Often overlooked, China’s nearby island neighbour Taiwan is impressively scenic, exhibiting beautiful coastlines, dense greenery, soaring mountains, serene lakes, and lush rural farm lands.
My first stop in the island was Taipei in the north, the nation’s capital and largest urban centre, boasting the world’s second tallest skyscraper, Taipei 101.
I strongly recommend taking a night tour with a local guide. The local guides brought colour to the sights, sounds and monuments throughout the city.
How is the food you might ask? From the fresh oyster omelette, mouth-watering sesame chicken and golden-brown fried taro balls served up in the night markets, to the many delicious incarnations of beloved beef noodle soup found all over the island, the Taiwanese approach to food is one of both modern flair and deep tradition.
My favourite dish was the xiao long bao (steamed soup dumplings) With must-see sights such as Taipei 101 Taipei delivers the perfect balance of flavours in an often overlooked foodie paradise.