Taiwan’s Under-the-Radar Charms

With its spellbinding skyscrapers and expansive night markets, Taipei stirs up a sense of excitement and keeps it at an all-time high. Yet quiet moments are also easy to find when you look deeper into Taiwan.

One of nine national parks throughout Taiwan, Yangmingshan National Park  is a slice of nature that falls within the limits of New Taipei City — making it extremely simple to access. While sprawling green spaces like Qingtiangang and Zhuzihu Scenic Spot can get busy, you can find solitude when you hit the hiking trails that wind through the hilly terrain. Follow the scent of sulfur to volcanic hot springs and steam vents. If you can, time your vacation to view the springtime calla lilies that bloom in the Zhuzihu farm area.

Challenge yourself with a climb up Mt. Qixing, also known as Seven Star Mountain, the highest dormant volcano in all of Taiwan. Conquering these green-clad peaks takes you to more than 3,600 feet above sea level where you will be rewarded with gorgeous views of Yangmingshan National Park and the Taipei City Basin.

Your pace will slow down as you embrace the rhythms of Taiwan’s smaller towns and villages. South of Taipei, on the western edge of the country, is Miaoli County. In the town of Qing’an, the main road is affectionately known as “Tofu Street” for its abundance of tofu-focused restaurants and stalls. Juicy red strawberries are the stars of nearby Dahu Township, a rural town filled with strawberry fields and vendors selling all sorts of variations such as strawberry wine, strawberry cream puffs and even strawberry sausage!

Capture a moment in time when you explore Lugang Township (also known as Lukang) on Taiwan’s west coast. Walk down the red brick streets to view rows of traditional architecture and wander into temples — including Lukang Longshan Temple with its carved dragon poles and Lukang Tianhou Temple, dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. Take time to appreciate the East-meets-West architectural style of the Lukang Folk Arts Museum, a contemplative space that showcases artifacts dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties including lacquerware, textiles and musical instruments.

From its bustling capital city to the quieter outskirts, Taiwan engages all of your senses. Contact us to plan a vacation where culture and heritage meet breathtaking natural wonders.


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