Who has been to Taiwan or thought about going? Not one person I know has. I’m almost at the end of my trip here and I want to give you five reasons why I absolutely love it (apart from the fact that it is ONLY an 8-hour flight direct from Brisbane!).
- The people
As soon as we arrived, the warmth and openness of the locals has been something our entire film crew keep talking about. We regularly find ourselves saying the word “joy”. There is so much joy here. From the old town to the new, to the mountains and the tribes of the East Coast, here are just a few of the hundreds of photos we’ve taken representing the spirit of the people here – and don’t forget their infectious ‘quirkiness’ that we have come to adore!
2. The scenery.
Taiwan is not only an island, two-thirds of it is mountainous so everywhere you go they seem to be watching over you. Toroko National Park is the perfect example of how stunning the country is; then there are the rice fields; as well as the islands off the main island (we made our way to Green Island where we are right now).
For someone that loves nature so much, I am left wondering why I never knew how much Taiwan has to offer? The locals tell me it’s because tourism is only now opening up to the rest of the world. I have not seen one Westerner since I arrived, which is great for us intrepid travellers, but the locals really do want to share their backyard.
3. The Food
The locals really believe in eating clean fresh food. And it is absolutely superb. From steaming hot-pots, to traditional Taiwanese noodles, we can’t get enough.
4. The accommodation
First class. I’ll let these pics do the talking.
5. The culture.
From the iconic Taipei 101 building built in the shape of a bamboo stalk and incorporating the lucky number 8 wherever possible, to the temples, Aboriginal tribes and traditions, tea ceremonies and traditional medicine, the local culture and customs here are strong, the people are proud and there is so much for us visitors to absorb and learn. Exactly the way I like it.