famous places

Houtong Cat Village: Taiwan’s Cat-Themed Coal Mining Village

Houtong Cat Village (猴洞貓村) is one of Taiwan’s quirkiest attractions. This formerly prosperous coal mining village is now home to ...
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How to Visit Taipingshan, Northern Taiwan’s Top Mountain Resort

Taipingshan (太平山 or Taiping Mountain) National Forest Recreation Area in Yilan county is one of Taiwan’s most popular and appealing ...
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A Maokong Gondola Guide: Best Teahouses, Hikes, and Taipei Views

Makong Gondola (貓空纜車) is the only gondola/cable car in Taipei City. Located at the southeastern edge of the city, it ...
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How to Hike Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan) for Epic Taipei Views

Elephant Mountain (象山 or Xiangshan) is a mountain in eastern Taipei City. The relatively short trail up the 184-meter mountain ...
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Gaze at Seas of Flowers in Zhongshe Flower Market Taichung

Zhongshe Flower Market (中社觀光花市, also spelled Chungshe Flower Market) in Taichung city is one of the best places to see ...
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Is Rainbow Village in Taichung Still Worth Visiting in 2024?

In 2018, I wrote my first guide to Rainbow Village (彩虹村) after visiting with my wife and kids. In it, ...
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A Guide to Kenting National Park at the Southern Tip of Taiwan

Kenting National Park is Taiwan’s oldest national park. For Taiwanese, Kenting (墾丁, pronounced ken ding) is synonymous with beaches, water ...
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How to Visit Shifen Waterfall, Taiwan’s Most Famous Waterfall

There are many superlatives to describe Shifen Waterfall (十分瀑布). It is the widest waterfall in Taiwan, the largest waterfall in ...
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A Guide to Shifen Old Street, Taiwan’s Famous Sky Lantern Spot

Shifen Old Street (十分老街) is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Taiwan. Every day of the year, foreign ...
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A Travel Guide to Cingjing Farm, Taiwan’s High Mountain Leisure Farm

Cingjing Farm (清境農場 or Qingjing Nongchang, see official site) is a tourist farm at 1750 meters (5724 feet) in Nantou ...
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The Best Taipei 101 Views (including for NYE fireworks!)

Taipei 101 is by far the most famous landmark in Taiwan. The skyscraper rises above Eastern Taipei like a towering ...
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The Ultimate Yangmingshan National Park Guide

Yangmingshan National Park conjures up images of steaming volcanic fumaroles, mist shrouded grassy plateaus, wild buffalos, and mountainsides blanketed in ...
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