Flights to Taiwan – A Land of Tropical Beaches and a Rich Cultural Heritage
Taiwan is an East Asian state, surrounded by Japan in the northeast, China in the west, and the Philippines in the south. It is home to ‘Yushan’ (Jade Mountain), the tallest peak in East Asia. The country is a blend of different ethnic groups that include the Spanish, the indigenous people, the Han Chinese, and the Dutch. The island has also retained the old cultural remnants like the relics of prehistoric civilizations, traditions, architecture, and folk art. Taiwan is a must-see destination of Asia that is popular for its vibrant festivals, scrumptious food, tropical beaches, stunning mountains, hot springs, and extravagant gorges that will take your breath away.
Best time to visit
The Tropic of Cancer runs through Taiwan’s center, around Yushan and Chiayi City. Subtropical climate is experienced in the areas above the Tropic of Cancer, and tropical climate is experienced in the areas below it. The months of March through May are ideal for visiting Taipei, when the weather is mild, without heavy rains. Cities like Kenting, Tainan, Taitung, Kaohsiung, etc. in southern Taiwan are at their best during the months of October to April, when the rainfall is low, with a mildly warm weather. You can also enjoy different Taiwanese festivals during this time, like the Lantern festival and the Taiwan Cycling festival.
How to reach Taiwan
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is the busiest airport of Taiwan and has excellent air connectivity to major cities of the world. Flying to Taiwan is very convenient, thanks to the top international airlines such as Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Air India, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, United Airlines, Jet Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, etc. that ply approximately 660 connecting flights per week from Bangalore to Taipei. You can choose from the flight schedules and cheap air tickets that suit your needs.
Hotels in Taiwan
You can opt to stay in some of the major districts of Taipei, such as Wanhua District, Songshan District, Wenshan District, Zhongshan District, Beitou District, and Da'an District, that offer numerous luxury hotels for tourists. Taiwan offers a vast number of accommodation options, right from luxurious hotels to comfortable hostels, budget hotels to affordable mountainside resorts, motels (studio-style rooms) to guesthouses, nature camps to homestays and B&Bs (Bed and Breakfasts). The hotel prices vary from as low as INR 1,000 to as high as INR 40,000 per night.
Do not fail to visit some of Taipei’s major attractions like the Taipei 101 (one of the world’s tallest buildings), Longshan Temple, National Taiwan Museum, Presidential Palace, The Grand Hotel, Beitou District’s hot springs, and the splendid Maokong Hill.
Taiwan’s Taroko National Park offers mesmerizing views of soaring peaks, amazing valleys, beautiful waterfalls, steep cliffs, and meandering streams. Penghu Islands or Pescadores, between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, is an archipelago that offers various scenic spots and also hosts amazing firework festivals like the Yanshui Fireworks Display. Furthermore, the Yangming Mountain (or Yangmingshan National Park), Kenting National Park, Alishan National Scenic Area, and the Sun Moon Lake are must-see places for all nature lovers.
Shopping in Taiwan
Zhongxiao E. Road, Taipei 101 Shopping Mall, Taipei City Mall (at Taipei Main Station), Shilin Night Market, and Wufenpu Market are some of the best places for shopping in Taiwan. Most of the Taiwanese products include shoes, clothes, belts, purses, domestically grown tea, cheap jewelry, electronic items, etc.
Make sure that you buy some pretty and unique items like mini sky lanterns, wood carvings, stone ornaments, animal figurines (animation toys), manga (Japanese comics), stationary, fine tea leaves, packaged snacks, etc. that would make great souvenirs and gifts.
Cuisine of Taiwan
Taiwanese cuisine is mainly influenced by China and Japan. There are endless must-try dishes of Taiwan such as Beef Noodle Soup, Shaobing Youtiao (flatbread and fried breadstick), Fried Milkfish, Clam and Ginger Soup, Fried Pork Chop Rice, Hot Pot (cook your own pot with ingredients you like), Radish Cake, Danbing (egg pancake), and much more!
•Which are the budget airlines to Taiwan?
Air India and Jet Airways are the budget airlines to Taiwan.
•What is the time difference between India and Taiwan?
Taiwan is 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India.
•What is the duration for flying to Taipei from major Indian metros?
Delhi to Taipei – 5 hours and 45 minutes
Hyderabad to Taipei – 8 hours
Chennai to Taipei – 8 hours
Bangalore to Taipei – 8 hours and 25 minutes
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Taiwan?
Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Chennai, and Hong Kong are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Taipei.
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