Taiwan Holidays

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An Island of Culture

With a huge urban population and its beautiful and varying landscapes, you’ll discover an island of exciting contradictions during your Taiwan holidays. The island of Taiwan sits just off the coast of mainland China, and echoes many of the ideologies you’ll find just across the water.

The island’s beauty is evident in the spectacular plains in the east which are contrasted by the majestic peaks of the mountain ranges in the west, while ancient temples sit alongside modern glass-fronted boutiques. Whether it is bustling metropolises or traditional villages you’re looking for, you’ll find them in abundance on your holidays in Taiwan.

A Bustling Metropolis

The capital city Taipei is to Taiwan what Shanghai is to China and Tokyo is to Japan. It is the financial, cultural and governmental centre of the entire island nation, and most people will begin their Taiwan holidays in the city. Its significant political role shouldn’t overshadow the immense appeal and likeability that Taipei possesses, and you’ll be treated to many attractions including museums and galleries, stunning landmarks and beautiful temples.

The National Palace Museum is home to the world’s best collection of Chinese artefacts, while the Museum of Contemporary Art is a nod to the artistic prowess of this nation. You cannot miss the majestic National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall or Taipei 101, the second tallest skyscraper in the world, while religious devotion can be witnessed at the beautiful Longshan Temple.

The city is home to some fantastic 5-star hotels that will keep you comfortable and relaxed during your stay, while retail therapy will come easily to visitors, especially through the means of the gigantic Taipei 101 Mall.

Landscapes Full of Challenges

Given that Taiwan has the largest number and density of high mountains in the world it is no surprise that mountaineering is something of a national sport. There are around 165 mountains towering over 3000 metres on this island alone. Hard core climbers should make their way to the top of Yushan, Taiwan’s highest mountain, or for a gentler climb, simply hike to the top of one of the peaks in the local vicinity.

Views from the Yushan Range are unbelievable, and nature lovers should keep their eyes peeled every step of the way. This is a favoured habitat for various rare and endangered species, with black bears and white-faced flying squirrel often sighted here.

Hitting as many of the island’s diverse natural landscapes is one of the most rewarding things to do during your holidays in Taiwan. Beyond the mountains you’ll find stunning beaches, especially in the Kenting National Park in the island’s south, and on the east coast around Hualien, which is also home to the incredible Taroko Gorge. The best time to visit for a beach-filled break are through the hot, sunshine months of July and August.

Hitting as many of the island’s diverse natural landscapes is one of the most rewarding things to do during your holidays in Taiwan. Beyond the mountains you’ll find stunning beaches, especially in the Kenting National Park in the island’s south, and on the east coast around Hualien, which is also home to the incredible Taroko Gorge. The best time to visit for a beach-filled break are through the hot, sunshine months of July and August.

Out and About in Taiwan

There are countless cultural cities and towns dotted around the island which will allow you to engage in some traditional Taiwanese ideals and learn about the country’s historical significance.

You should definitely pay a visit to Taichung during your holiday. The island’s third largest city is home to some great museums including the National Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the engaging and informative Municipal Cultural Centre. Tainan is another great destination and is the oldest city in the whole of Taiwan, as well as once functioning as the country’s capital. Among some of the most impressive buildings in the city are the Eternal Golden Fortress and the ruins of Anping Fort.

There are many more natural attractions for you to engage with throughout the island. Alishan is home to misty forest trails which are fantastic to traverse around sunrise, while the Shei-pa National Park is adorned with mountains and rivers which can be explored by the means of some superb hiking trails.