Taiwan travel ideas and tips from a local resident
Taiwan is a friendly and surprisingly beautiful island with majestic mountains and ancient forests.
Idyllic Eastern Taiwan is the best part of a Taiwan Travel
People often confuse Taiwan with other Asian countries or think this island is some sort of tiny city-state such as Hong Kong or Singapore.
Quite far from the truth! In Taiwan you will of course find cities and factories, plenty of them, but you will also find, for example:
- The highest mountain range in East Asia, with peaks almost 4,000 meters high. In 2 hours you can drive from banana and pineapple plantations to alpine grassland, covered by "dwarf bamboo" and, in winter, by the snow.
- Pristine forests, scattered along the island, where you can admire the "divine trees", junipers and cypresses thousands of years old.
- A road cut into the marble, running deep along one of the most impressive gorges in the world: Taroko Gorge.
- A mountain railway that will bring you from the lowlands to an old Japanese resort at 2,200 m above the sea level: Alishan.
Mountains and hills actually cover more than 50% of Taiwan area. They are not out of sight from anywhere and they offer wilderness and solitude at a short distance from every Taiwanese city.
Taiwan's Central Range offers stunning views
Taiwan has also a long history and has always been a crossroads of different people and cultures.
The Portuguese explorers named Taiwan "Ilha Formosa", the Beautiful Island. Chinese and Japanese, different aboriginal peoples, Dutch and Spanish, all left their footprints on the island. This is why Taiwan culture is so unique and varied.
The traditional Chinese culture has been better preserved in Taiwan than in any other part of East Asia, including China. At the same time Taiwan is a free and modern country.
So in Taiwan you will also find:
- Chinese temples, Buddhist monasteries hidden on the hills and aboriginal villages inhabited by the close relatives of the Polynesian islanders.
- The most outstanding collection of Chinese art: the National Palace Museum.
- The tallest and one of the most elegant high-rises in the world: Taipei 101.
Only in Taiwan, also, you can taste the best Chinese food (no exaggeration) and, everywhere, enjoy convenient Japanese eateries and restaurants: both cuisines are vastly popular with the locals. Taiwan also offers dozens of hot springs and spas, Japanese style, at a fraction of the cost.
Taiwan Travel Experience is a guide written by a local resident. I have been living in the island with my Taiwanese wife for several years so far, my first Taiwan travel took place on the Chinese New Year holidays of 2002.
We enjoy visiting Taiwan, exploring known and not so known places and also tasting the local food .... being herself Chinese and myself Italian we believe we know how to recognize good food!
I hope that this Taiwan travel guide will be of value for you, for sure i am enjoying a lot writing it and i will keep improving and updating it.
Table Of Contents
- Essential Facts about Taiwan
- Facts about Taiwan: Frequently Asked Questions about Taiwan and Taiwanese People
- Flights to Taipei - How to Get to Taiwan
- Convenient flights to Taipei and Taiwan: a guide and some tips.
- Basianshan - an enchanted bamboo forest in Taichung County
- Basianshan is also known as Eight Immortals Mountain. Blessed with a magic bamboo forest, Basianshan is a scenic and peaceful Forest Recreation Area in Central Taiwan
- Dasyueshan - Taiwan Mountains at their best!
- Dasyueshan in Taichung County is one of the Taiwan National Forest Recreational Areas. Dasyueshan mountains and forests offers some of the best hiking in Taiwan
- Paper umbrella - the treasure of Meinong
- Things to know about Meinong paper umbrella
- Contact Me at Taiwan Travel Experience
- Use this form to write me here at Taiwan Travel Experience.
- Taiwan Currency Explained
- Which is the Taiwan Currency? Everything you need to know about Taiwan Money.
- Taiwan Visa - who needs one
- Do you need a Taiwan visa? How to enter Taiwan.
- Tainan, Taiwan ... is it a mispelling?
- No, it is not! Don't miss Tainan! Chinese temples full of life and delicious food are the highlights of the ancient capital of Taiwan
- Taichung (Taizhong), capital of taiwanese tea houses and home of a hi-tech science park.
- Taichung, with one million inhabitants, is the third largest city in the island. Though off the beaten path, Taichung offers some real treasures for the discerning traveller.
- Types of Chinese Tea in Taiwan
- Which are the types of chinese tea in Taiwan? A simple easy guide to chinese tea.
- Taipei Travel Guide - the Capital of Taiwan
- Taipei Travel Guide: Things to see and things to do in the Capital of Taiwan.
- Taroko Gorge, the most beautiful place of all Taiwan
- Taroko, in the local aboriginal language, means "magnificent and beautiful". And truly Taroko Gorge is a splendid place with massive marble cliffs mottled with tropical vegetation, blue streams and pagodas surrounded by green forests.
- Amazing Taiwan Food - What to Eat in Taiwan
- What people eat in Taiwan? Is Taiwan food the best in Asia? What is the real Taiwanese cuisine? Here is my personal experience ...
- Top 10 of Chinese Desserts in Taiwan!
- Chinese Desserts are a lot! Here are the 10 most known (and eaten) Chinese Desserts in Taiwan.
- Kenting, what a surprise!
- Kenting, the Tropical Land's End of Taiwan, is truly full of discoveries.
- Taiwan Resources, a very personal Taiwan Directory
- Do you need a useful list of online Taiwan Resources? Here are my Taiwan resources, a list of useful links I use everyday.
- Taiwan Shopping - beautiful things to buy in the Beautiful Island
- An essential guide to Taiwan Shopping with tips about what, where and how to buy in Taiwan.
- Taiwan Restaurant - ours and yours!
- Our Favorite Taiwan Restaurant. Add Yours!
- Hotels in Taiwan: a guide and some advices about all kind of accommodation in Taiwan
- Hotels in Taiwan - all about hotels, inns, hot springs hotels, homestays, temples and love hotels
- Chinese Symbols for Words: the Chinese Characters.
- Chinese Symbols for Words - An Introduction to Chinese Characters with Meanings and Pictures
- Taiwan Guide - Professional Interpreters and Guides
- Taiwan Guide: my own advice and recommendation about professional guides-interpreters in Taiwan and volunteers buddy guides.
- Lukang - Travel Guide to a Forgotten City in Central Taiwan
- Nowadays a sleeping little city, Lukang was one of the most important ports in Taiwan at the time of the Qing Dynasty. Lukang has kept important vestiges of that past - here a list of the best ones ....
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