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Experience the natural and cultural riches of this East Asian island nation, home to mountain trails, monuments, temples and skyscrapers.

With mountain landscapes, white-sand beaches, tropical forests and hot springs, Taiwan has no shortage of diverse attractions.

Begin your visit in Taipei. This lively, cosmopolitan city in the north of the island has a history preserved in shrines, temples and monuments. Tour the grand Confucius Temple and view the vast collection of Asian art at the National Palace Museum. One of the city's most popular attractions is the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, a monumental building dedicated to the memory of President Chiang Kai-shek. Take the fast elevator up the 1,670-foot (510-meter) Taipei 101 skyscraper. Browse night market stalls at Snake Alley and Shilin and stop at a food stall for grilled quail eggs or fried chicken and noodles.

Rent a bike for a cycling trip along the riverside trails. Taiwan is bike friendly with thousands of miles of cycling paths and lanes throughout the island.

Taiwan’s diverse scenery offers plenty of outdoor activities. Just outside Taipei is Yangmingshan National Park, known for its hot sulfur spring baths and mountain hiking trails. Travel to the southern tip of Taiwan for Kenting National Park. Relax on its beaches, dive among corals and go bird-watching in the forests. Make your way to Yehliu to investigate unusual rock formations shaped by millions of years of wind and sea erosion. Hike through Taroko Gorge to the Eternal Spring Shrine. This temple sits above a waterfall and is flanked by mountains.

A great way to see some of the scenery is to take the Alishan Forest Railway. The line climbs through steep forest terrain to the Alishan mountain resort.

If you have time in your schedule, take a short flight from Taipei to the Matsu Islands. Visit the small archipelago’s beaches, temples, forts and tunnels that were previously used by the military.

With its subtropical climate, Taiwan’s superlative scenery, religious sites and outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

Popular cities in Taiwan

Tamsui Old Street featuring street scenes, night scenes and a city
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business


Reasons to visit
  • Maokong
  • Yongkang Street
  • The Red House
Taijiang National Park which includes a ferry, a river or creek and a temple or place of worship
Known for Budget, Tours and Sightseeing


Reasons to visit
  • Anping Canal
  • Taijiang National Park
  • Chihkan Tower
Spring and Autumn Pavillions showing a temple or place of worship and a lake or waterhole
Known for Ports, Culture and Sunny


Reasons to visit
  • Love River
  • 85 Sky Tower
  • Liuhe Night Market
Taichung Park which includes a garden and a statue or sculpture
Known for Shopping, Family-Friendly and Business


Reasons to visit
  • Taichung Park
  • Zhonghua Night Market
  • Taichung Confucius Temple
Hsinchu showing a city
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business


Reasons to visit
  • Hsinchu City God Temple
  • Glass Museum of Hsinchu City
  • East Gate
Known for Mountains, Sunrises and Natural Parks


Reasons to visit
  • Chiayi Eiffel Tower Replica
  • Guanziling Hot Springs
  • Alishan National Forest Recreation Area