Early Portuguese sailors named Taiwan Ilha Formosa, meaning 'beautiful island', due to the breathtaking scenery, which still impresses modern visitors today. The energetic capital, Taipei, is home to possibly the best collection of Chinese artifacts in the world, while Tainan showcases Taiwanese architecture. The countryside is perhaps the biggest surprise, with deep gorges, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, and tea plantations.
- Staying in 4- and 5-star hotels, including the luxurious Lalu hotel.
- Overnight at the Fo Guang Shan monastery and join the monks for prayers.
- Discover ancient Chinese treasures at the National Palace Museum.
- Follow nature trails in stunning national parks.