Taiwan 101: Facts to Know Before You Visit


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Taiwan is an amazing place to visit for anyone looking for some local culture mixed with interesting history. Plus, there are many things to do in Taiwan for families and couples alike!

Before you visit, be prepared by learning these facts about place.

Where Is Taiwan?

Taiwan is an island in East Asia, located off the southeastern coast of mainland China. Taiwan is controlled by the Republic of China (ROC) government-in-exile, which took refuge on the island following its defeat to Communist forces during the Chinese Civil War. It's currently holding control over only a few smaller islands surrounding Taipei, the second largest city in East Asia.

When Is the Best Time to Go to Taiwan?

Taiwan is home to four distinct seasons. The country has warm summers and cold winters, with temperatures varying greatly depending on the region of Taiwan you are in.

With that said, there isn't really a bad time to visit Taiwan, just different times for different activities. Generally speaking, the best times to go are between March and June or September to November.

If you are planning a beach vacation, you will be disappointed. Taiwan's beaches can get quite cool in the winter months. Instead, try going to one of the many hot springs Taiwan is famous for or go hiking up one of Taiwan's mountains.

What Are the Top Places to Visit in Taiwan?

Taiwan is home to several tourist-friendly attractions year-round. Besides the hot springs located throughout Taiwan, the best time of year to visit some of Taiwan's most beautiful sights are between October and February the clouds do not obscure them.

The National Palace Museum in Taipei holds one of the world's greatest collections of Chinese art and historical artifacts. The museum is a twelve-story building housing over 490,000 pieces.

One of the most famous views in Taiwan is from Sun Moon Lake, a beautiful body of water surrounded by mountains in central Taiwan.

The Taroko National Gorge is just one piece of spectacular scenery along the island's Central Cross-Island Highway. The Taroko Gorge is considered one of the world's most beautiful gorges, and it is best seen in the months between November and March when there isn't much cloud cover obscuring its view.

The Alishan National Scenic Area, located in the mountains of southern Taiwan, is a great place to go if you love beautiful landscapes and relaxing on a sunny day.

Taipei, the capital city and one of the largest metropolitan areas of East Asia, contains many skyscrapers and shopping malls representing Taiwanese culture. Taipei 101 is an impressive sight with its top-floor observatory providing 360-degree views of all of Taipei.

Taiwan has many places for hiking lovers to explore. But perhaps none more stunning than Yushan National Park, which includes Taiwan's tallest mountain, Jade Mountain (Yushan).

You can check out Sandiaoling Waterfall and Swallow Grotto in the spring/fall and Elephant Mountain during the summer. The name comes from a rock formation that looks like it has an elephant standing on its head.

Finally, consider heading over to Green Island for some swimming or snorkeling during your trip to Taiwan. It's known as one of the best places in East Asia for enjoying the ocean without the crowds.

You can create an itinerary opt for a tour package to Taiwan. The latter will take the headache out of planning your trip. You don't have to worry about transportation, accommodation, or any other aspect of sightseeing.

What Are the Best Foods to Eat in Taiwan?

Taiwan is most famous for its food, which shares similarities to the cuisines of nearby countries (China, Japan) with over one hundred fifty years of history.

Taiwanese breakfast foods are usually quite simple and healthy: tea, soup, rice balls (tied up in a leaf), pickled vegetables, and watermelon chunks.

Taiwan has several night markets that offer cheap local snacks made by local chefs. You can find just about anything here! Some notable ones include Huaxi Street Night Market, Raohe Street Night Market, and Shilin Night Market.

For the vegetarians/vegans out there, they always have a good choice of vegan options because Taiwan is a Buddhist country.

Do You Need to Speak Chinese in Taiwan?

Most people in Taipei city will understand enough English for basic conversation, but outside the major cities, it's worth brushing up on some Taiwanese phrases before you go.

Taiwan's former name was Formosa, which means "beautiful island." This captures well what this unique island has to offer anyone who visits. The culture is rich with history and friendly people, while the natural beauty includes towering mountains, scenic gorges, hot springs alongside beaches.

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