The first democratic republic in Asia to wave its flag, Taiwan keeps on pushing the tops in world’s most desired travel destinations. And the first step you’ll take on this beautiful country will tell you why this is so.
Taiwan, The Republic of China in other words, is an island nation. There are 23 million people in the country, in 5 regions all of which have distinctive characteristic features. The capital, Taipei is home to almost 2.7 million people. The metropolitan area of Taipei, that includes New Taipei and Keelung as well, has got 6.9 million people.
There are a lot of things that will make you feel good in Taiwan however the first is definitely the weather. Taiwan sun will make you say goodbye to all your winter clothes. The yearly temperature in all regions of the country is always nice enough for outdoor excursions which will eventually make your time in Taiwan unforgettable.
The natural environment of Taiwan is one another thing that will fascinate you. The attractiveness of the big cities is accompanied by the beauty of the mountains endowing the country. Besides, the richness of the marine life along the coasts and the eco parks that are built with a lot of effort and care, distinguishes Taiwan from the other countries.
The cultural richness and the artistic side of the country are the two most predominant factors that makes Taiwan so special. The most famous traditional art of the country, glove puppetry and the items such as oil paper umbrellas, dough figures, scented sachets and diabolos that come from the core of the culture contribute to Taiwan’s fame on the world tourism scene remarkably.
Taiwan, the home to a lot of people from many different religions and beliefs, offers the visitors a chance to open the doors of a culture that has been fed by the uniqueness and loyalty. I am sure your trip to this beautiful country will always stuck in your mind and be recalled with a smile on your face.
Where is Taiwan?
Taiwan, Republic of China is an island on East Asia.
Visa Procedure of Taiwan
Bureau of Consular Affairs gives all the information about visa requirements of Taiwan.
Cuisine in Taiwan
Get ready for one of the tastiest trips of your life. Taiwanese cuisine, with all the marks from different civilizations and the ingredients special to the land surely deserves the praise that it has been dedicated to it for a long time.
There are several variations of the cuisine in Taiwan. In addition to the traditional Taiwanese bites, most of the other dishes in the cuisine have the characteristics of Hoklo, Aboriginal, Hakka and Chinese cuisines. Besides, one simply cannot underestimate the Japanese effect on the cuisine as well.
No matter what you order at a restaurant in Taiwan, the dish will probably include one of these 4: pork, sea food, chicken, rice and soy. Due to the religious beliefs, beef is as not common as these however in the recent years, there has been increase towards its consumption.
Some of the most famous Taiwanese dishes include:
- Cuttlefish geng: A thick soup made with cuttlefish and covered in fish paste.
- Oyster omelet
- Minced pork rice
- Sanbeiji: a type of chicken dish that is cooked with wine, sesame oil and soy.
- A-gei: Fried tofu filled with noodles.
Shopping in Taiwan
As most of the Asian countries, Taiwan will not disappoint you when it comes to shopping. Whatever that is you want to buy, I am sure you’ll find it even without looking for.
In the big cities there are shopping malls and districts that you are already familiar with however what makes shopping in Taiwan distinctive is its night markets. There are open air markets that goes along meters of streets. In big cities you may come across to these in almost all the districts, any day in the week but in smaller towns they may be one time in a week.
One thing to keep in mind while shopping in Taiwan: Bargaining is essential. Especially if the price is not listed, you are more than welcome to make an offer. Also note the bargained price is usually valid for cash payments in Taiwan.
As you may already know the computer market is wide in Taiwan and you can buy lap tops and other electronic devices for a cheaper price compared to anywhere else. The traditional items such as jade stone, tea, linghzi (a type of fungus that is known to be beneficial for different kind of health problems), and iron eggs should be on your shopping list too.
Attractions in Taiwan
The big cities like Taipei offers the visitors all sorts of activities which a big metropolitan would. However as you are packing for one of the most fortunate countries in terms of geographical location, there are some suggestions you may want to consider if you would like to spend some time away from the city life.
There are 8 recreation farms all across Taiwan, located on the skirts of the Central Mountains. These provide you with a lot of ecological opportunities while guaranteeing taking your breath away with the picturesque beauty of the view.
Sun Moon Lake, which is located in Yuchi, is one of the main destinations in Taiwan. The home of the Thao tribe and the Aboriginal tribes, is a magical place that looks like a setting of a fairy tale.
Alishan National Scenic Area and Kenting National Park still attract thousands of nature lover visitors every year, making Taiwan’s raising popularity among the other Asian countries.
Event Tourism in Taiwan
Taiwan, also known as Republic of China, attracts thousands of attendees for international congresses, fairs, exhibitions, symposiums, conferences and tradeshows every year. The capital Taipei and the other major cities in the country show a great competence to hold these large scale events. The one of a kind culture of the country and the attractions that cannot be found in any part of the world also guarantees a different type of event trip to the attendees.