Taiwan Travel Guide

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  • Pro
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     the people, the markets, the street food vendors 

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     Long travelling time. 

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     Undiscovered and unspoilt by tourism 

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Taipei

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1398,3810,266

Kaohsiung

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175,417,49

Hualian

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95,264,6

Hsinchu

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29,61,29

T'ai-chung

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92,296,1

Taitung

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69,166,15

K'en-ting

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50,137,0

Chiayi

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28,87,8

A-li-shan

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57,152,0

Taroko Gorge

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48,86,0

Taiwan

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61,185,21

Tan-shui

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31,76,0

Nan-t'ou

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134,513,1

Changhua

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22,83,2

Lu-kang

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18,47,0

Miao-li

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38,87,4

I-lan

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13,48,25

Chilung

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45,138,0

Lu Tao

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19,25,0

T'ai-nan

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89,336,1

Makung

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26,37,1

Jui-feng

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10,18,0

P'ing-hsi

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9,14,0

Hsi-k'ou

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11,25,0

Hsien-chu

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13,28,0

Chin-men

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12,24,0

Pei-pu

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4,11,0

T'ai-chung-hsien

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14,29,0

Lung-tung

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8,10,0

Chung-li

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5,26,0

Ying-ko

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0,2,0

San-hsia

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2,11,0

Nei-wan

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5,6,0

Nei-hu

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0,1,0

Lan Yu

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22,33,0

Jen-ai

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9,27,0

Yun-lin

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4,15,0

Yuan-lin

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0,2,0

Pu-li

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5,6,0

Taipei

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  • Beitou Hot Springs

    Taipei Things to Do

    The Beitou hot springs are easily reached form central Taipei by the very efficient metro. Take a train to Beitou (on the Danshui line), change trains for a shuttle to Xinbeitou. First visit the Hot Springs Museum in the old Japanese Bathhouse (free, with complimentary slippers), with tatami rooms upstairs and the old bathhouse (like a roman bath)...

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  • Hotel Eclat

    Taipei Hotels

    Pricey but definitely luxurious! The bathroom has clear glass doors and a function to frost up the...

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  • Din Tai Fung

    Taipei Restaurants

    This is one of the most well-known things that comes from Taiwan; however, this is typical Northern Chinese food. The place is not a really fancy place to go if you like quite and need a lot of time to enjoy your food since it locates in downtown where people care more about the time they spend in stead of money, and a typical Chinese restaurant...

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Kaohsiung

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  • Dagou Train Museum

    Kaohsiung Things to Do

    This museum is formerly a train station built in 1900, and was still operational until Dec 2008. At the back of the depot, one can see a few old trains on display. Inside the depot one can see the old office setup and the old documents and forms that were used then. This isn't a big place, a one to two hour visit would suffice.

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  • Ambassador Hotel

    Kaohsiung Hotels

    We stayed in the Ambassador Hotel, Kaohsiung which is located on the Love River. This was a good...

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  • 18-Prince Temple

    Kaohsiung Things to Do

    Located in the Shiziwan area of Kaohsiung, this is a very popular temple amongst the locals.... and of course you can see a lot of tourists here too. Legend has it that in the 17th century - during the reign of Kangxi emperor - 18 sailors sail pass this area when their ship sank. These 18 sailors swam ashore and settle down in Shiziwan, helping and...

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Hualian

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  • colour purple

    Hualian Favorites

    try purple rice for a change,nutty taste, easy to cook, gives a beetroot colour on washing. The colour is due to the bran coating the rice . Also called forbidden rice.

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  • Grand Formosa Taroko Hotel

    Hualian Hotels

    I've known this hotel since I was a high school student, with its astonishing location, I made up my...

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  • Talkative Mr Liu

    Hualian Transportation

    Getting around Taroko Gorge is difficult without your own transport. We read that one could hire taxis and checked quite a few recommendations before choosing Mr Lui. We were very satisfied with the one day tour to Taroko Gorge and the Chingshi Cliffs that we arranged - the whole thing via text message. The cost in 2009 was 2500TD, which seemed...

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Hsinchu

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  • Teppan yaki

    Hsinchu Restaurants

    Teppen yaki is a Japanese form of cuisine .Cooking is done on a large iron hotplate .All the customers sit around the table and watch and are served straight from the oven. There is no seperate table .For starters we had a cold drink/ loocha followed by a bowl of rice ,steamed sprouts, large quantities of fried cabbage and any meat /fish/ egg/...

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  • Lakeshore Hotel Metropolis I

    Hsinchu Hotels

    The hotel is nice and the location is very convenient. Near to attractive places and shopping malls....

