In the 16th century a Portuguese ship sighted the main island of Taiwan and called it "Ilha Formosa", which means "Beautiful Island." No better words could be used to describe this gorgeous island whose shape is similar to a ‘sweet potato’ (seen in a south-to-north direction). Taiwan is a mixture of steep and rugged mountains covered by tropical and subtropical vegetation, running from the northern to the southern tip of the island (its highest point is the Yu Shan at 3,952 meters) and the flat plains in the west that are also home to most of Taiwan's population; a high density of 24-hour convenience stores and bustling industrialized megalopolis and aboriginal tribes; paper umbrellas, bian tiao (rice noodles) and lychee by the side of fast food and karaoke.
In Taipei -Taiwan’s largest city and its business, industrial and economic capital- you can admire one of Taiwan's greatest attractions: The National Palace Museum which houses more than 650,000 pieces of Chinese bronze, jade, calligraphy, painting and porcelain. The collection, estimated to be one-tenth of China's cultural treasures, is so extensive that only 1% is on display at any time.
Among the numerous beauties of this land there is Sun Moon Lake, situated near the center of Taiwan which is a must-see tourist attraction in Taiwan. It is known for its abundance of natural landscapes, mountains, lakes, and lushes of green vegetation. Its a great place to chill out and relax while enjoying the beauty of the area. Taroko National Park, on Taiwan’s east coast, is another magnificent place, famous for its spectacular mountain scenery and marble canyons. In southern Taiwan, Kenting -blessed with the sunniest and warmest weather in Taiwan, with beautiful white sandy beaches and lush tropical forests- is the perfect place to snorkel, jet-ski, dive, laze around, hike, or have some party fun.
But if you want to retain un unforgettable memory you might visit The QingShui Cliff, the most outstanding view along the Suao-Hualien highway. It marks the point where the eastern part of the Central Mountain Range plunges into the Pacific Ocean. This section of the road is carved into the highest seaside cliffs in Taiwan - soaring at over 1000 meters from the surface of the water. The water of the ocean against the darkness of the cliffs with white clouds usually surrounding represent a really breathtaking scenery!