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Welcome to Taiwan

Taiwan’s relatively small size makes gaining a comprehensive picture of the Asian island nation a breeze. In one day, you can visit ancient stone temples, national parks, and bustling street food markets. The Taroko Gorge, a 5-million-year-old geographical marvel, verdant Elephant Mountain, and Sun Moon Lake allure nature lovers. The capital, Taipei, and second-largest city, Kaohsiung, house temples, striking skylines, and museums. Incessant grazing is encouraged in Taiwan: Be sure to sample steamed dumplings, oyster omelettes, shrimp rolls, and tofu from ubiquitous food stalls. Time your visit for February to see the Sky Lantern Festival light up the night in Pingxi.

Top 15 attractions in Taiwan

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Yehliu Geopark

Yehliu Geopark

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Yehliu Geopark, home to the iconic Queen’s Head rock formation, looks more like a landscape from Mars than the northern coast of Taiwan. With its otherworldly natural structures, all of which have alluring names such as the Fairy Shoe and Sea Candles, the park makes for an enriching day trip from Taipei.More
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Shifen Waterfall

Shifen Waterfall

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Horseshoe-shaped Shifen Waterfall is one of the most famous falls in Taiwan. Torrents of water plunge into a deep pool and raise a shroud of mist that creates a rainbow effect on sunny days. With a width of more than 131 feet (40 meters), Taiwan’s Little Niagra isn't quite as big as Niagara Falls but its shape is similar.More
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Taipei 101

Taipei 101

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At a soaring 1,667 feet (508 meters), Taipei 101 was the world’s tallest building when it was completed in 2004—Dubai’s Burj Khalifa overtook it in 2010. A landmark in Taipei, it houses offices, restaurants, and a multilevel shopping complex, as well as indoor and outdoor observatories offering stunning panoramic views of Taipei.More
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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

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The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is one of the most prominent landmarks and popular attractions in Taipei, and sees thousands of visitors daily. Learn about the life of Chiang Kai-Shek and the history of Taiwan inside this impressive building set within a 62-acre (25-hectare) memorial park with gardens, pools, and walkways.More
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Taipei National Palace Museum

Taipei National Palace Museum

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The National Palace Museum in Taipei is home to one of the most important collections of Chinese art in the world, and covers more than 8,000 years of Chinese history and culture. Featuring some 690,000 pieces, it covers all areas of Chinese art, including antiquities, painting, calligraphy, bronzes, jade, ceramics, and sculpture.More
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Fo Guang Shan Monastery

Fo Guang Shan Monastery

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As one of the largest Buddhist temples in Taiwan, Fo Guang Shan Monastery is a must-see destination for first-time visitors. Home to a 100-meter (328-foot) statue of a golden Buddha, as well as 500 smaller versions of the religious deity, the complex promises epic photographs and scenic views of the nearby Gaoping River.More
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Longshan Temple

Longshan Temple

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The oldest temple in Taiwan, Mengjia Longshan Temple was built in 1738 by immigrants from Fujian, China. The ornate and exquisite structure has been damaged by war and natural disasters, but also rebuilt, expanded, and improved over the years. Today is remains a center of religious life and a bastion of local culture in Taipei.More
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Zhuilu Old Trail

Zhuilu Old Trail

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Located inside Taroko National Park, Zhuilu Old Trail is one of the most spectacular hikes in Taiwan. Plan ahead if you want to hike this popular trail, featuring a steep ascent, narrow path, vertical cliffs with sheer drop-offs, and fantastic views of Taroko Gorge, Swallow Grotto Canyon, and the Zhuilu Marble Cliffs.More
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Yilan

Yilan

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Located in northeast Taiwan, Yilan is a popular day trip and weekend destination from Taipei. Set on a lush plain, with the ocean on one side and mountains on the others, the district offers plenty of natural beauty, a variety of outdoor activities, as well as historic towns, and a wealth of cultural and other attractions.More
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Shilin Night Market

