Ever since Taiwan announced its 9-month trial of visa-free entry for Filipinos, many have taken advantage of the convenience. The country famous for beautiful traditional temples, bustling night markets, and scrumptious Chinese food, has certainly become part of many Filipinos’ bucket list since mid-2017. However, since we’re bidding goodbye to the visa-free entry by July 2018, many are scurrying online to book last minute tickets. Just in case you’re one of the many that’s squeezing in a quick trip to Taiwan, here are seven picture-perfect spots you have to check out:
1. Jiufen Old Street
If you truly want a taste of Taiwan and its cultural history, Jiufen Old Street should be on your list. A spot rich of traditional Chinese architecture and trinkets such as red lanterns and mouth-watering streetfood. Jiufen Old Street is actually part of a town called Jiufen, which is also known as Chiufen. It’s the closest you can get to an authentic and traditional Chinese village. Because the place has grown more and more popular throughout the years.
2. Hsing Tian Kong Temple
A visit to Taiwan is not complete without at least one visit to a temple. Plotted in busy Taipei, Hsing Tian Kong Temple which is dedicated temple for Guan Yu, the patron God of businessmen, isThe a popular tourist destination. The temple looks just as beautiful during the day as it does at night. Aside from paying respect, many tourist also love the colorful wishing trees scattered across the area.
3. Shifen Waterfall
Over 20 meters high, the Shifen Waterfall boasts of Taiwan’s natural beauty. It is one of the biggest waterfalls in Taiwan and is connected to the Keelung River. Tourists who want a taste of nature can step out of the bustling metro into the scenic view of Shifen.
4. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Square
Dedicated to former President of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall has become one of the top tourist hotspots in Taiwan. Aside from the National Concert Hall and the National Theater, the Memorial Hall itself draws most attention for photo ops. The Memorial Hall also holds lantern festivals from time to time, especially during Chinese New Year.
5. Yehliu GeoPark
While temples and traditional villages are popular tourist spots in Taiwan, Yehliu GeoPark is a unique and stunning area that still brings in heaps of tourists. The unique rock formations create a picturesque backdrop for impromptu photoshoots. Some of the more popular rock formations have also been termed by locals, such as the iconic “Queen’s Head”, “Elephant Rock”, and “Sea Candles”.
6. Rainbow Village
Tucked in Caihongjuan Village, Taichung, the Rainbow Village is filled with colorful paintings throughout its houses and buildings. The beautiful paintings are actually the work of a veteran soldier named Mr. Huang, who is more commonly called locally as “rainbow grandpa”. It was actually his way of saving the village from government demolition. Successfully, not only was the small village saved but it has flocked in countless of giddy tourists.
7. Jieshou Park
While Jieshou Park isn’t as big as others in Taiwan, its small garden and cozy ambience hasn’t failed to be a popular choice of attraction. Many tourists enjoy taking photos by the bridge which embodies traditional Chinese architecture.
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