Taiwan is the place where the city really never sleeps. Weave your way through the numerous night markets, explore the natural scenes of the country, and remember to bring some lao po bing for your loved ones back home.
In Hualien, drop by Chingzu Temple for some monochrome visual feasting. Don’t forget the Hualien Railway Cultural Museum some vintage backdrop in the restoration project. The main attraction at Hualien is the Taroko National Park, famous for the Swallow Grotto, the beautiful rocky outcrop making for the best photos. Follow the trail to the Golden Canyon, the Tunnels of Nine Turns’ colourful stone walls, and the Eternal Spring Shrine.
Pop by Miaokou Night Market for its mouthwatering snacks along the streets, then stroll over to Jungjeng Park for a glimpse of the iconic Guanyin statue. Go down Keelung Harbour to find the Buddha Hand Cave, the mysterious handprint on the ceiling being the intrigue that draws tourists, and remember Ershawan Fort, the important defense tower for Taiwan in the 1800’s. For some time away from civilization and unspoiled peace, Keelung Peace Island is the right place to head to.
Can’t get enough of night markets? The Raohe Street Night Market is the longest standing, and one with much variety in its offerings – snacks, apparels and tokens – you can find them all! Immerse yourself in the magnificence of Chinese art at the National Palace Museum, scale the bamboo stalk-like Taipei 101 building and don’t miss the chance to check out the distinctive architecture at the Confucius Temple.
On your way out of Taiwan, consider visiting one of these countries:
Jet away to the Land of the East, and bring yourself to the Forbidden City for glimpses of the Chinese Dynasty in its glory days. Find yourself in the midst of a massive garden at the Summer Palace, tread a thousand miles on the iconic Great Wall of China and go by the Temple of Heaven to soak in sights of the majestic architecture. For some action in the arts district, pop by the National Center for the Performing Arts, then rest your feet at the Beihai Park.
Dubbed the land of a thousand smiles, Thailand is a pleasant destination for anyone. Lay eyes on the largest Buddha sculpture at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and snap away at the photogenic Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Of course, the Grand Palace is not to be missed! Head to Chatuchak Park for a refuge from the busy, buzzing city of Bangkok, and for some fun and surf, the Flow House Bangkok is the place to be!
Be sure to check out the Gardens by the Bay, iconic spot of the nation dubbed the Garden City. If you have the chance to, pop by the Cloud Forest Dome and the Flower Dome to see the waterfall three stories high and the Supertrees up-close and personal. Go on the Singapore Flyer for a panoramic view of the country, head to the Singapore Zoo for famous open-air exhibits and exotic animals, and go next to the Jurong Bird Park for an aviary experience.
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