, a vegetable plantations, fruit, and fish farming. This is a great way to see another aspect of Taiwanese life while still experiencing breathtaking views and a little history.
11. Huashan 1914 Creative Park located in Taipei City
This tourist attraction is a hub of Taiwanese culture. With shops, food, local art, films, crafts, and events, this is a favorite spot for people who want to enjoy different aspects of Taiwanese culture in one place. This is more than just a market area; it is a way to experience and enjoy the daily life of the locals and experience the art and culture in a more laid back environment.
12. Sun Moon Lake located in Nantou County
Known for its beautiful clear blue water, Sun Moon Lake is a favorite for locals and tourists. This lake has a romantic feel and is a favorite spot for couples and honeymooners. A lot of the attractions here are run by an aboriginal tribe who hsve inhabited the area for centuries. This is a must-go location for any couple.
These are some of the top Taiwan attractions.
If you're planning your next trip or heading to Taiwan soon, consider adding these 12 spots to your itinerary. You are sure to have a memorable visit.
Every place on this list offers you a diverse experience that will make your trip to Taiwan unforgettable. With a wide range of things to do there is sure to be something on this list for everyone to enjoy.