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Asia Guide - Taiwan

Taiwan is a small island nation 180km east of China with modern cities, traditional Chinese temples, hot springs resorts and dramatic mountainous terrain. Taipei, the country’s capital in the north, is known for its busy night markets, Chinese Imperial art at the National Palace Museum and Taipei 101, a 509m-tall, bamboo-shaped skyscraper with an observation deck.

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Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a modern metropolis with Japanese colonial lanes, busy shopping streets and contemporary buildings. The skyline is crowned by the 509m-tall, bamboo-shaped Taipei 101 skyscraper, with upscale shops at the base and a rapid elevator to an observatory near the top. Taipei is also known for its lively street-food scene and many night markets, including expansive Shilin market.


National Palace Museum

The National Palace Museum is located in Shilin, Taipei, Taiwan. It has a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest of its type in the world.

Longshan Temple of Manka

Lungshan Temple of Manka is a temple in Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan. The temple was built in Taipei in 1738 by settlers from Fujian during Qing rule. It served as a place of worship and a gathering place for the Chinese settlers. Built for Guan Yu.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a national monument, landmark and tourist attraction erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China. It is located in Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan.

Taipei 101

Taipei 101 – stylized as TAIPEI 101 and formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center – is a landmark supertall skyscraper in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan.


Yangmingshan National Park is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan, located between Taipei and New Taipei City.


Ximending is a neighborhood and shopping district in the Wanhua District of Taipei, Taiwan. It was the first pedestrian zone in Taiwan.

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

The National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. It is a memorial to the Republic of China's National Father, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, and was completed on 1972.

Shilin Night Market

Shilin Night Market is a night market in the Shilin District of Taipei, Taiwan, and is often considered to be the largest and most famous night market in the city.

Daan Forest Park

Daan Forest Park or Da'an Park is a public park located near the centre of the Da'an District of Taipei, Taiwan.

Hsing Tian Kong

Hsing Tian Kong is a popular temple in Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan. This temple is devoted to Guan Yu, the patron god of businessmen, and is relatively recent in origin. This temple is situated on a street corner near the center of the city.

Songshan Cultural Cultural and Creative Park

The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park is a multifunctional park in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan.

Huashan 1914 Creative Park

The Huashan 1914 Creative Park is a multi-purpose park in Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan.

Taipei Railway Station

Taipei Station, also called Taipei Railway Station or Taipei Main Station, refers to the old downtown region in Taipei, Taiwan, where different modes of public transport systems converge; the station is at the center of this region.

Dihua Street

Dihua Street is a street located in the Dadaocheng area of Datong District, Taipei, Taiwan winding from the south of the district to close to the north in the old village of Dalongdong.

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

The Taipei Fine Arts Museum is a museum in Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan. It is in the Taipei Expo Park. The museum first opened on August 8, 1983, at the former site of the United States Taiwan Defense Command.

Taipei Children's Amusement Park

The Taipei Children's Amusement Park is a theme park in Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan.

Miniatures Museum of Taiwan

The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan is the first museum to collect miniatures in Asia. The museum was founded on March 28, 1997 by Mr Lin Wen-ren and his wife. It is located in Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan.

Shung Ye Museum

The Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines is a museum located just 200 metres diagonally across from the National Palace Museum in Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan.

National Taiwan Museum

The National Taiwan Museum, established in 1908, is the oldest museum in Taiwan. It was founded by the colonial government during Taiwan's period of Japanese rule. The museum is located in Zhongzheng District, Taipei.

Taipei Zoo

The Taipei Zoo, sometimes referred to as the "Muzha Zoo", is a public zoological garden in Wenshan District, Taipei, Taiwan. It is the most famous zoological garden in Taiwan and a leader in conservation, research and education, and recreation.

National Museum of History

The National Museum of History is located in the Nanhai Academy in Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan and exhibits Taiwanese historical items.

Miramar Entertainment Park

The Miramar Entertainment Park is a shopping mall in the Dazhi area in Zhongshan District of Taipei, Taiwan. The department store also contains an IMAX theatre.

Chunghwa Postal Museum

The Postal Museum is a museum located on Nanhai Street in Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan. The museum encompasses four floors and covers the history of Chunghwa Post, the modern postal service, philately, and special exhibitions.

