Five Regions in Taiwan

November,25 2022 BY

Taiwan is a long and narrow island from north to south, covering an area of about 36,000 square kilometers (14,400 square miles). It is located in the southeast of the Asian continent and the East Asian island belt on the west coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by Japan and the Ryukyu Islands in the north and the Philippine Islands in the south. The aviation network extends in all directions, making it one of the most convenient tourist destinations.

Taiwan's natural resources and cultural features are very impressive and it is the best choice for island tourism.

In terms of natural resources, due to the continuous movement of stratigraphic plates, Taiwan's complex and changeable topography is rich in mountains, hills, plains, basins, islands, longitudinal valleys and coasts; in addition, the Tropic of Cancer just passes through it, making Taiwan Taiwan has a variety of natural ecology in tropical, subtropical and temperate zones. Among them, the proportion of native endemic species is quite high, such as cherry hooked salmon, Taiwan macaque, Taiwan black bear, blue-bellied pheasant and etc., making Taiwan one of the most important places for conservation in the world.

In order to maintain the beautiful natural landscape and protect the ecology, 9 national parks and 13 national scenic spots have been set up. It gathers the best natural beauty and sightseeing resources in Taiwan. You can visit the majestic and steep mountains and valleys of Taroko; you can take a small mountain-climbing railway train and shuttle through the forest to watch the sunrise and sea of clouds in Alishan; Kenting, Taiwan, has a strong marine resort atmosphere that makes people feel relaxed and comfortable, and enjoys the reputation of "Hawaii in Asia"; Sun Moon Lake is a dazzling pearl in the mountains, and the scenery of the lake and mountains is amazing! The Huadong Rift Valley and the coast retain the purest natural flavor of Eastern Taiwan; the outlying islands of Kinmen and Penghu show a unique style with rich local characteristics and cultural and historical sites... These are all in beautiful Baodao!

In terms of cultural features, due to the integration of different ethnic groups such as southern Fujian, Hakka and aborigines, a colorful humanistic color has been formed. No matter in religious beliefs, architecture, language, living habits and food flavors, they all show harmony everywhere. Colorful scenes; among them, "food" is the most distinctive representative, such as Taiwan cuisine, Hakka cuisine, Hunan cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, Japanese cuisine, Korean cuisine, traditional snacks or local specialties, presenting a variety of rich food feasts, making Taiwan's name of "Gourmet Kingdom" has been recognized all over the world.

Taiwan can be roughly divided into the northern region, the central region, the southern region, the eastern region and the outlying islands. The following is a brief introduction to each region.

Northern Region:

There are 7 counties and cities in Northern Region, including Taipei City, New Taipei City, Keelung City, Yilan County, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County and Hsinchu City. You can overlook the beautiful scenery of Taipei from Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan; go to the National Palace Museum to have a glimpse of historical treasures; or walk into famous old streets such as Jiufen, Tamsui, Yingge, Sanxia to feel the ancient streets.

Central Region:

The central region includes five counties and cities including Miaoli County, Taichung City, Changhua County, Nantou County, and Yunlin County. It is located in the heart of Taiwan and has a comfortable climate all year round. In particular, Taichung City has pleasant temperatures in four seasons and very suitable for travel. The central region has many resorts and tourist attractions suitable for all ages, including Miaoli West Lake Resort, Sun Moon Lake Scenic Area, Cingjing Farm, Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and Yunlin Jianhu Mountain World. Friends who like literature and art should not miss Miaoli's woodcarving and pottery firing arts. Here you can DIY and experience it yourself. You are recommended to visit The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and Natural Science Museum of Taichung City carefully. Yunlin County is a world-renowned puppet show, where is the birthplace of performing arts culture and worthy of in-depth appreciation.

Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake

Southern region:

The southern region includes Chiayi County, Kaohsiung City, Tainan City and Pingtung County.

Tainan City is the ancient cultural capital with a long history in Taiwan. Before the end of the 19th century, Tainan had always been the political, economic and cultural center of Taiwan, with many historic sites and scenic spots.

Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan, also has the largest port in Taiwan - Kaohsiung Port. Its container throughput used to be the third in the world and it is currently ranked fifteenth in the world. It is a prosperous international city. Famous scenic spots in Kaohsiung include Love River, Fo Guang Shan, Xiziwan, Lianchitan, Cijin, Zuoying Old City.

The "Tropic of Cancer Astronomical Plaza" was built in Chiayi County because of the passage of the Tropic of Cancer, presenting the geographical symbol of the Tropic of Cancer. The Alishan Forest Recreation Area is world-famous. The Alpine Forest Railway and many quiet ancient forest trails attract a large number of domestic and foreign tourists. The natural beauty of Alishan, such as the sea of clouds, sunrise and sunset, is well-known and a must-see attraction.

The climate in southern Taiwan is like summer all year round. Kenting Park, located in Pingtung, is blessed by nature. Snorkeling to enjoy the beautiful scenery in the sea and enjoy new water activities, and then go to the Cape Eluanbi at the southernmost tip of Taiwan to experience the magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean on the left and the Taiwan Strait on the right.

Eastern region:

The eastern region of Taiwan includes Hualien County and Taitung County. It faces the vast Pacific Ocean in the east and the Central Mountain Range in the west.

At first, when the Portuguese sailed through the eastern coast of Taiwan,they saw Taiwan appearing in front of your eyes, exclaiming "FORMOSA" (extremely beautiful), Taiwan's "Formosa" comes from this.The ultimate natural beauty of the east can also be seen from this. The eastern region has rich ecological resources, a long agricultural culture, and simple and kind local residents. It is very suitable for a slow life and health preservation journey. Walk on this pure land, slow down your breathing rate and inhale the sweet air.

Taroko Park is a must-see scenic spot in Taiwan. It is famous for its canyon landscape, majestic mountains and rivers, and many scenic spots show the original steep terrain and mysterious geological features. The Xiuguluan River in the east has a circuitous course, cutting through the coastal mountains, forming canyons and meanders. The exciting and challenging boating activities have attracted countless young people to leave the most heroic memories.

Outlying Islands:

In addition to the main islands of Taiwan, there are also a considerable number of small islands in the surrounding area. The three counties of Penghu, Kinmen and Lianjiang are located in the outlying island area. Kinmen, which was once a mysterious military-controlled restricted area, has become a popular tourist area after being opened for sightseeing. The Kinmen specialties such as three treasures, steel knife, tribute sugar, and sorghum wine always make people return home full of food, while Matsu's old wine, 88 tunnel sorghum, and Daqu wine are even more delicious. As an outer island, there are a wide variety of fresh delicacies, allowing tourists to enjoy the top seafood delicacy. In Penghu, the Fireworks Festival in summer is full of enthusiasm and romance. You can enjoy the blue sea, blue sky and soft white sandy beaches.

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