Taiwan remains largely undiscovered and seriously underrated by Western travelers, but those that make it here are in for a real treat. In the 1990’s Taiwan became the first true Chinese democracy, developing a sense of civil society bewildering to its giant neighbour across the Taiwan Strait. Since then, popular culture has blossomed on the island, an eclectic mix of Chinese, Western, Japanese and indigenous influences.
It has sensational food, traditional Chinese and aboriginal festivals and exuberant temples, yet the biggest surprise is Taiwan’s hinterland: think towering mountains, eight national parks, a selection of alluring offshore islands and numerous hot-spring resorts.
Dalongdong Baoan Temple
13 Coffee (Cafe)
National Palace Museum
The Penghu Archipelago
Cycling Taiwan’s East Coast
JL Studio (Restaurant)
Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area
Hiking Jungles and High Mountains
Miaokou Night Market
Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
The Mazu Pilgrimage (Festival)
Indigenous Culture in Orchid Island
Beitou Hot Spring Museum