Mist-laden hills, majestic sunrises on windswept islands, and thick forests with wooden walkways; vibrant democracy topped by a liberal society, a rapidly developing metropolis where the ancestors are still worshipped – Taiwan (officially known as the Republic of China) is a mesmerising mix of the old and the new. Traditionally, often overlooked in favour of its giant neighbour, China, times are changing in Taiwan. It is successfully emerging as an enticing tourism destination of the Far East and is all set to join the illustrious list of best places to visit in 2018.
Taiwan has left names like South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau in its wake to become the most sought after destination for the year 2018. Taiwan’s emphasis on sustainable tourism has led to the creation of 13 National Scenic Areas, 9 National Parks and about 18 National Forest Areas successfully protecting the striking scenic beauty of the island and its fragile ecology.
You will find an eclectic variety of Chinese, Japanese, and local food items; however, Taiwan is much more than that. Delve deeper into Taiwan’s historic towns and fabulous urban centres like Taipei, New Taipei, Kaohsiung, Tainan and Taichung, and you will get a glimpse of its rich culture, food, shopping, nightlife, and general way of life.
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1. Taiwan’s capital, Taipei sizzles all-round the year with stylish contemporary architecture amidst a backdrop of hills and dense forests.
2. Despite the presence of swanky and stylish skyscrapers, Taiwan has also preserved the Chinese traditional architecture like the famous Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
3. There is an element of drama and rich colonial history evident in the remains of Longteng Bridge in Sanyi, Miaoli County, which was felled by two earthquakes.
Check out Kaohsiung, a popular tourist location in Taiwan.