Taiwan Travel Guide

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An island just off the coast of southeastern China, Taiwan is home to more than 23 million people and is considered one of the most densely populated places in the entire world. Outside of its massively populated cities it is known for its incredibly steep mountains, lush forests, and some of the most idyllic and fantastical scenery in Asia.

Visiting Taiwan is a treat, but it should be noted that which portion of the country you visit dictates what you're going to see and do. The country can be broken down into five regions. Central Taiwan is a part of the country that contains the central mountains, and the western coastal area, with such places as Sun Moon Lake and Taichung. Eastern Taiwan contains the majority of the island’s natural beauty, such as the Taroko Gorge and the city of Taitung. Northern Taiwan contains the capital of Taipei as well as Hsinchu, which is considered one of the high-tech capitals of the world. There is also the Yanmgmingshan National Park. Southern Taiwan is the tropical region, and the outlying islands, such as Green Island and Orchid Island, contain even more sights and sounds to experience.

As an Asian country, there is a decidedly Eastern feel to everything. The cultures and traditions might seem quaint and frilly to Westerners, but these traditions go back thousands of years, and have been handed down for generations. The people are considered some of the friendliest in Asia, and although the country is officially known as the Republic of China, it's popularly known just as Taiwan, the name of the province.

Picking a destination within Taiwan will be dependent upon your preferences. If you want to experience a modern hive of activity, then stick to one of the main cities. If you want to see some of the most amazing scenery on the planet, head up into the Kenting National Park, or visit the forests of Alishan. Either way, you are bound to be amazed.

Taipei #1 most popular location
Taiwan’s largest city is Taipei, which is located on the northern tip of the island. Rejected by its former patron, and still surviving as something of an unacknowledged rebel state, it…
853travelers 162reviews 106blogs
Kaohsiung #2 most popular location
Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan and located in the South (The capital Taipei is located in the North). It is significantly more rural than Taipei which has all the trappings of…
104travelers 4reviews 3blogs
Taichung #3 most popular location
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Hualien #4 most popular location
Hualien is one of the Eastern provinces of Taiwan, originally named by the Japanese as "Karen", meaning recurrent waves. With the Central Mountain Range on the West and Pacific Ocean to the E…
16travelers 12reviews 8blogs
Tainan #5 most popular location
Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan and was the capital for over 200 years before Taipei became the capital. It is famous for it's local snack food, Taoist rites and other living local tradit…
55travelers 15reviews 2blogs
Hengchun #6 most popular location
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Hsinchu #7 most popular location
Hsinchu is a city around an hour's train ride south of Taipei. Hsinchu is a major player in Taiwan's high-tech industry with many local and multi-national companies boasting facilities based…
44travelers 3reviews 2blogs
Taoyuan #8 most popular location
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Yilan #9 most popular location
Yilan is located in the northeastern part of Taiwan. Nestled against lofty mountains and hills in the west, opening up to the expansive Pacific Ocean in the east, Yilan has been called "Anoth…
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Nantou #10 most popular location
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Banciao City #11 most popular location
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Chiayi #12 most popular location
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Taitung #13 most popular location
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Jiaoxi #14 most popular location
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Yuchi #15 most popular location
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Alishan #16 most popular location
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Wulai #17 most popular location
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Danshui #18 most popular location
Danshui, or Tamshui as it is also known, is a port town outside of Taipei. Technically a suburb of Taipei, it's well outside the city and definitely feels like its own town with its own flav…
1travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Miaoli #19 most popular location
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Beinan #20 most popular location
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Kenting #21 most popular location
Kenting is located in the very south of Taiwan, a long ways from any of the major cities, so is very quiet compared to the major cities like Taipei or Hualien etc. There are miles of stret…
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Wanli #22 most popular location
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Itashao #23 most popular location
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Sun Moon Lake #24 most popular location
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Sanyi #25 most popular location
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Beitou #26 most popular location
Beitou is a quiet suburb of Taipei, and makes a quick day trip away from the city. Beitou itself is largely residential and unremarkable. Xin Beitou (New Beitou) has more activities for the…
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Keelung #27 most popular location
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Toucheng #28 most popular location
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Jiufen #29 most popular location
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Taroko #30 most popular location
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Cing Jing #31 most popular location
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Ho-Ping #32 most popular location
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Jiaosi #33 most popular location
Situated on the Northeeast side of Yilan County. Jiaosi borders Taipei County by Shuehshan Mountain in the West and adjoins other towns of Yilan. The superior gerographic location Jiaosi's ad…
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Yehliu #34 most popular location
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Maokong #35 most popular location
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Hua-lien #36 most popular location
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Chiu-fen #37 most popular location
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Xianglin #38 most popular location
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T'ai-ch'ang #39 most popular location
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Ta Shu #40 most popular location
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Kao-hsiung #41 most popular location
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Yeliu #42 most popular location
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Danshuei #43 most popular location
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T'ai-chung #44 most popular location
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Lin-k'ou #45 most popular location
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Yidashao #46 most popular location
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Peitou #47 most popular location
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Alishan National Park #48 most popular location
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Sail Rock #49 most popular location
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Rueili #50 most popular location
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