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Tiger-und Drache-Pagoden in Kaohsiung, Bild: Sean Pavone / shutterstock

The most beautiful cities in Taiwan

If you travel to Taiwan , you should definitely include the most beautiful cities of the island state in your holiday planning in addition to nature explorations. The cities offer many interesting sightseeing opportunities and visitors can look forward to historic buildings, a large number of temples, Chinese works of art and a number of shopping opportunities.

Planning your journey to Taiwan

Regular flight connections are offered from Germany, for example from Frankfurt, to the capital Taipei. The flight time for a direct flight is about 12 hours.

If you are planning a flight to Taiwan, it is best to think about the trip to the airport in advance. Depending on the booked departure time and the number of pieces of luggage you are carrying, it is probably most convenient to drive your own car. In order not to get into a stressful search for a parking space at a highly frequented airport such as Frankfurt Airport before departure, it is best to compare the possibilities and prices for parking at Frankfurt Airport in advance and secure the cheapest offer directly by booking.

Cities in Taiwan

The cities of Taiwan have numerous sights to offer with a rich culture. The most beautiful destinations with their highlights are compiled here in an overview:

1. The capital of Taiwan – Taipei

Chiang Kai-shek National Memorial Hall
National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Image: Kanisorn Pringthongfoo / shutterstock

Taipei is located in the north of the island and has a total of around 2.7 million inhabitants. The metropolis has an interesting mix of modern buildings and historic buildings. In addition to the mighty skyscrapers, the many colorful neon signs and multi-lane streets, there are also traditional shops with exotic remedies, many temples and churches. There is something new to discover on every street corner that is sure to fascinate you. Under no circumstances should you miss the popular street food stalls with their delicious food. The city’s landmark is the skyscraper “Taipei 101”, which is named after its 101 floors. The 508-metre-high building houses a shopping centre as well as offices and a visitor platform on the 89th floor, from which an incredible view of the entire area is provided. If you are interested in Chinese works of art, the National Palace Museum is the right place for you. In addition to the shopping center and the many shopping miles, the Shilin night market is also ideal for shopping and strolling. In addition to delicious delicacies, clothing, technical items and many other items can be purchased here. With all its sights, Taipei is a definite must on the to-do list on a Taiwan vacation.

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2. Taiwan’s Commercial City – Kaohsiung

The second largest city in Taiwan is Kaohsiung, which is located in the south of the island on the South China Sea and is of immense economic importance, especially because of its large overseas port. This is where the majority of Taiwanese oil imports are handled, which are used by the local industry. But besides the sprawling industry, Kaohsiung has more to offer. Magnificent pavilions and impressive temples adorn the city. At any time of the day, you can go shopping to your heart’s content, because in addition to the usual shops, there is also the Liuhe Night Market. The tallest building in the city is the Tuntex Sky Tower at 348 meters. If you’re looking to cool off in the summer, head to Hsitzu Bay on the outskirts of town. Another excursion destination is the one-square-kilometre Chengching Lake, which invites you to swim and on the banks of which there are various opportunities for hiking, picnicking and camping.

3. Taichung – the third largest city in Taiwan

Taichung is an industrial city located on the west coast of Taiwan. Many products that are “Made in Taiwan” are made in Taichung. The popular bubble tea is also said to have been invented here. The city is large and can sometimes be a bit confusing. Nevertheless, in addition to many buses and taxi providers, there is also a good railway network, so you have the flexibility to visit the local attractions. These include the famous night markets, the Pao Jiue Temple with the golden, seven-storey Big Buddha and the Rainbow Village, which was brightly painted by its inhabitant Huang Yung-Fu, including all walls and floors. Taichung is also an ideal starting point to visit the nature reserve with the Sun Moon Lake. The climate in Taichung is pleasant, because it rains less than in Taipei and it is not as hot in summer as in the south of the island.

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4. Tainan – the city of temples

Tainan, Taiwan
Tainan, City of the Temple, Image: tenkl / shutterstock

Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan and it was a Dutch colony until the 17th century. After that, Tainan first became the capital of Taiwan, before Taipei was named the new capital of the island state in the 19th century. Tainan is best known for its history and more than 300 temples. These include the oldest Confucius Temple, the Wufei Temple and Great Queen of Heaven Temple. Another cultural attraction is the Koxingas Shrine. It was dedicated in honor of a loyalist of the Ming Dynasty who expelled the Dutch from Taiwan in 1661. The cityscape of Tainan is more like a city of mainland China than a Taiwanese city. Neon signs, old buildings and street food stalls can be found on almost every street. In between there are small temples or leftover colonial buildings of the former Dutch rulers. Tainan is well suited for a day trip.

5. The gold mining town of Jiufen

Jiufen is located in the mountains of northern Taiwan and is an old gold mining town. Currently, Jiufen is a popular tourist resort, famous for its picturesque views of the surrounding area and the Pacific Ocean. There are still many well-preserved historic buildings from the Japanese colony. Popular are the many hiking trails in the surrounding mountains and the large selection of tea houses, where you should definitely stop to drink a tea.