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Taiwan is different from any other country in Asia. You will find a rich mix of good food, culture and various national parks. It is an interesting country for you to discover, using all your senses. Taiwan is an island located southwest of China.
In addition to the main island, the islets of Kinmen, Matsu and Wuqiu also belong to Taiwan. Moreover, this independent country is not recognised by all countries, especially due to pressure from China. Taiwan has its own culture and strikingly rugged nature. You can indulge in a variety of foods, which has influences from China. These are the best highlights for your trip to Taiwan.
The country has a Dutch touch. The Dutch East India Company (DEIC) settled on the island in 1624. This was particularly for trade with China. The board was located in Fort Zeelandia in the town of Tainan. Among other things, sugar plantations were started. I traveled the island for over a week. I think these are the best attractions and excursions to go on in Taiwan. These are the most beautiful sights of Taiwan.
The city of Taipei is state-of-the-art, but also typically Asian chaotic. This mix makes Taipei a wonderful city to discover. I went to the top of the Taipei 101 skyscraper which is a whopping 508 meters high. What’s even more fascinating is the immense mass silencer in the middle of the building to withstand earthquakes. You have a beautiful view of the city from the observation deck.
The Taroko Gorge is a special gorge where many parts of the rocks are made of marble. You have many hikes to choose from in this national park. A car trip is interesting as you pass through many tunnels and drive on narrow roads. But you must have seen this gorge when you visited Taiwan.
The Sun-Moon Lake is the largest lake in Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake is located in the heart of the island and is popular with couples, families and nature lovers. The small island of Lalu lies in this lake. The local Thao inhabitants saw it as home to the spirits of their ancestors.
Taiwan is rougher than is often thought. The highest mountain is the Yushan of no less than 3,952 meters. This mountain is also called Jade Mountain. The view from the top is spectacular. The mountain and surrounding areas are located in Yushan National Park. That is a popular place for hikers and mountaineers.
In the past the mountain was often called Mount Morrison. W. Morrison researched the mountain in 1857 and the English-speaking expats and missionaries named the mountain after him. Although, the name Yushan is widely used.
Yehliu is one of the biggest surprises in Taiwan. Yehliu is a wondrous headland on Taiwan's north coast. The area is a protected Geopark by the so-called earth pyramids. On this 1,700 meter long headland there are many wondrous rock sculptures formed by weather and wind.
Characteristics of the headland are the earth pyramids, which were created by a combination of sea and wind erosion and have the most bizarre forms.
It is easy to do a tour of Taiwan. Public transport is very modern, including high-speed trains. You can visit various places with a guide or even without. Only the signs might be a bit tricky, but many young people speak English so you can ask around.