Incredible experiences of Taiwan in Pictures
Surrounded by the seas and enclosed by rugged mountains, the island of Taiwan has captured the imagination of people for generations; from Portuguese explorers who labelled the island ‘the beautiful isle’ to the new age travelers . I was invited by Taiwan tourism to explore Taiwan- Asia’s best kept secret. I was so impressed by all that the small island offered me, the sights and smells of food, nature, culture and an opportunity to capture the beauty in my camera. Here are my incredible experiences of Taiwan in pictures-
- Learning the treasured history
The National Palace Museum is housed in an impressive main building, but the treasures within unimaginable.Chinese history is told through bronze statues, jade carvings, calligraphy, and historical pieces many of which belonged to Chinese imperial families.
I spent a few quiet moments at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and appreciating its architecture.
Unfortunately due to heavy rains, we couldn’t see more of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, however the enthusiasm of tourists led to making of my favorite picture of Taiwan.
- The amalgamation of different cultures
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village provides an exquisite experience to learn about the aboriginal culture, the park also has the latest thrill rides for visitors of all ages to experience. I loved participating in the dance and various activities organized by the team.
Lantern lighting- at Shifen Old Street was indeed a magical experience. Filled with groups of teenagers and lovers with high hopes and ambitious dreams, you will see constant release of sky lanterns in the clear blue sky.
- Finger licking food
Eating in Taiwan was quite an incredible experience, a vast array of Chinese food and local delicacies on offer as well as exquisite global cuisine. I have been fan of night markets in Taiwan more than any other Asian countries so far, mesmerized by the domination of colours, aromas and the lights.
- Art on the street
On the first day of arrival at Taiwan, our first stop was Pier 2 Art Center. An attractive area consisting of 25 warehouses from the 1970s that have been turned into galleries, boutiques and entertainment venues. I loved photographing the graffiti and exploring the art stores there.
- Non stop fun and shopping
I couldn’t stop admiring the view from the top of Taipei 101, which until 2010 was the world’s tallest building. It is indeed pinnacle , the most famous landmark on the island, and one of the tallest buildings in the world. Don’t escape the building without enjoying the most famous and celebrated dish, xiao long bao of Taiwan’s Michelin star Dim Sum at Din Tai Fung.
Taiwan has many night markets. And Shilin is definitely the largest and most famous night market in the city. It boasts of a vibrant long street with various colorful shops and eating places. I ended up shopping loads even though I didn’t plan. Shopping in Taiwan has been fantastic experience.
- The warmth and simplicity of Taiwanese
One of the most endearing things about the island is the overwhelming friendliness of its people. Taiwan is one of the most welcoming countries in the world, and you are bound to encounter numerous acts of generosity or kindness throughout your travels, our guide, bus driver even people at restaurants were so kind and generous.
I would like to know your incredible moments in Taiwan?