Top things to do

Top Choice Area in Sansia

Minquan Old Street

Sansia's name (Three Gorges) reflects the fact that it sits at the confluence of three rivers. The town prospered as an important transport hub for charcoal, camphor and indigo dye, as is evident in this old block o…
Top Choice Forest in Baling

Lalashan Forest Reserve

This 63.9 sq km expanse of mixed forest holds one of the largest stands of ancient red hinoki cypress trees left in Taiwan. The most ancient of the ancients is over 2800 years old, but there are a hundred more that …
Top Choice Teahouse in Jiufen & Jinguashi

Jiufen Teahouse

This 100-year-old wood and brick building at the far end of Jishan St hosts what was reputedly the first teahouse in Jiufen. It's a solid choice for any traveller looking to step back in time among heavy wood furnit…
Top Choice Cultural in Keelung

Keelung Ghost Festival

During the seventh lunar month, Keelung is host to Taiwan's most renowned Ghost Festival, a fascinating mix of Taoist and Buddhist beliefs and rituals. The festival lasts the entire month (usually August or Septembe…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Taiwan's Northeast Coast

National Centre of Traditional Arts

This arts centre occupies 24 hectares along the scenic Tongshan River not far from Luodong, and is a venue for the research and performance of folk music, opera, dance, toy-making and temple decorations. For visitor…
Top Choice Gallery in Hsinchu

Guqifeng Gallery

This fantastic collection includes a four-poster bed of pure jade, dragon boats made of ivory, statues of Southeast Asian deities, intricately carved replicas (the size of two pool tables) of villages and temples, a…
Top Choice Taoist Temple in Hsinchu

City God Temple

First built in 1748, and masterfully restored in 1924, this Hsinchu landmark has the highest rank of all the city god temples in Taiwan, and is a splendid example of the fine work local artisans were capable of in t…
Top Choice Taiwanese in Pinglin

Taiyuan Tea House

This modern teahouse serves delicious Taiwanese dishes, many prepared with tea seed oil (茶油; cháyóu), such as fried rice (炒飯; chǎofàn), noodles (麵線; miànxiàn), and mountain pork (山豬肉; shān zhūròu). Besides, tea leav…
Top Choice Noodles in Hsinchu

Duanchunzhen Beef Noodles

Don't be disheartened by the lines – the wait for a table at this clean, modern joint is around 15 minutes if you go early. The Chungking-style beef noodles (重慶牛肉麵; Chóngqìng niúròu miàn) and stewed beef noodles (紅燒…
Top Choice Museum in Sanyi

Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum

Exhibits include informative displays on the origins of woodcarving in Sanyi, a knockout collection of Buddhas and Taoist gods, some gorgeous traditional household furniture and temple architectural features. Unfort…