Shilin Night Market

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Once the sun sets, the Shilin district comes alive with hundreds of stalls selling souvenirs and Taiwanese fare. As the most famous of Taipei’s night markets, Shilin Night Market draws large crowds of adventurous eaters, who want to be the first in line to try delicacies such as stinky tofu and braised pork intestines.More
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Yangmingshan National Park

Yangmingshan National Park

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Located on the northern edge of Taiwan, just a quick trip from Taipei, Yangmingshan National Park offers a dose of nature for city-dwellers and those touring the bustling capital. Visit Yangmingshan to hike through its volcanic scenery and rolling hills, soak in its hot springs, and, in the spring, see the cherry blossoms in bloom.More
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Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

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The Taipei Fine Arts Museum opened in 1983 in the building that once housed the United States Defense Command. The collection highlights work by Taiwanese and international artists from the late 19th century onwards, picking up where the National Palace Museum’s collection ends.More
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Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan)

Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan)

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Don’t be deterred by the name Elephant Mountain. A relatively easy climb takes you to the top of a hill that affords panoramic views of Taipei. Nestled among other rolling green hills, Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan Hiking Trail) is indisputably the best place in Taipei to enjoy a sunset over the capital’s skyline.More
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Taipei Zoo

Taipei Zoo

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One of the largest zoos in Asia, Taipei Zoo—also known as Muzha Zoo—features a wide variety of animals from around the world and those that are native to Taiwan. A popular attraction for locals and visitors alike, Taipei Zoo is also a leader in wildlife and ecological research, education, and conservation.More
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Dihua Street

Dihua Street

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This street that once served as Taipei’s major commercial center during the late Qing Dynasty still caters to more traditional tastes, giving visitors a glimpse at what the city was like in decades past. The market stalls and Chinese medicine shops sell a variety of teas, herbs, dried mushrooms, sweets, and other dried goods.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Taiwan

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Excellent Tour by Jimmy!
Leslie_W, Jun 2022
Full-Day Private Northern Taiwan Tour from Taipei with Pickup
We were a bit ambitious wanting to visit many locations in one day, but he made it work and gave us great insight into Taiwan’s history and culture along the way.
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A beautiful trip North Eastern Taiwan
Resmi_A, May 2022
Full-Day Private Northern Taiwan Tour from Taipei with Pickup
May it be the other-wordly rock formations of Geopark strewn with fossils, the Pacific lashing on the Elephant rock, the rust colored Golden waterfall or the charming town of Jiufen guarded by majestic, verdant mountains.
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Great Experience
Jeanne_P, Feb 2020
Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei
We had a great time - lovely scenery and a chance to see the countryside outside of Taipei.
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Hike up Mt. Qixing a Taipei must
lisakadane, Feb 2020
Small Group Hiking Day Tour On Qixing Mountain from Taipei
Afterwards, a soak in the hot springs was a perfect way to end the day.
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Jiufen 1/2 day tour
Deborah_D, Nov 2019
Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour from Taipei
We got out to see the gorgeous coastline of Taiwan.
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Fantastic experience!
BL_Y, Nov 2019
Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience
We also have one of the very best English speaking tour guide , Claire , very helpful and ofcause knowledgeable.
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A day well spent
Markus_K, Mar 2020
Full-Day Private Northern Taiwan Tour from Taipei with Pickup
After mostly being in Taipei our guide Roger drive us to the Geo Park, the golden waterfall, jiufen, shifen waterfall and elephant mountain.
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Excellent and enjoyable tour
kevjanle, Oct 2019
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Tarako Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
It would have been nicer to extend the stay in the hot springs hotels longer (2 nights vs.
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Awesome Experience, Great Tour Guide
Jeremiah_P, Oct 2019
Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour
She can speak great english and communicates very well.
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A great day out
Adam_R, Aug 2019
Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience
Our guide (Phoebe) was not just a tour guide - she was a window into the history of Taiwan and the background behind the attractions we visited.
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Charming little village
sarah_lourdes, Jun 2019
Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour from Taipei
A great way to see this quaint little village tucked away in the northeast coast of Taiwan.
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Excellent guide!
DCJimmy58, Mar 2019
Full-Day Private Custom Taipei City Tour
Very comfortable car, and Alan’s English is terrific.
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5 day best of Taiwan
masumit2018, Jan 2019
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Tarako Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
Excellent hotels; 2 of the 4 hotels had natural hot springs in the room.
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Marble Gorge Trip
Odyssey46820566665, Nov 2018
Taroko Gorge Day Tour from Taipei by Train
Since this was high on our list of things to see in Taiwan it was worth the long train ride.
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Taiwan
Margaret H, Jul 2018
Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour
Excellent opportunity to see all the coast of beautiful Taiwan.
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I was lucky enough to be the only...
Amber_L, Jan 2018
Yehliu Geopark and Keelung Harbor Guided Tour from Taipei
He is very funny and speaks perfect English.
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A very pleasant night, if you travel...
Team S, Jul 2017
Private Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu Geopark, and Pingxi
A very pleasant night, if you travel to Taiwan during the summer season, the tour will be the best way for you to experience the city.
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A great full day private northern tour of Taiwan
MariaTheresa_I, Dec 2019
Full-Day Private Northern Taiwan Tour from Taipei with Pickup
Had a good command of the English language and well traveled too.
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We had a great time learning about...
Irving C, Nov 2017
Tea of Taipei: Small-Group Tour with Taipei City Sightseeing
Summer, our tour guide made it fun and enjoyable as she was very professional and personable.
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The weather is more pleasant at...
Christine, Jul 2017
Taipei City Bike Tour with Elephant Mountain Hiking Experience
The weather is more pleasant at night in Taiwan during the summer season about May to Sep.
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All about Taiwan

