If you are a historic buff as well as a hipster, you can't miss the museums when visiting Tainan. There are some museums in Tainan, and among them, the top choice museum is National Museum of Taiwanese Literature(國立台灣文學館). The National Museum of Taiwan Literature (NMTL), founded on October 17th,2003, is the first national museum dedicated to the literary arts. The museum building has a distinguished history tracing back to 1916,when it was built to house the Tainan Prefectural Government. Reflecting contemporary European architectural styling, it is one of several well-known works by architect Moriyama Matsunosuke on the island. The building was damaged…

Located in Nantou, Taiwan Craft Culture Park has three branches, Taipei, Miaoli and Yingge. Among these institutes, Yingge branch is the only one that doesn't open to the public. Taipei branch is a building with striking red-and-white. With its circular neoclassical Chinese-style roof, dates back to just 1956. It was recently converted into the Craft Research & Development Centre where the first two floors showcase Taiwanese designed and made gift products – everything from stationery to silverware – while the top floors are reserved for art, architecture and craft exhibitions and a rooftop organic food court. There are fantastic views…

Established by  Changchun Paper Co. founder Chen Su-ho, Su Ho Paper Museum is a museum for people to remember the profile of Chinese paper-making traditions of China. Chen began planning the Su Ho Memorial Paper Museum, which opened five years later in October 1995. Since then, Suho Memorial Paper Museum became the one and only paper museum in Taiwan. Understanding that the vitality of a museum depends on it’s inter- action with visitors, Chen has created lively exhibitions and activities that encourage visitor’s participation all with the aim of fully realizing the Museum’s mission to educate and enlighten. By collecting and classifying Taiwanese…

Situated across National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Zhongxin Market is a small block encircled by Wuquan 1st Street, Wuquan W. 2nd Street and Wuquan W. 3rd street. Zhongxin Market used to be a busy traditional market. However, it gradually quieted as economy growth declined in Taiwan over the years.  There are only a few outlets left in this once-busy market – meat and vegetable operators are around from 4am to 10am; food stalls in the periphery open for breakfast and lunch. Some older people still live in the tiny shop units; , a bookstore and a cafe have moved…

Tamsui is a vivid township with an enriched historical background. With beautiful ocean and mountain sceneries, Tamsui is the favorite visiting attraction closest to Taipei City. Just behind Tamsui MRT on the riverside, Tamsui Cultural Park(淡水文化園區) was once the Shell Tamsui Warehouse: as in Royal Dutch Shell, that is.  It was the warehouse to store tea related products by the British tea merchants. Later, bought by the Shell Oil Company, was expanded into four large warehouse and oil tanks. The warehouse once played a role in the global oil business. After the bombing by U.S. in 1944, the warehouse burned for three days…

Situated to either side of Carp Lake in Shoufeng Township of Hualien County, Chihnan National Forest Recreation Area spans 144 hectares of Chihnan and Papaya Hill forest districts, and ranges from 140 to 601 meters above sea level. Chihnan ('South of the Lake') park makes for a pleasant half-day of picnicking and hiking in the hills for a bird's-eye view of the lake.  The Chinan National Forest Recreation Area was previously known as Chinan Station. It was the lumber and logging area for the Mugua Mountain Working Circle, a branch of the Forestry Bureau's Hualien Forest Administration Center. The lumber…

If you've ever been to Taiwan for hiking, you must heard that there is a list of " 100 mountains in Taiwan". For hikers and climbers, this list can be seen as their life goal. The mountains are divided into different levels of challenge. Among these mountains, there are 2 mountains suitable for those who never hike before, Mountain Hehuan Main Peak(合歡主峰) & Mountain Shimen(石門山). Not only for beginners, Mt. Hehuan Main Peak(合歡主峰) & Mt. Shimen(石門山) are suitable for any age. You don't need to prepare heavy and professional gears when climbing these 2 mountains, they can be seen as the easiest…

Stretching far out into the East China Sea, this limestone cape has long attracted people to its delightfully odd rock formations. Yehliu Geopark(野柳地質公園) is a geologist's dreamland but also a fascinating place for the day tripper. Home to a number of unique geological formations including the iconic "Queen's Head" (女王頭), it's one of the premier destinations in northern Taiwan. The total distance measured from the entrance of the Yehliu Geopark to the end of the cape is about 1.7 km; the widest area in between is shorter than 300 m. The distance measured from Yehliu Stop at Jijin Highway to…

This mysterious national relic in Fengshan was a Japanese naval radio station that later became an interrogation facility under the Republic of China, and then a disciplinary camp during the White Terror. The former Imperial Japanese Navy’s Fongshan Radio Station, located in the Fongshan District of Kaohsiung City, and built in 1919, was the first radio station that the Japanese Navy built in Taiwan. Despite its military nature, channels were dedicated to civilian communication as official and civilian communication between Taiwan and Japan disconnected all the channels. The radio stations at Fongshan and Sankuaicuo were consolidated into the Kaohsiung Communication…

Evolution is the theme at this museum, set in a 1930s former bank: evolution of life, evolution of money and banking, and evolution of the bank from the Japanese colonial era to modern Taipei. It's an odd juxtaposition but the displays at each level, from soaring sauropod fossils to the open bank vault, are well presented and rich in details. Tickets include admission to the National Taiwan Museum. The original building opened in 1933 as the Kangyo Bank and is a mix of Western and Japanese styles. The 1st-floor exhibit takes you into the old bank vault for a look at…