The Renegade Province: Taiwan's Top 13 Travel Spots




From beautiful beaches to hills full of blossoming flowers Taiwan is a country full of majestic beauty. We listed below 13 worth travelling destinations in this Far Easter country:


Taipei
Taipei is the national capital of the Republic of China, otherwise known as Taiwan.
On December 7, 1949, the KMT government under Chiang Kai-shek, after being forced to flee mainland China by the Communists at the Chinese Civil War, declared Taipei as the provisional capital of the Republic of China, with the official capital at Nanjing (Nanking). As the capital of the Republic of China, Taipei has been at the center of rapid economic development in the country and has now become one of the global cities in the production of high technology and its components.
The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂) is the famous symbol of both Taipei and the Republic of China. It is here that the nation's flag is raised every morning, and the huge court yard in front of the memorial serves as a place for both national celebrations as well as a platform to voice one's disapproval of the government. The memorial consists of a large bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek, watched over by two motionless honor guards who are replaced every hour in a rifle twirling ceremony.


Puli
Pul is an urban township in Nantou County, Taiwan. It is the geographic center of Taiwan. Travellers go to Carp Lake - a great place to relax and watch clouds melt into green mountains and egrets dance in the cool summer breeze.

Caoling Historic Trail
The Caoling Historic Trail cuts across Sandiaojiao, starting at Yuanwangkeng, just inland from Fulung, and ending at Dali on the coast. Two large boulders along the trail bear Qing dynasty inscriptions and are listed as third-class historic sites. One of the inscriptions has four Chinese characters meaning "Bravely Suppress the Wild Mists" and the other bears the single character "Tiger" (the tiger is believed to control the winds). Both were ordered by the regional commander of imperial forces in Taiwan, and were meant to ward off the baleful influences of nature in this once-remote area.

Taroko Gorge
Taroko Gorge is an impressive 19-km-long canyon, situated near Taiwan's east coast.
The park was originally established as the Tsugitaka-Taroko National Park (次高タロコ国立公 Tsugitaka Taroko kokuritsu kōen) by the Governor-General of Taiwan on December 12, 1937 when Taiwan was part of the Empire of Japan. After the Empire of Japan's defeat in World War II, the Republic of China assumed control of Taiwan.

Maolin
Maolin is a rural district of Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan. The name Miaoli was coined using two Hakka words, cat () and raccoon dog (), which phonetically approximate Pali (Bari), a community of Taokas people. The Weisin Hakka Artifacts Museum can be found in Maolin, this museum houses a collection of over 200 pieces of Hakka traditional artifacts such as wedding palanquin, bull carriage and modified trishaw.

Penghu
Penghu is an outlying island archipelago located in the Taiwan Straits between Taiwan and China and is under the jurisdiction of Taiwan. On 26 July 1945, the three governments issued the Potsdam Declaration, declaring that "the terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out." In the Treaty of San Francisco, Japan renounced sovereignty over Taiwan and Penghu but left their final disposition unsettled. The archipelago has been administered by the Republic of China.

Hwy 11
Hwy 11 is located in eastern coast in Taiwan and called Hualien-Taitung Coastal Highway for its connection between Hualien County and Taitung County. This highway, which is 182.506km, is started in Hualien City and ended in Taitung City. It also has 3 branch lines. The East Coast National Scenic Area and Farglory Ocean Park (Hualien Ocean Park) are also located on this highway.

Orchid Island
Orchid Island is a beautiful island located in Taitung County off the coast of Taitung. The island was first mapped on Japanese charts as Tabako-shima in the early 17th century and Tabaco Xima on a French map of 1654. The Chinese, who had no contact with the inhabitants of the island, called it Hongtouyu (紅頭嶼 Red-headed island), from which it was called Kōtō-sho during Japanese rule of Taiwan.

Pinglin
Pinglin is a rural district in southeastern New Taipei City in northern Republic of China (Taiwan). Pinglin is the most famous place for producing Pouchong tea. Don’t forget to visit The Pinglin Tea Museum the world's largest tea museum during your vacation in Pinglin.

Sixty Stone Mountain
Sixty Stone Mountain is located in the Rift Valley along Taiwan’s east coast.  This area of the Coastal Mountain Range is located at an elevation of around 800m above sea level, and is famous mainly because of the daylily flowers that grow in abundance during August and September.

Kenting National Park
Kenting National Park is a national park located in the Hengchun Peninsula of Pingtung County, Taiwan, covering Hengchun, Checheng and Manjhou Townships.  Established on January 1, 1984, it is Taiwan's oldest and southernmost national park, covering the southernmost area of the Taiwan Island. This national park is well-known for its tropical climate and sunshine, scenic mountain and beach, the Spring Scream rock-band festival held in every March

Tainan
Tainan is a city in south west Taiwan. The Republic of China (ROC) took over the island in 1945 after World War II. Tainan City and Tainan County became separate local entities under Taiwan Province in 1946. The 228 Incident broke out on February 28, 1947 in Taipei following widespread civil unrest. Thng Tek-chiong (pinyin: Tang Dezhang), a Taiwanese lawyer and a member of government which set up "The 228 Incident Commission", was arrested by the ROC army on March 11. Claiming him as a separatist and after being questioned and tortured overnight the Chinese executed him the next day in the park in front of Tainan City Hall (now named Tang Dezhang Memorial Park). Tang was pronounced not guilty by court later in March. Like other regions in Taiwan, many political activists in Tainan suffered from KMT repression during this autocratic era. In Tainan travellers are amazed by the National Museum of Taiwanese Literature Located in a restored colonial-era Japanese building, even with the limited English on display this museum is fascinating. The coffee shop is good too.

Hsinchu
Hsinchu is a city in the north-western part of Taiwan. In 1626, after Spain occupied northern Taiwan, Spanish missionaries arrived at Tek-khàm (竹塹; sm: zhúqiàn), where the Taokas Taiwanese aborigines lived. During the Qing Dynasty, it was renamed Hsinchu. In the 21st year of Guangxu's Regime, Hsinchu Sub Office was established, responsible for independent administration on June 24. In June of the 24th Year of Kuang Hsu's Regime, it altered its local official system again. Hsinchu County was abolished.

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