Daxi Old Street is recommended by locals. // © 2012 Vixyao
During a nationwide voting campaign organized by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, locals voted on their favorite spots for tourists to visit when planning their visits to the island.
While many of the winning spots are included in standard tourism packages, some are not and the success of the campaign will bring more awareness to tourists who want to know where to go when they visit Taiwan.
“Locals are the best personal tour guides for all travelers,” said Trust Lin, Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau in Los Angeles office. “We are excited that our voting campaign has generated so many positive responses from our people. It’s our goal to promote their favorite spots and bring positive awareness to our foreign friends interested in traveling beyond the popular, cosmopolitan cities of our beautiful island.”
Following are locals’ suggestions for where to go in Taiwan:
Dajia District, Taichung City
The most popular attraction in this district is the Dajia Zhenlan Temple. For more than five hundred years, the grand deity statue of Mazu has protected and blessed the city. In return for Mazu’s blessing, every year, at the beginning of March -- Lunar New Year -- a territorial pilgrimage is celebrated to honor the grand Mazu.
Daxi Township, Taoyuan County
In this township, the Daxi Old Street is a major hub famous for camphor and tea trades. Adjacent to the Daxi Old Street is the beautiful Baroque style Daxi Bridge, popular for its romantic sunset views. Additionally, Cihu Mausoleum and Shihmen Reservoir are recommended attractions for their unique history.
Beitou District, Taipei City
This district is best known for its hot springs. It is also the original home to the Ketagalan indigenous people. And, since the popular Guandu Temple is close by, visitors are encouraged to see it. Another popular attraction bordering this district is Taipei’s only National Park, Yangmingshan.
In 1624, the Dutch built their first fort, Fort Zeelandia, and it was considered the administrative center and the main trading hub during the Dutch regime. Today, the fort, built in Anping, is known for its excellent preservation of Dutch and Chinese artifacts contained in the fort.
Jincheng Township, Kinmen County
This town has a mixture of past and present, including the “Oucuo traditional gated building cluster” and western style mansions. Additionally, the Jincheng Underground Tunnel, constructed in 1981, used to be the underground self-defense works during wartime. Today, it is a popular historical site for visitors.
Meinong District, Kaohsiung
Meinong is the hometown of the paper umbrella – a circle symbol that represents a family getting together. Visitors can find colorful paper umbrellas at Yuan Siang Yuan Paper Umbrella Culture Village and Meinong Folk Village.
Lukang Township, Changhua County
Lukang Township is one of Taiwan’s oldest towns. It is famous for its well-preserved historical sites. It’s also popular for having the most ornate temples in Taiwan. The two most famous temples are Longshan Temple and Tienhou Temple.
Jiji Township, Nantou County
Jiji Township is the smallest administrative district in Taiwan. The agricultural land is limited so Jiji farmers grow fruits and flowers with high value such as guavas, grapes and sunflowers. Another major attraction is the historical railway site which offers beautiful scenery and ancient buildings.
Rueifang District, New Taipei City
Rueifang used to be the center of gold mining in Taiwan. The historical site includes the Museum of Gold, the Environmental Building, the Crown Prince Chalet, Four Joined Japanese Style Residences, Gold-Refining Building and Benshan Fifth Tunnel. They have been renovated through the years to become one of Taiwan’s must-see attractions for visitors interested in learning more about Rueifang’s popular gold-mining era.
Jiaosi Township, Yilan County
Jiaosi Hot Springs are flatland hot springs popular for being odorless and clear with a variety of rich minerals. The Hot Spring Museum and Tang Wei Gou Hot Spring Park have an area of 2.5 acres comprised of hot spring facilities, natural scenery and stores for visitors with a true passion for hot springs.