Want to get a cheap flight to Taiwan from Chicago? Now you can with these cheap flights. Now is your chance as the prices to Taiwan have plummeted and you can get a cheap flight from Chicago to Taiwan on select dates from September to December for only $461 RT on Air Canada. Flights are available on the outbound on Mondays Tuesdays, Wedsnedays and Thursdays from August 21 to November 30th for 7 night itineraries (and almost every day from Jan 1 to April 10 of 2018)
- September 13-20 – Chicago to Taipei – Just $461 RT
- October 19-26 – Chicago to Taipei – Just $467 RT
- November 7-16 – Chicago to Taipei – Just $462 RT
- Nov 30-Dec 11 – Chicago to Taipei – Just $467 RT
Taiwan, officially called the Republic of China, is a delightful island. Located off the southeastern coast of China, Taiwan is about the same size as Belgium and was named Formosa Island by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century due to its stunning natural beauty. From dramatic mountain landscapes to white-sand beaches, and from some of the world’s best food to its finest collection of classical Chinese architecture, Taiwan is a land of countless pleasant surprises. Chinese mainlanders started settling in Taiwan dating back to the 17th century, and the Japanese colonization of the island ended in 1945. Due to its historical mixture of influences, Taiwan has its own distinct culture. Not many people know just how amazing the country is, which makes it one of the most underrated destinations in Asia. Here are some reasons why you should visit Taiwan immediately.
1. The view from Taipei 101
Soaring 101 stories and for a time the world’s highest building, Taipei 101 is a wonder of engineering that offers tremendous views from its observation deck near the top.
2. Chinese art treasures at the National Palace Museum
Home to the world’s greatest repository of Chinese art, collected over the course of a thousand years by China’s emperors, with approximately 700,000 individual works, each priceless.
3. Taroko Gorge’s spectacular landscape
A deep, breathtaking 19km (12-mile) -long chasm of lofty, marble-laced cliffs and a cascading river strewn with massive boulders, traversed by a slow highway at the bottom literally chiseled from sheer rock.
4. Diving and sunbathing at Kending National Park
At Taiwan’s tropical south tip, this top tourist destination with an emphasis on conservation is a natural playground of upraised coral, exotic flora and fauna, sandy beaches, and blue-water recreation.
5. Traditional temples and teahouses in Tainan
Taiwan’s fourth-largest city, Tainan is a hub of rich cultural heritage, with hundreds of shrines and temples and delightful places to sup Taiwanese-grown tea.
6. Weird and wonderful food at a night market
The country’s history and location has made it a crossroads of humanity – and a grand gourmet bazaar. The best initiation to Taiwan’s fantastic traditional snack culture is Taipei’s incredibly diversified Shilin Night Market.
7. Cycling around the country
A high-quality nationwide system of dedicated paths and lanes has been built. Circle the entire city of Taipei by riverside, and head to the north coast, on inexpensive rental bikes.
8. Hiking in Yangmingshan National Park
Just 40 minutes from downtown Taipei, overlooking the city, Yangmingshan National Park is a large, easily reached getaway of volcanic landscapes, hot springs, pleasant trails, and colorful bird and butterfly life.
9. Soaking in hot springs
Taiwan’s hot springs are believed to provide restorative cures for all manner of ailments, while their scenic locations are simply good for the soul.
10. Learning about ethnic minorities on Lanyu
This island off Taiwan’s southern coast is home to the Dao people, a matrilineal, seafaring society. Their lifestyle is a world away from the glitz of 21st-century Taipei.