Taiwan Secrets

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Taiwan Secrets – Taiwan Travel

While many Asian destinations excel at promoting tourism, Taiwan is one of the more underappreciated destinations possibly due to a relatively weak national tourism promotion agency. It’s also a bit off the Southeast Asian backpacking routes, and is more expensive than nearby Thailand or The Philippines, however Taiwan still has much to offer the independent traveler.

Taiwan – The Beautiful Island

Portuguese sailors who first visited Taiwan gave it the name Ilha Formosa which means beautiful island. If you get outside of the cities and into the Taiwanese countryside you’ll soon see why.  Natural wonders such as the magnificent Toroko Gorge National Park with the winding Liwu River through the natural gorge and Sun Moon Lake with its sacred island are just some of the attractions not to be missed when visiting Taiwan. Taiwan is also famous for its natural hot springs.  Less well known may be the beaches of Taiwan.  The Eastern and Southern coasts on Taiwan also have some ideal spots for surfing.

The cities of Taiwan, particularly Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Tainan are also well worth exploring.  Taipei has all the modern infrastructure of an Asian economic dynamo with a well developed Metro system and what was, up until recently, the tallest building in the world – Taipei 101.  However, underneath its modern veneer, traditional Chinese culture can still be found.  Lunshan Temple is one spot not to be missed for those interested in temples and Buddhist rituals. Taipei also has an abundance of tasty street food. The Shilin Night Market is perhaps the best place to sample the wide variety of food offering available from stinky tofu to steamed pork filled buns.

These are just some of the many things there are to do, see, eat and explore in Taiwan.   The icing on the cake is the ease with which native English speakers are able to easily find jobs in Taiwan teaching English at attractive rates of pay as well as modelling jobs in Taiwan.  The availability of world class Mandarin Chinese language programs is also very attractive for those interested in learning Chinese in Taiwan.  With all Taiwan has going for it, it’s a wonder it’s not a more popular Asian travel destination.

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