Taiwan’s Hidden Gems

Residents of the country nicknamed “The Sweet Potato” due the shape of its island could be insulted by this nickname, as Taiwan has some astounding places of natural beauty that stretch from north to south and from east to west (no potato farms included, honest).

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The picturesque Shifen Waterfall is not far from Taipei

Shifen Waterfall is a scenic waterfall located in Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan, on the upper reaches of the Keelung River. The falls are 20 metres in height and 40 metres in width, making it the broadest waterfall in Taiwan. It is a cascade waterfall in which the water flows in one direction and the rock is sloped in the opposite.

Hehuanshan Mountain range
Hehuanshan Mountain range

Hehuanshan (“The Mountain of Joy”) is a 3,416m mountain lying on the boundaries of Nantou and Hualien counties, and within the Taroko Gorge National Park. Hehuanshan is a popular destination for the local people of central Taiwan, where they can see snow on a regular basis.

Fo Guang Shan: The University of Buddhism
Fo Guang Shan: The University of Buddhism

Fo Guang Shan is a Buddhist memorial centre in Kaohsiung, in the south of Taiwan. This large and sprawling complex contains giant Buddha states, shrines, and temples, and is the most famous tourist attraction in the south.

The Mountain Railway in Alishan
The Mountain Railway in Alishan

Alishan National Scenic Area is a mountain resort located in the mountains of Chiayi County in Taiwan. It includes, among other things, mountain wilderness, four villages, waterfalls, high altitude tea plantations, the Alishan Forest Railway, and several hiking trails. The area is popular among tourists and mountain climbers, and the area is also famous for its production of high mountain tea and wasabi.

Sun Moon Lake in autumn
Sun Moon Lake in autumn

Sun Moon Lake is the largest body of water in Taiwan, as well as being a tourist attraction in its own right. Situated in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, the area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes in Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake surrounds a tiny island called Lalu. The east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the name

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