Whatever it is your feed needs—from stunning cityscapes to untouched natural scenery—Taiwan has it. So don’t sweat it if you can’t decide if you love the bustling cities that light up the vast night sky or the scenic views that Mother Nature has to offer. You can have them all!
Here are some of the top spots to fill up your social media feeds with Instagram-worthy photos of that’ll leave your followers green with envy.
#1: Jiu Fen (九份)
Sitting atop a mountain, Jiu Fen is a decommissioned gold mining town that has since turned into a maze of busy alleyways and lanes. Originally built by the Japanese, the town retains most of the elements of its past and has become a top tourist destination for those looking to soak in Jiu Fen’s olden-day charms.
The alleyways are lined with rows of shops, each selling unique trinkets and merchandise in a myriad of colors. While shopping, don’t forget to purchase some yummy street foods to snack on—but not before snapping an appetising photo for your followers, of course!
#2: Alishan (阿里山)
Best known for its Giant Forest and Forest Railway, Alishan is a favourite of both tourists and hiking enthusiasts alike. It is also one of the best places to view the magnificent sunrise amid a sea of clouds, almost guaranteeing impressive snapshots of the stunningly red and yellow sky.
Entrance fees to Alishan apply: For arrival by public transport, it costs NT$150 on weekdays and NT$200 on weekends and public holidays. For arrival by car, it costs NT$200. To get to the top of mountain, you would also have to purchase a train ticket (NT$150). You would then arrive at ZhuShan station, which is a 5-minute walk away from the nearest viewing platform.
Tip: There are actually two viewing platforms, so instead of only heading to the nearest one that the guide usually suggests, try following the path to the right (of where you alight). There is a trail for a 15-minute hike that would reward you with a better view and smaller crowd, allowing for better photographs.
Perhaps the most the prominent landmark of the Taiwan cityscape, Taipei 101 is Taiwan’s tallest building that sits in the heart of Taipei. In fact, the building is so tall that if you get too close, you won’t be able to fit the entire structure into your photo. Hence, we recommend that you start taking pictures while you’re on the way to visit it, and as soon as you can see the landmark.
The indoor observatory deck is located on the 89th floor while the outdoor one is on the 91st floor. Both decks are great for a 360-degree, unobstructed view of the beautiful city, so get ready to take some panoramic photos! However, for safety—strong winds are common—accessibility to these viewing spots are subject to the weather conditions.
Visitors will need to buy entry tickets at the fifth floor (NT$600; free for children below 115cm). It is not recommended that you bring any big or bulky backpacks into the observatory.
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