For centuries, Taiwan was known as “Ilha Formosa” which means “The Beautiful Isle” in Portugese, and it certainly is that. Located 36,000 square kilometers off the southeastern coast of mainland China, Taiwan is a densely populated island teeming with over 22 million people, but this does not detract from its natural beauty. The island is lined with soaring mountains that provide an impressive backdrop to its lush green foothills, terraced flatlands and magnificent coastal plains and basins.
Taiwanese culture is rich and unique. Well-traveled tourists will marvel at Taiwan’s breath-taking landscape peppered with natural waterfalls, lakes and hot springs and its many hillsides that are clouded with mist. The ubiquitous pagodas and temples around the island hint at the locals’ deep spirituality while its modern skyscrapers, shopping malls and commercial facilities herald Taiwan’s growing economic presence in the modern world. This interesting mix of a storied past and a progressive present make Taiwan a fascinating study of the old and the new.
Here are destinations that you must visit when you visit Taiwan,
Among the Taiwan Cities, mention can be made of Taipei. The city of Taipei in Taiwan is one of the most advanced and pleasant Tourist Destinations in Taiwan. The city is the capital of Taiwan and attracts huge crowds throughout the year. Taipei is visited for its attractive sightseeing spots, dining outlets and shopping and a trendy nightlife.
Taipei 101 is a landmark of the city. The skyscraper claimed to be the world’s tallest building when it was opened in the year 2004. Taipei 101 is the tallest completed skyscraper in the world, measuring 449 meters from ground to the roof-top, has a different color scheme each night of the week, and puts on a special show on particular holidays. Taipei 101 also set new records for the ascending elevator speed. The landmark has won many accolades and international awards for its innovations. Visitors gather in large numbers especially during the New Year’s Eve, when fireworks display occurs here.
Taroko Gorge is located on the eastern coast of Taiwan. It is about 4 hours drive from the capital Taipei. This place has the largest marble gorge in the world. Taroko Gorge is the most visited site in Taiwan after Taipei.
Taroko Gorge is one of the greatest and most awesome natural wonders of the world. It is the 19 kilometers long and can be found at the eastern terminus of the scenic East-West Cross Island Highway which is popularly known as The Rainbow of Treasure Island. The 900 meters towering cliffs of the Taroko Gorge contain billions of tons of marble deposits.
The wonderful Taroko Gorge and the spectacular beauty of the Liwu River can be seen clearly from the Central Cross-Island Highway. The innumerable waterfalls, several forms of plant and animal life, and the indigenous Taroko people, together create the unique natural ecosystem of the region.
Kenting National Park
K’en-ting is an island in southern Taiwan. It is renowned for its exquisite locales. Over the years the various coastal reefs and limestone formations in K’en-ting make it a most favored tourist destination in Taiwan.
Kenting National Park is located at the southernmost tip of Taiwan and easily accessible from Kaohsiung and Taipei. It covers an area of 333 square kilometer, which includes 181 sq km of land and 152 sq km of sea. Covering both land and sea, Kenting is renowned for its wintering migratory birds, coastal forests, undersea coral, and tropical beaches where a variety of water sports are offered. In addition, the national park includes mountains, forests, pasture, lakes, sand dunes, beaches, and coral reefs imply everything you could desire when you want to get up front and personal with Mother Nature. With warm climate, pleasant scenery, and easy access, Kenting is one of the most popular resorts, attracting both domestic and foreign tourists every year.