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  • 1 Grand Mazu Temple Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    18 Yongfu Rd 18 RC - Tainan

    The goddess Mazu was worthy of a royal setting. A Ming prince therefore pledged his palace to her, making it the oldest temple dedicated to the goddess of the sea and sky. The superb Grand Mazu Temple (1664), remains one of the main places of worship..

  • 2 Confucius Temple Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    2 Nanmen Rd 2 RC - Tainan

    Admire the characteristic simplicity of Tainan's Confucius Temple (1665), the oldest and best preserved in Taiwan. The information centre (to the right of the shrine, as tradition dictates) was the island's first official school and was to become one..

  • 3 Foguangshan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RC - Dashu

    The famous Buddhist monastery of Foguangshan, founded in 1966, is said to be the largest in Taiwan. Pilgrims and tourists alike marvel at the hundreds of Buddhas, ranging from the kitsch - the jolly-looking statues of the Pure Land Cave, to the impos..

  • 4 Purple Butterfly Valley Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RC - Maolin

    The Purple Butterfly Valley is at its most beautiful when butterflies migrate here in their thousands for the winter - although some prefer to spend it at the Monarch butterfly sanctuaries in Mexico, which along with the south of Taiwan is their othe..

  • 5 Kenting National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RC - Kending

    Kenting is the most visited of Taiwan's national parks, and with good reason. Its 18 000ha of unspoilt nature at the tip of a verdant peninsula bring together all the delights of the Taiwanese coastline: superb beaches, rocks sculpted by erosion, a m..

  • 6 Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 Houwan Rd 2 RC - Checheng

    The Museum of Marine Biology, a leading research centre, is coupled with an aquarium, making for an attraction that is also educational. The aquarium has sharks, whales and penguins, as well as an 80m-long underwater tunnel that runs through the cora..

  • 7 Taipei Night Markets Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Civic Boulevard RC - Taipei

    The night markets, of which there are many in Taipei, are open from 6pm onwards. Be sure to see the Guanghua Digital Market, the giant Shilin Market, the Raohe Street Market for its traditional feel and Huaxi Street Market, known as Snake Alley, for ..

  • 8 North Coast Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RC - Shimen

    From Baisha Bay to the long strip of sand at Jinshan, where surfers gather, the most beautiful beaches in Taiwan are to be found on the north and northeast coasts, looking out over the Pacific and the Taiwan Strait. The rugged coastline is dotted wit..

  • 9 Caoling Trail Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RC - Fulong

    The Caoling Trail, which winds its way towards Dali train station over a distance of some 10km, used to belong to a network of roads linking Danshui to the Yilan Plain. The trail brings you to a temple, protective steles and, best of all, to magnific..

  • 10 Yilan County Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RC - Yilan City

    Located to the southeast of Taipei, the triangular-shaped Yilan County has recently put an end to its isolation and opened itself up to tourism. The region boasts mountains, beaches, the hot springs of Jiaoxi and the magnificent island of Guishan. Th..

  • 11 Highway 11 Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RC - Hualien

    Highway 11 runs along Taiwan's superb east coast. The route, which runs between Hualien and Xiaoyeliu, leads you to beaches and aboriginal villages set in a magnificent coastal landscape where time seems to have been stopped in its tracks. Make sure ..

  • 12 Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 Wuquan West Rd 2 RC - Taichung

    The Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the largest museum in Asia, underwent repairs following the 1999 earthquake and was reopened with an even more modern and spacious layout. Taiwanese contemporary art is displayed alongside collections of mainly Chinese..

  • 13 Sun Moon Lake Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RC - Shuili

    Confined within a mountain cirque, Sun Moon Lake, the largest lake on the island, possesses an unfailing grace which looks to last for all eternity. Admire the lake from the viewpoint of the majestic Wen Wu Temple or from the top of the Ci'en Pagoda,..

  • 14 Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    45 Ching Tien Lan 45 RC - Da Lin Village

    The Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village teaches visitors about nine authentic local tribes and boasts attractions that wouldn't look out of place at Disneyland. The magnificent cable car ride leaving from Sun Moon Lake provides the perfect introduct..

  • 15 Anping Treehouse Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    108 Gubao St. 108 RC - Tainan

    Behind the former premises of the English firm Tait & Company, since converted into a museum, nature has reasserted control: like some kind of giant octopus, banyan trees roots envelop an abandoned salt warehouse.

  • 16 Xiao Liuqiu Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RC - Baisha

    When you see the vase-shaped rock that stands facing the sea you know you have reached this protruding little island surrounded by clear waters. Xiao Liuqiu, a beautiful coral island, which on a fine day is visible from Kaohsiung, boasts several temp..

  • 17 Dong Yin Island Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RC - Dong Yin

    A remote little gem located within the Mazu Archipelago, Dong Yin Island rewards those who make the long journey by boat with high cliffs and rocky headlands whipped by the waves of the Taiwan Strait. A white lighthouse built by the British looks out..

  • 18 Penghu Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RC - Magong

    Four of the 64 Penghu Islands are connected by bridges, forming a horseshoe in the Taiwan Strait. On the main island of Penghu there is a wealth of sites both natural and historical, including the almighty Tongliang Banyan. Fine sandy beaches run dow..

  • 19 Orchid Island Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RC - Yeyou

    Orchid Island is home to a wealth of wildlife and plant life and yet you won't find a single orchid here. This remote and beautiful volcanic island is inhabited by the Dao people and during the Flying Fish Festival in spring you can get an insight in..

  • 20 Green Island Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RC - Nanliao

    Green Island, the smaller of the two islands on the east coast, owes its popularity with tourists to its saltwater hot springs, of which there are just three examples in the entire world. Until 1987 a place of detention for political prisoners, this ..

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