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Taiwan offers its visitors an astonishing array of attractions waiting to be revealed, and can be enjoyed as a destination in itself or combined with one of its neighbours, like Hong Kong. The Portuguese named the island "Ihla Formosa", or beautiful island, and any visitor can understand why when they discover Taiwan's natural beauty found in its mountains, gorges and lakes. The landscape is well complemented by its ornate temples and historically rich cities. 

Taipei is one of Asia's great cities; it is a city that enjoys the best attributes of the past, present and future. From the mist-enshrouded hills to the north of the city, to the stylish shopping streets, impressive museums, and tempting eateries of downtown, the city is a must for all lovers of Asian culture. Discover the tranquil beauty of Sun Moon Lake a landscape of still deep water set against a backdrop of gentle rolling hills. Travel onwards to Tainan, the old capital of Taiwan, here you will discover a living museum of time-honored architecture, its imperial heritage still can be felt in the city's temples and winding back streets. Visit the spectacular Kenting National Park, at the southern tip of the island with its pristine white sand beaches, and botanical gardens, where over a thousand species of exotic tropical plants grow in profusion. On the east coast is the Taroko National Park which is famous for its rugged landscapes and canyons, particularly the impressive Taroko Gorge, a steep canyon that offers not only amazing views but also historical shrines, hot springs, mountain forests with an abundance of wildlife. A visit to Taiwan can only be described as a journey of natural discovery...

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When to go

A subtropical climate with moderate temperatures in the north, where there is a winter season. The southern areas, where temperatures are slightly higher, enjoy sunshine every day, and there is no winter season. The typhoon season is from June to end of September.


Flying time

London to Taipei is approximately 15 with a stopover. Good connections via Hong Kong by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific Airways

Time difference



Passport & Visa

Visa Required?
British No
Other EU No

Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months.


Health requirements

Diphtheria Sometimes
Hepatitis A Yes
Malaria  No
Tetanus Yes
Typhoid Sometimes
Yellow Fever No*


Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt. Where 'Sometimes' appears in the table above, precautions may be required depending on the season and region visited.