To truly eat like a local, order the pork buns—slow braised and topped with pickled mustard, cilantro, and peanuts—at Lan Jia Gua Bao near National Taiwan University. Specify fatty or lean meat and devour it along with a bowl of the equally popular corn-and-pork-rib soup. While the line can snake around the block, the pillowy snacks are worth the wait.
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Taiwan had historically shunned skyscrapers for fear that earthquakes or typhoons might topple them to the ground. In 2004, however, Taipei 101 went up, using a high-grade mineral-flecked concrete that allows buildings to grow tall without sacrificing strength. Suspended from the 92nd to the 87th floor of the 1,667-foot tower is a car-size pendulum that keeps the building from shaking; an observation deck overlooks the city from floor 89.
The jade-green tiles that emerge dramatically from a mountain valley just north of downtown Taipei cover this museum, which holds one of the largest collections of Chinese artifacts and artworks in the world. Look for the famous Jade Cabbage—a large piece of the prized stone carved to resemble a head of bok choy—and a boat carved from a single olive pit.
At this park outside of Taiwan you’ll find lunar-like landscapes, including some 180 mushroom rock formations in different stages of erosion and deep rock craters teeming with sea life. The unusual cape was formed by waves, weather, and plate tectonics, and looks like nowhere else on the planet.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.