Highlights of Northern Taiwan

To the north of Taiwan's state of the art capital, packed with inspriational temples, enthralling museums, ultra modern architecture and some of the best food in Asia, is the rugged and spectacular North Coast. The fascinating rock formations and former mining towns found on the coast paint a different picture to life in this part of the island.

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Jiufen and the neighbouring village of Jinguashi are two interesting stops on a tour of northern Taiwan. Once the centre of the Island's gold mining industry, these villages are now relics of a former time.
Shifen Old Town, Taiwan
Pingxi and Shifen are two towns built on the charming Pingxi rail line, now famous for their atmospheric old towns and the permitted release of sky lanterns.
Taiwan's vibrant and sophisticated capital is an intoxicating infusion of traditional culture and 21st century living. From wandering around the ancient Confusius temple to scaling the impressive Taipei 101 tower, there is plenty to keep you occupied when visiting Taipei. 
A short journey north of Taipei is the Yangmingshan National Park which has flora and fauna galore and is a particularly good place to visit during the cherry blossom season in March and April.
Yehliu Geopark is on the coast to the north of Yangminshan National Park. It has long been famous for its extraordinary rock formations created by millennia of powerful north coast waves crashing into the limestone rocks.