The National Palace Museum is located in the capital Taipei and is one of the highlights of a trip to Taiwan. The museum is all about ancient Chinese art and is built in the style of a North Chinese palace. The exhibitions change regularly, but in this museum you can always view a large number of historical Chinese artifacts from old bronze objects, paintings, calligraphies and beautiful ceramics. These treasures have belonged to various Chinese rulers for generations and it is the most large-scale and beloved collection of Chinese relics in the world. A ideal day trip to learn more about Chinese history and culture.
Tainan is one of the oldest cities of Taiwan and during the Qing dynasty it was the region’s capital. And throughout this modern age, Tainan has also retained its traditional small town charm. The city could be considered the beating cultural heart of the island, as there are many ancient and historic monuments, temples and buildings to discover as well as exciting traditional festivals and with some of the best cuisine around. Stroll the streets of Anping, one of the city’s oldest districts and visit Chihkan Tower, a historic 18th century Chinese complex with beautiful gardens and temples. And when the sun goes down there are night markets to explore, such as Hua Yuan in the northern district where delicious food stalls that serve local specialties such as oyster omelettes and a lively atmosphere await you.
The food in Taiwan is a reason to visit the country itself. It is surprising and varied and there is so much to eat on the island and so many restaurants and stalls to try out that you can easily become overwhelmed with the food options. Taiwanese food is varied and influenced by different cultures such as the Hakka people. One of the national dishes is beef noodle soup, a must try. This slowly braised beef soup is absolutely delicious. Hot pots are also found all over the island and a staple in Taiwanese food culture. Also try some sticky rice puddings and scallion pancakes. The list of tasty food is endless and you’ll get so many opportunities to try everything out. From night markets to high-end restaurants, there is something for everyone here.
Sun Moon Lake is one of the most popular and most visited lakes in Taiwan. Just keep in mind that it might be crowded when you visit this destination, but then again it is crowded for good reason. And the many people certainly don’t make a visit to this lake less worthwhile. Because this is a beautiful natural place with amazing mountain views. One of the best activities is to rent a bike and go around the lake and stop at various places to take in the sights. It can get quite steep at times though. You could also just walk along the paths around the lake or take a trip on a boat. The morning or late afternoon are the best times to visit and you’ll have the best views at these times as well.
The village of Wulai is not too far from Taipei, around 25 kilometers to the south. However, it is a world of difference in terms of surroundings. Wulai is located in the mountains and is home to the ethnic Tai Ya people. This small city is situated along a river and is the ideal base for hiking and walking activities. In its nearby surroundings you’ll find waterfalls, deep rivers with swimmable spots and lots of hiking trails and opportunities for bird watching. There are also a number of hot springs you could visit and plenty of places to have a delicious meal after such an active day in nature.