Leave Asia’s skyscrapers and hectic pace behind for stunning beaches, fantastical caves, and primeval forests. The subtropical islands of the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan float like jewels upon the Pacific, offering precious treasures for adventurers to discover.
On the western edge of the Pacific’s “rim of fire,” Taiwan is constantly surprising and always intriguing. Delve into its majestic peaks, striking coastlines, and subtropical landscapes, as you move from urban jungle—Taipei is the country’s largest city and its economic, political, and cultural epicenter—to vast and serene Sun Moon Lake and the ruggedly beautiful Taroko Gorge. Tour bustling markets, winding your way through street performers and tantalizing food stalls; view religious life and talk to the resident monks and nuns in historic temples; and stretch your legs for a hike through forested trails hundreds of feet above rushing rivers. Taipei’s National Palace Museum wows with its 5,000 years of Chinese Imperial arts and jade collections—just a brief introduction to your ancient surroundings.