Republic of China Armed Forces Museum

The Republic of China Armed Forces Museum is a museum located on Guiyang Street Zhongzheng District, Taipei in the Republic of China.

Chinese Culture and Movie

The Chinese Culture and Movie Center is a former movie studio and tourist attraction located in the Shilin District of Taipei, Taiwan. It is owned by the Republic of China Central Motion Pictures Company.

Museum of Drinking Water

The Museum of Drinking Water is a museum about drinking water in Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan. The museum is located at Taipei Water Park.

Museum of Anthropology

The Museum of Anthropology is a museum in Da'an District, Taipei, Taiwan. The museum is located at National Taiwan University.

Tianmu Baseball Stadium

The Taipei Tianmu Baseball Stadium is a baseball stadium located in Tianmu Sport Park in Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan. It was built in 1999, and mostly hosts baseball games.



Kaohsiung is a massive port city in southern Taiwan. It's home to many skyscrapers, such as the 248m-tall Tuntex Sky Tower, and is known for its diversity of parks. Its focal point is the Love River, with walking paths and cafes along its banks, and cruise boats navigating its waters. Shopping options range from high-end malls to the Liuhe and Ruifeng night markets.

Love River

The Love River or Ai River or DPP river is a river in southern Taiwan. It originates in Renwu District, Kaohsiung City, and flows 12 kilometers through Kaohsiung to Kaohsiung Harbor.

Liuhe Night Market

The Liuhe Night Market is a tourist night market in Sinsing District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is one of the most popular markets in Taiwan where seafood, handicrafts, clothing, knives, cameras and live animals are sold.

Dragon and Tiger Pagodas

The Dragon and Tiger Pagodas is a temple located at Lotus Lake in Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. The temple was built in 1976. One of the towers is the Tiger Tower, the other one being the Dragon tower.

Cijin - Gushan Ferry

The Cijin–Gushan ferry connects the Cijin and Gushan Districts of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is popular with tourists visiting the attractions of Cijin Island.

Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

The Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, previously known as the Buddha Memorial Center, is a Mahayana Buddhist cultural, religious and educational museum located in Taiwan's Kaohsiung City, Dashu District.

Tuntex Sky Tower

Tuntex Sky Tower, or the T & C Tower or 85 Sky Tower, is an 82-story skyscraper located in Lingya District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The structure is 347.5 m high. An antenna increases the building height to 378 m.

Dream Mall

Dream Mall, located in Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, is the largest shopping mall in Taiwan and the largest in East Asia.

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

The Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts is located in Gushan District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It was founded by the Kaohsiung City Government and has been administrated by the Kaohsiung Bureau of Cultural Affairs since 2003.

Spring and Autumn Pavilions

The Spring and Autumn Pavilions are a Taoist temple complex located on Lotus Lake in Zuoying District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Like the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, the temple is special and unique.

National Science and Technology Museum

The National Science and Technology Museum is a museum of applied science and technology in Sanmin District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Shou Shan Zoo

Shou Shan Zoo is a zoo in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is located on the northern border of Shoushan Park in Gushan District and houses animals from Asia, Africa, Americas and Australia, such as lions, tigers, elephants, black bears and kangaroos.

Kaohsiung Museum of History

Kaohsiung Museum of History is a museum located in Yancheng District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is administered by the Kaohsiung City Government.

Kenting National Park

Kenting National Park occupies the Hengchun Peninsula at the southern tip of the island of Taiwan. It’s known for its white-sand beaches, caves, coral reefs & northern mountains. The park’s main resort, Kenting Town, is home to restaurants, street-food stalls, bars and nightlife. The Frog Rock outcrop and the jagged, 318m Dajianshan peak overlook the resort.

Cihou Fort

Cihou Fort or Cihou Battery is a historic fort in Cijin District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, formerly guarding northern entrance to Kaohsiung Harbor.

Central Park

Central Park is a park in Cianjin District at the heart of the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The park is an oasis of greenery in the midst of a heavily built-up urban area.

Chengcing Lake

Chengcing Lake, also known as the Cheng Ching Lake, Dabei Lake, or Toapi Lake in Taiwanese, is an artificial lake located in Niaosong, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The lake is not far from downtown Kaohsiung and the major suburban district of Fengshan.

