It's easy to get overwhelmed by Asia. The huge continent offers endless cities to discover and explore. Despite the many options though, Taiwan shines as a traveller's paradise. With legacies as varied as its adventure landscape and spirited traditions thriving alongside the cream of Asian sophistication, Taiwan is a continent on one green island, ideal for your next holiday. Here's a look at some of the coolest thing you could do while you're there.
Go hiking in Taroko Gorge National Park
With soaring cliffs, plunging canyons and a base of colossal marble slabs spliced by a torrential river, Taroko Gorge is one of the most popular travel attractions on the island of Taiwan. The 19-kilometre area, part of Taroko Gorge National Park, features canyon cliffs that can soar up to 100 meters high.
Go cycling in Sun Moon Lake
The largest body of water in Taiwan is a man-made lake. Renting a biking at Shueishe and riding along the path to Xiangshan Visitor Center is a great way to explore the countryside. It's also the best way to get gorgeous pictures that will help your Instagram account soar.
Take a dip in the hot springs
Yangmingshan National Park is set in a dormant volcano which means that many of the hotels in the area are blessed with an endless supply of hot spring water. In case you're not as fit as you imagined yourself to be before you decided to trek and cycle in Taiwan, you aching muscles could use a dip in the hot springs.
Go back in time with a visit to Jiufen
Called the Santorini of Taiwan, the town of Jiufen was founded during the Qing Dynasty and was relatively unknown until the discovery of gold during the Japanese occupation in 1893. A tourist hotspot today, not only do tourists get to see the beautiful countryside and learn all about the mines at the museum, but the town itself is like a time capsule.
Rediscover your creative side
Set in a former tobacco factory from the 1930s, the Songshan Culture & Creative Park is part lush gardens, part frog-filled lake, part industrial chic, part workshop and part design studio. The park is a new business accelerator for young designers, and a place that helps customers discover new, creative hobbies and skills.