10 Reasons Why Taiwan Should be on Your Bucket List

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Taiwan, an island nation which reflects Chinese culture with a plethora of traditional Chinese temples is slowly but surely embracing a more modern lifestyle with the outcropping of modern cities, luxurious resorts and busy night markets. It is situated about 180 kilometres from China and was formerly known as Formosa. With a population primarily comprising Han Chinese, the culture of the country has strong Chinese influences with Japanese and Confucianist beliefs existing alongside each other. About 10 million foreign tourists visit this country annually. Here is why.

1. Soak in Spirituality at the Longshan Temple

Soak in Spirituality at the Longshan Temple
This Buddhist temple was first built in 1738 is renowned for its unique temple art and architectural style. It has been rebuilt several times since and features to look out for include the two bronze pillars outside the front hall as well as the incense holders in front of the main hall.

Timing: 6 am to 10 pm.

2. Gaze Upon the Blue Tears

Gaze Upon the Blue Tears
One of the awe-inspiring scenic natural wonders of the world, the Blue Tears is a phenomenon that occurs along the coast of the Matsu Islands in Taiwan. A blue-coloured fluorescence is witnessed at the beaches. and you can even see your own footprints glowing blue!

Timing: At night in June, July, and August.

3. 3. Give in to Your Artistic Side at the National Palace Museum

3. Give in to Your Artistic Side at the National Palace Museum
With its large and spectacular collection of Chinese art, thought to be the best in the world, the National Palace Museum even houses pieces that date back to Neolithic times. The four levels of the building also include a restaurant and food court. Free guided tours in English are also available.

Timing: 8.30am to 6.30 pm (Sun-Thu).
8.30am to 9 pm (Fri & Sat).

4. Hop on a Boat to Taiwan’s Ninth National Park

Hop on a Boat to Taiwan's Ninth National Park
Situated in the Outer Penghu Islands, this Park is made up of picturesque islets with stunning ocean basalts that present as columns, grottoes, and sea cliffs. Accessible only via a boat tour, the islands were once busy seafaring ports but are now largely uninhabited.

Timing: Early morning departures which have to be booked in advance.

5. Marvel at the Stone Temple

Marvel at the Stone Temple
Built with corals, seashells, and stone, this Taoist temple has the Goddess Cundi Bodhisattva as the main deity. Enjoy the tasty vegetarian buffet that is provided to devotees each day.
Timing: Sunrise to sunset.

6. Enjoy the View atop Taipei 101

Enjoy the View atop Taipei 101
Once known as the world’s highest building, Taipei 101 is a fine example of engineering. It’s observatory deck offers spectacular vistas of the surrounding area. It is also home to one of Taipei’s luxury malls, and the basement has a food court.

Timing: 9 am to 10 pm, the last ticket is sold at 9.15 pm.

7. Explore Lalashan Forest Reserve

Explore Lalashan Forest Reserve1
Home to the ancient red Hinoki cypress trees of Taiwan, this Reserve has trees that are over 2.500 years old. Start at the small exhibition hall to get some maps and arm yourself with all relevant information.

Timing: 8 am to 5 pm.

8. Get a Glimpse of Tungliang Banyan Tree

Get a Glimpse of Tungliang Banyan Tree
This sprawling banyan tree in Penghu Islands is said to be 300 years old and has wrapped its many roots around the temple complex nearby. Now the two have become a single entity. The spread of the massive banyan tree covers around 600 square metres. This is also a good place to sample some cactus fruit sorbet.

Timing: Sunrise to sunset.

9. Visit the Ancient Makung Matsu Temple

Visit the Ancient Makung Matsu Temple
Situated in Makung, this famous Taoist temple showcases Chaozhou-style woodcarvings. Restored in 1922, it is thought to be the oldest Matsu Temple in Taiwan.

Timing: 6 am to 8.30 pm

10. Wuji Tianyuan Temple

Built in the pagoda style, the circular Wuji Tianyuan Temple has five floors each with a different altar and deity. The temple is surrounded by beautiful gardens where cherry blossoms can be seen during the season.

Timing: Sunrise to sunset.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as sightseeing and exploration in Taiwan go. Give us at GoFro your requirements and get ready to enjoy a spectacular holiday.

Author: GoFro Travelers’ Network

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