Taiwan was formerly known as “Formosa,” meaning “beautiful,” a name given by Portuguese explorers passing by on the way to Japan in the 16th century. It is its dramatic and fertile beauty that has made Taiwan attractive to foreign powers such as the Portuguese as well as the Spanish, Japanese, and Dutch – all of which tried their hand at colonial rule – and more recently tourists, who are just starting to learn of its charms.
The countryside outside the dynamic capital is filled with an amazing variety of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery in Asia. In a short period of time you can go from tropical beaches and spectacular sea-skirting cliff roads to awe-inspiring mist-shrouded peaks, warm hot springs, and tranquil soul-satisfying lakes.
If you are looking for world-class Asian art, you may be surprised to learn that 10% of the world’s greatest Chinese artifacts are stored in giant catacombs in the mountain behind the not-to-be-missed National Palace Museum in Taipei.
Perhaps one of the main reasons why Taiwan is such an enjoyable country to visit is its rich spiritual heritage. Taiwan’s landscape is sprinkled with spectacular temples, their roof eaves curling heavenward to attract good fortune and repel evil, whether it be in an industrial park, commercial center, or farmers’ fields, or at the end of a lantern-lined lane in a quiet neighborhood. The temple interior, far from churchly solemnity, is a feast for the senses and a riot of animation.
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan is a thriving metropolis, with soaring skyscrapers, shopping malls, nightclubs, chic restaurants and whatever you would expect from a thoroughly modern capital city.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the day.
TAIPEI FREE DAY (B)
Freeat own leisure.
TAIPEI – DEPARTURE (B)
Free at own leisure until transfer to airport for your flight back home.