After 22 hours travel (including three flights with Cathay Pacific – first time with them and I fell in love with the company), a 3 hours sleep night and two films + 3 episodes of Sex and the City, I finally arrived to Taiwan 😊.
Let me confess that this wonderful country was not in my bucket list. In fact I had never thought about visiting it until a good friend of mine moved there. So, I basically took my decision based on a good friendship. What am I trying to say? Well, let’s be honest: I had no clue about what I could expect from Taiwan. I had no idea about the country, its people, its culture…
Now that I am back in occident I can strongly say that Taiwan should also be in your bucket list, in fact, you should consider Taiwan as your next holidays destination.
To understand why I am saying this I want to invite you to visit my blog within the next weeks, when I am going to tell you more about this amazing place and I am also going to give you a lot of tips to prepare your trip.
Today, to start this blog series about this idyllic asian island I would like to share with you the 8 main reasons why you should visit Taiwan.
Are you ready? Then… Let´s go!
1. The people
No words to describe the kindness of Taiwanese people. Even though most of them do not speak English, they are always willing to help you.
Yes! This trip allowed me to improve my chinese skills 😊
2. The wide amount of beautiful temples
Taiwanese are quite religious with many beautiful temples dotted all around the country.
Do not feel a little intrusive when visiting them, locals are extremely welcoming to tourist that do. However, do not forget that temples are sacred buildings where some rules should be followed.
In the coming weekends I will show you some of the most amazing temples in Taiwan.
3. Taipei is home of the 8th biggest building of the world
Taipei 101 (the figure denote the number of floors) was the tallest building in the world until 2010. This is not only a business building, but also a great place for tourists. From its observation deck on the 91st floor the view is dramatic (I will tell you more on a post dedicated to Taipei 😉 )
4. The dramatic landscapes
When Portuguese sailors first saw Taiwan in the 1500s they literally fell in love with the landscape of the island. In fact, the called it “Ilha Formosa” (beautiful island) and the name remained until the arrival of the Ming dynasty.
5. They have a balloon and an earthquake museum
Can you believe it? I was so amazed when I found out about the balloon museum… I couldn´t even imagine the existence of such a museum!
And the earthquake one? Thanks to it I learnt that Taiwan sits on the same earthquake “ring of fire” as Japan and California.
In 1999 Taiwan experienced a magnitude 7.3 earthquake, its worst in recent memory, which killed 2.400 people. Apparently, the museum was created to inform and raise awareness on how to act in case of an earthquake.
I have never heard about this kind of museums. What about you?
6. Taiwanese food is considered one of the best of the world
Ready to try it?
Within the next weeks I will give some hints about where to eat in the different cities that we will visit together 😉
7. The hiking trails
Taiwan offers tourists a wide hiking trails opportunities, from light treks to real climbs. One of the most known places to hike are Taroko National Park and the beautiful Kenting National Park.
8. Their night markets
While the country is pretty lively during the day (let´s say from 10.00 am onwards), it is when the sun goes down when the island of Taiwan really wakes up and becomes alive.
Taiwan is full of night markets where you will find delicious street food, clothes and tech products. If you really want to understand the Taiwanese way of life, you must definitely visit its night markets.
Taiwan Post Series
Ready to visit the country now?
Within the next weeks we will start a trip visiting many different places such as Taichung, Jiufen, Kenting or Taipei on the blog.
Together we will discover more about the taiwanese culture, its history, its food, its people and its traditions. (If we are connected via IG, I am sure that you have already seen some of my taiwanese pictures 😉 )
Our first stop will be the dramatic city of Taichung.
Next week we will discover more about the third largest city of Taiwan and, at the same time, the most traditional one.
Have a nice week and see you soon! 🙂
* when I talk about “tourists” you must take into account that Taiwan is not known for being an international holidays destination, so most of the tourists visiting the island are local or chinese ones.