Taiwan

The Republic of China, commonly known as Taiwan, is unlike anything else with the China name.  Founded by the deposed leaders of China, what we now know as the People’s Republic of China, they turned a temporary home into a permanent one, fostering business while protecting the natural beauty of the island.  While much of the culture and architecture is clearly Chinese, the friendly, English-speaking Taiwanese are more different than similar to their relatives on the mainland.  Taiwan has an island, food and culture worth getting to know.

……………………………………

DON’T MISS: Getting out of Taipei to see the beautiful natural scenery.
MUST SEE: Taipei night markets and Taroko Gorge
MUST TASTE: Anything on a stick from one of the many night markets which offer diverse and delicious foods.

……………………………………

TRIP PLANNING: A week is sufficient to see Taroko Gorge and Taipei, while two weeks would allow you to quickly explore most of the island by train or an around-the-island bike ride.  The infrastructure, including trains and roads are first rate, allowing for easy, comfortable travel throughout the island.
GETTING AROUND: Train service is sufficient to travel between cities, while smaller towns are best explored with a car or motorcycle rental.  Within Taipei the public transportation service is sufficient to get around.

……………………………………

OUR COST PER DAY (2 ppl): $44.70 (excluding accommodations, we couchsurfed)
COST OF A BEER: $2 at 7-11
KEY MONEY-SAVING TIP: Business or “love” hotels may be more reasonable than tourist hotels and provide a glimpse into local travel.  The rooms are sparse, but comfortable, with TVs, private baths and possibly basic kitchens for less than $30 a night.

……………………………………

YOU NEED TO KNOW: Taiwan is amazingly affordable.  Food, coffee and transport are much cheaper than the quality would make you think.
IF WE KNEW WHAT WE KNOW NOW: We would definitely bike around the island on one of the tours as it has stunning natural scenery.
HELPFUL LINKS TO LEARN MORE: Taiwan Railway Site, Seat 61

……………………………………

WE WERE THERE FOR: 2 weeks
OUR HIGHLIGHT: Sleeping in a public bathroom after getting stranded in a storm while on a hike in a remote national park.
WHERE WE WENT: Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Hualien, Caoling Historic Trail
WE REGRET MISSING: The south of the island.

……………………………………

Read more about visiting Taiwan’s yourself by clicking here

.

Taiwan Highlights

Short on time? This is the highlight reel summarizing 2 weeks in Taiwan including a marble gorge, temples, dangerous roads, F-16s, night markets and more. Take a tour of Taiwan in 20 photos!

20 Photos

Taipei

Taipei is the capital of the Republic of China (ROC) commonly known as Taiwan and the central city of the largest metropolitan area of Taiwan. Situated at the northern tip of the island it is the is the political, economic, and cultural center of Taiwan. The skyline is dominated by Taipei 101, however outside of the downtown area history abounds making it a fascinating city to explore.

19 Photos

Taroko Gorge

Taroko Gorge was established as a National Park in 1986 and is a stunning example of Taiwan's natural beauty. Located in Hualien it is a scenic train ride from Taipei and well worth the trip. In about 60 kilometers the landscape rises from sea level to some of the tallest peaks in Taiwan at over 3400 meters.

15 Photos

PHOTO GALLERIES

QueenstownBangkokSanta Cruz TrekHo Chi Minh CitySri Lanka HighlightsBogotaBaganBikanerKaikoura

IMPORTANT THINGS WE USE…

ADS SUPPORTING OUR TRIP

Close

START LIVING YOUR IF!

Get traveling today with lessons from our travels to 50+ countries on all 7 continents. Bump along in buses, hike the hills, and swim the seas with us to discover the world's best destinations.

Like LivingIF to start living your IF today!


Press ¨Esc¨ key to close this window.