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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Taiwan ? I guess you would say Taipei 101 . But aside from being famou...

Best Places To Visit In Taiwan

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Taiwan? I guess you would say Taipei 101. But aside from being famous for its super tall skyscraper, Taiwan offers a lot of natural scenery, world-class theme parks, interesting heritage sites and a great weather.

In our recent famtour in Taiwan, we visited some of the must-see destinations. Here are the places that you should include in your itinerary.

1. Chung-she Flower Garden

Also known as the Chungshe Tourist Flower Market, the Chungshe Flower garden is a beautiful flower farm located in the Houli District of Taichung. It features numerous major flowers covering more than six hectares of radiating flowerbeds with stunning landscapes that change throughout the four seasons.

You can find here myriads of flowers from tulips, sunflowers to lavender and Calla Lily. We felt we're in Holland. Don't forget to take pictures with replicas of piano, drums and harp.

2. Rainbow Military Housing

One of the famous spots in Taichung, the Rainbow Village offers a vibrant and colorful housing complex where you can find bright colors and unique drawings on the walls.

The Rainbow Village was originally a housing complex for military families that immigrated to Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War in mainland China. The village of today is now one of Taiwan’s most popular tourist destinations.

3. Sun Moon Lake

Located in the mountainous area of Nantou, Sun Moon Lake is one of Taiwan's top attractions. You can find here the most gorgeous lake in Taiwan which is surrounded by forested peaks and has bike/foot trails. The lake takes its name from the unique terrain that looked like a round sun on one side and a crescent moon on the other.

This romantic destination  is the home of Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village amusement park where you can find Taiwan's first suspended roller coaster and tallest free-fall ride.

4. Houfeng Bikeway

Biking is one of the most popular sports in Taiwan. If you are looking for a biking destination, Houfeng Bikeway features a 4.5Km bike trail along the old mountain railway line. 

Riding along on this bikeway you can enjoy countryside scenes and natural scenery and you can also experience the unique felling of cycling across an iron bridge and through a tunnel.

5. Ximending

Ximending is a shopping district which is called the "Harajuku of Taipei" and the "Shibuya of Taipei". The road is full of lights and atmosphere is crowded and busy. You can find here collection of stalls selling grilled seafoods, fresh vegetables and fruits, snacks, toys, clothes, eyewear, accessories, bags and shoes at reasonable prices.

It is also a platform for young and old musicians and artists to showcase their talent.

6. Fengjia Night Market

One of the famous night markets in Taichung is Fengjia Night Market. You can find here several authentic dishes, unique clothing, fashionable mobile phones and a lot more. We walked around and we found a lot of street foods. Everything smells good except for the 'stinky tofu'.

There are many hawkers inviting tourists to go to their store. The must eat food in Fengjia Night Market include da chang bao xiao chang" (literally translated as "big sausage wrapped around small sausage"), minglun egg pancake roll, aniki potato, non-battered and massage fried chicken, da jia yutou cheng, pig blood cake, overload taichung, cuttlefish, lazy people frawns and di jun charcoal grilled peppery bun.

7. Lihpao Land

Taiwan's biggest resort park, covering an area of 200 hectares, combines the country's biggest dual land and water theme parks, the Fullon Hotel Liphao Land five-star resort hotel, the flagship escape room, the Lihpao Outlet Mall, Liphao Road Station, the Liphao Racing Park and Sky Dream, Taiwan's biggest Ferris wheel.

The main attractions in the Liphao Land are live performance, gift shops, restaurants, food stalls, the gourmet alley, and rides. The Resort is planned to become similar to international amusement resort such as Tokyo Disneyland, the Miazaki Sea Gaia in Japan, Hongkong Ocean Park and Korea's Ever land.

8. Yangmingshan National Park

Yangmingshan National Park is located in northern Taipei City which famous for cherry blossoms, numerous parks, hiking trails, mountainous scenery and beautiful weather. It is the only park in Taiwan that has volcanic geography and hot springs.It's the home of the Taiwan's tallest dormant volcano, Seven Star Mountain.

