Sponsored by Taiwan Tourism Bureau
AFAR Ambassadors Charissa Fay, Matt Long, and Natalie Taylor traveled to Taiwan as guests of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. Their piece in the January/February issue of AFAR Magazine chronicles their journey within the unique country. Here they share even more amazing cultural, culinary, and wellness experiences perfect for anyone inspired to experience this "Beautiful isle."
741, Taiwan, 台南市善化區西衛
Markets offer great insights into a country’s culture, and in Taiwan the night markets are a mandatory stop for observing local life. Sometimes spanning entire city blocks, the markets are an amusement park of sorts—complete with a midway of...
No. 216號, Section 2, Minzu Road, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Tainan is known for its xiaochi or "small eats" and there are plenty of delicious and cheap snacks in this vibrant city. The standout is the slack season noodles, developed from a century-old recipe and so named because they were sold by a...
Taipei 101, No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Soaring more than 1,600 feet into the air, Taipei 101 is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and probably Taipei’s most iconic site. For a small fee, visitors can spend time on the observation deck—a large space that offers a 360-degree...
No. 221, Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
When Chiang Kai-shek fled mainland China for Taiwan, he took with him many of the treasures that at one time were featured in Beijing’s Palace Museum. Among the items are relics and antiques reflecting 8,000 years of Chinese history. Today the...
950, Taiwan, Taitung County, Taitung City, 博物館路1號
Taiwan has a long history that predates even the arrival of the Dutch in the 17th century. For centuries, the 14 original tribes of the island called Taiwan home and developed rich and diverse cultures separate from any outside influence. In an...
No.113, Section 2, North Road, 10448,, 中山區台北市 Taiwan 104
Taiwan has a very interesting past, and influences from the Dutch, Portuguese, and Japanese can be found around the island. Of course, it’s the Chinese influence that has stood the test of time, impacting everything from language to cuisine and...
Shennong Street, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Tainan isn’t your normal city in Taiwan. Sure it’s modern and sure it’s beautiful, but there’s an artsy edge to it that makes it stand out from almost every other city in the island nation. The original capital of Taiwan, Tainan honors its past...
Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area, Nantou County, Taiwan
Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan's largest fresh water lake. When I lived in Nantou County, central Taiwan, I would often ride my scooter to Sun Moon Lake for a bit of fresh air and reflection. One day I drove to the lake and traveled up a hill to the...
954, Taiwan, Taitung County, Beinan Township, 明峰村試驗場8號
The people of Taiwan's southeastern region of Taitung are known for their expertise with medicinal herbs, and the Yuan Sen Applied Botanical Garden combines the best ofthis tradition with biotechnology and ecotourism. After a day of sightseeing in...
Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan 972
Taiwan's hot springs areamongthe best in the world. The country's unique geographic location on colliding tectonic plates produces high-temperature springs with clear water. An important part of Taiwanese culture, geothermal springs are thought...
958, Taiwan, Taitung County, Chishang Township, 新興村新興107號
There are few places in the world where you can so quickly and completely be enfolded in the tender embrace of nature than in Taiwan. From rock climbing to jungle treks, there are active pursuits for everyone, but one of the most scenic is a rice...
No. 23, Zhongzheng Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 55546
One of the top tourist destinations in Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake has plenty to offer visitors, from biking trails to relaxing boat rides around the beautiful lake. What many people may not know is that the area is also rich in natural hot springs—a...
104, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, Nanjing West Road, 1號3樓
I found a new food obsession when I visited Taiwan, Peking duck. This traditional Chinese dish isn’t just served in Taipei–it’s been elevated to a form of culinary art. While you can find several great purveyors of this delicacy in Taipei, my...
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