Taiwan in 7 days: driving, what to do, itinerary to visit the island

chiang-kai-shek memorial hall taiwan
chiang-kai-shek memorial hall taiwan

Trip to Taiwan, what to see in a week, between modern skyscrapers, ancient temples and ancient traditions to be discovered, things to do certainly not lacking.

Travel Guide Taiwan

Taiwan is commonly identified as the place where it dominates the technology and electronics, considering that many components of computers and other equipment are manufactured here. But this island hides a reality made of picturesque landscapes with breathtaking views and a varied scenery of different cultures from a history that is lost in the maze of time. Next to the night markets, bike paths and hot springs, there are skyscrapers, mountains and sparkling lakes. Taiwan is one of the few places in the world where ancient religious and cultural practices are still present in a modern face to the future where live, futuristic skyscrapers and ancient temples.

The influence of different cultures is also reflected by the cuisine of the island where you can taste dishes from China, Japan and Aborigines. Looking at the history of the island, you realize that Taiwan has been ruled for five decades by Japan and later, in 1949, by supporters and soldiers of the Chinese Nationalist Party, fled here after being defeated by Chairman Mao during the Chinese Civil War.

Taiwan now has a calling for independence from China and why the rulers in Beijing look at him with some concern. In the past, Taiwan was known as Formosa, a word derived from the Portuguese which means beautiful island. Far away from the towers and elegant pulsing lights of the city, there are valleys, lakes and gorges of the country, places that tend to hit more tourists.

The fact that relatively few travelers choose Taiwan as a holiday destination, depends primarily on the lack of awareness rather than a lack of things to do. Indeed the latter are by no means lacking and the environment is perfectly suited to hikers, cyclists, divers, surfers, pilgrims, gourmets and lovers of luxury, which will find here a little corner of paradise.

What to see in Taiwan

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Take a look at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, an imposing tomb and shrine dedicated to the most famous leader of Taipei, which also houses the main places of Taipei for the Performing Arts, the National Theatre and the National Opera within its large park.

Chinese New Year
Join in the celebrations for one of the many festivals that take place in the capital, to get an overview of the culture of the island. The Chinese New Year, along with the Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, traditional festivals are deeply felt that take place in the squares.

Chung Tai Chan Monastery
Buddhist temple in the world’s tallest, this architectural work took more than ten years to be built and was designed by CY Lee. Easily accessible from the town of Puli in central Taiwan, is distinguished by its impressive mix of modernist techniques and traditions of the old world.

East of the Rift Valley
Discover the Eastern Rift Valley, where the Eurasian plate and the oceanic plate meet. It is a fertile, rich sediments, for this is also known by the nickname of the land of milk and honey.

Go birdwatching
Taiwan is home to about 460 different species of birds, including rare endemic species such as the magpie Formosa blue pheasants and Swinhoe and Mikado. Among other wild animals are the monkey Formosa rock and about 400 species of butterflies.

Green Bay
Steep terrain and constant winds, offer perfect opportunities to practice hang gliding and paragliding. Green Bay on the North Shore and the Plateau Luye in Taitung County offer a breathtaking sight for takeoff.

Kenting National Park
Very busy area and recreation, located in the tropical forest along the coast at the southern tip of Taiwan, which boasts beautiful beaches, lakes and coral protected area for birds, as well equipped facilities for water sports and golf.

Archipelago of islands located just two miles off the coast of mainland China, but still under the rule of Taiwan, Kinmen is one of the most fascinating, but little known, options for a trip to Taiwan. It was important strategic base during the unrest of the 20th century, and for this there are buildings and fortified buildings.

Lanyu (Orchid Island)
Knowing Aborigines Yami, the last survivors of the tribes of hunters on their island Lanyu, Orchid Island, located off the southeast coast. The volcanic island, home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the region, provides an idea of ​​the tropical environment even in high season.

Ludao (Green Island)
Diving or snorkeling in the waters around Ludao, Green Island, off the southeast coast. There are beautiful forests of corals to admire, with a visibility is good all year. The island is accessible by boat from Taitung and is famous for political prisoners who have spent here the period of exile in the 20th century.

Old port district in central Taiwan, Lugang is home to a wealth of temples, traditional buildings and shops of excellent local handicrafts. The old town is a pleasant place for walking carefree.

National Palace Museum
This museum is the largest collection of Chinese artifacts, most of which was brought here by the supporters of Chiang Kai-shek, much to the chagrin of the old regime in Beijing.

Northeast Coast National Scenic Area
Along the coastal road north-east you can enjoy spectacular views, with the central mountain range on one side and the blue expanse of the East China Sea on the other. The route passes through a large number of small villages, many of which have remained unchanged even after the evolution in technological sense island.

Penghu Archipelago
Admire the amazing rock formations of basalt in this archipelago, a group of islands in the middle of the Taiwan Strait. The columns were formed ancient volcanic eruptions and were subsequently eroded by wind and waves.

Souvenir shops unusual
Shopping malls and local markets have many products on offer, including objects made of bamboo, paper umbrellas, Aboriginal art, artistic glass, candied fruit and tea.

Taian Hot Springs
The volcanic past Taiwan has left abundant reserves of geothermal energy in the island, where more than 100 mineral springs hot. They are very popular, both for residents and tourists, as they offer a relaxing way to tone muscles.

Visit Tainan, the oldest city and former capital of the island. It ‘also known as the City of Temples, for the large number of this type of structures, more than 200, among which there are excellent examples of architecture. Excellent food and a calendar full of events and festivals.

Taipei 101
Admire the view from the top of Taipei 101, which until recently was the tallest building in the world. You can take an elevator (the fastest of its kind in the world) until the ‘Observatory of the top floor.

Take time to admire the scale of Taroko, Taiwan natural attraction that deserves a special place in qualunghe tour itinerary. The high cliffs of the precipice are crossed by extensive deposits of marble, which contribute to the overall beauty of one of the most beautiful places.

Yushan (Jade Mountain)
Many of the national parks in Taiwan offer tours of high level, but that of Yushan is very unique, thanks to Mount Yushan, Jade Mountain that, with its 3,952 m above sea level, is the highest peak in North-East Asia and is considered an important symbol of identity in Taiwan, much coveted by mountaineers from all over the world.