Taiwan Bucket List : The Best Things To Do In Taiwan

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Taiwan is a top travel destination for those seeking an exciting and culturally-rich experience. With a wide array of attractions and experiences to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to plan a trip to Taiwan.

I have been to Taiwan twice and I can attest to the fact that it is a top travel destination for those seeking an exciting and culturally-rich experience. Here I sorted out the ultimate Taiwan bucket list that includes some places that are away from the city too. 

1. Admire Taipei 101

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Taipei 101 Tower from afar.

At 508 meters tall, Taipei 101 was once the tallest building in the world and is still one of the tallest buildings in Asia. A visit to the iconic Taipei 101 is definitely a must when you go to Taiwan.

Visitors to Taipei 101 can take a high-speed elevator to the observation deck on the 89th floor, where they can take in panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountains. The observation deck also has a large outdoor area, where visitors can feel the strong winds and take stunning photos of the city.

But Taipei 101 is not just a tourist attraction – it is also a hub of business and commerce. The building houses many international corporations and businesses, as well as luxury shopping malls and restaurants.

If you happen to be in Taiwan on New Year’s Eve, it’s definitely worth checking out the tower’s stunning firework show. It’s a great way to ring in the New Year and celebrate with the locals too.

2. Visit Taroko National Park

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Taroko National Park.

A visit to Taroko National Park is a must-do item on any Taipei bucket list. Located just a few hours from Taipei, the park is home to some of the most stunning natural landscapes in Taiwan. From the towering marble cliffs to the crystal-clear rivers and waterfalls, Taroko National Park offers an awe-inspiring experience for nature lovers.

During my latest visit to Taiwan, I made sure to plan a day trip to Taroko National Park, and it was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. As soon as we entered the park, I was blown away by the sheer beauty of the place. We spent the day exploring the park, hiking through the narrow Taroko Gorge, and stopping at various lookout points to take in the breathtaking views. The visit was worth it! Also, the hiking trails are easy to walk.

Overall, a visit to Taroko National Park is an absolute must-do on any Taipei bucket list. Whether you’re a nature lover or simply looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, the park offers a truly unforgettable experience.

3. Visit Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Visiting the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is an essential part of any Taipei bucket list. The grand monument and museum, located in the heart of the city, is dedicated to the former leader of Taiwan and serves as a symbol of Taiwan’s history and development.

The white building is flanked by two magnificent red pagodas, and the entrance is guarded by two imposing bronze lion statues. You can see the changing of guard ceremony that takes place every hour on the hour.The ceremony is a meticulously choreographed event, and it was fascinating to watch the precision and discipline of the guards as they marched and performed their duties.

4. Explore Night Markets

Keelung Temple Night Market
One of the night markets in Taiwan.

Exploring night markets in Taiwan is one of the most exciting experiences. These markets come to life in the evenings and are a hub of activity, offering a plethora of food, shopping, and entertainment options. I visit the night markets almost every night when I was in Taiwan. 

There are a few popular night markets that you can explore, for instance, Shihlin Night Market in Taipei, KeeLung Night Market, Raohe Night Market, Feng Chia Night Market and many more.

Each night market has its own uniqueness. If you want to try a bit of every famous food in Taiwan, you can go for Shihlin Night Market. It is known for its street food from fried chicken and stinky tofu to bubble tea and shaved ice. If you want food and shopping, Raohe  Night Market is my recommendation. It is home to a wide array of street food vendors and souvenir shops. I spent hours wandering through the market, trying new foods and bargaining with vendors for unique souvenirs to take home.

5. Take A Day Trip To Jiu Fen

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One of the famous food spot in Jiu Fen old street.

A day trip to Jiu Fen is a must-do activity on any Taiwan bucket list. Located just a short distance from Taipei, Jiu Fen is a charming mountain town that is famous for its scenic views, traditional architecture, and delicious street food. I went to Jiu Fen every time I visited Taiwan.

I was struck by the town’s quaint and charming atmosphere. The narrow streets were lined with traditional red lanterns and teahouses, and the views of the surrounding mountains were breathtaking.

You can either stay a night in Jiu Fen to explore deeper or else taking a day trip to Jiu Fen is also enough to take a glimpse at the highlights of Jiu Fen.

5. A Tour To Sun Moon Lake

A visit to Sun Moon Lake is another fantastic addition to any Taipei bucket list. Located in the heart of Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is the largest body of water in Taiwan and is surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery.

Sun Moon Lake is considered an iconic destination in Taiwan due to its stunning natural beauty, cultural significance, and historical significance. The lake is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, which reflect the surrounding mountains and create a picturesque landscape that has been featured in numerous movies and TV shows.

Another iconic feature of Sun Moon Lake is the Ci En Pagoda, which was built in 1971 as a tribute to Taiwan’s former president, Chiang Kai-shek. The pagoda features a traditional Chinese design and offers panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

6.Drive Along Qing-Shui Cliff

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Qing-Shui Cliff from one of the lookout points.

Qing-Shui Cliff is one of my favourite attractions in Taiwan. It is located at Hualien, Taiwan’s eastern coast.

The Qing-Shui Cliff is a series of sheer cliffs that rise up from the Pacific Ocean, creating a dramatic and awe-inspiring landscape. The cliffs are over 1,000 meters high in some places, and visitors can take in the breathtaking views from a scenic highway that runs along the coast.

The drive along the coastal highway was stunning, with the sheer cliffs on one side and the endless expanse of the ocean on the other. During my recent trip to Taiwan, my friend and I ride a bike to drive along the coast way line. Riding the bike along the coast way with stunning view is definitely one of the best things to do in Taiwan!

Besides the amazing sea view, another thing that caught my eyes was the various rock formations and geological features that have been carved over thousands of years by the forces of nature.

7. Indulge In Taiwan's Great Food

Taiwan is a foodie’s paradise. A visit to Taiwan would not be complete without indulging in Taiwan’s popular food scene.

Taiwan is known for a wide variety of street food and snacks like bubble tea, oyster noodle, stinky tofu, Taiwanese beef noodle, minced pork rice and many more! During my visits to Taiwan, I was particularly fond of the street food, which was not only delicious but also affordable. I am already drooling while writing this!

But it’s not just the street food that is amazing – the city is also home to many high-end restaurants and themed-cafes that serve up some of the best food in the world.

So if you’re a foodie like me, then Taipei should definitely be on your bucket list. I can guarantee that you will be drooling over the amazing flavors and dishes that you’ll find in this vibrant and exciting city.

Taiwan is a city that has something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in exploring the natural beauty of Taiwan, immersing yourself in the local culture, or indulging in the delicious food scene, Taiwan has it all.

My personal experiences in Taiwan have left me with unforgettable memories, and I hope that this bucket list has inspired you to visit this amazing city. From the towering Taipei 101 to the bustling night markets, there is so much to see and do in Taiwan, and I can’t wait to go back and explore even more of the other parts of Taiwan. I will continue update the list when I next visit Taiwan.