Taiwan is growing in popularity as a holiday destination with Australians and fast becoming one of the best destinations in Asia. During the first six months of 2014, there has already been an increase in tourism of 25% over the same time last year.

A small island located in East Asia, only 9 hours away from Sydney, Taiwan has much to offer the visitor. It’s a nation with a rich diverse culture, stunning landscapes, exquisite cuisine, night markets and affable locals. As well as being one of the safest destinations in Asia, it’s very accessible with direct flights from both Sydney and Brisbane.

“Taiwan – The Heart of Asia”, the country’s new promotional campaign, is highlighting some of the many reasons why Taiwan is so unique, such as their cultural diversity, geography and cuisine, as well as having one of the most modern infrastructures in Asia.

DSC03923Lonely Planet recently nominated Taiwan as the “foodie mecca” of Asia and Taipei has also been voted among the best coffee cities in the world, in a list that includes coffee hubs such as Vienna, Melbourne and Portland, according to USA Today. The only Asian country on the list, the article went on to mention great coffee is part of Taiwan’s national heritage.

Taroko Gorge National Park, known as “The Marble Gorge” is one of the sights not to be missed. For the intrepid cyclist, the gorge offers one of the most picturesque mountain bike routes in the world. The famous Sun Moon Lake was also recently voted one of the best cycling routes worldwide due to its phenomenal scenery.

Taiwan also holds a wide array of events and festivals throughout the year attracting visitors from around the globe.

Surfing is also being promoted to Australians and the upcoming international surfing event that’s scheduled to be held in November should increase Taiwan’s overall visibility. The event will no doubt show that the oceanic beauty of the Taitung’s coast rivals that of Hawaii, and should help in making Taiwan become a surfing mecca.

The Taipei Arts Festival is proving to be a growing hub for international artists and becoming a popular event with a diverse line up including theatre, dance and stand-up comedy.

The 2014 Time for Celebration Taiwan Tourism Events Calendar brings together 36 of the most distinctive and popular religious and cultural festivals, sports competitions and innovative crafts activities. Highlights for Australian visitors are the surfing competition in Taitung during November, the New Year’s Eve celebrations and the Taiwan Lantern Festival in February.

Taiwan is the perfect choice for those seeking a new destination. 

Sandra Tiltman      Photos: John Pond


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