Travel in Taiwan Highlights 2016

2016 is over, let’s have a look where we traveled last year to report about interesting places around Taiwan. 🙂

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The islands of Matsu are great for explore old villages. This great wall and staircase is at Jinsha Village in the southwest of Nan’gan Island.

Jinsha Village

Jinsha Village

We went on a road trip on the Northern Cross-Island Highway from Taoyuan in the west to Yilan in the East. The scenery along the highway is gorgeous.

We went on a road trip on the Northern Cross-Island Highway from Taoyuan in the west to Yilan in the East. The scenery along the highway is gorgeous.

Northern Cross-Island Highway scenery

At Kaohsiung we visited a few new modern landmarks such as the Dadong Arts Center.

Dadong Arts Center

Dadong Arts Center

We saw naughty monkeys in Taitung’s Donghe Township.

Dengxian Bridge Recreation Area

Dengxian Bridge Recreation Area

We walked through a “bamboo tunnel” in the northern part of Alishan

Ruili Green Tunnel

Ruili Green Tunnel

Niujiao Village’s Wulinggong Temple on Matsu’s Nan’gan Island impressed us with it’s bright red color.

Wulinggong Temple

Wulinggong Temple

And its fierce-looking door gods.

Wulinggong Temple

Wulinggong Temple

At Taipingshan in Yilan County we had a great time, but we were disappointed that the mini trains are not running anymore these days.

Taipingshan

Taipingshan

Little Liuqiu Island in southern Taiwan was hot, really hot.

Little Liuqiu Island

Little Liuqiu Island

At Kaohsiung you cannot miss the 85 Sky Tower, unfortunately we didn’t go up there.

85 Sky Tower

85 Sky Tower

There are so many great spots in Taiwan from where you can take in marvelous mountain scenery.

Bihushan Tourist Tea Garden

Bihushan Tourist Tea Garden

The Thousand Root Banyan in Taitung’s Zhiben National Forest Recreation Area was really impressive.

Zhiben, Taitung

Zhiben, Taitung

Sometimes, we just did enjoy ourselves…

Luofu Brige, Northern Cross-Island Highway

Luofu Brige, Northern Cross-Island Highway

Island travel is the best. Unfortunately there are not many islands in Taiwan like Matsu.

Nan'gan Island, Matsu

Nan’gan Island, Matsu

The weather was not always perfect, so Kaohsiung Harbor was not at its prettiest on that day.

Kaohsiung Harbor

Kaohsiung Harbor

We really loved the Swallow Cliff at Ruili, Alishan.

Swallow Cliff, Alishan

Swallow Cliff, Alishan

We did do some kayaking at Dapeng Bay in southern Taiwan

Dapeng Bay, Pingtung

Dapeng Bay, Pingtung

Mingchi is a peaceful place surrounded by verdant mountains.

Mingchi, Northern Cross-Island Highway

Mingchi, Northern Cross-Island Highway

We made it to the northernmost point of Taiwan!

Dongyin Island, Matsu

Dongyin Island, Matsu

The Taitung coast always makes you smile. 🙂

Jialulan, Taitung

Jialulan, Taitung

Ancient trees at Lalashan, unfortunately the park area was under construction. 🙁

Lalashan, Northern Cross-Island Highway

Lalashan, Northern Cross-Island Highway

The ferry trip to Qijin Island only takes like 10 minutes.

Qijing Island, Kaohsiung

Qijing Island, Kaohsiung

The rafting at Donghe was extra special.

Donghe, Taitung

Donghe, Taitung

We followed old railway tracks on Jianqing Trail.

Jianqing Trail, Taipingshan

Jianqing Trail, Taipingshan

The rugged coast of Dongyin Island was quite dramatic.

Dongyin Island, Matsu

Dongyin Island, Matsu

Picturesque tea plantations are part of Alishan’s scenery.

Bihushan Tourist Tea Garden, Alishan

Bihushan Tourist Tea Garden, Alishan

Exploring historic sites is part of our explorations.

Qihou Battery, Kaohsiung

Qihou Battery, Kaohsiung

There are quite a few scenic bridges and platforms around Taiwan.

Little Wulai, Taoyuan

Little Wulai, Taoyuan

Whenever there is a lighthouse, there is potential for a good photo.

Dongyin Island, Matsu

Dongyin Island, Matsu

Autumn feel at Taipingshan, a place known for maple leaves.

Taipingshan, Yilan

Taipingshan, Yilan

This bridge is the prominent landmark at Dapeng Bay in southern Taiwan.

Dapeng Bay, Pingtung

Dapeng Bay, Pingtung

Waterfalls are always among the highlights on our trips in Taiwan.

Yuntan Waterfall, Alishan

Yuntan Waterfall, Alishan

Finally, we went up to the LOVE sign in Kaohsiung City. From there you can enjoy great views of the city and the harbor.

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung

Hopefully, we will visit more awesome places around Taiwan in 2017. Stay tuned!