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  • Cheng Huang temple

    Hsinchu Things to Do

    You will miss this temple for the shops all around. The only clue is the typical dragon roof of Chinese temple which is visible only from across the road. Then you go around searching for a door to get in, obscured again by the numerous shops selling food stuffs. Nobody speaks English. The best part of Taiwan is you can go anywhere no restrictions....

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T'ai-chung

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  • Flower Everywhere

    T'ai-chung Things to Do

    In Taichung, our tour package includes a visit to Zhong Se Flowers Blooming Oasis. We were there in the early evening and the temperature is cold.This flowering oasis, as it is called, is a little out of the way and transportation can be inconvenient.

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  • Hotel National

    T'ai-chung Hotels

    No. 257, Sec. 1, Taichung Kang Road, Taichung, 403, Taiwan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Homemade Beef Noodle

    T'ai-chung Restaurants

    The Beef Noodle is so tasty! Don't miss it when you are visiting the Confucius Temple, just across the street! We had lunch in this restaurant with basic service but the food is great especially the beef noodle soup.

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Taitung

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K'en-ting

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  • visitz eluanbi park and observatory

    K'en-ting Things to Do

    Located within Kenting National Park, Eluanbi Lighthouse is one of the most recognized attractions in the park. Built in 1983, the name of “Eluan” is derived from the Paiwan aboriginal tribe meaning “yacht”. Eluanbi Lighthouse is also the landmark of Eluanbi peninsula, the southernmost point of Taiwan with coast covered with coral reefs. The...

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  • visit nanwan beach

    K'en-ting Things to Do

    Located in Kenting National Park, Nanwan (South Bay) is one of the beaches of Kenting coast. It used to be a whaling area during the Japanese occupation, and is now a fishing village that has a soft white sand beach stretches 600 meters long. South Bay is the longest bay with a plain slop along the coast making it a perfect place for water...

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  • East Coast

    K'en-ting Things to Do

    The East Coast of Kenting park is marked by rugged cliffs buffeted by strongs winds that blow across from the open paciifc. Here sand dunes are constantly being reshaped.

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Chiayi

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  • Public Bus Station

    Chiayi Transportation

    This is the public Bus Station as known as Alishan Shuttle Bus Terminal where you can catch a bus to the Alishan National Park. It is located on the right side of the Chiayi Railway Station. The frequency of the bus schedule is quite efficient, and you can refer the photo of the schedule. You don't need to buy bus tickets in advance, there are...

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  • Nice Prince Hotel

    Chiayi Hotels

    No. 600, Chung-Hsiao Rd., Chiayi, Taiwan, 600, TW

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Chiayi THSR Station

    Chiayi Transportation

    The Chiayi THSR Station is one of the important high speed rail stations in Taiwan as it connects between the northwest and southwest of Taiwan. It is a modern station with shops, ticket counters, vending machines, lockers, toilet and etc.Good To Know: If you book a ticket one or two weeks in advance, you can save up to 20% of the actual ticket...

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A-li-shan

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  • Scented Wood and Arch Bridge

    A-li-shan Things to Do

    The landscape of the area with emerald green mountains, luxuriant and well-spaced trees, arch bridges and flowing water.

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  • Cihyun Temple

    A-li-shan Things to Do

    Cihyun Temple is located near the Sacred Tree Station. It was built in 1919 and enshrines a statue of Sakyamuni donated by the king of Thailand. The 1000 year old bronze statue is filled with gold dust. We did not spend much time here because of the heavy rain. This temple has a Japanese style prayer room.

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  • Shouzhen Temple

    A-li-shan Things to Do

    Shouzhen Temple has a striking facade with red and gold typical Taiwanese Temple architecture. It is the highest elevation temple in Taiwan, located in the Alishan National Park. The temple was constructed in 1911, its devotion to Xuan Wu God (玄天上帝), a Taoist deity also known as the "Mysterious Heavenly Emperor on High."...

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Taroko Gorge

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  • Beautiful Taroko Gorge

    Taroko Gorge Things to Do

    Taroko Gorge is one of the few places in Taiwan that really takes my breath away. The amazing landscape of the Taroko Gorge is just break-taking. To really absorb the beauty created by mother nature, I recommend you to rent a scooter and ride around the park. I feel that if you travel by car or bus, you can't really feel the surrounding as well as...

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  • Lushui-Heliu Trail

    Taroko Gorge Things to Do

    The Lushui-Heliu is an easy and scenic trail that includes a spectacular cliff-side section with railings. The trail starts from the mountaineering center across from the visitor center at Lushui, and climbs mildly uphill and crosses a suspension bridge before making its way onto an exposed cliff. Here, the trail follows the Old Hohuan Road, a path...