Time Zone
CST (UTC +8)
Country Code
+886

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What is Taiwan best known for?

Taiwan is known for bustling cities such as Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Tainan, and skyscrapers like the soaring Taipei 101. Its dynamic night markets are a must, and culinary highlights like beef noodle soup, bubble tea, and soup dumplings are unmissable. Taiwan's natural attractions are also popular, including national parks like Taroko and Kenting.

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What should we do in Taiwan?

Taiwan is a dynamic and diverse place, with destination-worthy cities such as Taipei and natural attractions like Yangmingshan National Park. No trip is complete without cultural stops like the National Palace Museum and the historic Bao-An Temple, buzzing night market visits, and tastes of dishes like hot pot and gua bao.

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How many days in Taiwan is enough?

If you have time, set aside at least one week to explore all that Taiwan has to offer. Don't miss the capital of Taipei, as well as cities like Taichung and Kaohsiung. National parks like Kenting, Taroko, and Yangmingshan are essential. And save time to explore its museums, temples, and cultural landmarks.

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What is there to do in Taiwan at night?

Taiwan comes alive after dark, especially its night markets, where crowds gather to browse tempting food stalls, gather by glowing lanterns, and take in entertainment options. Taipei's nightlife is particularly renowned, and the city is known for its glitzy nightclubs, lively bars, and many late-night dining options.

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Is Taiwan dangerous for tourists?

No. Taiwan is a safe destination for visitors, and incidents of violent crime are low, even in major cities. However, it's still wise to be attentive, as some petty crime—like pickpocketing and bag-snatching—can happen in crowded tourist areas. Visitors should also take care during typhoon season, from May to November.

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Is Taiwan expensive to visit?

No, Taiwan is not expensive. It's a relatively affordable destination to explore, and decent mid-range hotels in Taipei often go for under $75 per night. Many museums and landmarks are cheap or free to visit, and Taipei's wealth of wallet-friendly bites makes it an ideal destination for food lovers on a budget.

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