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Top Things to Do in Taiwan

Known as a treasure island of China, Taiwan possesses abundant resources as well as countless scenic spots. Most native travelers would like to make a tour around the island by bicycle, which takes a week or so. From Taipei in north to Kenting in south, from Hua-lien in east to cities in west, each mile along the island surrounded by the sea will bring surprise to you from time to time and never let you down.
Grand mountains and fascinating gorges, glamorous seashores and enchanting lakes, each attraction in Taiwan deserves a close look. Taking a red mini train wandering through Alishan or standing on the Tse-En Pagoda overlooking Sun Moon Lake, every landscape brings tourists total different sightseeing experience. What these attractions impress tourists most are not only visual impact, but also spiritual shock. Taiwan will satisfy all your expectations to natural landscape, and humane ambiance as well. Immigrants from other provinces, Hakka, and local residents converging on the treasure island contributes to a diverse culture for it in language, architecture, and lifestyle.
Taiwan is hometown to hot springs. With 128 hot springs of various types and high quality, Taiwan is praised as "a museum of world's hot springs". Autumn and winter are peak seasons for abundant hot spring related activities, which provide a healthy and colorful recreational way for the locals and tourists. Another wonderful thing you could experience in Taiwan is killing time in a bookstore, and it's a good chance to get approach local culture. The most famous one is eslite bookstore, which is open 24 hours. And one more thing, the night markets full of delicious local snacks are what you can never miss in Taiwan.
Must-see Attractions
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, was established for the purpose of commemorating Chiang Kai-Shek; the complex mixes the styles of The Temple of Heaven in Beijing and the Pyramids in Egypt with a magnificent and solemn ambiance; blue and white are the main colors which symbolize freedom and equality;
  • Sun Moon Lake, the most beautiful lake in China; the north area looks like a round sun while the south area resembles a crescent; it is a fresh water lake that possesses the most exotic species in Taiwan; in autumn evenings, the island is enveloped by mist; and the moon reflected in the lake forms a touching view;
  • Taroko National Park, featuring with steep cliffs and deep gorges; the big drop of 3,742 meters provides a perfect and spacious habitat for wild animals; many swallows make their nest in small grottoes created by the erosion of the running water, which forms the marvelous scene of Swallow Grotto; there are a series of typical scenes like Eternal Spring Shine, Cimu Bridge, etc;
  • Alishan National Scenic Area, a resort with grand view of mountains; Alishan occupies abundant types of landscapes; in each season, Alishan is as beautiful as a picture; exciting sunrise, enchanting cloud sea, exclamatory sunset glow, excellent mountain forest, and railway that wanders through the forest are five wonders in Alishan.
Recommended Hotels in Taiwan
Taipei: Regent Taipei
Taipei: Regent Taipei
#22 of 486 Hotels in Taipei on TripAdvisor
No.3, Lane 39, Section 2, Chungshan North Road, Taipei 104, Taiwan (Formerly The Regent Taipei)
Hotel Management Group: Regent Hotels & Resorts
Surroundings: Taipei Palace Museum (2.2km), Taipei 101 (5.6km)
Taipei: Howard Plaza Hotel
Taipei: Howard Plaza Hotel
#80 of 486 Hotels in Taipei on TripAdvisor
No.160, Section 3, Ren'ai Road, Da'an District, Taipei 106, Taiwan
Hotel Management Group: Howard Plaza Hotel
Surroundings: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (2km), Taipei 101 (2.3km), Pacific Department Store (575m)
Hualien: Silks Place Taroko
Hualien: Silks Place Taroko
#2 of 117 Hotels in Hualien on TripAdvisor
No.18, Tian Hsyang Road, Shioulin Town, Hualien, Taiwan
Hotel Management Group: Regent Hotels & Resorts
Surroundings: Man Tin Cheung Park (672m), Suao-Hualien Highway (900m), Baiyang Trail (967m), Suao-Hualien Highway (900m)
Sun Moon Lake: Fleur De Chine - Mountain View Room
Sun Moon Lake: Fleur De Chine - Mountain View Room
#1 of 113 Hotels in Nantou on TripAdvisor
No.23, Zhong Zheng Road, Sun Moon Lake, Nantou, Taiwan
Hotel Management Group: Fleur De Chine Hotel
Surroundings: Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area (1.7km), Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village (1.6km)
Recommended Restaurants in Taiwan
Din Tai Fung (Xinyi Branch)
  • A time-honored small steamed buns shop
  • Ranking first among global top ten restaurants evaluated by New York Times
  • First choice for celebrities home and aboard to Taiwan
Location: No.194, Second Section of Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei
Special Dishes: small steamed buns, steamed dumplings
Average cost per person: TWD525/USD16
72 Beef Noodles
  • The most classical restaurant of Taiwan beef noodles
  • Ranking among top 3 of Taiwan cuisines
  • Notable for the soup stewed for 72 hours
Location: No.71, Second Section of Jinan Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
Special Dishes: beef noodles
Average cost per person: TWD214/USD7
Xinye 101 Shiyixuan (Xinyi Branch)
  • Located in the 85th floor of Taipei 101
  • Preserved traditional genuine taste of Taiwan cuisines
  • Refined atmosphere, elegant setting, and impeccable service
Location: 85th floor, Taipei101, No.7, Fifth Section of Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei
Special Dishes: fried pork liver, braised sea bass
Average cost per person: TWD2547/USD78
Night Shows and Entertainment
Art Performance in National Theater Concert Hall
Art Performance in National Theater Concert Hall
Highlights: Fantastic shows of various forms, like dance performance, concert, and drama, etc.
