Taiwan's fascinating culture is everywhere, from back alley public art projects and street puppet shows to grand performance halls and intricate temples. And no visit would be complete without touring the National Palace Museum, a cultural crown jewel whose vaults feature more than 700,000 items of historic and artistic significance.
Performing arts are another bright spot, led by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, internationally celebrated for its approach to modern dance. Its fusion of traditional themes with modern elements results in an inspiring vitality.
Taiwan also celebrates many religious and cultural festivals, like Dragon Boat Day, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and the goddess Mazu's birthday, so be sure to check an events calendar and plan to join one of these authentic local experiences. It won’t take long before you appreciate that culture lives here with vigor and variety.