Top 3 Destinations in Taiwan - Taipei, Green Island, Taroko Gorge.
Living in Taiwan and setting up a translation company is no easy business; however it is a challenge that brings great rewards. The past few years have been full of ups and downs, successes, disasters, and lots of fun along the way. We've picked up some great experiences and a good knowledge of Taiwan and Taiwanese culture. For now, here's our guide to the top three places to go in Taiwan:
1) Taipei 101. Formerly the tallest building in the world, this skyscraper in the shape of a bamboo stalk is one of the must-sees in Taipei. 101 stories high, it dominates the Taipei skyline. Take the super-fast lift to the viewing area and take in the sights of Taipei and the surrounding area. The view is even better at night, the lights of Taipei spreading out far and wide in all directions. The streets around 101 are well worth checking out too: beautiful Chinese lanterns hang from the trees, and the restaurants offer everything from dumplings and noodles to waffles and coffee. If you have some time to kill in Taipei, head here and soak up the atmosphere: our top Taipei recommendation.
2) Green Island. It's a little hard to get to, but well worth it. A little island off the East Coast, that not even most Taiwanese people have been to, quiet, unspoilt...you get the picture. Head to Taidong and take a boat (1 hour) or plane (15 mins) over to the island. You'll find a place to stay with no trouble (as long as it's not a national holiday!). Settle in, rent a scooter, and head out to explore the island. Snorkeling equipment can be rented very cheaply, and the underwater sights are the best we've found in Taiwan. As night falls, head out for some local seafood, then head up to the salt water hot springs and enjoy the starry night sky. Don't miss it!
3) Taroko Gorge. Really, anywhere on the East Coast will be well worth a trip, and now that we've been here a while we feel that the deeper into the countryside you go, the more fun you'll have, especially if you're willing to learn a few words of the local dialect and try out the local brew. However, if it's your first time here, you'll probably want to play it safe and head to Taroko. this beautiful gorge offers camping, hotels, hot springs and plenty of hiking. Take your boots, and have fun!
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A Canadian newspaper praised Taiwan as a cyclist’s wonderland and recommended the country as a perfect model for Canadian officials attempting to encourage more city dwellers to get on their bikes.
a huge choice of bike paths, mountain trails, bike parks and other
tourism sites along the routes,” Taiwan has been transformed into a
“cyclist’s paradise,” the Ottawa Citizen daily said in an article on
Saturday last week.
“The Taiwanese have suddenly taken to riding
bicycles by the millions, and today the island is criss-crossed by
hundreds of smooth paved bike paths,” the article written by Mike
McCarthy wrote that twin setbacks — SARS a decade
ago and the more recent global economic recession — caused a drop in
international tourism and led many locals to switch to more affordable
cycling vacations at home.
A Taiwanese film on cycling around the
island — Island Etude (練習曲) — also helped fan the flames of this health
revolution, the article said.
Keen to develop a new industry, the
government began funding bike trails and bike parks. Bike hotels and bed
and breakfasts have sprung up all over the country to lure city
dwellers to the countryside for cycling adventures.
majority of Taiwanese, young and old, are frequent or occasional
cyclists, and the demand for more bike paths continues to grow,”
McCarthy wrote, adding that “the bike trails and mountains have also
attracted serious cyclists from Europe and North America.”
referred to the Guanshan Bike Trail in Taitung County as the “perfect
bike trail,” with its scenery of lush green rice paddies and rolling
hills dotted with water buffalo and fragrant flowers, along a smooth
paved path over tiny bridges and past shops selling tea, ice cream and
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said at the opening of the Taipei Cycle
Show on Wednesday that the government would extend the nation’s bike
path network to 2,000km, of which 900km would be mountain biking trails
and 1,200km would span along coastlines.
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