#11 best destination in the world

National Palace Museum, Taipei

Best time to travel: Jan-March, Nov-Dec
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Museum with a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks
  • The collection encompasses 8,000 years of Chinese History from the Neolithic age to the modern
  • Most of the collection are collected by China’s emperors

Taipei 101, Taipei

Best time to travel: March-May
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Building officially classified as the world’s tallest from its opening in 2004 until the 2009 completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE
  • The elevators that transport passengers from the 5th to the 89th floor in 37 seconds set speed records
  • Taipei 101 has postmodernist architectural style fused with traditional Asian aesthetics in a modern structure

Zhuilu Old Road Trail, Taroko National Park

Best time to travel: May, July
Walk difficulty: Hard
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • One of the nine national parks in Taiwan, and was named after the Taroko Gorge, the landmark gorge of the park carved by the Liwu River
  • Erosion by the river against the constantly elevating land, due to tectonic plate activity, combined with the heavy sub-tropical rains resulted in a rapid transformation of the landscape
  • Marble, which is relatively hard and resistant to erosion, nevertheless relented to these forces resulting in the unusually steep and narrow canyons

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei

Best time to travel: March-May
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • National monument, landmark and tourist attraction, built from 1976 to 1980, erected in memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China
  • The roof is blue and octagonal, a shape that picks up the symbolism of the number eight, a number traditionally associated in China with abundance and good fortune
  • Two sets of white stairs, each with 89 steps to represent Chiang’s age at the time of his death, lead to the main entrance
  • The ground level of the memorial houses a library and a museum documenting Chiang Kai-shek’s life and career, with exhibits detailing Taiwan’s history and development
  • The upper level contains the main hall, in which a large statue of Chiang Kai-shek is located, and where a guard mounting ceremony takes place at regular intervals

Sun Moon Lake, Nantou County

Best time to travel: Feb, April-June, Sept-Nov
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$$

  • Lake in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, it is the largest body of water in Taiwan
  • The area around the lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes of Taiwan
  • The east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the name
  • The area surrounding the lake has many trails for hiking

Bangka Lungshan Temple, Taipei

Best time to travel: March-May
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Chinese folk religious temple in Wanhua District, in Taipei
  • The temple was built in Taipei in 1738 by settlers from Fujian during Qing rule in honor of Guanyin
  • It served as a place of worship and a gathering place for the Chinese settlers
  • In addition to its Buddhist elements, it includes halls and altars to Chinese deities such as Mazu and Guan Yu

Yangmingshan Trail, Yangmingshan

Best time to travel: March-May, July, Sept-Oct
Walk difficulty: Hard
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • One of the nine national parks in Taiwan, located between Taipei and New Taipei City
  • The national park is known for its cherry blossoms, hot springs, sulfur deposits, fumaroles, venomous snakes, and hiking trails, including Taiwan’s tallest dormant volcano, Qixing (Seven Star) Mountain