1. Explore the capital city of Taipei. Climb Elephant Mountain for views over to the Taipei 101 building or wander through the National Palace Museum enjoying the largest collection of Chinese art in the world.
2. Walk the golden beaches of Kenting National Park – swim and surf along the shore, snorkel in the clear water and hike through the mountains with views over the sea.
3. Take the mountain train up to the Alishan to watch the sunrise over the valley before wandering the tea and wasabi plantations that make this area famous.
4. Cycle around Sun Moon Lake where wooden boardwalks carve a path over the water before taking a boat ride over the green lake and climbing to the top of the colourful Ci’en Pagoda.
5. Take a dip in the hot springs at Beitou, one of many hot springs around the country, where the sulphuric water is said to be therapeutic for rheumatism.
6. Celebrate with the locals and watch thousands of twinkling lanterns rise into the air at the Lantern Festival, held in a different city around Taiwan each year.
7. Hike the marble-walled Taroko Gorge, where endless trekking along lush trails will reveal views over the deep gorge and the rushing blue river below as well as lots of Taiwan’s endemic bird species.
8. Learn about indigenous Taiwanese culture and the 14 aboriginal tribes still exist on the island at the Shung Ye Museum in Taipei where their Austronesian history is explained.
9. Taste the best of Taiwanese street food at Shilin Night Market in Taipei where stands selling stinky tofu, black pepper buns and pork belly bao buns line the streets.
10. Visit the Anping Fort in Tainan, Taiwan’s oldest city, which has stood for over 400 years - built by the Dutch, it is just one of the architectural highlights of this ancient city.