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    Tourist Attractions in Taiwan

    The most interesting and beautiful tourist attractions in Taiwan. Photos and a brief description.

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    About Taiwan

    Taiwan is a modern country that is developing rapidly, but retains its traditions and history. There are not very many ancient architectural structures left here, but those that appear to the eye are forever etched into the memory.

    In Taipei, you can see skyscrapers next to ancient temples. There are many night markets in the city that attract a lot of tourists. The famous Taipei 101 skyscraper, climbing to its observation deck is a mandatory item in the program of any tourist. It is also impossible not to look into the ancient Taipei Zoo, which has a huge collection of animals and beautiful nature.
    There is also a place to relax from the noisy metropolis. The island is full of amazing places. Here you can find harsh, picturesque mountains shrouded in fog. And you can lie in the sun on a warm beach, look at the azure water, take a walk in cozy parks. Nature has not been stingy in decorating Taiwan.

    There are many national parks in Taiwan, where tourists are welcome. They are very diverse and it is definitely worth visiting at least one of them. The Lake of the Sun and Moon deserves special attention. This is probably one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

    Top Tourist Attractions in City

    Taipei City

    It is the capital of Taiwan, its economic and educational center. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides. Taipei skyscrapers compete with their height, including the Taipei 101 skyscraper, which is one of the tallest in the world. In addition to museums, temples and gardens, the city attracts tourists with its modern side: night markets, shopping and entertainment centers.

    Taipei City
    Taipei 101 Skyscraper

    Taipei 101 Skyscraper

    It is the sixth tallest skyscraper in the world. It consists of 101 floors, where shops, restaurants, clubs are located. The height of the building is 509.2 meters. Two high-speed elevators lift tourists to the observation deck on the 89th floor in just 39 seconds. These are the fastest elevators in the world. The design of the skyscraper is postmodern in combination with traditional motifs. The special design makes the skyscraper resistant to typhoons and earthquakes.

    The Kinmen Archipelago

    It is an archipelago of six islands located in the west of the Taiwan Strait. Its name translates as "Golden Gate". They are quite close to Fujian Province. The area of the islands is slightly more than 150 km2. The biggest of them is Kinmen. It is home to most of the population. The archipelago was the site of wars between China and Taiwan.

    The Kinmen Archipelago
    Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

    Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

    This is a striking example of temple architecture, the second most popular attraction in Taiwan. It was built in honor of former President Chiang Kai-shek. The complex includes a square, a National Concert Hall and a National Theater. And on the sides of the memorial hall there are beautiful ponds. They were presented to the complex by General Ho Ying-chin.

    Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

    The essence of Yat-sen is considered the founder of the Republic of China, the Taiwanese respect him very much. A memorial hall was erected in his honor in 1972. It is located near the Taipei 101 skyscraper. The total area of the building is almost 30 thousand m2. In the memorial hall there is an exhibition center, a lecture hall, a library with more than 300 thousand books. The complex is surrounded by a park with an amazing lake.

    Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
    Longshan Temple

    Longshan Temple

    This is one of the most popular and oldest temples in the city: it was built in 1738. The temple was destroyed more than once, and once it was completely destroyed, but restored with the money collected. Longshan consists of three halls: back, main and front. They are richly decorated, they have a lot of decorations in the form of a dragon. And in front of the entrance to the temple there is a beautiful artificial waterfall.

    Taipei Zoo

    It is the largest and oldest zoo on the island. It was founded in 1914. The zoo has many sections, and its total area is 160 hectares. Of these, only 90 hectares are available to visitors. In the zoo you can see animals from Africa, Asia, Australia and Taiwan. Among them are camels, Himalayan bears, lions, antelopes, rhinos and more than 130 species of birds. More than 4 million tourists come to the zoo every year.

    Taipei Zoo
    Maokong mountain Cable Car

    Maokong mountain Cable Car

    This is a cable car with which tourists and residents of the city get to the mountain Maokong. It was designed in 2007. It begins at the Taipei Zoo subway station. Its length is 4 km, and the ascent time is 30 minutes. During this time, tourists stop at several stations with attractions: the observation deck and the Zoah Temple. In total, there are five trailers on the cable car.

    Presidential Palace

    The palace was built in 1919. Originally it was the home of the Governors-General of Taiwan, 11 of them lived in it, and in 1950 the building turned into the Presidential Palace. The exterior of the palace is very attractive and bright, and in its center stands an 11-storey tower, which has had an elevator since its construction. Inside, tourists are greeted by an elegant interior with an interesting exposition.

    Presidential Palace
    Imperial Palace Museum

    Imperial Palace Museum

    This art and history museum is located in Taipei, opened in 1925. In 2015, it was the 6th in the world in terms of attendance. The museum is one of the largest on the planet and holds a huge collection of expensive and valuable historical monuments of Chinese culture. The number of its exhibits is 7 thousand, and the age of the oldest is 8 thousand years. There is a traditional Chinese park near the museum.

    Kaohsiung National Stadium

    This is the largest stadium on the island, which is located in the Kaohsiung resort. It was built in 2009 in honor of the opening of the Olympic Games. Its capacity is 55 thousand people. The stadium was designed by an architect Toyo Ito, and it is powered by solar panels, which are located on its front side. The shape of the stadium is unusual – spiral.

