Welcome to Taiwan


The Beautiful Isle

Famed for centuries as Ilha Formosa (Beautiful Isle; 美麗島; Měilìdǎo), this is a land with more sides than the 11-headed Guanyin. Towering sea cliffs, marble-walled gorges and tropical forests are just the start of your journey, which could take you as far as Yushan, Taiwan's 3952m alpine roof.In Taiwan you can criss-cross mountains on colonial-era hiking trails or cycle a lone highway with the blue Pacific on one side and green volcanic arcs on the other. And if you simply want a classic landscape to enjoy, you'll find them around every corner.

Have You Eaten?

'Have you eaten?' The words are used as a greeting here, and the answer is always 'yes', as there's just too much nibbling to do. Taiwan offers the gamut of Chinese cuisines, some of the best Japanese outside Japan, and a full house of local specialities from Tainan milkfish and Taipei beef noodles to indigenous barbecued wild boar. Night markets around the island serve endless feasts of snacks including stinky tofu, steamed dumplings, oyster omelettes, shrimp rolls and shaved ice. And when you're thirsty you can look forward to juices from the freshest local fruits, local craft beer, aromatic teas and, in a surprising twist, Asia's best gourmet coffee.

Asian Values On Their Terms

Defying those who said it wasn't in their DNA, the Taiwanese have created Asia's most vibrant democracy and liberal society, with a raucous free press, gender equality, and respect for human rights and, increasingly, animal rights as well. The ancestors are still worshipped, and mum and dad still get their dues, but woe betide the politician who thinks it's the people who must pander, and not him – or her. If you want to catch a glimpse of the people's passion for protest, check out Taipei Main Station on most weekends, or just follow the local news.

The Tao of Today

Taiwan is heir to the entire Chinese tradition of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and that amorphous collection of deities and demons worshipped as folk faith. Over the centuries the people have blended their way into a unique and tolerant religious culture that's often as ritual heavy as Catholicism and as wild as Santeria.Taiwanese temples (all 15,000) combine worship hall, festival venue and art house under one roof. Watch a plague boat burn at Donglong Temple, go on a pilgrimage with the Empress of Heaven, study a rooftop three-dimensional mosaic, and learn why a flag and ball have come to represent prayer.


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Taipei Sightseeing Tour with Taipei 101, Longshan Temple

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Longshan Temple, Wanhua, TaipeiDiscover Longshan Temple, one of Taiwan's most visited religious sites.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Lin An Tai Historical House & Museum, Zhongshan District, TaipeiVisit the traditional southern Fujianise courtyard-style Lin An Tai Historical HomeDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Beitou Hot Spring Museum, Beitou, TaipeiExperience the geothermal Beitou hot spring areaDuration: 30 minutesStop At: National Palace Museum, Shilin, TaipeiSample 5000 years of Chinese art, history and culture at the National Palace MuseumDuration: 1 hourStop At: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Park, Zhongzheng District, TaipeiCapital's must-see spotsDuration: 30 minutes

$145 Day Trips & Excursions

Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour from Taipei

You'll be picked up from your Taipei hotel at 6am to travel by train on your own to Hualien. This full-day guided tour will take you to the Taroko Gorge, a 20-kilometer section of the highway that runs from Taroko to Tiansiang.The stunning gorge is famous for its marble cliffs, deep, winding tunnels and the Liwu River, which flows through its craggy landscape. Travel through Swallows Grotto, where the section of the highway runs through tunnels carved into the gorge.Then, see the Eternal Spring Shrine, one of the most photographed scenes around the gorge. These little temples were built to commemorate those who lost their lives in the construction of the central cross-island highway.Afterward, break for lunch at a local restaurant. Appetites sated, continue to the Chi-Hsing Beach and Hualien Stone Sculpture Park and visit a marble factory before returning to Taipei by express train.

