If you want to visit a place where high-tech cities meet sprawling countryside, nothing beats a vacation in Taiwan. And within 24 hours of arriving, I had already announced the island nation to be one of my favourite places. Besides offering a bucket-list worthy travel adventure, Taiwan is a vivacious city that overflows with things to experience, explore and remember forever. From culture, cuisine to countryside, a visit to Taiwan can bring your dream vacation to life.
Of classic dishes, street food feasts
Taiwan which is often referred to as the best food destination in the world adheres to the culinary viewpoint – eat often and eat well. From restaurants that serve up incredible specialties to night markets where you can explore a huge array of snacks, interesting food items are available across the island. So each time you feel you’ve discovered the amazing streetside bao, the unbelievable Tofu or Fatty Minced Pork on Rice, you’d hear from others about another Taiwanese shop that exceeds it completely. And if you want to dig into filling and snappy bites and enjoy the quintessential Taiwanese food experience, you can head to the night markets here.
The food offered in Taiwan is a curious blend of the cuisine of the Min Nan, Teochew and Hokkien Chinese communities, with Japanese cooking.
Since Taiwanese capital, Taipei, has approximately 20 streets dedicated to food, there is no denying the fact that food is serious business here.
Explore, dream, discover
Each time Taiwan is mentioned, most of us immediately think of the stunning and iconic Taipei 101 and the bustling night markets offering yummy delicacies. During my stay in Taipei I had obviously turned into a fan of the life in Taipei. Interestingly, the geography of Taiwan isn’t just about high rise buildings. There’s a lot to experience, explore and remember for life.
Cigu Salt Mountain
One look at it and you’d think it is a snow mountain. But no, Cigu Salt Mountain, a tourism landmark in Tainan is the best way to understand the salt history of Taiwan. The salt mountain, which was once was the largest solar salt field in Taiwan, supplied salt for the domestic agriculture and industry. But as the generations passed – the demand for solar salt witnessed a dip and the Cigu Salt Field stopped production in May 2002. This marked the end of 338 years of solar salt history in Taiwan. My guide Claire shared the information that every tourist need to know if planning a visit to Cigu Salt Mountain.