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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 10 attractions in Taiwan

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Taroko National Park (Taroko Gorge)

Taroko National Park (Taroko Gorge)

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Taroko National Park, home to the Taroko Gorge, is one of Taiwan’s foremost tourist attractions. Highlights of this diverse landscape include the looming Qingshui Cliff, the twisting vistas of the Tunnel of Nine Turns, and the dramatic hanging bridges of Swallow Grotto. Then there’s the Eternal Springs Shrine, which hugs a lush green hillside next to its namesake springs.More
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Kaohsiung Pier-2 Art Center

Kaohsiung Pier-2 Art Center

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Once a forgotten abandoned warehouse, this contemporary hub for art and design has become a destination for hip and cultured visitors to Taiwan. Popular exhibits have included 3D street art, automotive art, and even technological displays from gaming developers. In addition to artistic installations, music events and trade shows are also held in this unique space.More
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Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake

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Located in central Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is one of the only natural lakes in the country, which takes its name from the shapes formed on either side of the water by the dividing Lalu Island. It’s also the largest and arguably the most beautiful Taiwanese lake, with an indigenous history that dates back thousands of years.More
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Jiufen Village

Jiufen Village

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Located in northeast Taiwan, the mountainside village of Jiufen was once the country's gold mining center. Today, it’s a popular tourist destination known for its quaint streets and alleyways; traditional teahouses; myriad food stalls and souvenir shops; and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and Pacific Ocean.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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Zhuilu Old Trail

Zhuilu Old Trail

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The Zhuilu Old Trail follows the last remaining section of the Old Hehuan Mountain Road in Hualien County, Taiwan. Also known as the Vertical Trail, it’s a nail-­biting yet rewarding hike, offering spectacular aerial views of the Taroko Gorge and the Liwu River that created it.The trek begins at Zimu Bridge and follows the north wall of the gorge before recrossing at Swallow Grotto. The route is a little more than 10 kilometers in total and takes between six and eight hours to complete, including a section that is literally cut out from the cliff face hundreds of meters up and no more than 60­70 centimeters wide.The Taroko National Park restricts the number of trekkers walking the Zhuilu Old Trail to 60 people on weekdays and 96 at the weekends. A permit is required, as is an official guide to lead the way.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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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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Pingxi Branch Rail Line

Pingxi Branch Rail Line

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First constructed in 1921 to transport coal, the Pingxi Branch Rail Line—often known simply as the “Pingxi Line”—is today an enchanting tourist attraction. Stretching eight miles (13 kilometers) through some of the Taipei area’s loveliest scenery, the single-track railway wends its way through the photogenic Keelung River Valley.More

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Top 6 Foods to Try in Taipei

Top activities in Taiwan

Taipei Half-Day City Tour

Taipei Half-Day City Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Taiwan

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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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Great Experience
Jeanne_P, Feb 2020
5-Hour Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation Scenery Tour
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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A great full day private northern tour of Taiwan
Voyage621364, 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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Jiufen 1/2 day tour
debldean54, Nov 2019
Jiufen Village (Chiufen) and Northeast Coast Half-Day Tour from Taipei
We got out to see the gorgeous coastline of Taiwan.
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Fantastic experience!
BoonYeo, 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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Excellent and enjoyable tour
kevjanle, Oct 2019
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko 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
jarod004, Oct 2019
Ultimate Taipei Sightseeing Tour
She can speak great english and communicates very well.
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A great day out
adamrI7778XZ, 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 (Chiufen) and Northeast Coast Half-Day Tour from Taipei
A great way to see this quaint little village tucked away in the northeast coast of Taiwan.
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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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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, Taroko 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 Full-Day Tour from Taipei
Since this was high on our list of things to see in Taiwan it was worth the long train ride.
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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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I was lucky enough to be the only...
ambibamma, Jan 2018
Northern Coast Half-Day Tour including Yehliu Park from Taipei
He is very funny and speaks perfect English.
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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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Yang was an excellent guide with...
John S, Jan 2018
Private Custom Tour: Taipei in a Day
Yang was an excellent guide with excellent English.
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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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We went by train from Taipei to...
Pasi H, Oct 2016
Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour from Taipei
We went by train from Taipei to Hualien, which was an opportunity itself to see Taiwan.
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