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Taiwan Cruises

Taiwan is perhaps most famous for the rapid economic expansion it experienced in the 20th century. 

However, this isn’t the land of factories and skyscrapers that might first spring to mind. Nicknamed ‘Ilha Formosa’ (‘Beautiful Isle’) by Portuguese sailors who happened upon the island in the 16th century, Taiwan is home to spectacular scenery and unique landscapes.  

With a chain of mountains running from the north to the south, plains lying on either side, and the beautiful blue of the Pacific Ocean beyond, the country’s geography is rich and varied.  

There are lush forested hills, national parks, unique rock formations and mountain peaks, home to little lantern-lit villages. These vistas provide ample opportunity for photographers, both experienced and amate

Top 5 interesting facts

  • The Spanish, Dutch, Japanese and Chinese have all occupied Taiwan. 
  • In Taiwan, the number four, rather than 13, is considered unlucky. 
  • Baseball is the national sport of Taiwan. 
  • The first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize was Taiwanese. 
  • Most people in Taiwan are either Buddhists or Taoists. 
 

Highlights

Cultural treasures

Taiwan has proved to be something of a melting pot over the centuries. The country combines religions including Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Catholicism, and cultural imports from China, Japan and the west. Exploring at least a little of this rich cultural mix is an essential part of any journey to Taiwan.

Whether you choose to take a tour of Taiwan’s cultural treasures or soak up the atmosphere alone, you’ll find exhilarating discoveries around each and every corner. 

The cherry blossom

Like Japan, Taiwan celebrates the coming of the cherry blossom in the spring and, like China, celebrates dragon boat festivals throughout the year. The country is home to over 15,000 temples, which boast grand architecture, ornate carvings and unique traditions. There are museums where the best of national art and artefacts are preserved, historic mansions surrounded by beautiful gardens, and old winding streets filled with Chinese medicine and silk stalls.  

 

Food

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Taiwan’s cultural diversity means that its food culture is equally as varied. Chinese and Japanese food is, of course, very easy to come by and of the highest quality.

 But there are lots of local Taiwanese delicacies too, including barbecued wild boar, beef noodle soup served with pickles and aiyu fig jelly, served as a refreshing sweet treat on hot days. 

The island is famed for its markets, and they’re the perfect place to pick up some authentic Taiwanese titbits. Think steamed dumplings, shrimp balls, oyster omelettes and pancake soup. 

And to quench your thirst, Taiwan serves great tea, much of which is produced on the island itself. There’s also Taiwanese beer, fresh tropical juices and some rather strong spirits, of which Kaoliang and Shaoxing rice wine are local favourites.

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Taiwan

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