    Kaohsiung National Stadium
    Lin Antai Farm

    Lin Antai Farm

    This is one of the main attractions of Taiwan. It was built in 1783, and it miraculously managed to survive after many political upheavals. The architecture of the building is simple and traditional. It reflects the atmosphere of the island in previous centuries. Although the farm does not shine with bright colors and expensive decorations, it attracts thousands of tourists every year.

    Wu-Lin Farm

    This is a National Forest Recreation area, which is called a real corner of paradise. Once upon a time a tribe lived on its territory Ataya, who appreciated the fertility of the local lands. The farm has a very mild climate, apple trees, peaches and plums are fragrant here in spring, an incredible sakura blooms, as well as many flowers. There is a hotel and cottages on the farm.

    Wu-Lin Farm
    Fort Santo Domingo

    Fort Santo Domingo

    The fort was built in 1629 by the Spaniards to strengthen their dominance over the locals and aborigines. In 1642 it was captured by the Dutch. They added fortress spires and strengthened the front-line country. In 1867, the fort was leased to the British, who made major repairs and completed another part of the fortress. Today it is an incredible old complex, which offers gorgeous views.

    Yangmingshan National Park

    The National Park is located between the cities of Taipei and New Taipei. It is known for cherry blossoms and hot springs. The most famous of them is located at an altitude of 600 m above sea level. There are also 20 volcanoes in the park, there are many hiking trails and whole groves of cherry trees. The territory of the park is crossed by many rivers that give rise to beautiful waterfalls.

    Yangmingshan National Park
    Kenting National Park

    Kenting National Park

    It is one of the oldest national parks in Taiwan. It is located in the eastern part of the island, its area is 333 km2. It is known for its coral reefs, sandy beaches, waterfalls and lighthouse. Also on the territory of the park is the southernmost point of Taiwan. In early April, the Spring Scream rock festival takes place in the park, which gathers up to 300 bands.

    The Pescadores

    This is an archipelago that is located in the south of the Taiwan Strait. It consists of 64 islands with a total area of 127 km2. They were formed subsequently by volcanic activity. The five central islands of the archipelago are connected by bridges, so it is very convenient to move between them. The islands have beautiful beaches and nature, as well as a pleasant climate.

    The Pescadores
    Taroko Nature Reserve

    Taroko Nature Reserve

    This is one of the most popular nature reserves on the island. It was founded in 1986. The area of the reserve is 920 km2. This is a place to relax body and soul, where nature has a captivating beauty and everything around is fascinating. The park presents a huge variety of landscapes: rivers, waterfalls, rocks, hot springs, forests. A whole day is not enough to explore the entire reserve.

    Alishan Mountains

    This is a mountainous area located near Mount Yushan. It forms a national park, which is a recreation area and a nature reserve. The area of the park is 415 km2. There are four villages, waterfalls and tea plantations in the mountains, which is very popular. The mountains are also known for horseradish wasabi. Area Alishan is a symbol of the country.

    Alishan Mountains
    Mount Yushan

    Mount Yushan

    This is the highest peak in East Asia. It is called the "roof" of Taiwan. The height of the mountain is 3952 meters. Many large rivers originate from its steep, precipitous slopes. It is not easy to climb the mountain, the air is very thin. But to conquer Yushan is a mandatory goal for tourists. The reward for this will be incredible landscapes and a sense of unity with nature.

    Lake of the Sun and Moon

    An incredibly romantic place, suitable for a honeymoon or solitude in a peaceful environment. This is one of the most picturesque places in Asia. There are several hotels in this area and nothing else. The most beautiful lake lies surrounded by green mountains. The Emerald Lake of the Sun and Moon is the largest in Taiwan. This is the best place to enjoy nature.

    Lake of the Sun and Moon
    Beitou Hot Springs

    Beitou Hot Springs

    It is the northernmost of all the districts of Taiwan. It is famous for its hot springs, so it has become a popular recreational area. There are more than 30 of them in this area. Beitou has thermal spas, spa centers, and a museum. The water temperature in the pools usually reaches 35 ° C, anyone can swim in them.

    River of Love

    The River of Love is located in Kaohsiung City. Its length is 12 km . This river is compared to the London Thames: it has a huge cultural significance. On its right bank there is an amazing Park of Love, decorated with fountains and statues of Cupid. I can't believe it, but once the river was dirty and unattractive. Now couples in love like to sail on it on a boat.

    River of Love
    Shilin Night Market

    Shilin Night Market

    Taipei is famous for its night markets. The most famous and largest of them is the Shilin market. It is a long decorated street. There are many stalls and tents along it. You can buy everything in them: watches, clothes, toys, food and a carpet. This variegated variety perfectly conveys the flavor of the city. This is the so-called cultural center, which opens at 20:00. And during the day there is no trace of it.

    Chiffon Waterfall

    Shifen Waterfall is called "Little Niagara" by locals. Its height is 20 meters, its shape resembles the famous waterfall. But Shifen itself deserves attention. It is located between two rocks, so it is very noisy. A dense forest grows around the waterfall. In the noise of the water, you can forget about everything and have a great rest, because the landscape here is simply incredible.

    Chiffon Waterfall