Miaoli: Fun Things to Do in Taiwan’s Hakka County

Things to do in Miaoli Taiwan

Miaoli is a mountainous county in northern central Taiwan, between Hsinchu and Taichung. Foreign tourists seldom include it on their travel itinerary for Taiwan because none of the things to do in Miaoli ever make it onto “must-do in Taiwan” lists (although I put three Miaoli attractions on my list of best things to do …

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Lovely Tai’an Hot Spring in Miaoli, Taiwan

King's Resort Hot Spring in Miaoli, Taiwan in January

Of the many hot spring villages in Taiwan, laid-back Tai’an Hot Spring (泰安溫泉) is one of our favorites. Located in the hills of Miaoli, a Central Taiwanese county known for slow-living, Hakka culture, and off-the-beaten-track attractions like these, Tai’an has a remote, natural vibe yet is easy enough to get to by car. Sure, you …

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Wulai Hot Spring, Taiwan: A Comprehensive Guide

Wulai Hot Spring in Wulai, Taiwan

Wulai (烏來, Tayal language: Ulay, which means ‘hot spring’) is the largest district of New Taipei City, but only has around 6000 residents, by far the lowest population density. Officially the only “mountain indigenous district” of New Taipei City, it is home to the closest aboriginal Taiwanese village to Taipei City. There are many reasons …

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22 Awesome Day Trips from Taichung

The best Taiwan amusement parks, theme parks, and waterparks

Taichung is located on the central west coast of Taiwan and is the country’s second largest city. Most travelers used to give it a miss, but nowadays it is an increasingly popular stop on everyone’s Taiwan travel itinerary. While I was compiling my list of top things to do in Taichung, my article quickly became …

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25 Unique Things to Do in Taichung, Taiwan

The best things to do in Taichung Taiwan

When I first moved to Taiwan in 2008, the most recent edition of Lonely Planet Taiwan described Taichung as “hardly a must-see for the short-term visitor.” A lot has changed since then, and in recent years more and more travelers have been coming to Taiwan with Taichung in a top spot on their Taiwan itinerary! …

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25 Amusement Parks in Taiwan: The Best & Worst

The best Taiwan amusement parks, theme parks, and waterparks

While you won’t find any Disneyland in Taiwan, the country has some surprisingly good amusement parks, theme parks, and waterparks. Whether you are living in Taiwan, traveling around the country with kids, or just happen to love amusement parks, you’ll find a dozen or so worthwhile ones spread across the country. Some are connected to …

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Tea in Taiwan: A Super Detailed Guide

Tea in Taiwan: the best of Taiwanese tea

I’ll be covering a lot in this article, including varieties of Taiwanese tea, how to order tea from Taiwan, where to buy tea in Taipei and Taiwan, Taipei tea houses, how to brew Taiwanese tea, tea tours in Taipei, and tea-related attractions around Taiwan. Get a pencil and notepad ready! I’ve been living in Taiwan …

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Beitou Hot Spring & Thermal Valley: A 2023 Guide

Beitou Hot Spring Taipei

The Beitou Hot Spring (or Xinbeitou Hot Spring) area is my favorite neighborhood in Taipei City, and I’ve probably been there over 20 times. In fact, my wife and I went on our first date there after we met in Taipei in 2009! And while hot springs are the focus, meaning you’ll definitely want to …

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Visiting Taipei & Taiwan in February 2023

Visiting Taiwan in February can be a little complicated because it is the month when the Lunar New Year holiday usually takes place. However, because of an earlier start to the year on the 2023 lunar calendar, this year’s holiday will end before February begins. For more information, see my guide to planning a trip …

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