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Taiwan is a beautiful island in Asia featuring amazing landscapes with oversized sea cliffs and forested mountains, large diversity of museums, rich local culture filled with Taoist and Buddhist temples and a wide variety of mouth-watering local delicacies. According to Lonely Planet’s recently posted article, Taiwan is placed 9th of the top-10-countries-to-visit for 2012, after countries include Uganda, Myanmar, Ukraine, Jordan, Denmark, Bhutan, Cuba and New Caledonia with Switzerland gaining these place.Sinotour.com has listed top things to do in Taiwan in introducing you the must-sees and dos for your Taiwan travel.|
1.Taroko National Park
Taroko National Park is one of Taiwan’s most internationally renowned tourist destinations. The park covers 92,000 hectares with mountain peaks rising to 3700m across Hualien County, Nantou County, and Taichung County. The environment of the park is filled with high mountain peaks and Liwu River that cuts through the center of the Taroko Gorge, forging tremendous natural sceneries as well as hiking trails that lead visitors to phenomenal sights such as Baiyang Waterfalls, Buluowan, Cingshui Cliff, Shakadang River, Swallow Grottoes (Yanzikou), and Tunnel of Nine Turns. The spectacular landscapes of lofty mountains, cliffs, lakes, waterfalls, as well as primitive biological resources are heavenly treasures of Taiwan.
2.National Palace Museum
First established in 1925 and re-established in 1965, the National Palace Museum in Taipei Shilin District is the home to the world’s largest and precious collection of Chinese art: paintings, crafts, relics, historical documentations and lots more reflecting the rich cultural heritage and civilization of the ancient Chinese. The museum houses about 655,000 pieces of collection, with much of it liberated from mainland China during the last retreat of the KMT. However, the vast collection is far too many to exhibit at any given time. Paintings, calligraphy, statues, ceramic and jade, as well as a fascinating collection of Buddhist artifacts inherited from the Forbidden City are the major part of treasures on rotation. The most famous and notable pieces of the museum are Jadeite cabbage, Meat-Shaped Stone, Agate Finger Citrons, White Jade Branch of Elegant Lychee, T’ien-huang Stone Miniature Mountain, and Jadeite Screen Insert. The sheer volume of priceless collection makes the National Palace Museum a must-visit for one’s Taiwan travel. Multi-lingual guided tours and English headphone guides are available upon request.
Opened in 2004, Taipei 101 is Taipei City’s landmark designed in eight sections according to the Chinese lucky number-8. Taipei 101 is comprised of 101 floors with the fastest elevators in the world at the time when it was established that can travel 90 floors in only 37 seconds (64.4 kilometers per hour approximate). The skyscraper houses a number of boutique brands on the lower floors and cooperate use on the upper floors with Taipei 101 observatory on the top offering unparallel experience setting foot in one of the world’s tallest building, where panoramic views over the heart of Taipei City are to be seen, from the busy corner of Xinyi commercial district, to glittering dazzle of the multitudes of cars and the sky full of flickering stars.
4.Taiwan Night Markets
Night markets play an important role in Taiwanese culture. One may find lively night markets across every cities in Taiwan for a wide array of food stalls, sidewalk vendors, as well as small canteens displaying the splendid social culture of Taiwan at nightfall. Night markets are in different scales with each owning its specials and styles, and some are only available in partial days. Below is a list of some of the most popular Taiwan Night Markets.
Keelung Miaokou Night Market, Taipei Raohe St. Night Market, Taipei Shida Night Market, Taipei Shilin Night Market & Hsinchu City God Temple Night Market
Taichung Feng Chia Night Market
Chiayi Wenhua Road Night Market, Kenting Night Market (Kenting Street), Kaohsiung Liouhe Night Market, Kaohsiung Rueifong Night Market & Tainan Flowers Night Market
Yilan Luodong Night Market & Hualien Nanbin Night Market
9.Taiwan High Mountain Tea
Taiwan is famed for its mountainous landscapes that are perfect for fine high mountain tea plantation and trekking. High-quality tea products are often one of the most popular souvenirs that travelers get for their families and friends. Alishan Forest Recreation Area in Chiayi County is not only famed for its unparallel natural beauties and colorful culture of the indigenous, but also noted for its tea culture. The high-elevation and the perfect soil composition, moist climate, and the temperature differential of day and night make Alishan tea the most famous among all Taiwan teas. In accordance to the geographic advantage, the Alishan tea farms are irrigated with pure mountain spring water, hand-picked, air dried and delicately roasted in a unique process enhancing a sweet and mild taste. Travelers may find Alishan tea products at the souvenir shops in the Alishan Forest Recreation Area or tea shops in Taiwan. Maokong in Taipei City is another place in Taiwan renowned for its fine tea culture. Maokong is one of the 2 places in Taiwan that produces Tie-guan-yin Tea, and is noted the best. The great taste of Maokong Tie-guan-yin Tea is derived from its perfect landscape. There are a number of tea museums and shops in Maokong area providing a nice place for tea lovers to try some good Taiwan tea and understand more about Taiwan tea culture. Also, Maokong is noted for its great day and night views over Taipei City.