Random Picks

2021 Jan./Feb.

Visual Diaries

Tom Rook's hand-drawn maps of Taipei and other major cities on the island offer a serene bird’s-eye view of Asian municipalities.

FESTIVALS and EVENTS Around Taiwan

More than 70 events and festivals throughout the year in Taiwan. There is always something exciting going on!
2021 July/Aug.

The Kinmen and Matsu Islands

Far from Taiwan main island, Kinmen and Matsu are two fascinating island groups worth visiting, both rich in history, culture, and scenery.
2021 May/June
First-Class Beef Noodles
2021 Mar./Apr.
Working on Bikes
2021 July/Aug.
Help Is On Along the Way
2020 Sept./Oct.
YILAN COUNTY Discoveries
2021 Jan./Feb.
Sleeping in Old TAINAN

Things to Do in May~June

This year’s Dragon Boat Festival falls on June 14. If you want to witness exciting dragon-boat races on that day, head to rivers like the Keelung River in Taipei and the Love River in Kaohsiung.


Forest Recreation

Good news for lovers of Taiwan’s mountains and forests. Twelve years after Typhoon Morakat caused severe damage in Kaohsiung City’s mountainous Taoyuan District, obstructing access to the remote Tengjhih National Forest Recreation Area, the area was reopened to visitors this May. Located at an altitude of 1,500m to 1,800m, the area, managed by the national Forestry Bureau, is excellent for escaping the summer heat in southern Taiwan and going on invigorating forest walks. Often shrouded in mist, the forest here is home to members of many precious tree species, including the stout camphor tree and Chinese guger tree.


Things to Do in May~June

If hot weather and strong sunshine is what you are looking for, head to the beaches of Kenting National Park in the far south, the popular tropical playground of Taiwan.


Offshore Islands

In late April a new ferry service was introduced, connecting Anping Harbor in Tainan City with Magong Harbor in the Penghu Islands, giving travelers a new option for reaching the archipelago from southern Taiwan. Plying the route three times a week (Wed/Fri/Sun) is the Natchan Rera. Trips one way last about two hours, and return tickets are NT$1,850/pers., with a surcharge of NT$100 for bicycles. In comparison, return tickets for flights between Tainan and Magong are NT$2,655, with a flight taking about 30 minutes.


New Hotel

OLAH Poshtel, opened late last year; backpacker-friendly hotel in Hualien City


New Hotel

Kaohsiung Marriott Hotel, located in central Kaohsiung City; currently the hotel with the most guestrooms in the city (700)


New Hotel

T11/T12 Hotel, motorsport-themed hotel, part of Lihpao Resort in Taichung City


Things to Do in July-September

One of the most exciting cultural festivals of the year takes place August~September in Keelung City on the Northeast Coast, the Keelung Ghost Festival.


Things to Do July~September

The summer months are great for whale-watching trips off Taiwan’s eastern coast, from ports such as Wushi Harbor in Yilan County.


Things to Do July~September

August is the best time to visit Sixty Stone Mountain and Chike Mountain in Hualien County, when the mountain slopes are covered in orange “carpets” of blooming daylilies.


New Museum

Taiwan’s first museum dedicated to photography and image arts, the National Center of Photography and Images, was opened in Taipei this April. The home for this museum is a three-story building with a distinctive Japanese architectural style on busy Zhongxiao West Road, just a stone’s throw from Taipei Main Station. The building dates from the 1895-1945 Japanese colonial period, and was originally occupied by a Japanese shipping company, later by the Taiwan Provincial Highway Bureau. From 2017 through 2019 the structure was restored, returning what had become an unsightly office building to its colonial-time splendor, complete with rooftop lookout tower. The museum’s mission is to provide space for exhibitions, other education initiatives, and promotion, with the main focus on photography and image arts in Taiwan.


Tourist Shuttle

Accessing the marvelously scenic East Coast region between the cities of Hualien and Taitung by public transport can pose a bit of a challenge for travelers, since buses are infrequent. To address this problem, last November the administration of the East Coast National Scenic Area introduced the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle network’s Yuchang Fengbin Line as a cruise-style bus route, with buses (operating once a day) stopping at tourist sites long enough to give passengers time to walk around, take pictures, and hop back onto the bus to continue the ride. Stops made by the bus, which departs once a day (10:50am) from Yuli Railway Station in the East Rift Valley, include Jingang (“King Kong”) Boulevard (30min stop) and the Shitiping coastal rock-formation area (1hr). Another East Coast bus route option, since May also operating cruise-style, is the East Coast Line 8101A, following the coastal highway from Taitung Bus Station (departure once a day at 8:30am) in Taitung City all the way north to the Sanxiantai Recreation Area (1hr) and back, on the way passing tourist attractions such as Xiaoyeliu (45min) and the Jinzun Recreation Area (20min). This service is perfect for a one-day trip; shorter bus routes for half-day outings from Taitung City are available as well.