Discover Taiwan’s Hidden Gems

Discover Taiwan’s Hidden Gems

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s main theme for 2019 is township tourism, which focuses on the destination’s lesser-known areas.

This is part of the tourist board’s sustainable tourism policy, which aims to spread tourism and its benefits equally across all regions of the country.

Among events taking place next year include the iconic Lantern Festival, which lasts nine days and gets bigger and more spectacular every year. 

Based on Taiwanese cultural traditions, the festival is now a large carnival-style celebration set in different locations across the island. In 2019, the festival will take place in Pingtung in the south-western part of the country.

With dramatic, mountainous topography and a 968-kilometre trail around the island, Taiwan offers a thrilling backdrop for a truly memorable cycling holiday.

This multi-day cycling route which circumnavigates the entire country is fast becoming one of Asia’s greatest adventures and can be tackled independently or with tour groups.

For those who enjoy the thrill of a mass participation cycle ride, the Taiwan Cycling Festival takes place from September to November each year and brings together multiple cycling events under one banner.

Taking place from November 3 2018 to April 24 2019, the Taichung World Flora Exposition is an international flower show which aims to highlight the city’s cultural, industrial and sustainable development.

Under the theme ‘Rediscover green, nature and people’ the expo will feature green buildings, renewable energies, local flora, and focus on the preservation of the natural habitat of the local native species: the Taiwan leopard cats.

The World Flora Exposition is a low-carbon and sustainable event that truly contributes to the protection of the environment.

Scheduled to open in October 2018, the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts is the latest addition to Kaohsiung’s growing cultural scene. The performance art centre’s spaces include a 2,260-seat opera house, a ‘flexible’ playhouse that can seat between 1,094 and 1,254 people, a 2,000-seat concert hall complete with the largest organ pipe to be built in Asia and an open-air theatre which is set into its roof.

There will also be a smaller, 470-seat recital room, better suited for chamber music and solo recitals. Together, the centre’s associated spaces can be used to host events of up to 20,000 guests.

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