Treasures of Taiwan
Collected by Colin Roohan, AFAR Ambassador
No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is a monument in Taipei, built in memory of Chiang Kai-Shek, former President of the Republic of China. Chiang Kai-Shek is something of a hero for most living in Taiwan so building such a grand monument for him...
No. 63, Zhongzheng Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
The Wenwu Temple is worth a stop if you're in the Sun Moon Lake area. The architecture is highly detailed and the landscaping is gorgeous. The temple has three halls and I found the first one (the lowest level) to be the most interesting. It is...
972, Taiwan, Hualien County, Xiulin Township, 富世村283-3號
The Eternal Spring Shrine located within, Taroko National Park, is a tribute to 450 workers who lost their lives building a highway in the area. To get to the monument you must take a small hike over cliff-like terrain overlooking the Liwu River....
Chenggong Township, Taitung County, Taiwan 961
Northeast of Chenggong in Taitung County, Taiwan, Sanxiantai is one of Taintung’s most popular attractions. Sanxiantai, which translates to the Platform of Three Immortals, received the name from a legend which tells of three immortals that came...
Pingtung County, Taiwan
Kenting National Park is a huge park located on Taiwan's southern most points. There are several things to around the area so plan to spend at least a day there. The walking paths that hug the coast line are very nice but go early before the...
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...
Lotus Pond, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 813
Kaohsiung's Lotus Pond is a very exciting area to visit. I like that the whole pond is surround by foot and bike paths allowing you to take in the sights while getting some exercise at the same time. I also really liked the concentrated amount of...
No. 3, Shuishalian Street, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
This picturesque temple, which overlooks Sun Moon Lake, is a great place to lean about the history of Tripitaka; the monk who is immortalized in the novel Journey to The West and is credited for helping spread Buddhism into China. From Taipei...
224, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Ruifang District, 九份豎崎路31號
Jiufen Old Street is a fantastic place to spend the day. The tightly packed alleys around the area are full of tea shops and food vendors selling everything from classic pork bao buns to floral flavored ice cream wrapped in a rice-like tortilla...