So much to see out­side Taipei

Nat­u­ral won­ders and scenic land­scapes await visi­tors look­ing for unique ex­pe­ri­ences away from the bustling city

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Tai­wan’s iconic Halal beef noodle; Send your wish afloat at Shifen; Chi­ang Kai-shek Memo­rial Hall; Taipei is now a Mus­lim-friendly des­ti­na­tion; Taipei 101; Taipei’s night mar­ket.

ALITTLE-KNOWN is­land but with big at­trac­tions. This is Tai­wan, the Heart of Asia — widely known as the land of bub­ble tea or the ex­otic “stinky tofu”. Its cap­i­tal, Taipei, is fa­mous for its bustling streets, colour­ful night mar­kets, up­scale shop­ping ar­eas and the famed Taipei 101.

Be­sides th­ese city scenes, the thriv­ing cap­i­tal also wins the heart of every vis­i­tor with its tasty food, fas­ci­nat­ing cul­ture and breath­tak­ing nat­u­ral won­ders.

The get­away to al­lur­ing Tai­wan, Taipei is most cer­tainly worth the stop. Whether it is the city or its pe­riph­eries, one does not re­ally need to break the bank to visit it. All you need to do is proper plan­ning and click on AirAsi­aGo.com.

In fact, the web­site cur­rently has a special offer — RM799 per per­son for a 5D4N pack­age trip, in­clu­sive of flight, ac­com­mo­da­tion and tax.

Mus­lim trav­ellers can also try out it slat­est fea­ture that has a list of hand-picked Mus­lim-friendly ho­tels

Dis­cov­er­ing Taipei can be end­less fun with some sur­prises too. Yes, es­pe­cially when one ex­plores the out­skirts of Taipei too.

JIUFEN

This is a rus­tic moun­tain town in the north­east­ern shoul­der of Tai­wan. It is a quaint yet pros­per­ous set­tle­ment, packed with rich cul­ture, his­tory and dis­tinc­tive ar­chi­tec­ture.

If you are fa­mil­iar with Ja­panese an­i­ma­tion, it is the place where Hayao Miyazaki gothis in­spi­ra­tion for the town and bath­house in one of his great­est films, Spir­ited Away.

Jiufen Old Street sprang up in 1895 due to theJa­panese coloni­sa­tion pe­riod. It is well known now for its nar­row al­ley­ways, bor­dered by small, per­son­alised food stalls, tea houses, restau­rants, souvenir stores and cloth­ing shops.

Here, you can find wind­ing streets paved with cob­ble­stones, and long steep stairs that are con­nected to each other, form­ing al­ley­ways.

Make sure you wear­good walk­ing shoes as you will be do­ing a lot of walk­ing and

climb­ing in this moun­tain town of stairs.

SHIFEN

Af­ter Jiufen Old Street, neigh­bour Shifen Old Street is the place where you can re­lease your dreams sky­ward with an old­fash­ioned lantern.

Fly a sky lantern, with your wishes writ­ten on it us­ing brush and ink.Count­less lan­terns can be seen be­ing re­leased along the rail­way track, dur­ing both day­time and at night.

Shifen Old Street is a per­fect spot for In­sta­gram lovers. It is one of the most pho­to­genic spots in Tai­wan — it runs along both sides of the rail­way track and is well-dec­o­rated with retro post boxes and gift shops, as well as wish­ing bam­boos (bam­boo sticks with wishes writ­ten on it) hang­ing all over the town.

Also, you have to try its fa­mous mar­ble soft drink. It is a reg­u­lar soft drink in a glass bot­tle but with a mar­ble placed at the bot­tle neck.

Yes, you get to keep the mar­ble once you’ve fin­ished your drink! This has be­come so pop­u­lar that you’ll be able to find it in most con­ve­nience stores.

An an­swer for na­ture-seek­ing trav­ellers, Shifen is also home to the scenic Shifen Wa­ter­fall, which is Tai­wan’s widest wa­ter­fall, also dubbed The Lit­tle Ni­a­gara by the lo­cals.

JINGUASHI

Wa­ter­fall lovers should head to the Golden Wa­ter­fall in Jinguashi, a town no­table for

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