Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Lukang

Longshan Temple

Longshan Temple

Built in the late 18th century, Longshan Temple remains a showcase of southern temple design. The temple is expansive, covering over 10,000 sq metres within its gated walls, so give yourself a few hours to take...

Top ChoiceCultural Centre in Kaohsiung

Museum 50

A true hidden gem, this private museum has a small but exceptional collection of sculpture and antiques by mid-19th- to 20th-century Japanese artists who were inspired by Taiwan or who had taught early Taiwanese...

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National Palace Museum

National Palace Museum

Home to the world's largest and arguably finest collection of Chinese art, this vast hoard covers treasures in painting, calligraphy, statuary, bronzes, lacquerware, ceramics, jade and religious objects. Some of...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Ximending & Wanhua

Longshan Temple

Longshan Temple

Founded in 1738 by Han immigrants from Fujian, this temple has served as a municipal, guild and self-defence centre, as well as a house of worship. These days it is one of the city's top religious sites, and a...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Zhongshan & Datong

Dihua Street

Dihua Street

This former 'Centre Street' has long been known for its Chinese medicine shops, fabric market and lively Lunar New Year sundry market. It has attracted numerous restoration and cultural projects and is now a...

Top ChoiceTaoist Temple in Kaohsiung

Tianliao Stone Temple

Tianliao Stone Temple is a fantastical, Gaudi-esque interpretation of a Taoist temple by Southeast Asian migrant workers. The 500 men had been hired to build a highway in the area, but the contractor went out of...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Xindian

National Human Rights Museum

This former detention centre, court and jail was where political prisoners were incarcerated and tried during the White Terror period (1947–87). The English audio guide is highly recommended. These peaceful but...

Top ChoiceTower in Xinyi

Taipei 101

Taipei 101

Towering above the city like the gigantic bamboo stalk it was designed to resemble, Taipei 101 is impossible to miss. At 508m, Taipei 101 held the title of 'world's tallest building' for a number of years. Until...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Dulan

Moonlight Inn

For spectacular views looking down across Dulan towards the ocean and horizon-silhouette of Green Island, you can't beat the upper balcony of this little gallery-cafe 3km above town. It's in a Japanese-era...

Top ChoicePark in Alishan National Scenic Area

Alishan Forest Recreation Area

Visiting Alishan may almost feel like a cliche, but do not lose heart. There may be equally beautiful and less-visited places in Taiwan, but Alishan, with its giant cedar and soaring pines reminiscent of...

Top ChoiceTaoist Temple in Tainan

Grand Mazu Temple

Grand Mazu Temple

This lively temple once served as the palace of Ning Jin, the last king of the Ming dynasty. If you wish to confirm visually that a king's status is lower than an emperor's, count the steps to the shrine. There...

Top ChoiceVillage in Beigan

Qinbi Village

Qinbi is by far Beigan's most complete traditional village, with its array of interconnected stone homes built on a steep slope, facing the curved bay and small handkerchief of sandy beach. Most homes are now...

Top ChoiceMarket in Kaohsiung

Neiwei Flea Market

This sprawling flea market in Neiwei may possibly offer one of the most authentic and fabulous experiences of Taiwan. You'll find everything under the sun here and then some. Cut-and-paste shard figurines,...

Top ChoiceBeach in Outer Penghu Islands

Jibei Sand Tail

Those desert island paradise photos you probably saw on Penghu's promotion brochures and websites were most likely taken at Jibei Sand Tail, a dazzling spit of sand and shells lapped by shallow turquoise waters....

Top ChoiceTaoist Temple in Lukang

Mazu Temple

This holy structure was renovated in 1936, a high period in Taiwan's temple arts. The woodcarvings are particularly fine in the front hall, and the high plafond is gorgeous. The Mazu statue in this temple is now...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Taichung

National Museum of Natural Science

A fantastic place for kids and botany fans, this massive museum has over 50 exhibit areas covering space, the environment, rainforests, gems and minerals, dinosaurs, and Han and Austronesian cultures. Galleries...

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National Palace Museum Southern Branch

Fans of historical art and antiques will have a field day here: there is exquisite Buddhist art from Asia's oldest civilisations, excellent displays on Chinese and Japanese tea culture, Asian jade and textiles,...

Top ChoiceTaoist Temple in Magong

Tianhou Temple

This celebrated 17th-century Matsu temple sports high, sweeping swallowtail eaves and a wealth of gorgeous Chaozhou-style woodcarvings, mostly from a 1922 restoration.

Top ChoiceTaoist Temple in Checheng

Zinan Temple

Dedicated to the Earth God, the carnivalesque Zinan Temple celebrates entrepreneurship and is perpetually busy, as is the marketplace that has grown around it. The temple teems with fortune-tellers and vendors of...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Green Island

National Human Rights Museum

Green Island's windswept northeast corner was completely out of bounds for much of the 20th century, occupied by a large prison camp. Here, political opponents of the regime were incarcerated and 're-educated'...