Destinations

Tainan

city in southern Taiwan

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Yushan

highest mountain in Taiwan

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Taitung

A county-controlled city of Taitung County

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Taipei

capital of Taiwan

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Hualien

A county-controlled city in Hualien County

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Yangmingshan National Park

protected area

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Taroko Gorge

national park in Taiwan

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Sun Moon Lake

largest lake in Taiwan

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Alishan

mountain

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Jiufen

(九份) - this former gold mining town on the northeast coast is now a popular tourist destination.

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Hsinchu

city in northern Taiwan

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Puli

city in Nantou County, Taiwan

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Taichung

city in Taiwan

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Kaohsiung

A special municipality of Taiwan

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Sights

Taoyuan, Taiwan

city in Taiwan

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New Taipei City

city in Taiwan

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Taipei 101

skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan

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Nantou County

county in Taiwan

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National Palace Museum

national museum in Taipei

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Zhongzheng District

district of Taipei

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Changhua

A city in Changhua County

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Xindian District

district in New Taipei City

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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

memorial hall in Taipei

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National Museum of History

museum in Taipei, Taiwan

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National Museum of Taiwan Literature

public art museum in Tainan, Taiwan

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Yangmingshan

protected area

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Zushi Temple

Taoist temple in Sanxia District, New Taipei, Taiwan

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Orchid Island

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Hsinchu railway station

Built in 1913 in the classic Baroque style that was popular in Taiwan at the beginning of the 20th century. There is nothing to see inside, but the facade provides a good backdrop for souvenir photographs of the city.

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Zhushan, Nantou

An urban township in Nantou County

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Fort Provintia

Chihkan Tower s the landmark of Tainan and its most famous historic site. In 1653 the Dutch built "Fort Providentia" in the area, and the Chinese named it "Tower of Savages" or "Tower of Red-haired Barbarians." Even though Chihkan Tower has survived different historical periods, it retains its rich and graceful architectural aspects. Crammed with various kinds of steles, stone horses, weight lifting rocks, stone weights, ponds with colorful fish and nine stone tortoises carrying royal stele carved in Chinese and Manchurian, the courtyard looks like an outdoor museum. Chihkan Tower is particularly attractive at night.

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Taipei Fine Arts Museum

art museum in Taipei

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Taipei Zoo

zoo

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Zhongshan Hall

auditorium in Taipei, Taiwan

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Fort Zeelandia (Taiwan)

In the early 17th century, European seafarers came to Asia to trade and develop colonial outposts. In 1624, the Dutch occupied today's Anping and took ten years to build a fort named "Fort Zeelandia." After 1662, because Koxinga and his son lived here, it was named "King Castle," "Anping Castle" as well as "Taiwan Castle." The Japanese rebuilt it and named it "Anping Old Fort." Today, the only Dutch remains are the ruins of a semicircular bulwark and a section of the outer fort's brick wall; the root of an old banyan tree on the wall remains a witness to the fort's long history. Its commanding views of the ocean make it a popular place to watch the sunset. Nevertheless, the fort itself is not that impressing, and neither is the view from the tower during the day. Also, there is not much space in the tower, so it is questionable that many people will be able to enjoy the sunset. Hence, you could skip it for Anping Tree House instead.

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Yushan National Park

park in Taiwan

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National Museum of Prehistory (Taiwan)

In the 1980s and 1990s, a team of archaeologists from National Taiwan University excavated over 1,500 stone coffins and more than 20,000 stone and pottery artifacts belonging to the Peinan culture. This museum is dedicated to this discovery and is located a few kilometers from the actual archaeological site. It also houses an extremely in depth exhibit on the current aboriginal groups in Taiwan. Outside the Museum building there are beautifully sculpted grounds and garden area.

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Kaohsiung Lighthouse

The lighthouse was built by English technicians in Ching Dynasty (1883). In 1916, the Japanese remodeled it into Baroque stye and painted it white. This renovation was made as part of the expasion of Dagao port. The lighthouse has played a crucial role in guiding ships since 1918 during night sailing

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Lin Yutang House

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Eternal Golden Castle

A 19th-century coastal fortress, it was built during the Qing dynasty and armed with cannons to defend against the threat of Japanese invasion. Bricks from the remains of Fort Zeelandia were used during the fort's construction. The squarish fort feels like a very big park aside from its thick walls and gate tunnel, and paddle boats are even available for rent in the moat surrounding the fort. There are sometimes musical events and performances in the evening.

