Situated 180 km east of China, Taiwan displays a wealth of culture combining both ancient and modern Oriental charms. The land of bubble tea and night markets offers a balance of the city’s hustle-bustle and tranquility of nature. Although it’s small in size, the island is definitely big at heart!
Home to some of the best picturesque landscapes, here are some places you should add to your list if you’re planning to head to Taiwan
1. Yangmingshan National Park
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A short bus ride from Taipei city will bring you to Yangmingshan National Park, one of the nine national parks in Taiwan and one of the most beautiful. The park changes its look according to season with different kinds of flowers blanketing the mountain, but it’s pretty all year round.
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Qingtiangang is undoubtedly the most popular spot at the park as it’s where you can enjoy the view of the entire city without need to hike too far up. The lush grassland is also a favourite location to do wedding photoshoots.
2. Yehliu Geopark
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Each year, up to 3 million visitors make their way to the bizarre Yehliu Geopark, located along a cape on Taiwan’s north coast near Keelung City. The park is best known for its unique, alien looking rock formations which makes the area look like another planet. The hoodoo stones all resemble different things, like the famous Queen’s Head and Sea Candle.
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Next to the park is Yehliu Ocean World, an oceanarium that offers both education and entertainment. At the exhibition area, visitors can learn about Taiwan’s marine life, including endangered species like the hawksbill turtles. A variety of shows and animal tricks are performed at the Ocean Theatre.
3. Shilin Night Market
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No visit to Taiwan is complete without a trip to one of their famed night markets. Located in the Shilin district, Shilin Night Market is often considered as the largest and most popular night market in the city. Here is where you can taste the authentic traditional delicacies and signature street snacks at reasonable price.
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The market operates everyday, usually beginning in the late evening and doesn’t end until past midnight. From secondhand goods and handmade knick knacks to mouthwatering food and bubble tea, you can find almost everything while navigating the labyrinth of alleyways here.
4. LeeFoo Village
Located in Hsinchu County, LeeFoo Village Theme Park is the first fantasy world in Asia that combines amusement park and safari. It was previously known as LeeFoo Wildlife Park before the change of name in 1989. The theme park features three roller coasters, including the inverted shuttle coaster, Screaming Condor.
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There are four themed areas: Arabian Kingdom, Wild West, South Pacific, and African Safari, which features animal-interactive attractions. Along with other attractions like musical water shows, parades and dancing shows, visitors are guaranteed to have a fun filled day here.
Now, travelling to Taiwan as a Muslim gets even easier! Taiwan Tourism Bureau has officially launched the “Salam Taiwan” campaign to attract more Muslim tourists, highlighting on halal restaurants and food stalls, Muslim-friendly accommodations and facilities including prayer rooms.
Sri Sutra Travel is offering a chance to meet actress Mira Filzah, the official ambassador of Salam Taiwan, in none other than Taiwan. This limited all-inclusive package, which will take place in April 2019, is a collaboration effort between Taiwan Tourism Bureau and China Airlines.
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