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Top Choice Taoist Temple in Checheng

Zinan Temple

Dedicated to the Earth God, the carnivalesque Zinan Temple celebrates entrepreneurship and is perpetually busy, so much so that an entire marketplace has sprouted all around it. The temple teems with fortune-tellers…
Top Choice Farm in Sun Moon Lake

Antique Assam Tea Farm

An operating tea farm that's also a showcase for the reinstatement of tea shrubs to Sun Moon Lake. The speciality here is Assam black tea, introduced to the area from India by the Japanese. In its heyday, this facto…
Top Choice Museum in Puli

Chung Tai World Museum

Don’t miss this superb museum adjacent to the main Chung Tai Chan Temple; it is a fabulous showcase of Buddhist artefacts dated as early as AD 386. If you wonder why one Buddha has a medicine ball in his hand whi…
Top Choice Taoist Temple in Jiji

Wuchang Temple

Wuchang Temple became famous after the 921 earthquake collapsed its lower floors, leaving the roof to stand in ruin. It now lies photogenically crumpled like a dishevelled king beside a newly built twin that has tak…
Canyon in Jiji

Taichi Gorge

It's not hard to see why a 1986 rock slide that killed 28 visitors closed Taichi Gorge to the public for over two decades. The precipitously high, narrow and rocky terrain just doesn't allow for easy trail developme…
Forest in Puli

Huisun Forest Reserve

Huisun Forest Reserve, home to Taiwan's largest old growth forest, not only offers lovely, negative-ion-filled hiking trails; it's a one-stop site for families looking to up their endorphin levels for a weekend – th…
Buddhist Temple in Puli

Chung Tai Chan Temple

From the entrance doors with their giant guardians to the 18 lohan reliefs, only top-quality materials and artists, both Taiwanese and foreign, were used to build this awe-inspiring contemporary edifice. Another hig…
National Park in Nantou County

Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area

Located along scenic Hwy 14 near Wushe, this national park is famous for its maple trees (fēngshù). The park ranges in altitude from 1100m to 2600m, making it a cool retreat from the heat in summer. You can walk fro…
Wildlife Reserve in Ershui

Ershui Formosan Macaque Nature Preserve

This 94-hectare park covers the slopes of Songbo Ridge and contains well-preserved mid-elevation forests favoured by the Formosan macaque, the island's sole monkey species. They are easiest to spot in the morning.Th…
Viewpoint in Sun Moon Lake

Xiangshan Visitor Center

This visitor centre offers splendid views of Sun Moon Lake from atop a sleek modern structure that fits neatly in with the surroundings. Wood and concrete come together in a pattern of smooth lines meant to resemble…