Taipei 101 🗼
Taipei 101, formerly Taipei Financial Center, office building in Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China). Designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners, a local architectural firm, the skyscraper has 101 stories and reaches a height, including the spire, of 1,667 feet (508 metres). The lowest aboveground floors of Taipei 101 house a luxury atrium shopping mall. Most of the floors above the mall are devoted to office space. The public observatories are on floors 88 to 91, with an indoor observatory on 89 and an outdoor observatory on 91. At a height of 1,285 feet (392.8 metres), the outdoor observatory was the highest in the world at the time of completion. Another indoor observatory, not open to the public, is on the top (101st) floor and is 1,437 feet (438 metres) high.
Grand Hotel Taipei 🏯
Taipei Grand Hotel, a 5-star 14-story palace-like building, faces Keelung River, nestled against Yangming Mountain, overlooking Songshan in the east and Danshui in the west. Since 1952, the Grand Hotel has been standing midway up Yuanshan, a towering building with red columns, gilded tiles and a magnificent, grandiose, regal, classic presence, a must-visit great gem. A secret underground tunnel built to evacuate Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek (蒋介石) in the event of an emergency was revealed to the public for the first time since being constructed over 50 years ago.
Sleeping With Beluga Whale 🐳
As we wanted to know what it would feel like feeding fishes in the aquarium, observing them in glorious aquariums, or swimming with them, that’s why we didn’t want to miss this enchanting underwater experience in Taiwan. We often wonder what it is like to sleep while they swim over us, drift back and forth, and greet us from their stunning blue universe when we wake up in the morning. We embark on an adventure into Kenting’s National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium and explore the museum at night. We slept at your favorite museum section the white beluga whale enclosure and we absolutely enjoyed the experience of sleeping with the white beluga, hand feeding marine fishes at night and watching the corals spring to life at night under fluorescent torch lights.
The Old England Manor 🏨
Rich in natural beauty, the picturesque highlands of Nantou County are right in the centre of Taiwan. Surrounded by green hills, The Old England Manor Hotel is a 4-star unique property with a Tudor-style exterior that is an intriguing surprise to find in this part of the world. Complete with a Gothic-style clock tower, the hotel is rich in English artefacts and statues abound throughout the extensive grounds.
Qixingtan Beach Hualien 🏖️
Located at the north end of Hualien City, Qixingtan Beach (七星潭) is one of the most beautiful beaches in Taiwan. Picturing our ideal beach setting and Qixingtan would probably be it. The beautiful blue sky meets an endless Pacific expanse. The shore is bespeckled with white and black gravel that is smooth to the touch. A canopy of clouds seems to crown the mountains that embrace the coastline. This is the kind of beach that might be listed as one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Though largely a secret to the outside world, Qixingtan’s scenery is famous among the Taiwanese. In the daytime, the Qingshui cliffs (清水斷崖) can be seen in the distance.
Fleur de Chine Hotel 🏨
Located near the northern shore of Sun Moon Lake, Fleur de Chine 5-star Hotel offers a bright, peaceful space set against the encompassing and ever-changing panoramas of the Lake, where we get to appreciate the incomparable beauty of nature’s painting from every angle. Fleur de Chine offers 211 elegantly designed guestrooms, each of which comes with a natural hot spring bathtub for our to enjoy full relaxation in utmost privacy. For a complete vacationing experience, the hotel also includes six gourmet restaurants featuring tantalizing Chinese and Western cuisines.
Ocean Paradise Resort 🏨
With sea views, Kenting Ocean Paradise Resort is situated in Shanhai and has a restaurant and luggage storage space. The accommodation is air conditioned and comes with a spa bath. Fitted with a terrace, the units feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with hot tub. A balcony with ocean views is offered in every unit. An American breakfast can be enjoyed in the breakfast area. Kenting is 10 km from Kenting Ocean Paradise Resort. Kaohsiung International Airport is 75 km away.
Amanda Hotel 🏨
Located in Nanwan, the Moroccan-themed Kenting Amanda Hotel features spacious rooms with flowing drapes and rich colours and free WiFi. It also has an indoor spa pool, restaurant and on-site parking. The property also provides Middle East costume rental, car hire and aquatic activities arrangement. The air-conditioned rooms feature carved arches and handmade furnishings including carved bronze lamps with glass colour panels. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, a sofa and minibar. The private bathroom includes a bathtub, shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. The hotel’s Essaouira Restaurant & Bar serves western and eastern dishes. A selection of cocktails and soft drinks are available at the bar.
Jiufen is a mountain town in northeastern Taiwan, east of Taipei. It’s known for the narrow alleyways of its old town, packed with teahouses, street-food shacks and souvenir shops. Near central Old Street is the Shengping Theater, established in the 1900s and since restored. Close by, the Gold Mine Museum traces the town’s history as a mining hub during the Japanese-era gold rush.
Tea Plantation 🍵
Alishan is a mountainous region of Taiwan not too far from Chiayi and it is famous for producing exceptional high mountain Wulong teas. The high humidity, low temperatures, and influx of fresh spring water, all create perfect conditions for slow-growing, soft, and flavorful tea leaves. Within Alishan, there are a number of distinct tea growing regions, including Shi Zuo, which produces the unique Wu Long Wei type of tea, and Zhong Shu Hu, which is known for teas with a fruity edge to them. High mountain teas, like the kind grown in Alishan, can only be harvested three times a year, instead of six. Leaves tend to be more flavorful, and the teas produced from them are highly valued.
Qingjing Farm 🐑
Qingjing is a favourite spot to interact with farm animals such as cows and sheep. Some animals that can be found on the farm include Corriedale lamb, Hereford cow, Aberdeen Angus cow, Barbado Sheep, Arab Horse, and ponies. A horse riding show and sheep-shearing show are available for visitors to enjoy as part of farm entry ticket. Pony rides are available during the day at the Qingjing Green Green Grasslands.
Pingxi Tourist Railway 🚂
One of the most relaxing and enjoyable day trips from Taipei is the historic Pingxi Tourist Railway. Set amongst tranquil mountain countryside, the railway cuts its way through the mist of dense valley forest that hides plunging waterfalls and quaint villages. A peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Taipei, the name Pingxi actually translates to “peaceful river” because the Keelung River settles and becomes calm at Pingxi. Most visitors come for a day to ride the train and see the colourful release of hundreds of sky lanterns at Shifen, the waterfall at Shifen and the towns of Pingxi and Jingtong. But if you want you can stay a few days as the area has many relaxing hiking trails and museums to visit.