The island of Taiwan boasts a classy city life and gorgeous natural beauty, making it super popular with students from around the world. Go hiking in the Wulai mountains, visit the stunning Toroko Gorge, check out the amazing Penghu cliffs, and for fun weekends go wild clubbing in sophisticated Taipei. As the capital and largest city in Taiwan, Taipei is an exciting place where the East and West come together. Home to the world’s tallest building, Taipei 101, as well as bustling industries and bright neon lights, this city will never fail to surprise you. Taiwan is a hit for student group travel and study abroad and is a little less intense than mainland China, though you will still enjoy awesome cuisine and cultural riches. If you’re lucky you can score student airfare to Taiwan. You can stay in budget hostels in Taiwan, or if you prefer, top rated hotels in the capital, Taipei.
Go sailing and surfing at beautiful sandy Fulong Beach, which is easily accessible from Taipei by train: Trains arrive and depart about every 30 minutes. Swim in clean rivers and observe the funny antics of monkeys and weird reptiles when you visit the Wulai mountains, close to Taipei. Penghu has a lot of different islands and the sight of its beautiful temples is a knockout. Look into car rental in Taiwan and drive the gorgeous South Cross/Island Highway route, which has truly stunning views. Hot springs are popular bathing and spa areas in Taipei, so be sure to strip down and check out one of these, in order to get the full Taiwanese tour experience. There are several prominent landmarks in Taipei. Look skyward at Taipei 101, the enormous financial and shopping center for Taiwan. It is said to represent bamboo rising and prospering from the earth. Another must-see is the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, with Zhongshan Park in front and a 19-foot statue inside.