Epic Places in Taiwan Even Locals Don't Know About

Neidong Waterfall
Neidong Waterfall | © Li-Ji / Flickr
Ciaran McEneaney

Taiwan is home to some incredible national parks that boast amazing scenery but there are some places hidden in the hills and valleys that even the locals don’t know about. Here are some of the very best locations that offer a secret piece of paradise right here in Taiwan.

1. Jiaming Lake

Natural Feature

The black Jiaming Lake surrounded by green rolling hills and mountains
Set 3,520 meters (11548 ft) above sea level, Jiaming Lake is the second-highest mountain lake in Taiwan. Locals once believed that a meteor strike created the lake but the current theory is that it was created by glacial movement. This is one for the accomplished hikers but the scenery is beyond compare.

2. Shuiyang Forest

Forest, Natural Feature

Camping under the moon at Shuiyang Forest
© 偉聖 莊 / Flickr
This eery forest is the result of a terrible landslide that occured after the major earthquake that hit the island in 1999. Set in Alishan Township, it’s a nice destination for a camping trip (if you can handle the feeling that you’re in a haunted forest!).

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