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  • Tianxiang-Baiyang Trail

    Taroko Gorge Things to Do

    The Baiyang Trail was formerly a flat, accessible trail that led to the Baiyang Waterfall. However, recent rockslides (in 2009, I believe) made a long tunnel at the beginning of the trail impassible. The Baiyang Waterfall is still accessible by the Tianxiang-Baiyang Trail, which is neither short, flat, nor accessible. The 8-km round trip includes 4...

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Taiwan

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  • Go South!

    Taiwan Things to Do

    We rented a car in Kaohsiung and drove south right to the bottom tip of Taiwan Island.We had wanted to drive round to the East coast but with only a few days to spend we decided to take it easy and relax and find some nice places to chill out.The weather was superb so we were lucky to see the beaches and rocks of the south in all their beauty.We...

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  • Ambassador Hsinchu

    Taiwan Hotels

    188 CHUNG HWA ROAD SECTION 2, HSINCHU 300, Taiwan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Great food opposite the beach

    Taiwan Restaurants

    This is a western style restaurant right opposite the beach in Nanwan area on the way down to Kenting.The lady who runs the place was really helpful and found us a place to stay by ringing around some people The place itself has great decor and great jazz music (not live) and the food is excellent,mix of Eastern and Western foods.Prices are not...

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Tan-shui

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  • Historical Places Dan-shui Taipei Taiwan

    Tan-shui Things to Do

    Is best to visit Danshui in the late afternoon before sunset, the best place to view the sunset is located at Danshui Boat wharf. You can visit the Danshui historical street, Hongmao Castle, Little White House, Red Castle, Long San Temple which is all around the vicinity.

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  • Bai-Sha Bay

    Tan-shui Sports & Outdoors

    One of the most beautiful beaches in Taiwan. The beach is around 1.3 km long. White sand and the water are clean. The North-East wind brings big waves and makes the place become the hot surfing spot. water, towel, pad, biscuits etc.

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  • Fishmen's Wharf

    Tan-shui Nightlife

    Fishermen's wharf is near Tam-Shui old street where one can take jet-boat to reach there (to and back ticket costs 160 NTD) Its land is big and some music concerts or activities are held there. There are also various restaurants and cafes. Fishermen's wharf is close to sea. The most attractive building is the bridge that is shining romantically at...

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Nan-t'ou

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  • How to travel between Sun Moon Lake and...

    Nan-t'ou Transportation

    Sun Moon Lake and Alishan National Park are the two most famous tourist attractions in Taiwan. You want to visit both places within your time frame with public transportation. Yes, you can do that! I think Taiwan Tourism Board has done a great job to make it possible for backpackers like us to travel between these two attractions with fun and...

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  • The Lalu Sun Moon Lake

    Nan-t'ou Hotels

    142 Jungshing Road, Yuchr Shiang Nantou, Nantou, 555, Taiwan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Shuishe Visitor Center

    Nan-t'ou Transportation

    The Shuishe Visitor Center is supposedly an important tourist information center of the Sun Moon Lake. During our visit in July 2013, the entire building was closed for renovation. So, I can only write this place as a good public transportation hub for buses in and out of Sun Moon Lake. There is a window counter where you can inquire about bus...

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Changhua

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  • Buddha

    Changhua Things to Do

    Changhua is best known for its landmark statue of the Buddha. At 26 metres tall, the statue sits atop Bagua Mountain overlooking the city.

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  • Grand View Hotel

    Changhua Hotels

    No.395, Sec.2, Chunshan Road, Yuanlin Town, Changhua, Taiwan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Taiwan Changhua Meat Ball

    Changhua Restaurants

    This paticulars local delicacy is very famous for more than 50 yrs. There are a few stores selling the same dish, but this store is the original. Selling TWD35.00 each. It is made of Sweet potatoes warp with meat, steam it then deep fried. This Meat Balls is the only dish they are selling.

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Lu-kang

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  • Lung Shan Temple

    Lu-kang Things to Do

    Lung Shan Temple is one of the oldest temples in Taiwan. Because of the age of the buildings, it does not look like the other colorful temples in Taiwan. However you still can see that the artitectures are still well decorated in the traditional style. Most of the buildings are under the maintaince now to extend the life of these historical...

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  • Fuhai Temple

    Lu-kang Things to Do

    Fuhai Temple (Fuhai Gong) (福海宮) is a beautiful and large temple in Wanggong. This was one of my favorite temples in Taiwan. The temple's main deity is Matsu, Goddess of the Sea, but many others are honored. This temple is odd in the way that it honors both Daoist and Buddhist deities; it is also rather large, considering it has...

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  • Wanggong Fisherman's Harbour

    Lu-kang Things to Do

    Wanggong Fisherman's Harbour is the sight that most people come to this small town for. On weekends, there are a considerable amount of crowds, and there are parking fees everywhere; during the week, this place is basically deserted and parking is free. The main attraction is a small harbour for fishing boats, a lighthouse, and an arch bridge....

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