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20 Must-Visit Attractions in Taiwan

Sun Moon Lake | © tingyaoh / Pixabay
Sun Moon Lake | © tingyaoh / Pixabay
Visitors to Taiwan are spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do and places of incredible natural beauty to visit on the island – with so many attractions, it’s hard to figure out what to see. Let us do the hard work for you, with our list of the top twenty must-visit attractions in Taiwan.

Taipei 101

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The one-time tallest building in the world may no longer be a record holder, but it is still one of Taiwan’s most impressive buildings and well worth a visit. The 728-ton mass damper that allows the building to survive the island’s many earthquakes is an amazing piece of engineering and can be seen from various points within the building.
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National Palace Museum

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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum | © Latinboy / Wikimedia
Home to one of the largest collections of Chinese imperial artifacts, the National Palace Museum offers a look into imperial China’s past. The many thousands of items on display were rescued by Chiang Kai-Shek’s government as they fled mainland China during the cultural revolution.
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Taroko Gorge

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Taroko Gorge
Taroko Gorge | © miquitos / Flickr
A couple of hours’ train ride from Taipei lies Taroko National Park, home to one of the most visited natural wonders in Taiwan. Take the trail to the Eternal Spring Shrine which features a stunning waterfall.
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Alishan Scenic Mountain Area

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Alishan Sunrise | © Rybloo / Wikimedia
Alishan’s mountain railway is an ever popular tourist destination with both local and foreign tourists. The train winds its way to the top of the mountain where there are plenty of easy hiking trails that offer fantastic photo opportunities.
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Sun Moon Lake

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The calm waters of Sun Moon Lake | © tingyaoh / Pixabay
Sun Moon Lake is the largest body of water in Taiwan and a great destination for a short trip. There are scores of hotels located around the lake which is busy with yachts taking tourists from one side to the other. There is also a cable car here that takes you to the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village.
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Maokong

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Maokong Gondola
Maokong Gondola | © BreakdownDiode / Wikimedia
This well-known spot is one of the best places in Taipei to enjoy a cup of tea. The incredible scenery is worth the trip alone, but it is perhaps the gondola ride from the zoo to Maokong which has made it one of the most popular day trips to make during a stay in Taipei.
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Maolin National Scenic Area

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Maolin visitor center | © Mark19831220 / Wikimedia
South of Kaohsiung lies the region known as Maolin National Scenic Area. This is where you’ll find Purple Butterfly Valley, the wintering home for a million Euploeini butterflies. An incredible sight to behold if you’re lucky enough to arrive at the right time of the year.
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Rainbow Village

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Rainbow Village
Rainbow Village | © Steven R. Barringer / Wikimedia
This colorful neighborhood was the brainchild of local man Huang Yung-Fu. He decided that the ex-military village he lived in was too drab and so took a few paintbrushes to the walls – he hasn’t yet stopped.
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Penghu

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Penghu | © summerchungtw / Pixabay
One of Taiwan’s most popular weekend trips is a trip to the archipelago of Penghu. This sandy tropical paradise has plenty of beaches scattered throughout its islands and is a must for seafood lovers.
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Yangmingshan geysers

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Xiaoyoukeng | © peellden / Wikimedia
Yangmingshan National Park is the most conveniently located of Taiwan’s national parks just a short bus ride outside Taipei city. The park is home to a dormant volcano which is why there are so many hot springs in the area. Xiaoyoukeng is the best place to see the geysers – there is also a visitor center, and several pathways and hiking trails.
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Kenting Street

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Beach in Kenting | © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / Wikimedia
Popular among locals as a beach holiday destination, Kenting National Park is home to waterfalls, hiking trails, and forests. But it is the beach areas near Kenting Street that are a must-see for lovers of sun, sea, and sand.
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