Published By: Ishani Karmakar

Top Places You Must Visit In Taiwan

Lush mountains, exciting cities, hospitable, friendly people, and exceptional service – Taiwan is a beautiful introduction to the Orient.

Taiwan is an island nation, also referred to as the Republic of China or ROC. The population is almost 95% ethnic Chinese.

In the west, where the majority of its 23 million inhabitants reside, the terrain is rather flat, but in the eastern two-thirds, the alpine territory is a hiker's paradise of gorgeous woods, rocks, and streams that cover the mountains like nature's finest artwork.

Here are some places you must visit in Taiwan:\

Taipei 101 – Xinyi District

Visit the Taipei 101 skyscraper in the capital, Taipei, for the greatest start. Then, use the world's quickest elevator, according to a Guinness World Record plaque, which will whisk you to the 89th level in 37 seconds. It is an iconic structure with 101 floors that towers above the city.

There are 5 basement levels and 101 stories above ground that contain upscale shops and restaurants, as well as an observatory with breathtaking views.

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall – District of Zhongzheng

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Liberty Square is a national monument commemorating the previous President of the Republic of China, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. The building's two levels of royal blue roof tiles and bright white marble walls echo the colours of the national flag and are surrounded by well-kept gardens. To approach the bronze doors of the 15,000-square-meter hall, there are 89 stairs – the age at which the former president died. As if to greet visitors, there stands a massive bronze statue of Chiang.

National Palace Museum

Located in the Shillin neighbourhood of Taipei, the National Palace Museum is without a doubt a world-class art collection. It has 700,000 amazing Buddhist sculptures, jade artefacts, pottery, metalworks, and curios transported from Beijing's Forbidden City.

Banka Lungshan Temple – Wanhua

This temple provides the opportunity to pray to Guanshiyin Buddha and other deities at this magnificent temple. The sound of worshippers chanting in unison is almost spiritual. It was constructed in 1738 and served as a place of worship for early Chinese residents. Currently, it combines Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian principles.

Night Markets

Ever-popular night markets are not so little. Shilin Night Market, also in the Shillin district, is the largest, but there are several, and most will seek one out for the experience of eating street food – and not just any street food; this is noodles, stinky tofu, a Taiwanese delicacy, and dumplings, among others.