Taiwan, a breakaway country from the sovereignty of China, is one of the fascinating places to be in East Asia. Those going here will most likely enter the country through Taoyuan International Airport, the primary gateway of the country. It serves an astounding number of more than 30 million passengers every year, making it one of the major commercial airports in the region. China Airlines and EVA Air keep their main hubs here, as they transport a large number of travellers between Taipei to other parts of Asia.
Taoyuan Airport's standing as one of the emerging major transport hubs in East Asia has made it congested in the recent years. This paved the way for renovation plans, which involves the construction of a new terminal and a rapid transit system. If successful, these systems would make it more convenient to use the facilities and commute from the airport to the delights of Taipei.
Where to go
After touring around Taipei, one must consider other parts of Taiwan to visit. One of the regions to explore is Kaohsiung, located in Siaigang District, a city filled with various beautiful landmarks such as the Spring and Autumn Pavilions. These structures make up a Taoist temple complex built to honour Lord Kua and other figures. Four storeys can be seen here forming an octagonal shape with green tiles and yellow walls. From here, tourists can visit the Tuntex Sky Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Taiwan with an unusual prong design. Another landmark to visit here is the Buddha Memorial Centre, where one of the alleged ancient tooth relics of Buddha can be found. A tour by boat can then follow on Ai River, which presents a beautiful waterfront view of the city.
Taichung, a city on the western part of Taiwan, additionally has various sights to explore. The National Museum of Natural Science can be found here, which offers more than 30 exhibit areas covering space science, palaeontology, ecology, and other scientific subjects. Taichung Folklore Park is also another destination to add to the itinerary, as one can learn here the ancient cultural life in the country. Xinshe Sea of Flowers makes a feast of colours with the various floral arrangements. They are fascinating to behold, especially in the months between late November and early December, when the annual events occur.
Travellers out to see the wonders of Bangkok from Taipei can do so with a flight about four hours or so. This capital of Thailand stands out with its unique architecture demonstrated in stunning landmarks such as the Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred temple of the country. From here, one can visit the nearby National Museum, which houses a large collection of Thai art and artefacts. Some of its highlights include a historical gallery displaying objects from the Sukothai to the Rattanakosin periods. The decorative and ethnological collection is
also worth a visit due to its variety of Chinese weapons, gold treasures, Khon masks, and other fine relics. Those interested in more artworks can move on to Jim Thompson House, which features a large collection of Buddhist and secular art not just from Thailand, but also from neighbouring countries.
A trip to London can also be added to the plans to see grand landmarks such as Westminster Abbey, an immense church predominantly built in Gothic style. It is well known for being the traditional site for coronations and burials for British monarchs with other prominent figures in British history and culture also interred here. There is also the Victoria and Albert Museum, where tourists can check out various permanent collections of decorative arts and design. The National History Museum is also worth spending half a day here to browse the various departments covering the civilisations in various parts of the world.
How to get out
Travellers going out of Taipei can schedule direct and connecting flights to Taoyuan International Airport. Airlines serving here include AirAsia X, Air Busan, Air China, Air Macau, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Dragonair, Emirates, EVA Air, Far Eastern Air Transport, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Indonesia AirAsia X, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways, Juneyao Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, Peach, Philippine Airlines, Scoot, Shandong Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spring Airlines, Tigerair, Tigerair Taiwan, Thai Airways, TransAsia Airways, Turkish Airlines, Uni Air, United Airlines, V Air, Vanilla Air, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, and Xiamen Airlines.
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