I really didn’t know what to expect heading to Taiwan. What I found was a country still finding its place in the world of tourism, but a country worthy of discovery.
The capital Taipei is a city of contrasts. From Taipei 101, the 4th tallest building in the world, to the traditional temples of prayer and reflection, hot pools frequented by the locals and the vibrant night markets, it’s a great city to start the journey.
I travelled with Peregrine Tours, a company that believes getting off the beaten track to experience a country as the locals do is just as important as visiting the big ticket sites. Our local guide, Fred always found a local specialty, quaint village or unique location to share the ‘real’ culture of Taiwan.
A few discoveries beyond Taipei:
Yehlio Geo Park with its naturally created, isolated free-standing stones along the cape.
The gold rush town of Jiufen, founded during the Qing Dynasty, features their markets winding through the hillside township – a must try is the shaved peanut brittle and ice-cream wrapped crepes.
Cruise on Sun Moon Lake or hire a bike and ride around the lake along the many well-maintained bike paths.
Guesthouses are a great way to meet the locals and stay in unique accommodation.
Travel up the mountains on the meandering roads to a height of 3275m then marvel at the dramatic scenery of Taroko Gorge with it’s marble walls cutting through the river canyons.
A country of contrast, the diverse landscapes, fishing ports, markets, friendly people and vibrant cities ensure Taiwan is a country for more travellers to discover.