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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Lukang

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 in t…
Top Choice Park 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 sculptures…
Top Choice Coffee in Taichung

13 Coffee

The versatile '13' (Shísān) has turned his family's disused car-repair shop into a shrine to coffee. As adept at carpentry as he is roasting beans, he spent four years building this wonderfully eccentric cafe with o…
Top Choice Museum in Chiayi

National Palace Museum Southern Branch

Some of the facilities at the new southern branch of Taipei's Palace Museum were still under construction at the time of research, but were expected to be finished by late 2016. Antique fans will have a field day: y…
Top Choice Museum 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 have…
Top Choice French in Taichung

Le Moût

At 26 on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2016, Le Moût features Taiwan-inspired French cuisine by Chen Lanshu. Chen, who was trained at Le Cordon Bleu, was also crowned Asia's Best Female Chef. At Le Moût, flavours are s…
Top Choice Taoist Temple in Changhua

Nanyao Temple

Located 2km south of Changhua train station, this remarkable temple is one of the stops on the Matsu Pilgrimage. The distinctive character of the complex lies in the hall in the middle: check out the Doric columns, …
Top Choice Dumplings in Lukang

Laojiefang

Cheap and excellent hand-made dumplings (手工水餃; shǒugōng shuǐjiǎo), beef noodles (牛肉麵; niúròu miàn) and a plethora of cold dishes laid out near the entrance! The heavenly dumplings (NT$4.50 per piece) are served in b…
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 Buddhist Monastery in Taichung

Pu-Lu Monastery

Built by a devout Taichung family in the 1920s, Pi-Lu Buddhist Monastery looks more like a Western-style mansion than a monastery, with its red-bricked facade, Doric columns and an arcade under an architrave, and po…