Why visit Taiwan this summer?

Taiwan is a breathtaking island which is a host to a variety of terrain such as green mountains with rich flora and fauna, sea, natural hot springs and a lake surrounded by forests. A nature lover or a shopaholic, a foodie or an adventure seeker, Taiwan is perfect for all…

Why should you plan your next summer vacation at Taiwan?

Picturesque attractions

Sun Moon Lake, a major tourist attraction located in Yuchi Township, is the only natural big lake in Taiwan. It is named after its sun and moon-shaped lakes which are encircled by breathtaking green mountains. Taiwan has eight national parks which have a variety of topographic landscapes like volcanic craters, deep slopes, lakes, white corals and shell beaches.Located between Taipei and Keelung, in the town of Wanli, is Yehliu Geopark where tourists can enjoy the scenic beauty of the naturally formed rocks, stretching approximately 1,700 meters into the ocean. A trip to Yehliu Geopark is incomplete without visiting the Yehliu Ocean World, where tourists can get a glimpse of its exotic marine life.

Paradise for adventure seekers

The island offers excellent conditions for a range of activities like mountain biking, kayaking, paragliding and surfing. Owing to an extensive network of national parks, scenic areas and forest reserves, Taiwan also offers hiking and trekking. With its hilly terrain and extensive trail network, Taiwan is the world’s top mountain biking destination.

Buzzing night markets and street food

Taipei - the capital city of Taiwan has an exciting night life to offer tourists. Starting from shopping to satiating your belly with mouth watering Taiwanese cuisine, the night life of Taiwan is always buzzing. The famous night markets to visit during your trip to Taiwan are Shilin Night Market, the largest night market in Taipei and Keelung Miaokou Night Market, where you will find clothes, jewelry, household items, toys and interesting gadgets, all at pocket friendly price. No street shopping is complete without street food such as stinky tofu, oyster omelet, pearl milk tea, fried prawns and spicy meat and desserts such as flavoured shaved ice and fresh fruits.

Haven for shoppers

The massive upscale mall in Taipei 101 is home to luxurious brands. A paradise for fashion lovers, Zhonxgiao E Road is where the huge SOGO department stores offers majority of international brands; and small alleys bursting with top notch retailers at affordable prices. Taiwan’s night markets also offer fantastic deals on fashionable clothes, bags, shoes and other accessories.

Hot springs

Ranked among the world’s top 15 hot spring destinations, Taiwan has a great variety of springs, including hot springs, cold springs, mud springs and seabed hot springs amidst mesmerizing scenic areas.

Halal Food

Taiwan has two certification boards; the Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Association (THID) and the Chinese Muslim Association. There are two kinds of certification, “Halal restaurants” for those owned by Muslims, and “Muslim friendly restaurants” for Halal outlets owned by non-Muslims. Since both these certificates confirm the Halal status of the restaurant, Muslim tourists looking for a restaurant to dine at could now look for the logos displayed at these outlets before dining. The Halal logos displayed at the restaurants and the helpful information found online regarding these outlets make it easier to plan a trip to the island nation.

E-Visa

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Taiwan has expanded its e-visa program and included nationals from 6 Gulf Cooperation Council countries. The six GCC countries include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate from the Middle East.

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