Food, culture, fantastic nightlife, an affordable rate of exchange and friendly people, Taiwan is a small island that packs a big punch.
A breathtaking island host to a variety of terrains, Taiwan boasts green mountains with rich flora and fauna, the sea, natural hot springs and a lake surrounded by forests. A nature lover or a shopaholic, a foodie or an adventure seeker, Taiwan is perfect for all.
Sun Moon Lake, a major tourist attraction located in Yuchi Township, is a big natural lake in Taiwan. It is named after its sun and moon-shaped lakes–which are encircled by breath-taking green mountains.
Taiwan has eight national parks, which have a variety of topographic landscapes like volcanic craters, deep slopes, lakes, white corals and shell beaches.
Located between state capital Taipei and Keelung, in the town of Wanli, is Yehliu Geopark where tourists can enjoy the scenic beauty of the naturally formed rocks, stretching approximately 1,700 meters into the ocean.
A trip to Yehliu Geopark is incomplete without visiting the Yehliu Ocean World, where tourists can get a glimpse of its exotic marine life.
The island offers excellent conditions for a range of activities like mountain biking, kayaking, paragliding and surfing. Thanks to an extensive network of national parks, scenic areas and forest reserves, Taiwan also offers hiking and trekking.
With its hilly terrain and extensive trail network, Taiwan is one of the world’s top mountain biking destinations.
Taipei has an exciting night life to offer tourists with its retail and local cuisine.
Popular night markets to visit include Shilin Night Market, the largest night market in Taipei and Keelung Miaokou Night Market, for clothes, jewellery, household items, toys and interesting gadgets, all at pocket-friendly prices.
No street shopping is complete without street food such as stinky tofu, oyster omelette, pearl milk tea, fried prawns and spicy meat and desserts such as flavoured shaved ice and fresh fruits.
SHOP TILL YOU DROP
The massive upscale mall in Taipei 101 is home to luxurious brands. A haven for fashion lovers, Zhonxgiao E Road is where the huge SOGO department stores offers majority of international brands; and small alleys bursting with top notch retailers at affordable prices. Taiwan’s night markets also offer fantastic deals on fashionable clothes, bags, shoes and other accessories.
Ranked among the world's top 15 hot spring destinations, Taiwan has a great variety of springs, including hot springs, cold springs, mud springs and seabed hot springs amidst mesmerizing scenic areas.
Taiwan has two certification boards; the Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Association (THID) and the Chinese Muslim Association. There are two kinds of certification, “Halal restaurants” for those owned by Muslims, and “Muslim-friendly restaurants” for halal outlets owned by non-Muslims. Since both these certificates confirm the halal status of the restaurant, Muslim tourists looking for a restaurant to dine at could now look for the logos displayed at these outlets before dining. The halal logos displayed at the restaurants and the helpful information found online regarding these outlets make it easier to plan a trip to the island nation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Taiwan has expanded its e-visa programme and included nationals from six Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
The six GCC countries include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates from the Middle East.
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