It only takes about an hour by train to reach Fulong beach from Taipei. With plenty of sun chairs, umbrellas, restaurants, and lifeguard stands, Fulong makes for a quick and easy escape from the city.
The two to three hour hike along the Caoling Historic Trail takes travelers from inland of Fulong beach to the coast at Dali for spectacular views.
The aboriginal township of Wulai allures visitors with its soothing hot springs and scenic hikes, like the easy trek to the Neidong Waterfall.
Pinglin, located just an hour outside of Taipei, is famous for its lush tea plantations and the world's largest tea museum.
Keelung, located on the northeastern coast of Taiwan, is the country's second largest port. Pay a visit to the many forts, unusual coastal rock formations, and night markets.
Jiufen, once a gold mining village in the hills outside of Taipei now houses a quaint little village teeming with boutique shops, tea houses, and plenty of seafood.
Sanxia, located just north of Taipei, is best known for the Divine Ancestor Temple, or Zushi temple. The stores lining Minquan Old Street in Sanxia are housed in old Japanese-style buildings and sell everything from ceramics to local street foods.
For a longer weekend getaway, head to Taroko Gorge National Park for scenic hiking, swimming, and soaking in the area's hot springs. The park is home to more than 30 large mammal species, 144 bird species, and 251 species of butterflies.
Danshui, a fishing village on the coast near Taipei, is one of the best places to see the sunset over a nice seafood dinner. The MRT takes visitors directly there in about 40 minutes, perfect for an afternoon or evening excursion.
The Yehliu, or Devil's Scape, geopark on the northern coast of Taiwan is a geologist's playground. The unusual rock formations have been slowly sculpted by the sea for centuries.
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