The Most Unusual Things to do in Taiwan

National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium | © xixiaotu / Pixabay
National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium | © xixiaotu / Pixabay
Photo of Ciaran McEneaney
18 May 2017

Most people come to Taiwan for the incredible religious sites and the amazing street food, but this beautiful island nation has so much more to offer besides the usual tourist activities and attractions. Here are some of the most unusual things to do in Taiwan that your tour operator probably won’t suggest.

Play with some sheep

OK, while visiting a farm may not initially seem unusual, Qing Jing Farm in Nantou is a little different. Here you can wander around the farm (which is located in stunning surroundings, by the way) and play with the sheep. They are free to roam the mountainside, and you are free to accompany them, stroke them and maybe take a selfie with them!

QingJing Farm, 170 Renhe Road, Ren’ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

Eat some penis-shaped goodies

Phallic images and symbols are quite prevalent throughout the island, but it’s the penis waffle that has really captured the imagination of a nation. Head to any night market, and the chances are that someone somewhere is selling a penis waffle and more often than not there will be a queue of locals waiting to take some very NSFW photos with them. Taiwanese people certainly know how to have fun.

Buy betel nuts from a scantily-clad lady

It’s the only place in the world where you will see ladies dressed in skimpy clothing selling betel nuts on the side of the road. The betel nut girls of Taiwan are a bit of a contentious issue, as some politicians feel that they are shameful while most of the general population consider them a harmless custom. You’ll have to head out of Taipei City to see them though, as they are not allowed to sell within the capital city’s limits.

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