Welcome to the Taiwan Tourism Bureau website. In the year 2017, let us together experience this “hidden gem of Asia.”
The internally known travel writer David Code praised Taiwan highly, saying that the island “is a hugely underrated gem of Asia, and any time you spend here will be richly rewarded.”
The year 2017 is the year in which we are pursuing sustainable tourism development.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has proclaimed 2017 as the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development,” and Taiwan has initiated “Ecotourism Year 2017” with the introduction of national in-depth ecotourism activities throughout the year. These activities include firefly-watching, dolphin- and whale-watching, migratory bird-watching, raptor-watching, and purple butterfly-watching. With an emphasis on visits to butterfly habitats, Taipei has won the right to host the International Firefly Symposium in 2017. These activities offer incomparably rich opportunities for ecotourism experiences, and you cannot afford to miss them!
Taiwan’s wide diversity of unique tourism attractions will keep you coming back, time after time.
Taiwan and its surrounding islands, situated in East Asia at the northwestern edge of the Pacific, possess an endless variety of terrains, forests, agricultural products, and marine ecologies, as well as a diversity of ethnic cultures along with enchanting human customs and practices.
In Taiwan, the cloud-piercing Taipei 101 tower and the frenetic 24-hour pace of life leave no doubt about the cosmopolitan nature of the cities, and the contrast between city and countryside, together with the blending of the old and the new, leaves you with the feeling of being in a time tunnel that passes from the past through the present and into the future.
Hakka villages are rich in rustic folkways, with cuisine and culture passed down through the generations. The farm and fishery produce offered in traditional markets form the ingredients of fine food all over Taiwan, satisfying the taste buds of diners from everywhere. The ancient capital, Tainan, is where history and urban life come together, with temples and historic sites that trace the area’s past. Sunset at Xizi Bay in Kaohsiung and the coastal scenery of Kending, coupled with local night markets and unique main-street characteristics, are powerful attractions for tourists from all over the world.
The towering heights of majestic Mt. Jade and the connected peaks stretching north and south separate Taiwan into east and west while enriching the island’s geologic landscapes. The soaring sacred trees of Alishan, the sea of cherry blossoms at Wuling Farm, and the terraced tea plantations of Sun Moon Lake and Yuchi Township all call out for a personal visit.
In eastern Taiwan the main modes of travel for tourists are railway and bicycle. Take a train and look out the window, and the vast expanse of the Pacific comes under your view. In high summer the train chugs among glossy green paddies; at the time of the autumn harvest, the landscape is transformed into a vast sea of golden rice. Each season and each landscape has its own enchanting scenery and heart-stopping allure. These beauties of eastern Taiwan are all the products of nature. The tranquil rural landscapes of Yilan, the awesome Taroko Gorge in Hualien, and the hot-air balloon carnival on the Luye highlands of Taitung all bring eastern Taiwan to the eyes of the world.
Taiwan’s offshore islands offer a further myriad of charms. Kinmen, Matsu, Green Island, Orchid Island, and the Penghu archipelago are indescribably beautiful, and each island has its own unique allure. The mysterious battleground history of Kinmen and Matsu, the traditional South Seas culture of Orchid Island and Green Island, and the rich ecological and fishing-village atmosphere of the Penghu islands are all world-class attractions.
Taiwan is blessed with a diverse range of exquisite beauties, each corner of the island having its own unique scenery filled with local stories and touching moods. We welcome you to visit Taiwan and experience its island life, to tour around this beautiful island, this secret realm for travelers, this repository of culture, and enjoy an encounter with the warm friendliness of the island’s people.
Taiwan warmly welcomes you to a friendly, smart travel experience!
Tourism Bureau, MOTC, R.O.C