Lotus Pond

Lotus Pond is a man-made lake and popular tourist destination on the east side of Zuoying District in Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan.



Taichung is an industrial city on the western side of central Taiwan. It’s a gateway for exploring the island’s mountainous interior, including nature areas like Sun Moon Lake, popular for boating and hiking. In the bustling city center are museums, temples and the ornate brick Taichung Station, a legacy of the Japanese colonial period (1895–1945).


Feng Chia Night Market

Fengjia Night Market, also called Fengjia Shopping Town, is a night market in Xitun District, Taichung, Taiwan. The market is located next to Feng Chia University. It was claimed to be the largest night market in Taiwan.

National Museum of Natural Science

The National Museum of Natural Science is a national museum in North District, Taichung, Taiwan.

921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan

The 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan is a national museum in Wufeng District, Taichung, Taiwan. The museum is dedicated to the 7.3 earthquake that struck the center of Taiwan at 01:47:12.6 TST on Tuesday, 21 September 1999.

Lihpao Island

Lihpao Land is a theme park located in Houli District, Taichung, Taiwan. It currently has two roller coasters, including Gravity Max, the world's first coaster to feature a true 90-degree drop and the world's only tilt coaster.

Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden

Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden is the general name for the former residence and grounds of the Wufeng Lin family at its ancestral home in Wufeng District, Taichung, Taiwan.

Luce Memorial Chapel

The Luce Memorial Chapel is a Christian chapel on the campus of Tunghai University in Xitun District, Taichung, Taiwan.


Dakeng is the area that contains most of the mountain region of Beitun District, Taichung, Taiwan. Within these mountains is the Guguan Hot Spring, a famous recreational spot.

Taroko National Park

Taroko National Park is 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. The park spans Taichung Municipality, Nantou County, and Hualien County.

Shei-Pa National Park

Shei-Pa National Park is a national park located in the central part of Taiwan around the peaks of Hsuehshan and Dabajian Mountain, with an area of 768.5 km², covering the area of Hsinchu County, Miaoli County and Taichung City

Fulfillment Amphitheater

The Fulfillment Amphitheater is a large-scale outdoor Amphitheatre in Wen-Hsin Forest Park on Wenxin Road, Nantun District, Taichung, Taiwan. Every year, Taichung City Government holds "MidTaiwan Lantern Festival" here.


Xueshan or Hsuehshan a mountain in Heping District, Taichung, Taiwan. It is the second highest mountain in Taiwan and in East Asia, at 3,886 m above sea level.

Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium

Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium is a stadium in Beitun District, Taichung, Taiwan. The stadium officially opened on November 9, 2006 replacing the antiquated Taichung Baseball Field.

Maple Garden


Tainan, a city on Taiwan’s southwest coast, was the island’s capital from 1683–1887 under the Qing dynasty. Today it’s known for its centuries-old fortresses and temples. One of its most famous sites is Chihkan Tower, an 18th-century Chinese complex with gardens, intricately carved towers and a temple erected on the foundations of Fort Provintia, a Dutch outpost dating to the mid-1600s.

Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)

Fort Provintia or Providentia was a Dutch outpost on Formosa at a site now located in the West Central District of Tainan in Taiwan. It was built in 1653 during the Dutch colonization of Taiwan.

Fort Zeelandia

Fort Zeelandia was a fortress built over ten years from 1624 to 1634 by the Dutch East India Company, in the town of Anping on the island of Formosa, during their 38-year rule over the western part of that island.

Guanziling Hot Spring

Guanziling in Tainan is one of the most famous hot spring sites in Taiwan. This rare spring releases methane, which has been burning constantly for around three centuries.

National Museum of Taiwan Literature

The National Museum of Taiwan Literature is a museum located in Tainan, Taiwan. It opened in 2003. The museum researches, catalogs, preserves, and exhibits literary artifacts.

Chimei Museum

The Chimei Museum is a private museum established in 1992 by the Chi Mei Corporation in Rende District, Tainan, Taiwan.

National Museum of Taiwan History

The National Museum of Taiwan History is a museum in Annan District, Tainan, Taiwan, covering the history of the island nation of Taiwan and its associated islands.