In Xiaoyoukeng, you can find some active fumaroles and witness the spectacular 'landslide terrain' formed by post-volcanic activity. Please be advised that you can smell around the place.

Yangmingshan Flower Clock

One of the best attractions in Yangmingshan National Park  is the Yangming Park. You can find here a big Flower Clock. The park is also surrounded with Cherry blossoms which start to bloom around March or April.

9. Dadaocheng

In Dadaocheng, you can find here extravagant Baroque architecture, traditional Hokkien bungalows and brilliant red-brick western houses. Be amazed as well wit these historical buildings, traditional folklore center, tea houses, fabric store, Chinese pharmacy and local eateries alike which rich in history.

You can stroll in Dihua Street where you can find several shops selling a variety of traditional goods such as Chinese medicines and her, temple icons and incense, spices and dried food, colorful bolts of cloth, and bamboo, and wooden crafts.

10. Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall 

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a famous landmark and tourist attraction erected in memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China. It is located in in the heart of Taipei City.

The architecture of Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is inspired by Tiantan in Beijing. The four sides of the structure are similar to those of the pyramids in Egypt. The material is white marble. The roofs are decorated with deep-blue glass as part of the reflection of blue sky and bright sun. It adds a touch of grandeur.

Below the hall is a museum featuring Chiang's life and career, as well as exhibits about Taiwan's history and culture. It's also a place for international performances. World famous musicians performed here include great cello performer Yo yo Ma and the great violinist Shao Lian Lin.

11. Taipei 101 

Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center- is the most famous landmark in Taiwan. The building was officially classified as the world's tallest from its opening in 2004 until the 2010 completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Would you believe that its elevators can transport passengers from the 5th to 89th floor in 37 seconds?

This supertall skyscraper houses offices and restaurants as well as both indoor and outdoor observatories. The tower is adjoined by a multi-level shopping mall that claims the world's largest ruyi symbol as an exterior feature.

12. Shifen Old Street Walk and Pingxi Sky Lanterns 

Learn about Taiwan’s heritage and culture with a visit the historic coal-mining town in Shifen Old Street You can also experience to fly a sky lantern, an age-old tradition said to bring good luck. Don't forget to visit the souvenir shops, grocery stores, and restaurants in the area.

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13. Yehliu Geopark

Explore the moon-like landscape and unusual rock formations in Yehliu Geopark. A number of rock formations have been given imaginative names based on their shapes. The best known is the "Queen's Head", an iconic image in Taiwan and an unofficial emblem for the town of Wanli. Other formations include the "Fairy Shoe", the "Beehive", the "Ginger Rocks", and the "Sea Candles".

14. Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village

The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village features aboriginal culture, combining tourism, culture and educational function. It has five theme parks: the European Gardens, the Alladin Plaza, the Aboriginal Villages,  Amusement Isle and Ti Ka Er Rainforest.

15. The Sun Moon Lake Ropeway

The Sun Moon Lake Ropeway is a scenic gondola cable car service that connects Sun Moon Lake with the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village theme park. The ropeway's cars are painted red, yellow, blue and green. Operating hours is from 10AM to 4PM.

The view from the top was really spectacular. We tried the glass cable car with glass bottom. It offers a jaw-dropping view of the Sun Moon Lake rainforest below. It's truly a thrilling experience.

16. Elephant Mountain

If you want see the best view of Taipei City, go to the top of Elephant Mountain. You can also see here the best views of Taipei 101 and sunset during the afternoon. It will take  around 15-20 minutes to the top. by the way, the hiking trail is located close to the Xinyi Shopping District and Taipei 101.

16. Taipei Rapid Transit- Taoyuan Metro

The fourth airport transit line in Asia, MRT Taoyuan Airport Line links up Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and its surrounding cities. The line starts at Taipei Main Station, passing through the airport and finally arriving at Zhongli Railway Station, across three cities- Taipei City, New Taipei City and Taoyuan City. The MRT Taoyuan Airport Line provides comprehensive and convenient services to visitors from at home and abroad.

Note: Filipinos/Philippine Passport Holders can enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan for a duration of up to 14 days until July 31, 2019. Please be advised that your passport must have at least 6 months remaining validity from the date of entry.