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First Time Traveller’s Guide to Taiwan

by Travelbag on 19 December 2016, 15:12PM

Often overlooked in the past as an Asian holiday destination, Taiwan is fast establishing itself as a holiday hotspot. So before you pack your bags, what do you need to know?

Best time to visit Taiwan

Taiwan's East Coast

The best time to visit Taiwan is during the Spring and Autumn for comfortable temperatures and dry weather. If you like the heat visit in summer as they are hot and humid. Typhoon season usually occurs between June and mid-September, so if you’re not a fan of rain you might want to avoid these dates.

Taiwan Lantern Festival

Another popular time to visit is during the Taiwan Lantern Festival; this typically takes place in mid-February, celebrating the new lunar year. A fantastic, joyous occasion for all the family, the Lantern Festival is filled with excitement, noise and colour, as the people of Taiwan welcome the new Lunar Year, celebrating national prosperity, peace and tranquility. 

Duration

Taipei Skyline

There is so much to see and experience in Taiwan, so your length of stay is completely up to you. Visit Taiwan as part of a Far East multi-centre trip, or explore everything this fascinating island has to offer with a 10 day Explore Taiwan tour. The possibilities are endless and Travelbag are with you all the way when it comes to planning. 

If you only have a few days we’d highly recommend spending at least 3 days in the capital, Taipei before venturing and exploring further afield. If you are planning to stay less than 90 days then you won’t need a visa to enter the country.

What to do and see in Taiwan

However long you stay, you will never be short of things to do in Taiwan, from stunning Natural Scenic areas, National Parks and Forests to traditional towns, charming cities and fun filled festivals, there is something for everyone. You will love the fantastic shopping opportunities, be amazed by the islands natural beauty and delighted with the mouthwatering cuisine.

A fun aspect of Taiwan, is its vest for the weird and wonderful. One village you should not leave without seeing is called Houtong.  Houtong is an old mining village that is now home to hundreds of adopted cats, all living in harmony with locals and alongside ancient temples.

If you love music you will not want to miss out on a visit to Tiehua Music Village. Here you can stroll around arts and crafts fairs in the evenings whilst listening to moving, local, musical performances.

Whilst visiting the capital city, Taipe,i make sure you stop by the Ximending shopping center, popular with Taiwan’s, young fashionestas. The mall offers a fascinating insights to their pop culture, creative fashion and modern day society.

View the contrasting sights between natural and man-made beauty from the top of the 101 observatory, Taiwan’s tallest building. The Taipei 101 was previously the world’s tallest building until the completion of Dubai’s Burj Kahleefa in 2008.

Furthermore, within the city, you’ll find a rich range of architectural styles, ranging from slick and sleek ultra-modern buildings to the magnificent temples.

Sun Moon Lake

If your adventure requires natural beauty you won’t need to venture far out of the city to find it. If you do go further afield you’ll discover stunning mountains and beautiful glistening lakes including the Sun Moon Lake and the Teardrop pools. 

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

On top of all this there’s the stunning grand structure of Chiang Kai Shek memorial hall, a large hall built in memory of the former President and has since became the hub of any social gatherings such as when the country protested for democracy.

What to Eat

Taiwan is a foodies heaven, home to a range of amazing dishes that take a joint influence from past rulings of Japan and China. Culinary favourites include; Xia Long Bao, Beef Noodle Soup, and almost any seafood dish including Urban Shrimp.

Urban shrimp is caught during a popular past-time… believe it or not, indoor shrimp fishing. Families sit around large pools which shrimp are placed and then hooked out – try it for yourself whilst you’re there.

Taiwan Street Market

If you’re looking for a real taste of Taiwan head to the markets and street kitchens. Here the air is filled with aromatic aromas and spices. Under clouds of smoke you’ll find small food stalls offering a wide verity of foods from familiar omelets and noodles to Coal –roasted squid, grilled crickets and even frog spawn.

How to Get Around

Taipei, Taiwan

The Taipei Metro is the easiest way to get around the city, built only in 1996 it’s relatively new and as a result, it’s perhaps one of the cleanest metros you’ll ride. 

The train network runs all around the island which is handy if you want to travel further afield. If you are looking to travel between Taipei and Kaoshiung take the high-speed rail, it will get you there in around 90 minutes.

 

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