Discover Why Taiwan Is the Hidden Gem of Asia
In an article written by David Code, internationally known travel writer, for Huffington Post, he describes Taiwan as “a hugely underrated gem of Asia.” So, obviously, we wanted to understand why Taiwan is dubbed the hidden gem of Asia and here’s what we learned.
Taiwan Is the Hidden Gem of Asia
Taiwan’s unique and diverse tourism attractions are worth looking into. Very recently, Taiwan has initiated “Ecotourism Year 2017” in accordance with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) proclamation of 2017 as the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.” The country has initiated national in-depth ecotourism activities throughout the year, including firefly-watching, dolphin- and whale-watching, migratory bird-watching, raptor-watching, and purple butterfly-watching. Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city, will be hosting the International Firefly Symposium in April 2017.
Taiwan and its surrounding islands boast of an endless variety of terrains, forests, agricultural products, and marine ecologies. The majestic Mt. Jade, sunset at Xizi Bay in Kaohsiung, the coastal scenery of Kending, the sacred trees of Alishan, and the sea of cherry blossoms at Wuling Farm are some of the popular attractions for tourists.
As varied as its geographical attractions are the ethnic cultures that one can discover within these areas. One of these is the Hakka villages, which are rich in rustic folkways, with cuisine and culture that has been passed down through the generations. Tainan, the country’s ancient capital, is also a must-visit if you want to witness history and urban life comes together. Other attractions include terraced tea plantations of Sun Moon Lake and Yuchi Township.
In addition to the natural sceneries and the diverse cultures, Taiwan shows off its prowess in architecture with Taipei 101 tower, which displaced the Petronas Towers as the tallest building in the world. Taroko Gorge in Hualien, the hot-air balloon carnival on the Luye highlands of Taitung, local night markets, and main street events are also attractions popular among tourists from all over the world.
Indeed, Taiwan is blessed with a lot of reasons to be explored and experienced. So, we conclude this entry in the same manner David Code capped his article entitled “Taiwan Is the Hidden Gem of Asia.” We hope that “any time you spend here will be richly rewarded” and wish you the same unforgettable experience that the author spent here.