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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.