Puli Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 545
A glimpse of Puli on a cloudy dayPuli is a magical town located in the mountainous heart of Taiwan. Its Atayal (Taiwanese aboriginal tribe) name is Sabaha Bakalas, which means "house of stars."
The area is popular with tourists due to its close proximity to Sun Moon Lake, but surprisingly, Puli is never too crowded. I appreciated this fact when I lived in the town for a little over a year.
Chung-tai Chan Monastery, the largest Buddhist temple in Nantou County, also resides in Puli. In 1999, a massive earthquake struck the village. The destruction was significant, with 2,415 people killed and around $10 billion worth of damage to buildings (including temples).
Thankfully, the village managed to hold on and has established and rebuilt itself. In my opinion, it is one of the must-see destinations in Taiwan.