Pack your bags and get ready to explore East Asia this summer!
Rich culture, spectacular landscapes, and so much more.
From its beautiful, rugged coastline to its bustling, magical night markets, Taiwan has so much to offer. Often overlooked in favour of destinations like China and Japan, Taiwan is chock full of enough cultural sights and natural wonders to fill up an entire season. Here are just a few reasons why you should spend your summer exploring the beautiful island state of Taiwan this summer.
Beitou Hot Springs
Just north of Taiwan's capital city, Taipei, are the Beitou hot springs. Accessible via the Taipei metro, this thermal bath is extremely popular among local and foreign tourists alike. It has private rooms available for booking, as well as public bathing areas. There are several types of hot springs found in the region, all high in healthy minerals.
Taipei Public Library, Beitou Branch
This beautiful piece of green architecture is located just next to the hot springs and fits seamlessly into its surroundings. Opened in 2006, it's Taiwan's first green library and the roof is equipped with solar cells that power the building and designed to store rain water for the plumbing system. The energy efficient building is open to the public so make sure to pay it a visit whether that's just to look around or to sit and read a book in one of the peaceful, naturally lit spaces.
Jiufen Village, New Taipei City
Perched on the hillside of the Ruifang District in New Taipei City is the charming village of Jiufen. Its narrow streets, delicate hanging lanterns, and inviting food stalls are just some of the reasons why this town was the inspiration for the 2001 Studio Ghibli film, Spirited Away. Although it was founded all the way back during the Qing Dynasty in 17th century, gold was discovered here during the Japanese occupation and the small village became a boom town. Many of the buildings from this time period remain intact, offering a glimpse into what life might have looked like during the town's heyday.
Brilliant metro systems
Taiwan's two operational metro networks, located in Taipei and Kaohsiung, are among some of the highest quality metro systems in the world. Make sure to visit Kaohsiung in the south, where you will find the incredibly stunning Boulevard Formosa metro station (pictured).