A Taiwan Trip because I am smitten by the uniqueness of the most underrated travel destination to travel in Asia.
Dream Destinations is now a legit label on this Travel Blog because I have about a million places to cover, and my list of dream destinations that I want to explore and experience, just keeps growing. Life would be dull without dreams and wishlists that run a mile long, right? So I dream on, to travel to places far off and tempting in one way and more.
A Taiwan trip is a new addition to this list, and I am looking forward to it. The gorgeous beaches, excellent hiking spots, tropical mountain spots and thriving night culture add to the wholesome travel experience that truly establishes the reputation of Taiwan as a country of diversity.
But first, a little information about this exotic and stunning destination.
Taiwan is located in the western Pacific Ocean 160 km (100 miles) off the southeastern coast of the Chinese Mainland. It is a convenient Asia gateway for the Indian traveler because of the proximity.
How to get there, you ask? Well, lot of airlines such as China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern and Thai Airways fly to Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport from New Delhi and Mumbai. The average flight time between India and Taiwan is of about 6.5 hours; and Taiwan is 2.30 hours ahead of India.
What to do during a Taiwan Trip?
Thing I want to do in my Taiwan trip are plenty! I want to walk the streets of Taipei, the A City of Smiles! You already know how much I love streets of cities around the world!
Taipei is Taiwan’s largest city and its economic, political, and cultural center. It is a modern cosmopolitan metropolis with a lively and diversified face, filled with exuberance.
From the world’s tallest building(2004-2010) to the biggest collection of Chinese art, Taipei invites you into a world of fascinating contrasts – a mix of the modern and traditional, with a generous dash of energy and friendly smiles to make this one of your most memorable trips to Asia.
I want to see the tallest skyscraper in Taipei which has 101 floors and the building incorporates traditional and modern architectural styles. Taiwan’s treasured skyscraper is located in the modern eastern part of the city.
Shopping in Taiwan? Yes please!
I am a big shopping-while-I-travel person, and you how much I loved the Ladies’ Market in Hong Kong and how much the Shopping in Malaysia options excited me. My Taiwan trip will also incorporate some shopping because, the building in Taipei also offers endless shopping opportunities, along with great restaurants such as Ding Tai Fung.
Did you know that Taiwan has been rated as the best place to travel in 2016 by Travel + Lesiure magazine? Yes, another reason to plan a Taiwan trip soon, right?
For years, without fanfare or fuss, Taipei has been establishing itself as one of Asia’s most compelling cities. The efficient (and clean) public transportation system makes it a dream to navigate; its spectrum of culinary offerings, from street-food stalls to fine-dining restaurants, rivals Singapore’s; and the arts scene is finally getting some recognition.
The city has been named the World Design Capital for 2016, and construction on the Taipei Performing Arts Centre by OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), a complex with three theaters, should be completed this year.
It’s a beautiful piece of contemporary architecture that you will love. Other examples of the city’s creativity can be found at Gallery 100, which spotlights regional talent, and the more eclectic Aki Gallery. There’s been an increase in interesting hotels, as well. The palatial Mandarin Oriental is the swankiest place to stay, but there are also clever boutiques, like the new Eslite Hotel, a stunning property from a beloved local bookstore chain. I wish I can stay here during my Taiwan trip!
A Taiwan Trip is a good idea for Indian travellers who live for new experiences.
Lonely Planet 2015 has rated Taiwan as the best value destination for 2015.
“Taiwan delivers great all-round value. Taipei is significantly cheaper than Hong Kong, Seoul or Tokyo, and while hotels are a bit expense, dorm beds and home-stays abound in Taiwan and camping is common in a lot of the island’s national parks and forests. Rail passes are standardised and cheap on fast and modern lines. Admission to many attractions and temples is cheap, and even major museums are affordable. Eating, perhaps the main attraction in Taiwan, is accessible to all whether tucking into dumplings at a street stall or enjoying high-end fare at lower prices than comparable cities.”
On the eastern coast of Taiwan is perched the Taroko National Park that features amazing valleys, steep cliffs and the adventurous tunnel of Nine turns in the island. Admission is free of cost and the ideal time to visit is during the months of July and August.
The magnificent views of the Sun Moon Lake which is in the Nantou country, at sunrise and sunset is something I will definitely incorporate in my Taiwan trip. So, do you also want to plan a Taiwan Trip now? Also, tell me the other destination on your dream list and I will check them out too.