When the Portuguese first caught sight of Taiwan from their boats, they called it Isla Formosa. Today, the ‘Beautiful Island’ is as lush as ever, with an engrossing Chinese-indigenous culture and world famous cuisine.
Taiwan is a world apart from Big Sis, Mainland China. Here, the skylines are free from smog and protesters fearlessly hit the streets. Taiwan is blessed for its duel trait of culturally dense cities and untainted natural reserves. Taipei may have a cosy population, but lovers of lights will die for the night markets and food. The countryside is strewn with such beauties as Yehliu, the cape of mystical formations, and Sun Moon Lake, the eerily shaped and spectacular-at-sunset waterbody. For a new take on Chinese culture, experience the magic of Taiwan.
What people say
Taiwan is a surprising destination. You get a mix of Japanese and Chinese culture and the food is simply amazing. This trip includes hiking in the most beautiful areas. Taiwan's natural beauty is stunning. I plan to get back there very soon.
What people say
Whilst Taiwan is not on the top of the list for many travellers, it should be! From majestic mountains to the black sands of the east coast, this island has much to offer in scenery. Then of course there is the fabulous food, the handicrafts, the traditions and the warm and friendly people. A must-go destination.
Taiwan travel highlights
Ride around Sun Moon Lake
Regarded by many as one of the beautiful cycling trails in the world (think lush, green forest, mirror-like water and, if you’re lucky, vibrant pink cherry blossoms) a ride around the lake in your spare time is not to be missed. Bikes are available for hire near the visitor centre and the 30-kilometre ride will take three to four hours (depending on how often you stop to take pictures).
Explore Taroko Gorge
Enjoy a guided walk around Taroko Gorge, an 18 kilometre-long marble-walled canyon. Also known as ‘Marble Gorge’, this natural wonder has been over 200 million years in the making; beginning as a network of underwater coral deposits, geological forces transformed the coral to limestone, and then to marble. It’s really a sight to be seen!
Get a bird’s-eye view of Taipei
Enter the world’s fastest elevator and fly upwards to the 89th floor of Taipei 101, the tallest ‘green building’ in the world. The views from the observation deck offer sensational views across the city – be sure to check out the enormous wind damper suspended between the 92nd and 87th floors.
Taiwan tour reviews
Our Taiwan trips score an average of 4.33 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.
Treasures of Taiwan, October 2015
The weather on the way we traveling from Sun Moon Lake to Taroko Gorge is really cold about 10-15 degree Celsius but in the east coast in Hualien is hot at 28 degree Celsius. In some other parts have shower rain. So sweater, raincoat, umbrella and sunscreen are useful during the trip.
Review submitted 30 Oct 2015