|Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan and is situated at the northern end of the island. The city is currently home to the tallest skyscraper in the world, called Taipei 101. There are 101 floors and the building stands 508 metres high and there is of course an observation deck which is open to the public! The observation deck is on the 89th floor of the building and is reached in the super-fast elevators which take just 37 seconds!
Taiwan also has a number of not-so-high impressive buildings and landmarks in Taipei. These include the National Theatre and National Concert Hall which are styled in a neo-classic Chinese architecture, and the building is situated within the grounds of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. These grounds are definitely worth visiting with their Chinese style ponds.
The National Palace Museum is worth the visit too, to see the world’s best collection of Chinese historical artefacts and antiquities.
Also around Taipei you’ll discover numerous stunning temples, including Confucius Temple, Longshan Temple and Xingtian Temple amongst others.
Taiwan also has many other large cities and smaller towns across the island. Jiufen, for example, has become a popular tourist destination due to its quaint streets and architecture which show a Taiwan of days gone by.
In the centre of Taiwan is the town of Puli. This make a good base from which to explore the central mountains and Sun Moon Lake which is one of Taiwan’s most popular resorts. The lake is famous for being a very clear blue and with the mountains in the background it is very picturesque. As well as enjoying the lake itself you can visit the Wenwu Temple and the Chinese style Ci-en Pagoda, as well as Lalu Island in the centre of the lake.
Although a heavily populated island, Taiwan also has much beauty to offer visitors too. In addition to Sun Moon Lake there are several national parks – Kenting National Park in the south has beaches and much lush vegetation, whilst Shei-pa National Park spans the mountains and has amazing scenery and hiking trails to enjoy. The Yangmingshan National Park is the closest to Taipei and overlooks the city.
Taiwan also boasts the tallest mountain in East Asia – Yushan stands 3,996 metres high within the Yushan National Park. Also known as Jade Mountain, it is climbable and should be done by applying for a permit in advance.