Second Floor Cafe (貳樓餐廳)-016.jpg

Brunch has become increasingly popular in Taiwan in recent years, especially in the major centers. But in the land of convenience with 24/7 FamilyMart and 7/11 stores, the traditional sit-down brunch restaurants can be hard to find if you don’t know where to look. Check out our list of the top 10 brunch spots in Taiwan to save you some time and ensure you have the best experience possible finding mid-morning eateries in yummy Taiwan!

Continue reading


Top 10 Mountains to Climb in Taiwan

Hehuan North Peak (合歡北峰)-027.jpg

Home to Northeast Asia’s tallest summit, Taiwan is a mountainous country where 70% of the landmass is occupied by mountains, making it a paradise for hikers and nature lovers alike. There are more than 240 peaks soaring over 3,000 meters, and local enthusiasts spend their whole lives trying to climb over the 100 iconic peaks in Taiwan (yes, there’s even a list for that). But for you overseas visitors who either don’t have any clue if the trail you plan on taking is beyond your physical limits or simply don’t have an extravagant amount of vacation time to explore everything, we couldn’t understand better how difficult it can be to choose the hiking route to suit you best. Never fear, roundTAIWANround is always here for you, and we have made a list of top 10 mountains to climb in Taiwan. Now read on, find your destination, and pack your hiking boots!

Continue reading

Top 10 Adventure Activities in Taiwan

Zhuilu Old Trail (錐麓古道)-002.jpg

Adrenaline junkies sure know how to have a good time, and Taiwan happens to offer adventure experiences that are as diverse as its landscapes whether that’s on land, in the sky above, or in the sea. From kayaking along the cliff to blasting firework rockets hitting on your body, these adventure activities will really get your heart racing. If you are a thrill seeker who enjoy outdoor challenges and are ready for some serious adrenaline rushes, read on and have fun!

Continue reading

Taiwan’s Top 10 Cherry Blossom Destinations

Alishan Youth Activity Center (阿里山青年活動中心)-009.jpg

March and April are Japan’s peak seasons for tourism. At this time, air tickets and hotel prices are at least double. Why? Because Japan’s national flower, the cherry blossom, is in bloom. But did you know that Taiwan also has some beautiful cherry blossoms of its own? Given the cheap cost of coming to Taiwan, as well as its beauty, it really does make sense to come to Taiwan to experience the magic of cherry blossoms instead! Here we have compiled a list of prime locations for appreciating the cherry blossoms in Taiwan.

Continue reading

Taiwan’s Top 10 Hot Springs

Guguan (谷關)-040.jpg

Apart from night markets, hot springs in Taiwan are the must-see for many visitors. Hot springs are loved not only for their novelty, but also for their therapeutic benefits, as they provide relief to nervous, digestive, circulatory or organ disorders. This is because hot springs emerge from the very depths of the Earth, meaning that their waters carry a powerful mix of natural minerals and chemicals that are beneficial to our health. Today, many resort-style hot springs have taken advantage of this, creating luxury spa and health centers where customers can take advantage of hot spring hydrotherapy. However, many Taiwanese still prefer to go and have a good soak in the much untouched hot springs, as their ancestors once did.

Continue reading

Top 10 Winter-Warmer Hot Pots in Taiwan

Quan (寬巷子)-049.jpg

Even though the south of Taiwan has a tropical monsoon climate and the north is subtropical, winter in Taiwan can still feel mighty cold. And while there is no doubt that winters in Taiwan are short and sweet, a lack of heating in buildings can sometimes make them feel even harder to bear than those the winters of Europe! But luckily Taiwan has a remedy: hot pot. Indeed, as the weather gets colder in Taiwan, the hot pots get hotter.

Ranging from approximately TWD100 to 1000, hot pots in Taiwan come in all sorts of different flavors and styles. But whether you eat it to fight off colds or for pure enjoyment, hot pot in Taiwan is not to miss. Here we have compiled a list of our favorite ten winter-warmers to get you started!

Continue reading

Taiwan’s Top 10 Museums

Taiwan Land Bank Exhibition Hall (國立臺灣博物館 - 土地銀行展示館)-025.jpg

Certainly if you are heading to Europe, the great museums of Paris, London or Berlin will be first on your to-do list. But if you are coming to Taiwan, museums might not be the first thing that comes to mind! Nevertheless, Taiwan has a healthy museum culture, with both unique and traditional curatorship and many interesting objects on display. Museums are a great choice any day, but perhaps they are even better kept up your sleeve for those typically Taiwanese sweltering days (or rainy ones!) as a pleasant escape from the elements. Here we have compiled a list of museums exhibiting riches as diverse as ancient Chinese artefacts, incense and even sugar. There is a museum to suit everyone in Taiwan.

Continue reading

Taiwan’s Top 10 Temples

Shenwei Tiantaishan (神威天台山)-031.jpg

Religion in Taiwan is rich in diversity and history and is a key part of the lives of many Taiwanese people. Indeed, some say that the Taiwanese don’t just follow the religion, but actually “live” it, their daily routines and special rites of passages shaped by the will of the gods. Although there are also many Christians in Taiwan, most Taiwanese practice Confucianism, Daoism or Buddhism- and many actually practice them all at the same time! Perhaps this is because Taiwanese temples tend to come in and out of popularity depending on their efficacy. That is, one temple might be the chosen destination for those wanting good exam results, while another might be ideal for those wanting children. Listed here are Taiwan’s top 10 most interesting temples, from those made of sea shells, to those in caves, to those shaped like phalluses. Here you will find something to suit any need, and every curiosity!

Continue reading

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… in Taiwan

Old England (老英格蘭)-033.jpg

For many living in the West, Christmas is one of the most important days of the year. A time to get together with family and friends, exchange gifts and eat a hearty meal, the occasion has become as much about sharing and giving as it is about observing a religious ceremony. For the Taiwanese, however, Christmas is much ignored. While Christmas carols do find their way onto public transport, and department stores do put up tinsel, people continue to attend work and school during the Christmas period and all shops stay open. Instead, the Taiwan’s major holiday comes later, during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). At this time, the Taiwanese head home for at least a week long celebration of family and friends.

Continue reading