Top 10 favorite scenic tourist spots in Taiwan

South Taiwan national park listed as favorite scenic spot by foreign visitors

Eluanbi Lighthouse in Kenting National Park. (Tourism Bureau photo)

Eluanbi Lighthouse in Kenting National Park. (Tourism Bureau photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The results of a survey of foreign visitors recently released by the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) has revealed the 10 most-visited scenic spots in Taiwan, as well as the top 10 favorite scenic areas.

In the survey, titled the “2019 Annual Survey Report on Visitors Expenditure and Trends in Taiwan,” the Tourism Bureau questioned 8,662 foreign visitors about their travel preferences in Taiwan in 2019. The survey found that among first-time visitors, sightseeing (66.27 percent) was the most frequently listed reason to venture into the country, followed by business, international conferences or exhibition, and visiting friends or relatives.

Raohe Night Market. (Photo by flickr user Jorge Gonzalez)

As for scenic sights, urban settings such as night markets took the top spot:

  1. Night markets
  2. Taipei 101
  3. Ximending
  4. Jiufen
  5. National Palace Museum
  6. Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
  7. Sun Moon Lake
  8. Yehliu
  9. Tamsui
  10. Longshan Temple

Dajian Mountain in Kenting National Park. (Tourism Bureau photo)

However, when asked which scenic spot was their favorite, the results showed more of a preference for Taiwan's natural beauty, with Kenting National Park taking the crown, as can be seen below:

  1. Kenting National Park
  2. Sun Moon Lake
  3. Jiufen
  4. Alishan
  5. Taroko, Tienshiang
  6. Pingxi
  7. Yehliu
  8. Tamsui
  9. National Palace Museum
  10. Ximending

Taipei skyline. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

As for parts of Taiwan, the majority visited northern Taiwan, particularly Taipei City and New Taipei City, but Nantou County in the heart of the nation took third place:

  1. Taipei City
  2. New Taipei City
  3. Nantou County
  4. Kaohsiung City
  5. Hualien County
  6. Pingtung County
  7. Taichung City
  8. Chiayi County
  9. Taitung County
  10. Tainan City

Top 10 souvenirs to buy in Taipei. (Taiwan News photo)

When it came to the favorite activity, shopping was king, followed by night markets and historical relics:

  1. Shopping
  2. Night markets
  3. Historical relics
  4. Exhibitions
  5. Lake tour
  6. Eco tour
  7. Hot springs
  8. Hiking/trekking/backpacking/mountaineering
  9. Massage or acupressure
  10. Tourism factory

Mountain Sea House, Taipei. (Facebook, vintagetaiwancuisine photo)

The top reason visitors listed for coming to Taiwan was gourmet food or delicious snacks, followed by scenery, and shopping:

  1. Gourmet food or delicious snacks
  2. Scenery
  3. Shopping
  4. Geographical convenience
  5. Taiwan's customs and culture
  6. Fruits
  7. Friendliness of people
  8. Historical relics
  9. Weather
  10. Safe social environment