Thanks to an excellent rail system, tourist shuttles and domestic airlines, it’s very easy for visitors to get around the island of Taiwan, and transport within the capital of Taipei is even easier.
While Taipei’s sights and attractions can keep you plenty busy during your trip, it would be a shame to leave Taiwan without visiting some of the beautiful sights surrounding the capital city. If you’re looking for convenient day trips from Taipei, here are a few suggestions.
For families traveling with kids, Taiwan‘s capital city is a treasure trove of entertaining things to see and do, rain or shine. Paired with an international food scene and excellent night markets selling plenty of kid-friendly foods, Taipei makes a great choice for a family vacation. Here are just a few of the options available.
Some of the best — and most characteristic — Taiwanese in Taipei isn’t likely to be found in a restaurant. Instead, take to the streets. For flavorful, authentic and budget-friendly meals, had to the nearest night market and get eating.
You can’t miss it. Taiwan‘s tallest structure — at one point the tallest building in the world — is visible throughout the city and deserves a spot on your Taipei itinerary for the 360-degree views from the top. The massive mall and food court within the building only add to the appeal.
Each spring, the island of Kenting in southern Taiwan gets invaded by international and Taiwanese musicians in what has become the longest running and largest music festivals in the country. Over the course of four days, more than 200 acts will hit the seven stages, while visitors enjoy camping, art exhibitions, a small film festival and lots of socializing.
Each year, Taiwan celebrates the first full moon of the lunar new year with the always-colorful Taiwan Lantern Festival. What was originally a simple tradition of carrying hand-held lanterns through the streets after dark has transformed into a major international event featuring high-tech lantern displays and a myriad of cultural performances staged over a two-week period.
Springtime in many East Asian countries is cherry blossom season, when each cherry tree’s thousands of buds burst into colorful pink and white blossoms. The earliest flowers begin to show as early as January, and in the higher altitude destinations, you can see the blossoms through April. If you’re lucky enough to be traveling in Taiwan during this time, here are some of the best places to view the colorful display.
Taichung, the third-largest city in Taiwan, is a favorite weekend getaway spot for Taipei city dwellers due to it’s warm and relatively dry climate, perfect for hiking the nearby hills. One of the city’s most overlooked attractions, the Taichung Winery, offers visitors a look into the history of wine production in Taiwan dating back to the Japanese occupation in the early twentieth century.
Taiwan’s tea culture dates back to the seventeenth century, and despite being heavily influenced by China and Japan, it has developed its own distinct tastes and traditions. While it’s possible to delve into the island’s tea tradition anytime throughout the year by visiting any one of the countless tea houses or plantations, visiting during an annual tea festival offers a much more enriching experience.