IS THIS your next DESTIN-Asian?
Taiwan has long gone under the radar as an Asian travel venue. It seems that travellers skip if for Japan, or Korea, or even China. Yet why Taiwan has fewer visitors than these countries isn’t so clear . As well as beaches and mountains, the country has a warm climate all-year round.
It has one of the highest standards of living in all of asia, being one of the economic powers of the post war eras.The country offers free access to internet and western democratic freedoms.
On top of this, the people are noticeably more kind, likely to help and polite, something that really comes across when you spend any time with them
The country might be a bit expensive for a backpacker, but still, it’s similar in price to Japan and more affordable than Singapore.
Here are some places you can visit on your first trip to Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
Shilin Night Market
Shown recently in the hit comedy, Fresh off the Boat, this is a great place if you want to eat food at night. Just make sure to tell the difference between the good fakes and the bad fakes, or you might end up like Eddie.
Taiwan National University
Founded in 1928, this prestigious research university has 7 campuses & a botanical garden.
Although it’s not as famous as beaches in Thailand or Bali, Kenting has many beautiful places for swimming, sunbathing and cycling.
THE LAST place I have to recommend is MOONSTAR 360. An incinerator is the last place you would expect to find a revolving restaurant! Perched 120 meters up, the restaurant is a great lookout at the city of Taipei. In case you are concerned about the air quality, to make the air quality safe for the restaurant, the incinerator was fitted with special anti pollution devices.
The restaurant uses the power from the incinerator, a great way to recycle all of the city’s waste.
There is a viewing platform 4 meters below the restaurant that offers panoramic view of the estuary of the Tamshui river and its bird reservation, as well as the distant mountain ranges. You can also see Yangming Shan, Kuan-yin Shan and the whole of the Taipei Basin.