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They're small, they're beautiful, they're the best little towns in Taiwan, as voted by locals and "undercover experts"

By Hiufu Wong

After months of canvassing, Taiwan's Tourism Bureau has named the island's 10 favorite small towns.

A short list of 17 townships and small districts has been competing for votes since January 2012 by giving away iPads and holding street fairs and parades. The 10 winning towns will each receive NT$500,000 (US$16,915) in tourism promotion funds and will also receive extra marketing efforts from the Tourism Bureau in 2012.

Votes cast by Taiwan residents accounted for 20 percent of the final score, with 80 percent of the score coming from a panel of undercover experts conducting field research in the towns.

The panel judged on criteria such as accessibility, sanitation, industrial cooperation and "local characters."

Click through the gallery above to see and read about the 10 winning towns.

The final winners are: (in no particular order)
1.Dajia District, Taichung City
2.Daxi Township, Taoyuan County
3.Beitou District, Taipei City
4.Anping, Tainan
5.Jincheng Township, Kinmen County
6.Meinong District, Kaohsiung
7.Lukang Township, Changhua County
8.Jiji Township, Nantou County
9.Rueifang District, New Taipei City
10.Jiaosi Township, Yilan County

1. Dajia, Taichung Often overshadowed by the northern and southern counterparts, central Taiwan is in fact a center of Taiwanese culture and tradition.

Every spring, it hosts the biggest religious festival in Taiwan -- the Mazu pilgrimage festival (March 23-April 1).

During the festival thousands of worshippers travel across the city on foot, for seven days and eight nights, to pray for blessings from Mazu (the sea goddess).

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2. Daxi, Taoyuan


Situated next to Taipei City, this is the place to learn about Taiwan's political history.

Daxi is the home of two former presidents, Chiang Kai-shek and his son Chiang Ching-kuo, and now also their mausoleums.

The town is full of Baroque architectures and relics related to the old presidents.
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3. Beitou, Taipei City

Beitou is a hot spring heaven with an old Japanese charm, located on the outskirts of Taipei City.
You can still see the influence of Japan's colonization in its buildings and gardens.
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4. Anping, Tainan


This ancient district is the origin of "Taiwan," the name.

The red-brick Anping Castle (once called Fort Zeelandia) was built during the Dutch occupation in the 1960s. It is the best location to see the sunset in Anping.
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5. Jincheng, Kinmen

Although Jincheng looks like a simple town, it secured the vote from Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou.

On the 12th day of the fourth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, Kinmen's residents carry out a 300-year-old annual parade to celebrate the birthday of Cheng-Huang (City God).
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6. Meinong, Kaohsiung

Meinong is a sweet Hakka town famous for its rice production and oil-paper umbrella industry.

Cycle trails are set up around the town. Rural Hakka cuisine is a must-try when visiting Meinong.
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7. Lukang, Changhua

Famous for its traditional handcrafts, food, historical sites and temples, Lukang is a time warp.

The Mazu Temple, Old Street and Longshan Temple are the three key things to see in Lukang.

The friendly town is also named "the smiling town."
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