Enjoy the remarkable contrast of old and new in Taiwan
With its huge urban population and its wildly varying landscape, you will discover an island of exciting contradictions on your holidays to Taiwan.
The island of Taiwan sits just off the coast of mainland China. Here, spectacular plains in the east contrast with the majestic peaks of the mountain ranges in the west, and ancient temples sit alongside brand new glass fronted boutiques. Whether its bustling metropolises or traditional villages you’re looking for you’ll find them in abundance on your holidays in Taiwan.
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 over 3000 metres on this island alone. Hard-core climbers should make their way to the top of Yushan, which is Taiwan’s highest mountain. Or for a gentler climb, simply hike to the top of one of the peaks along the way.
Views from the Yushan mountain 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, and Formosan black bears and white-faced flying squirrel are often sighted here.
Make sure you explore the nightlife while holidaying in Taiwan, the choice of activities on offer will not disappoint. Foodies should try the night markets where traditional and contemporary Taiwanese delicacies are available for low prices. There’s a great atmosphere here too, and the streets are alive with bright lights and delicious aromas. Those looking for a night on the tiles should head to the city of Taipei, where loads of clubs and bars cater for a mixture of musical tastes. Serious clubbers shouldn’t miss a night out at Luxy nightclub on their Taiwan holidays.