Experience Nature’s insight of Taiwan
A number of rock formations have been given imaginative names based on their shapes. The most well-known is the “The Queen’s Head” , an iconic image in Taiwan and an unofficial emblem for the town of Wanli
Taiwan awaits you! Taiwan is also called Formosa, or “Beautiful Island”, for its beautiful natural sights and abundant sceneries. With its characteristic landscapes, Taiwan has become a highly popular destination and is especially renowned for its natural beauty.
Taroko National Park
Don’t miss out on one of the seven wonders of Asia, the Taroko gorge. Taroko National Park is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along the Liwu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. The marble rocks were cut and exposed by the Liwu River, creating impressive grand canyons after millions of years of wind erosion.
Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong) and Swallow Grotto (Yanzikou) are the most impressive natural scenes in Taroko and the canyons here are the narrowest. Visitors can appreciate the natural beauty along the tour track. Swallows nest on the cliffs, chirping and flying back and forth. The Taroko monumental is designed in Chinese style and Changchun Temple was built to remember those who sacrificed their lives for building the central highway.
Have you ever experienced “a thread of sky”? The gorge here is so narrow that only a very narrow width is open to the heavens. The marble cliff facing opposite the highway varies in color from deep gray to pure white in a multitude of changing designs. A walk through the Tunnel of Nine Turns takes about 30 minutes. This is one of the most scenic parts of the gorge, and the best place to observe the gorge’s ecology.
The Alishan National Scenic Area is a mountain resort and natural preserve located in the mountains of Chiayi County in Taiwan. The area was originally settled by aboriginal tribes, and the Japanese used the mountain’s lush forests for a lumber rail system. Alishan is well-known for its sunrises, waterfalls, high altitude tea plantations, the Alishan Forest Railway and several hiking trails. The area is popular among tourists and mountain climbers and is a family-friendly tourist attraction for nature-lovers and tea enthusiasts.
What’s the best way to chase the sunrise? Visitors can take take the old Alishan train from Ali-shan station to the top of Jhushan, where you and dozens of others will be crowding around to get a glimpse of this beautiful phenomenon. You will never forget the moment when you see the sun peeking up from underneath the “sea of clouds”.
Sun Moon Lake
Sun Moon Lake is the largest lake in Taiwan. This beautiful alpine lake is divided by tiny Lalu Island. This unique name comes from the shape of the lake. The eastern part of the lake is round like the sun and the western side is shaped like a crescent moon.
Its beauty is created by the combination of mountains and water scenery. Its crystalline, emerald green waters reflect the hills and mountains which rise on all sides. The constant changes of mists and moods on the lake make visitors want to linger here and enjoy the breathtaking view. Visitors can enjoy this amazing natural beauty from dawn to dusk and from spring and summer, to autumn and winter.
Yeliu is a cape on the north coast of Taiwan in the town of Wanli between Taipei and Keelung. A distinctive feature of the cape is the hoodoo stones that dot its surface. The best place to view these spectacular masterpieces is the Yeliu Geopark. A number of rock formations have been given imaginative names based on their shapes. The most well-known is the “The Queen’s Head”, an iconic image in Taiwan. Other unique formations include “The Fairy Shoe”, “The Bee Hive”, “The Ginger Rocks” and “The Sea Candles”. Every one of them is well worth a visit.