A small island located between Japan, China and the Philippines, Taiwan is a modern megalopolis and a rapidly developing country. Many know Taiwan because of its skyscrapers and modern urban look, but the island has much more to offer. The mountain region is famous for its beautiful pristine nature and breath-taking views.
Taipei 101 is probably one of the most famous signature landmarks of Taiwan. Also known as the Taipei International Financial Center, the 508 metre high tower is one of the tallest buildings in the world. The building was designed to resemble a bamboo growing from the earth. There are several observation decks on different floors, from which travelers can see panoramic views of Taipei from above. While in Taipei, don’t forget to visit the historic district or Old Taipei, which is formed by Datong and Wanhua areas. Travellers will find many old buildings there, including the famous Longshan Temple and the Red House Theater. Ximending is the area that attracts fashion lovers and fans of different subcultures.
Zhongzheng is the political heart of Taiwan as the majority of ministries and the Presidential Office are located there. The Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is the most famous attraction of that area. The museum is dedicated to Chiang Kai Shek. The buildings of the National Opera House and the Taiwan National Theatre are located next to the memorial.
Continue your travel by heading to Tainan, the former imperial capital. In this city, travelers will find many old temples and buildings, with the Eternal Golden Fortress being one of the most famous. The fortress was built in the 19th century near the coast, so it also offers wonderful views. Other famous landmarks include Anping Fort, Chikan Towers, beautiful mango groves and night markets.
The southern part of Taiwan is home to Kenting National Park, which is a great place for walking and active rest. Visitors will find there beautiful parks, cozy beaches and good infrastructure. Other cities of Taiwan also offer different entertaining activities. The city of Puli is the geographical centre of Taiwan and a great place to explore Sun Moon Lake. If you want to visit Taroko Gorge, head to Hualian, which is also known as one of the most charming cities in Taiwan. Finally, Jiufen, which is located on the northeast of the island, is famous for its historic gold mining factory.
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