Taiwan is a country made famous for building the tallest skyscraper in the world. But people forget that Taiwan is not just tall buildings and shopping malls, there are some really cool and rare things to do in Taiwan, and we are here to help you discover them.
List of the Rarest Things to Do in Taiwan
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- Climb Elephant Mountain in Taipei
- Visit Taipei 101
- Eating in Shilin Night Market
- Visit a Karaoke in Taipei
- Fortune Telling
- Escaping from a Hotel
- Eat strange waffles
- Fishing for shrimps
- Surfing in Taiwan
- Keelung Chuan Yuan Festival
- Make a Wish in Taiwan
- Drink Bubble Tea
- Visit Rainbow Family Village
- Dome of Light
- Visit Cat Village
- Cinjing Farm
- Bomb Shelter
1. Climb Elephant Mountain in Taipei
If you want outstanding views of Taipei then climbing Elephant Mountain would be the perfect thing to do. It’s best to visit it around sunrise or sunset for the perfect view. And you don’t have to pay for your visit.
2. Visit Taipei 101
If you want to spend some money while you are seeing Taipei from above then a visit to Taipei 101 should do the trick. Hop on to the fastest elevator and ride to the 89th floor so that you can see Taipei from above the clouds. There is an observatory where you can see everything from the top.
3. Eating in Shilin Night Market
If you are tired of walking around Taipei and are feeling somehow hungry, then heading to Shilin Night Market would do the trick. You can choose from many different foods as you walk around it.
4. Visit a Karaoke in Taipei
The karaoke shows in Taipei are like visiting a 5-star hotel. They are offering everything from the luxurious lobby to private bathrooms. Visiting a 5-star karaoke show should do the trick if you want to visit something that is rare in this city.
5. Fortune Telling
The famous Longshan Temple in Taipei is a famous place where people come to know something about their future. But the unusual thing is that birds are coming at the table and choosing from silvers and bamboo to tell the future luck of the person. Sometimes they even choose from picture cards. A strange thing to do in Taipei but it’s part of the local culture.
6. Escaping from a Hotel
Not literally escaping from the hotel but there were rumors that The Grand Hotel in Taipei has a secret tunnel built for the former president Chiang Kai-shek to escape from if there is a problem. So in 1995, the rumors became true because the hotel ran a fire and safety check and the tunnel was used. Sometimes the hotel offers tours and you might be lucky to see the tunnel.
7. Eat strange waffles
Koreans have some strangely shaped food and a penis like waffle is surely the strangest ever shape of a food. If you see a small group of girls laughing then surely they sell penis like waffles with ice cream. Try it they are delicious.
8. Fishing for shrimps
A favorite passing time for locals is to go fishing for shrimps. Not in the sea but there a small pools that you can rent a place to go fishing. Grab a rod and start fishing for shrimps.
9. Surfing in Taiwan
If you want to relax a little at the beach, then head on to Kenting National Park in Taiwan. It’s a place with magnificent beaches and the sea is crystal clear. Just to remind you that the beach might be closed from June to October due to typhoon season.
10. Keelung Chuan Yuan Festival
Ghost Month in Taiwan is one of the greatest things you could visit in this marvelous country. This sacred month is host to Keeling Chuan Yuan Festival which you can visit and see the many water lanterns that are released into the water.
11. Make a Wish in Taiwan
If you want to make a wish with a sky lantern then head on to Shifen, a small town in Pingxi District. There are a couple of shops selling lanterns and you can buy them to make a wish in the sky. Or if you want to see many lanterns in the sky go for the annual lantern festival in Pingxi.
12. Drink Bubble Tea
Taiwan is famous for making Bubble Tea and this phenomenal drink should be tried by every tourist in Taiwan. But having a tea in Chung Shui Tang is considered to be the best place to try it because people say it’s the birthplace of this strange and rare drink in Taiwan.
13. Visit Rainbow Family Village
This colorful village is a must visit for everyone visiting Taiwan. It’s a place where a military veteran started painting his whole village. Tourists are visiting this magical place because it looks very cool and interesting with all of the colorful mosaics made by “Grandpa Rainbow”.
14. Dome of Light
Kaohsiung’s metro is home to the greatest looking dome of light. It’s an artistic piece of the dome that was built by an Italian artist called Narcissus Quagliata. This dome was built to commemorate the birth of Democracy in Taiwan. It’s the largest work of glass art in the world.
15. Visit Cat Village
Houtong was one of the biggest coal providers in the country. In time the coal industry little by little died away as the younger population went to bigger cities for better opportunities and from a village of 6000 people it became a village of 100. But the village was saved because now it boasts a large population of kittens. It’s a cat-friendly village where people are coming to cuddle with the kittens.
16. Cingjing Farm
If you want an escape from the city and are looking for some fresh air then a visit to Cingjing Farm is for you. You can pet the goats and the sheep and have some fun with your family or if you are traveling alone then it would be nice just to relax at the farm and enjoy the peace.
17. Bomb Shelter
Keelung city is home to a 100-year old bomb shelter. It was built by the Japanese in 1903 and it is a grim reminder of that time. It was a shelter when the Americans dropped bombs in World War 2. It was also used as an ammunition depot but now it serves a different purpose, as a way to cut through traffic.