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Top 20 Things to See and Do in Taiwan

Picture of Ciaran McEneaney
Updated: 11 May 2017
It should come as no surprise that the island known as Ilha Formosa or The Beautiful Island is nothing short of a photographer’s dream, but the incredible natural scenery isn’t all the intriguing island of Taiwan has to offer. From amazing temples to impressive architectural landmarks such as Taipei 101, here are twenty things to add to your Taiwan bucket list.
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Go surfing in Fulong

While Taiwan is not quite a go-to surfing destination like Bali or Hawaii, there are still some great spots around the island that boast waves all year round. One such spot is Fulong beach which is also a popular destination for day-trippers from Taipei keen to spend some time on the sand. As it is on the Northeast coast, Fulong gets some great swells throughout the year but in particular from May to October, just pay attention to the weather as this also coincides with typhoon season.

Fulong Beach, Gongliao District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

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Climb Yushan

Climbing the highest mountain in Taiwan is something of a rite of passage for many Taiwanese and as such getting the required passes can take time. But it’s an adventure that’s well worth the wait. Set in one of Taiwan’s most beautiful national parks, the climb to the top of Yushan takes you above the clouds, and if the alarm clock goes off in time, you can witness the stunning sunrise.

Yushan National Park, Xinyi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

Go cycling in Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake is a man-made lake that is the largest body of water in Taiwan. It is a popular tourist destination all year round year with many taking the boat trips around the lake from village to village. A great way to see the surrounding countryside is to rent a bike at Shueishe and ride the paths to Xiangshan Visitor Center. The scenery is stunning and the visitor center is an incredible piece of architecture.

Sun Moon Lake, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

Xiangshan Visitor Center, 599 Zhongshan Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

Shueishe Visitor Center, 163 Zhongshan Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

Sun Moon Lake
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Drink tea in Maokong

Considered the best place in Taipei to enjoy a cup of local tea while enjoying panoramic views, Maokong is a must even for those in the city for just a few days. Take the gondola from Taipei Zoo Station to the top and choose any of the teahouses along the street where you can sit back and enjoy the view.

Taipei Zoo Gondola Station, 8 Xinguang Road Section 2, Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Visit the shrine in Taroko Gorge

Eternal Spring Shrine was built to commemorate the workers who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway, and its stunning location makes it one of the most popular attractions in the national park. The waterfall that flows from the shrine into the river below offers tourists the chance of a spectacular holiday snap.

Eternal Spring Shrine, Taroko National Park, Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan

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Go paragliding in Wanli

Not something that many would expect to find just outside of Taipei but it’s just a short bus ride to Wanli where local paragliding clubs take tourists up for tandem rides around the bay. Kitted out with a GoPro, thrill seekers can record their trip to prove to the folks back home that they really did it.

Mustang Paragliding Club

Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

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Check out the rocks at Yehliu

The same bus to Wanli District will take tourists to Yehliu Geopark where the natural rock formations are an incredible sight to behold. They are one of a kind on the island and well worth a visit, just remember to take a camera.

Yehliu Geopark, Yehliu, Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

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Take a trip to the top of 101

The most iconic of modern Taiwanese landmarks, Taipei 101 is no longer the tallest building in the world but in a city where there are very few skyscrapers, a trip to the top of this building offers an incredible bird’s eye view of the landscape.

Taipei 101, 7 Xinyi Road Section 5, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Watch the changing of the guard at C.K.S. Memorial Hall

The changing of the guard at C.K.S. Memorial Hall takes place every hour from 10am to 4pm. Watching the slow march of the honor guard as they make their way to replace their fellow guards has become a major draw for tour groups that visit the city. Get to the hall a little early to get a good spot.

C.K.S. Memorial Hall, 21 Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan

Changing of the guard | © Ciaran McEneaney

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Eat street food in a night market

Taiwan is known to have some of the best street food in the world, and there are many dishes that tourists simply must try. Street food vendors can be found throughout the city, but the best place to find a variety to choose from is the local night market. One of the most famous is Tonghua where there’s everything from ice cream pancakes to stinky tofu on offer.

Tonghua Night Market, Alley 1, Lane 40, Linjiang Street, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Take a hot spring in Beitou

Yangmingshan National Park is set in a dormant volcano which means that the many of the hotels in the area are blessed with an endless supply of hot spring water. Take the MRT to Beitou and choose a hotel in which to stay the night or spend just a few hours and let the thermal waters ease away your aches and pains.

Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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