Taiwan, shaped roughly like a sweet potato, 180km east of China, the island nation has more than 23 million people and is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Besides its crowded & modern cities, Taiwan is also well known for traditional Chinese temples, hot springs resorts, steep mountains and lush forests. Taiwan has some very impressive scenic sites and its capital, Taipei, is a vibrant culture and entertainment hub. Taipei 101, a 509m-tall, bamboo-shaped skyscraper with an observation deck, rises above the city.
The verdant mountains of central Taiwan encompass Alishan National Scenic Area, with Tsou aboriginal villages and a narrow-gauge train, and nearby, picturesque Sun Moon Lake. Popular hiking areas include Yushan, a mountain with a 3,952m summit, and the riverside paths of Taroko Gorge, featuring towering cliff walls and turquoise water. Taichung is known for its teahouses. Tainan, Taiwan’s oldest city, offers numerous temples, Chihkan Tower (a fort originally built by the Dutch in 1653) and local specialties such as fried “coffin bread.” Kenting National Park, in southern Taiwan, is a major beach and water-sports destination.
Taiwanese cuisine is highly regarded with the Japanese in particular taking short trips to enjoy its relatively cheaper hospitality. Something you shouldn't miss - Taiwanese Bubble Tea + Braised Pork Rice!