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National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

art museum in Taichung, Taiwan

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Taichung Mosque

mosque in Taichung

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Image Museum of Hsinchu City

A museum in Hsinchu City

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Hsinchu Museum of Military Dependents Village

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Taichung Folklore Park

A cultural center in Taichung

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Beinan Cultural Park

Associated with the Museum of Prehistory the Beinan Cultural Park contains the largest and most important prehistoric archaeological site in Taiwan. Beyond the archaeological site the park also consists of beautiful grounds with a commanding view of the surrounding area. Tours in Chinese begin twice a day at 10:00 and 15:00. English tours must be planned in advance.

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Taiwan Confucian Temple

A serene destination surrounded by a small park. Explore the temple, then go to the incredibly popular shaved-ice store right on the opposite side.

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Pine Garden

A former military office in Hualien County

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Hsinchu City Fire Museum

A museum in Hsinchu City

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Taipei Water Park

A water park in Taipei

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Anping Tree House

Anping Tree House was built as the warehouse of Tait & Co. During the Japanese Occupation it was the office and warehouse of the Japan Salt Company. After World War II, the salt industry in Anping declined, and this area was abandoned. The aerial roots and branches of banyan trees wrapped around the building, combined with the soil, red brick and partial concrete wall creates an unusual sight.

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Qixingtan Beach

One of the most popular attractions of Taiwan, although maybe not the most spectacular one. Crescent bay and clear blue waters with a beach full of colorful agates. This used to be a small fishing village but has now multiple scenic trails, pagodas, beach pavilions, and a star-gazing square. Excellent vistas of the ocean, delicious seafood, friendly people and a restaurant specializing in goat milk coffee. The beach is not popular for swimming as the tides and currents are quite dangerous, the bottom drops off steeply, and doesn't have much sand (mostly pebbles). It is important to stay near the coast.

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Great South Gate

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Eternal Spring Shrine

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Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

One of Taiwan's largest Buddhist monasteries – Chan (Zen) tradition. While amount of impressive monasteries in Taiwan is rare, this place is the one must see destination, even if you are not into Buddhism. The monastery area is the manifestation of a new and modern Buddhism interpretation (Fo Guang Shan), founded in 1967. Like the Bahá'í Gardens in Haifa (Israel), this place is free and offers complementary tours. Do not miss out on this picturesque and unique monastery. Arrive early (09:00) and get some unspoilt pictures. Also try this email address.

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State Temple of the Martial God

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Jhen Wen Academy

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Central Park (Kaohsiung)

park in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Koxinga Ancestral Shrine

A small shrine dedicated to Koxinga, with plaques and information about his life. Locally known as Zheng Chenggong, Koxinga is an intriguing iconic hero of Taiwan, symbolic in different ways to different people and his image bent to fit whoever is in charge. He was a pirate to the Dutch, a brave and loyal general to the Chinese, a brutal conqueror to the Aboriginal tribes and a favored son to the Japanese through his mother. He was even a beacon of hope to the KMT in their aims to reclaim the mainland, though perhaps not the best example for them. The garden is quiet and serene, and a statue of Zheng Chenggong on horseback guards the entrance.

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Farglory Ocean Park

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Taichung Metropolitan Park

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Xiangde Temple

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Bitan

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Shakadang Trail

Trail in Hualien County, Taiwan

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Taiwan

Taiwan (Traditional Chinese: 台灣 or 臺灣, Tái wān) is an island nation of about 36,000 km² off the coast of southeastern mainland China, southwest of Japan's Okinawa and north of the Philippines. The island is officially known as and governed by the Republic of China (中華民國 Zhōnghuá Mínguó) or ROC. Shaped roughly like a sweet potato, the nation is home to more than 23 million people and is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Besides its crowded cities, Taiwan is also known for steep mountains and lush forests. In addition to the island of Taiwan, the Republic of China governs the tiny Pescadores (Penghu), Quemoy (Kinmen/Jinmen), and Matsu.

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