Taiwan’s night markets appeal to the young and old, and are ideal places for budget travellers to fill up on local delicacies.
Set amid mountains and with shores punctuated by temples, Sun Moon Lake is popular for bike rides and boat trips.
The single-most popular tourist destination on the north coast, Yehliu Geopark is a place geologists and kids adore.
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The cradle of Han Chinese civilisation in Taiwan and the first European base on the island, Anping has a wealth of physical remains from the 17th–19th centuries.
The edifice of Chung Tai Chan Monastery is striking from afar and engrossing close up.
In recent years, the notoriously industrial city of Kaohsiung has become a pleasant place to stay and explore.
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The region between the Coastal Mountain Range and the interior mountains, the 180km-long East Rift Valley is one of Taiwan’s prettiest and most natural lowlands.
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The often-seen black-browed barbet lives up to its Chinese name, ‘five-colour bird’.
Tea-pickers gather oolong tea leaves more than 1,000m above sea level in Greater Alishan.
Spectacularly made-up and attired zhentou troupes enliven temple events throughout Taiwan, but especially in the south.
Meinong is renowned for its painted oil-paper parasols.
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The annual Beehive Fireworks Festival in Yanshui takes the Taiwanese love of explosions to new extremes.
Caoshan Moonscape World is a uniquely desolate area of badlands; in certain lights the eroded hillocks and steep ravines look truly lunar.
Inaugurated on the fifth anniversary of the dictator’s death, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is one of Taipei’s most striking landmarks.
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Qinbi’s stone homesteads are one of the Matsu archipelago’s most alluring sights.