$582.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Taiwan from Taipei 5-Day Tour: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge

Start your 5-day round-island tour of Taiwan with hotel pickup in Taipei. Drive south into the lofty mountains to visit Sun Moon Lake, where you’ll stop at several temples like Wenwu Temple, Holy Monk Shrine and Tse-En Pagoda. At Fo Guang Shan Monastery, one of the most famous Buddhist sites in southern Taiwan, take a walking tour and interact with monks and nuns.The next day, head to Kaohsiung, the second-largest city in Taiwan. Pass Love River (Ai River) and stroll through Lio Ho Night Market.In southern Taiwan’s Kenting National Park the following day, admire 37 miles (60 km) of coral-rimmed shoreline and explore the forest recreation area. On your fourth day, continue your journey through Taiwan’s scenic landscapes with a visit to Taitung’s East Coast National Scenic Area, where unspoiled land stretches for miles down the coast. See incredible land formations created by years of erosion.Then, in Hualien, marvel at the exceptional beauty of Taroko National Park’s Taroko Gorge, whose marble formations are split by a road that looms under forested peaks and towering cliffs.You’ll end your journey back in Taipei. All entrance fees, transportation, accommodation and daily breakfasts are included, and for lunch and dinner, your guide will be happy to recommend great places for you to enjoy authentic Taiwanese cuisine.For details on each day of the tour, see the Itinerary section below.

$10.80 Transfers & Ground Transport

Taipei Airport Private Transfer: Taoyuan Airport to Hotel

When making a booking, please provide the following information. • Arrival Flight Details • Taipei Accommodation Details According to the address of your accommodation, please select the correct pricing option. Failing to select the correct one might incur additional charge. • Area A: Yangmingshan National Park • Area B: Beitou District • Area C: Other Districts in Taipei City Vehicles used: • 1 Toyota Camry 2.0 or equivalent (1 to 2 people) • 1 Volkswagen T-5 or equivalent (3 to 6 people) Baggage Allowance:  1 Check-in Luggage and 1 Carry-on Luggage Waiting Time: 1.5 hour after the flight touches down. If you don’t show up after 1.5 hours waiting time, the booking will be considered as “No-Show.” There is no refund on this. Arrival Instructions:After baggage claim, there is only one exit. Driver will hold a sign board with lead traveler's name near exit in the arrival hall. If you have trouble locating the driver, please proceed to Tourist Service Center and call our operation hotline: +886-2-25634621 or +886-2-25635313

$100 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pingxi, Jiufen Day Trip with Sky Lantern Release From Taipei

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Jinguashi 13 Ruins, Ruifang, New TaipeiLearn about the history of JinguashiDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Yinyang Sea, Ruifang, New TaipeiSee the unique “Yin-Yang Sea” of the Shuinandong AreaDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Shifen Old Street, Pingxi, New TaipeiCreate and release sky lanterns in Shifen, watching your wishes float skyward.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gold Waterfall, Ruifang, New TaipeiVisit the spectacular Golden WaterfallDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), Ruifang, New TaipeiExploring Jiufen (lunch at guest's expense)Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$45 Day Trips & Excursions

Jiufen Village (Chiufen), Nanya, and Pitou Cape from Taipai

You'll be picked up from your Taipei city hotel at 1:00pm, drive along the northeast coast of Taiwan to the National Scenic Area, popular location with the locals. The northeast coast scenic area is noted for its numerous capes and bays backed by green mountains. Visit Pitou Cape, tall abrasion caves and platforms and other eroded landforms which can be clearly seen on the cape's hanging cliff. The tour continues to Nanya, a coastline filled with amazing rock formations, a sea-eroded coral shore. The patterned stone is unique in Taiwan and formed through the weathering of the sandstone that lines the shore. The oxidation of iron ore within the stone gives it a beautiful striped pattern. Travel to the quaint little village of Chiufen Village (Jiufen), once the gold mining center of Taiwan. The gold is gone, but Chiufen (Jiufen) built of closely-packed houses clinging to steep mountainsides, continue to offer enchanting scenery, unique teahouses and fascinating glimpses into the lifestyles of the past. Tour Highlights • Chiufen Village (Jiufen) • Pass by Chinkuashin Village • Pitou Cape • Nanya Rock Formations • Bay of Two Colors