Known worldwide for its natural beauty, Taipei and the entire country of Taiwan encompasses several coastal valleys and expansive green forests that offer a diversity of landscapes which have made it one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Beyond these impressive facts, the country boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of Chinese artifacts within the National Museum, in addition to a wealth of national parks, historic temples, and prestigious monuments. For a country of such a small size, the wonders located throughout make it a top locale to enjoy natural landscapes. The following are considered some of the top attractions located in Taipei and throughout Taiwan.
Yangmingshan National Park
Located approximately half an hour outside of the capital city of Taipei, Yangmingshan National Park is well known for its steep cliffs, and series of meadows and lakes that surround it. Nature enthusiasts flock here in droves for the views it offers and the multitude of locations off the beaten path. February and March are considered the best months to visit the park to take in the blooming cherry blossoms and colorful flowers that grow in the gardens.
Beitou Hot Springs
Although there are many hot water baths located throughout Taipei, arguably the most popular area for them is in Beitou, home to its most famous hot springs. For more than thirty years, both national and international visitors have been attracted to the Beitou hot springs where they can take in not only the warm baths, but also the beautiful museums, gardens, and temples which surround this enchanted area. The best time to visit the Beitou hot springs is during the holiday season.
Taroko Gorge National Park
Taiwan offers plenty of green areas throughout the country and the Taroko Gorge National Park, with over 22 kilometers of mountainous terrain that includes steep ravines, is one of the best places for hiking, camping, and renting scooters for a day trip around the area. To get the best views when sightseeing, or when doing some hunting, a lot of people even use the best rangefinder.
Throughout the year, visitors come to the park to partake in the many activities possible within its gorgeous expanse. For visitors looking for a weekend getaway to soak up nature at its finest, there are few places in the region that offer as much as this famous national park.
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park
Home to orchids, fruit trees, false heather, and the country’s national flower – plum blossoms – Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park serves as a memorial to China’s first president and is a grand statement visually which few can compare to anywhere in the world. The park offers a wide assortment of plant life from ferns to golden trumpet bush, laurel wood to lotus see, and so much more. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park is regarded by many as one of the most sacred areas for the Taiwanese and visitors that enjoy viewing glorious gardens flock here by the tens of thousands annually to capture its illustrious beauty.
Dongshan River Water Park
The Dongshan River Water Park is more than just a water park – it offers a realm that includes outdoor concerts, cycling paths across 15 miles along the river, and pavilions for picnics and small gatherings. In addition to these features, the park holds a vast selection of traditional art that is housed within a state-of-the-art building that includes crafts, folk art, and some of the country’s most celebrated artists. The visuals possible for visitors to Dongshan River Water Park are definitely worth the trip as it is possible to take in fisherman sitting under umbrellas working on small boats and a fish farm stocked with sweet fish, considered a Japanese delicacy.