Ticket Price: vary according to performance
Time: daily
Capacity: 600 audiences
Get there from Regent Taipei
  • By subway: Take Danshui-Xinyi Line at Zhongshan stop and get off at Zhongshanjiniantang stop. (3 stops)
  • By taxi: TWD586/USD18
Get there from Howard Plaza Hotel:
  • By Bus: Take Bus No.651 at Renaifuxinglukou Stop and get off at Renaizhongshanlukou stop (6 stops).
  • By Taxi: TWD535/USD16
Exhibition and Art Shows in The Red House
Exhibition and Art Shows in The Red House
Highlights: A historical architecture; a center for creative art activities
Ticket Price: The first floor: Free;
The second floor: Charge (vary according to different shows)
Time: 11:00 - 21:30 (Tuesday-Sunday)
Get there from Regent Taipei:
  • By subway: Take Songshan-Xindian Line (Xindian Direction) at Zhongshan stop and get off at Ximen stop. (2 stops)
  • By taxi: TWD611/USD20
Get there from Howard Plaza Hotel:
  • By Bus: Take Bus No.651, 263, 270 at Renaifuxinglukou Stop and get off at Jieyunximen Stop (11 stops).
  • By Taxi: TWD789/USD25
Local Market / Night Street
Taipei 101 Shopping Center
Taipei 101 Shopping Center
Taipei 101 is 508 meters high. With five floors underground and 101 floors above the ground, Taipei 101 ranks as the highest building in the world. The floors from B1 to F5 are the shopping center, covering all kinds of fashionable commodities and top brands. From floor 86th to 88th , it is area of exclusive scenic restaurants with speculate views out of French casement. The 89th floor is special area for sightseeing indoors and the 91st floor are open sightseeing platform. Firework show in Taipei 101 during Spring Festival is extremely grand.
Opening hours: 11:00 - 22:00
Things you can buy: Jewelry, luxury brand, daily necessities
Get there from Regent Taipei:
  • By Bus: Take bus No.797 at Nanjing Linsenlukou Stop and get off at World Trade Center stop (14 stops).
  • By Taxi: TWD1019/USD32
Get there from Howard Plaza Hotel:
  • By subway: Take Danshui-Xinyi Line at Da’an stop and get off at Teipei 101 stop. (2 stops)
  • By taxi: TWD1019/USD32
Core Pacific City
Core Pacific City
The design of the building is perfect and unique. With a L-shaped building and a global building, the architecture is full of fashion elements and modern atmosphere. Every three floors are under one integrated theme and there are five diverse shopping street scenes in Core Pacific City, which enrich shopping experience for customers through its changing themes. It's a good place for shopping and entertainment.
Opening hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Things you can buy: Local specialties, top brands, cuisines
Get there from Regent Taipei:
  • By subway: Take Songshan-Xindian Line at Zhongshan stop and get off at Nanjing Sanmin stop. (4 stops)
  • By taxi: TWD891/USD27
Get there from Howard Plaza Hotel:
  • By Bus: Take Bus No.1062 at Jieyunzhongxiaofuxing Stop and get off at Core Pacific City stop (6 stops).
  • By Taxi: TWD739/USD23
Hsimenting Commercial Center
Hsimenting Commercial Center
Hsimenting is the most bustling commercial center in Taipei. It's a center of fashion for young people. It consists of several sections, including Zhonghua Road, Chengdu Road, Hankou Road, etc. Many time-honored stores, departments, and commercial buildings are gathered here. It's a paradise for shopping fanatics. Meanwhile, Hsimenting has become a center for movie and art.
Opening hours: all day
Things you can buy: Local specialties, various commodities
Get there from Regent Taipei:
  • By subway: Take Songshan-Xindian Line at Zhongshan stop and get off at Ximen stop. (2 stops)
  • By taxi: TWD535/USD17
Get there from Howard Plaza Hotel:
  • By subway: Take Ban’nan Line at Zhongxiaofuxing stop and get off at Ximen stop. (4 stops)
  • By Taxi: TWD739/USD23

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