Taiwan is huge. We’ve spent 8 days exploring the whole island, but we’re far from experiencing the gems that it has to offer. I’ve compiled a list of three destinations that I would most likely see myself returning to Taiwan for. This time, all three destinations are natural beauties—I guess I’ve seen enough cities and night markets.
Also, traveling can be quite a nightmare without internet, so make sure you book a 4G WiFi to be picked up at Taiwan airport now.
Without further ado:
1. Yehliu Geopark
When me and my sister were planning our Taiwan trip, Yehliu Geopark was #1 on my list and Taroko National Park was hers. We couldn’t fit in both, so I let Yehliu go.
Located at the coastline of Wanli, Yehliu Geopark offers distinctive hoodoo stones such as Queen’s Head, Fairy Shoe, Sea Candles, Ice Cream Rock, Bee Hive and many others. I’m a sucker for geological formations and those sounded amazing to me.
2. Yushan National Park
Yushan is a panoramic gem with shining stainless jade-like snow covering its peak. At 3,952 meters, Yushan is the world’s fourth highest mountain on an island (i.e. non-continental landmasses). The National Park itself contains over thirty 3,000m+ peaks(!), making it a great spot to watch sunrise, sunset and “Sea of Clouds”.
Despite its beauty, Yushan is among the least visited national parks in Taiwan due to its remote location. Looking for an extraordinary Taiwan experience that is off the beaten path? Look no further.
3. Northeast Coast National Scenic Area
This! This is what I was expecting when I signed up for the East Coast road trip (not some random monotonous ocean). There are plenty of beauties to pack into the itinerary: Nanya Rock Formations, Long Dong Cliffs, Yin Yang Sea (Bay of Two Colors) and Shifen Waterfall.
Another possible route for those with time for longer excursion may include the coastline towards Yilan, which remoteness gives a very different taste of Taiwan.
Are there any places in Taiwan which you’d like to visit so badly? Share with us…
All Posts on the 2013 Taiwan Trip:
- Taiwan: Trip Summary & Suggested Itinerary
- 3 Things I Can’t Wait to Do in Taiwan
- Taiwan D1: Hunting Food at Ximending & Raohe Markets
- Taiwan D2: Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall + a Glimpse of Taipei 101
- Taiwan D2: Releasing Lanterns at Shifen Old Street
- Taiwan D2: Jiufen, Food Paradise Defined
- Taiwan D2+3: Fengjia Market & DIY Bubble Tea at Taichung
- Taiwan D3: Relaxing at Monster Village & Xitou Forest
- Taiwan D3+4: Cruising at Sun Moon Lake
- Taiwan D4: Wen Wu Temple
- Taiwan D4: Bullet Train to Kaohsiung
- Taiwan D4: Liuhe, the Ultimate Seafood Indulgence
- Taiwan D5: Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center
- Taiwan D5: East Coast Road Trip & Taitung Hot Springs
- Taiwan D5-6: Spectacular Hualien & Taroko Gorge(ous)
- Taiwan D7: National Center for Traditional Arts & Zhong Lie Shi
- Taiwan D7: Tamsui Old Street & Shilin Night Market
- Taiwan D7: Taipei 101 (Again!)