Thursday, May 6, 2021

7 Natural Wonders of Taiwan You Probably Don’t Know About

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If you happen to visit the densely populated urban areas of Taiwan that make up the country’s western plains, it would be easy for you to wonder why Taiwan is called “Ihla Formosa,” or “Beautiful Island.” Of course, the majority of Taiwan has plenty of urban development; however, this should not take away from its many natural escapes. There are many places where you can book your travel plans to Taiwan, and remember to keep an eye out for deals and special offers. The following is a list of seven natural wonders in Taiwan that should be at the top of your list.

1. Tarako Gorge

Taroko Gorge is at the top of our list of natural wonders. Boasting about 22 kilometers of mountains and steep ravines, most visitors here opt for rented scooters to ride through the canyon on a day trip.  Visitors also spend time here camping, hiking, and appreciating Taroko’s natural beauty.

(Image Credit: Zairon [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons)
Cimu Bridge in the Taroko Gorge, Hualien County, Taiwan. (Image: Zairon via wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0)

2. East Rift Valley

The East Rift Valley is a pure delight. The dramatic peaks and ravines of the East Rift Valley cover one side, the Pacific Ocean beautifully stretches on for miles on the other, and lush green rice paddies enclose both. People often schedule a multi-day cycling trip, starting in Ruishui, a scenic town with Japanese-style hot-springs, and finish in Dulan, a tiny beach town packed with expat surfers and artists.

East Rift valley. Loshen Waterfall in the distance. (Image Credit: Joe Lo [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)
The East Rift Valley with the Loshen Waterfall in the distance. (Image: Joe Lo via flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

3. The Islands

Without a doubt, the small islands of Taiwan are one of the country’s most cherished natural escapes. Whether you are looking for culture, beauty, or history, you will find something to enjoy on Taiwan’s many islands. Your options are seemingly endless as you can visit Green Island, Penghu Island, Orchid Island, Xiaoluiqui, Peace Island, and many more that offer pristine beaches and natural vistas.

Coral beach on Jibei Island, Taiwan. (Image Credit: Flickr under CC0 2.0)
A coral beach on Jibei Island, Taiwan. (Image: Carrie Kellenberger via flickr CC BY 2.0 )

4. Longdong

Located on the northeast coast of Taiwan, Longdong, or Dragon Cave, got its name from the shape of the coastline that resembles a dragon’s body. Its spectacular sandstone crag is about 70 meters high with crystal-clear waves which crash upon sun-baked rocks at its base. Longdong is long known as the best rock climbing destination in Taiwan with some 500 climbing routes, plus other activities, such as hiking and scuba diving.

Long Dong. (Image Credit: lienyuan lee [CC BY 3.0])
Longdong Cape. (Image: lienyuan lee via flickr CC BY 3.0)

5. Hot Springs

The numerous hot springs are one the best natural places to unwind, with about 150 locations throughout Taiwan. Taiwan’s numerous hot springs are said to raise energy levels and help treat chronic fatigue and arthritis — all reasons to visit these natural wonders of Taiwan.

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Beitou Hot Springs in Taiwan. (Image: Lim Ashley via flickr CC BY 2.0 )

6. Ali Mountain

To experience crystal clear air, cloudless skies, and beautiful sunrises, one only needs to travel to Ali Mountain in Taiwan. Head to the top of Mt. Zhushan at 4 a.m. and experience one of the most beautiful mountain sunrises in the East. For the rest of the day, enjoy a hike, visit tea cultivated areas, or soak in the beauty of Mt. Alishan and it’s neighboring mountains.

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Ali Mountain in Taiwan. (Image: Jerry Lai via flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

7. Kenting

The seventh natural wonder of Taiwan is called Kenting National Park. If you’re looking for wide white sand beaches, then Kenting National Park is your destination. The park is located in the southernmost part of Taiwan and offers visitors many activities, such as surfing, scuba diving, or biking around the peninsula. Along the way, you will pass Baisha Bay, where portions of Life of Pi were filmed. 

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A beach at Kenting National Park. (Image: mxpixel / CC0 1.0)

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