Epic Places in Taiwan Even Locals Don't Know About

Neidong Waterfall | © Li-Ji / Flickr
Neidong Waterfall | © Li-Ji / Flickr
Photo of Ciaran McEneaney
29 June 2017

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.

Tianliao Moon World

There’s no prizes for guessing how this place got its unusual name. It’s a strikingly barren looking area that some call the Badlands but Moon World sounds so much nicer. It’s quite popular with locals around Kaohsiung but not so much with tourists from the rest of Taiwan and beyond, simply because many don’t know about it. It’s an intriguing place to visit with scenery that is in complete contrast to Taiwan’s usually lush landscapes.

Tianliao Moon World, 36 Yueqiu Road, Tianliao District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Jiaming Lake

Natural Feature
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Jiaming Lake | © 默 雨 / Flickr
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.

Minxiong Ghost House

While not quite on the same level of epicness as our mountain lakes above, this abandoned house is an intriguing place to visit and a must-see for those who like a bit of creepiness on their day trips. Located in the Chiayi countryside, the place was formerly known as the Liu Family mansion and was abandoned in the 1950s. There are so many local myths surrounding the place that it’s near impossible to figure out exactly why it was abandoned but whatever happened there, the locals avoid it at all costs.

Minxiong Ghost House, Minxiong Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan

Shuiyang Forest

Forest, Natural Feature
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Camping under the moon at Shuiyang Forest
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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