Taijiang National Park

Taijiang National Park, located in the southwest coast of Taiwan, is a national park of Taiwan. Taijiang National Park was established in 2009. The majority of the park is within the city of Tainan.

Taiwan Confucian temple

The Taiwan Confucian Temple, also called Tainan Confucian Temple or Quan Tai Shou Xue is a Confucian temple on Nanmen Road in Tainan, Taiwan.

Tainan Flower Night Market

The Tainan Flower Night Market is a tourism night market in North District, Tainan, Taiwan. It is often considered to be the largest and most famous night market in the city. It is said "South is Flower, Middle is Fengjia, North is Shihlin".

Great South Gate

The Great South Gate is a historical gate in West Central District, Tainan, Taiwan.

Koxinga Ancestral Shrine

Koxinga Ancestral Shrine is a family shrine built in West Central District, Tainan, Taiwan in 1663 by Zheng Jing, to worship his father Koxinga.

Other places to visit in Taiwan.


Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake is the largest body of water in Taiwan as well as a tourist attraction. Located in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, the area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes of Taiwan.


The Alishan National Scenic Area is a mountain resort and natural preserve located in the mountains of Chiayi County in Taiwan. It is 415 km² in area.


Hehuanshan is a 3,416-metre-high mountain in Central Taiwan. The peak lies on the boundaries of Nantou and Hualien counties and is within the Taroko Gorge National Park. Hehuanshan is a popular destination for the local people of central Taiwan.

Qingshui Cliff

Qingshui Cliff is a 21 kilometer length of coastal cliffs averaging 800 meters above sea level in Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan. The tallest peak, Qingshui Mountain, rises 2408 meters directly from the Pacific Ocean.

Fulong Beach

Fulong Beach, also known as Fulong Bathing Beach, is located at Fulong Village, Gongliao District, New Taipei City at Northeastern Taiwan. It is the outlet of the Shuang River. The sands there are golden, which is rare in Taiwan.

Farglory Ocean Park

The Farglory Ocean Park or Hualien Ocean Park is a water theme park in Shoufeng Township, Hualien, Taiwan.

Leofoo Village Theme Park

The Leofoo Village Theme Park is a theme park and a safari located in Guanxi Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan.

Janfusun Fancyworld

Janfusun Fancyworld is an amusement park in Gukeng Township, Yunlin County, Taiwan. The park features Sky Wheel, which is Taiwan's tallest Ferris wheel.

Shishmen Dam

Shihmen Dam is a major rock fill dam across the Dahan River in northern Taoyuan City. It forms the Shihmen Reservoir, Taiwan's third largest reservoir or artificial lake.

Guishan Island

Guishan Island or Steep Island or Turtle Island, also known as Kueishan Island, is an island in the Pacific Ocean currently administered under Toucheng Township, Yilan County, Taiwan and located 9.1 km east of port of Gengfang Fishery Harbor.


Sanxiantai is an area containing a beach and several islands located on the coast of Chenggong Township, Taitung County, Taiwan. The beach stretches for ten kilometers in length. It is situated at the 112-kilometer mark.

Cape Eluanbi

The Cape Eluanbi is a cape in Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan.

Chaotian Temple

The Chaotian Temple is a temple in Beigang Township, Yunlin County, Taiwan. The temple is dedicated to the deity Mazu, the goddess of the sea.

South Bay

The South Bay, also called Nanwan or Blue Bay is a beach in Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan. The beach is part of Kenting National Park.

Jhiben Hot Spring

The Jhiben Hot Spring is a hot spring in Beinan, Taitung County, Taiwan. It is one of the most famous Taiwanese hot springs. In its literature the local Taitung tourism authorities spell the name of the area Chihben

Fort San Domingo

The Fort San Domingo was originally a wooden fort built by the Spanish in 1629 at Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan. It is located near Hobe Fort, which was built during Qing rule.

Taiping Mountain

Taiping Mountain or Taipingshan is located Datong Township in northern Taiwan's Yilan County. It is one of Taiwan's three major forest recreation areas.

Liyu Lake

The Liyu Lake or Carp Lake is a lake in Shoufeng Township, Hualien County, Taiwan.