It’s likely you’ve seen a lot of Taiwan – just look around the house and you’ll find quite a few “Made in Taiwan” labels. In fact, it’s a good chance a part of the plane that is carrying you on the flight to Taiwan is made here, too. This island country is one of Asia’s industrial powerhouses, but despite its high-tech capital city and manufacturing plants, Taiwan is also a serene haven boasting magnificent landscape and offering rest for the weary traveler.
Taiwan separated from China in 1949, but the country still embodies a big part of its Chinese past. It’s not all work and mass production here. After your flight to Taiwan, take a tour of ancient temples, stroll through lively street markets, hike through rugged mountain terrains and participate in traditional Chinese folk festivals that will lighten your load while you’re here. Hop off the Taiwan flight and take a drive through one of the country’s lush national forests. Taiwan’s national parks are home to thousands of wildlife species including rare and endangered species. Forget about business deals and balance sheets, book a flight to Taiwan and enjoy a little rest and relaxation in one of Asia’s most diverse countries.
Book a flight to Taiwan to see a place filled with revolutionary spirit and modern energy.
Sub-tropical Taiwan is hot and humid in the south and cooler in the northern inland mountains. Rain showers strike frequently. September and October are the driest months of the year. A damp, chilly winter starts in November. The winter doesn’t last long but can bring snow to the mountain’s peaks. Coastal temperatures can reach 90 F in the summer, which is also the typhoon season.
Taiwan has a wonderful tradition of festivals and holidays. Festivals are ruled by the lunar calendar and include the Chinese New Year Festival, Lantern Festival (around 15th day of the first moon) when brightly colored lanterns adorn temples or are carried by children to lantern competitions (Taipei has the most famous competition); the Dragon Boat Festival (in fifth lunar month) when teams compete with each in the dragon-boat races (the festival repels evil spirits and disease); and the Ghost Festival, Taiwan’s Hallowe’en, when the dead are honored with gifts of food.If you’re planning a trip during a festival, make sure you book Taiwan flights and hotel accommodations in advance as places tend to book up fast.
Official holidays are on the Western calendar. Such holidays include Founding Day of the Republic of China; Tomb-Sweeping Day; 228 Memorial Day; Armed Forces Day; Taiwan’s Retrocession Day; and Double Tenth National Day.
Airlines that offer domestic Taiwan flights include Mandarin Airlines, Transasia Airways, Far Eastern Air Transport and Uni Air.
In Taipei, there is a good, and expanding, metro system. There are eight lines and 69 stations including two main transfer stations, Taipei Main Station and Zhongxiao Fuxing Station. Train services – all air-conditioned – from the capital around Taiwan are excellent. Bus services are also comprehensive, punctual and comfortable.
Taxies are plentiful and cheap, but many drivers do not speak English so make sure your destination is written in Chinese characters.
All the major rental-car companies are represented at Taiwan’s airports.
The following chart gives approximate journey times from Taipei (in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in Taiwan.
(prices quoted are from London)