Regardless of your particular travel, Taiwan has something for everyone. Outdoorsy types will fall in love with the island’s plentiful national parks and scenic hiking trails, whereas culture vultures will love sampling the unique local delicacies and rubbing shoulders with the locals at temples and night markets. There are so many things to do in Taiwan that any travel itinerary here is going to be bursting at the seams.
Get Spirited Away in Jiufen
Fans of Studio Ghibli movies and Hayao Miyazaki will certainly want to visit Jiufen – the location that was Miyazaki’s inspiration for Spirited Away. Even those who are not familiar with the movie however will certainly fall in love with quaint, quirky Jiufen. Where locals sip tea in colonial tea rooms that overlook the sea, where traditional lanterns gently dance in the breeze and where you could spend an entire day getting lost among winding, labyrinth style alleyways, to travel to Jiufen is like stepping back in time or into a fairytale and this area almost feels like a completely different country to busy, hectic Taipei.
Admission: Free. Just enjoy wandering the streets and soaking up the ambience.
Ascend to the Top of Taipei 101
With an appearance that looks as though it is numerous noodle boxes stacked atop each other, Taipei 101 is one of Taiwan’s most recognisable pieces of architecture. Of course, while travelling here it is essential to take an obligatory selfie or two in front of Taipei 101, however from the observatory at the top of the building, travellers can enjoy some fairly spectacular views of the Taiwanese capital.
Admission: NT$600 for a general ticket, NT$540 for students, free for children.
Traverse Hiking Trails in Taroko National Parks
There are in fact nine national parks scattered throughout the landscape of Taiwan, each of which is beautiful in its own right, however Taroko national park offers diverse landscapes and dramatic scenery where every turn offers a new photo opportunity. From the perfect coastal panoramas by Qingshui cliff, to the pleasant walking trails that lead you alongside waterfalls at the Changchun eternal spring shrine, it’s possible to spend a few days enjoying the scenery at Taroko.