Top things to do

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…
Museum in Taiwan's Northeast Coast

Juming Museum

This museum and sculpture park is where you'll see the riveting works of Taiwan's best-known contemporary sculptor, Ju Ming (1938–), against the backdrop of nature. Ju Ming has works strewn all over the world, but t…
Island in Wai'ao

Turtle Island

This captivating volcanic islet, 10km off the coast of Yilan, is less than 3km long yet rises up to 398m. Once supporting a population of 750 people, the island was taken over by the military in 1977 then returned t…
Historic Site in Jiufen & Jinguashi

Gold Ecological Park

This park, set high above the village in green, quiet hillsides, is a true slice of 1930s Taiwan, with restored Japanese-era residential and office buildings connected by narrow walkways bordered by aged brick walls…
Park in Taiwan's Northeast Coast

Yeliu Geopark

Stretching far out into the East China Sea, this limestone cape has long attracted people to its delightfully odd rock formations. It's a geologist's dreamland but also a fascinating place for the day tripper. Aeons…
Museum in Jiufen & Jinguashi

Jiufen Kite Museum

This quirky private collection can seem underwhelming at first, but then it dawns on you: these things can really fly! Its collection ranges from the tiniest butterfly-shaped kites to a 3m-long phoenix with a fox in…
Market in Keelung

Miaokou Night Market

Probably the most famous night market in Taiwan, Miaokou became known for its great food during the Japanese era, when a group of merchants started selling snacks at the mouth of the Dianji Temple (奠濟宮). Nowadays, M…
Historic Site in Keelung

Ershawan Fort

Also known as Haimen Tianxian, this first-class historical relic was once used to defend Taiwan during the First Opium War (1839–42). Its imposing main gate and five cannons, still tucked into their battery emplacem…