Filipinos are known to be as an adventurous lot. Inherent in them is the drive to discover something new. Just check out any Filipino personal blog site or Facebook page. You can bet your last dollar that you will find an album, photostream, or video that features the site owner in some exotic location. You can see photos of him or her on top of a lofty mountain, at the entrance of an exotic shrine, on the sands of a pristine and secluded beach, on top of a skyscraper, or, in some cases, in the middle of the wilderness. Even in the more practical side of life, Filipinos manage to find adventure. Just think: millions of Filipinos travel around the world and discover new things while working in cruise ships or airlines to put bread on the table. Nurses and domestic helpers find adventure in searching innovative ways to efficiently and effectively serve their clients.
It is no wonder then why Taiwan is a favourite destination for Filipinos. Taiwan, also known as Formosa which translates to Beautiful Island, is one of the Four Asian Tigers and is a favourite place of adventure for the people of the Philippines. It has an advanced economy and plays an important role in the global economy. Thousands of Filipinos every year flock to Taiwan to work, live, or visit the land.
But it’s not just Taiwan’s advanced economy and lucrative financial opportunities that draw Filipinos to its shores. The island nation has a multitude of attractions, natural wonders, and heritage sites that are worth seeing. All around the region are magnificent temples and shrines, ancient palaces, expansive museums, serene lakes, verdant gardens, and high mountains. Visitors can enjoyable activities such as observing local culture, diving to witness spectacular reefs, hiking along scenic trails, shopping for the world’s best bargains, and tasting delectable local cuisine. Thus, Filipinos, from tourists to immigrants, will surely find something for them in this modern industrialized metropolis that still strongly clings to the fringes of ancient culture.
As a starter, here are some of the places that you must visit when you are in Taiwan.
No less than the capital city of Taiwan, Taipei should be your first stop. Located at the northern part of the Taiwan province, it has everything that a modern city has. But aside from that, it has other attractions to marvel at such as the Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest buildings; Taipei Park, the site of the biggest wooden-fenced zoo in the world; the National Palace Museum which houses over 600,000 ancient Chinese artefacts; the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a world-famous monument and landmark; and the city’s numerous ornate temples. Nightlife is vibrant, and shopping is lively.
Head out to the southwestern part of the Taiwan to visit Kaohsiung, the second largest city in the country. Kaohsiung is a modern city surrounded by magnificent natural landscapes. For adventurers, Kaohsiung is the jump-off point to the nation’s mountains, wilderness, coastlines, and valleys. In addition, the city is also known as the harbour capital of Taiwan due to its strong link with ocean and maritime transport. Night markets are plentiful, proving the shopaholic Filipino plenty of choices.
3. Taroko National Park
The Taroko National Park, at the county of Hualien, is famous for its marble gorge and lofty canyons. The canyons stretch away from the sea, culminating at Mt. Nanhu, a massive mountain at 3,740 meters. With its extensive trails, rivers, canyons, waterfalls, and forests, Taroko National Park is a haven for adventurous Filipinos who have big hearts for outdoors.
Visit Taiwan now and discover its wonders.