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Tianchih and Chang Ching Temple –The center part of the Southern Cross-Island Highway
No visitors traveling the Southern Cross-Island Highway should miss a stop at Tianchih (天池) and Chang Ching Temple (長青祠), because they are the central part of the highway.
 
Kwanyin Cave: The impressive source of the Keelung River
Standing at the mouth of a great overhanging cave, with a tiny rill of water trickling, half overgrown by thick foliage, down the rocky hillside past its mouth, is a good reminder that even the biggest things often start from small beginnings.
 > Taipei
 
Big city lessons in traditional lifestyles
Taichung (台中) is one of Taiwan's biggest and most modern cities. Just recently, its citizens celebrated the announcement that work will start soon on a mass rapid transit system. It also has, in the Tai­chung Folklore Park (台中民俗公園), one of the most interesting collections of antiques and traditional items anywhere on the island.
 
Stars on Earth – Fireflies in Dongshi Forest Park
Does the name "Stars on Earth" sound familiar? That's because a Bollywood movie by that name was recently released in Taiwan, but here, we refer to a different kind of star – the firefly.
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The wonders of Liushan Mud Volcano in Donggang
There's no doubt about it: Taiwan is home to some pretty odd sights. On this small island you can find such minor geological wonders such as fire-water sources (which spout water and flammable gas simultaneously)...
 
The coral formations of Xiao Liuqiu
Xiao Liuqiu (小琉球), the solitary little island off the coast of Taiwan's southernmost Pingtung(屏東) County, has been a popular tourist destination for many years, thanks both to its beauty, and to the fast and efficient yacht service which connects the island with mainland Taiwan in just 25 minutes.
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Pondering history at the Martyrs Shrine
The National Revolutionary Martyrs Shrine(忠烈祠) isn't near the top of any list of Taipei's finest tourist attractions. Indeed, some Taiwanese people dislike this place for the same reason many shun Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.
 > Taipei
 
A jaunt along the coast of southern Chiayi and northern Tainan
Take a quick jaunt along the coast of southern Chiayi (嘉義) and northern Tainan (台南) counties and it soon becomes apparent what the major industry is (or rather was) in this part of Taiwan: salt.
 > Tainan
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Sitou restores its dynamic attractions
Sitou is a forest recreation area, with ancient trees reaching for the sky, a good climate, and a number of other attractions including Shenmu (giant trees), dense forests, University Pond, gingko groves, and stands of bamboo.
 > Nantou
 
Siangyang National Forest Recreation Area
Siangyang National Forest Recreation Area (SNFRA向陽國家森林遊樂區) is a mountain-style recreation area developed by the Taiwan Forest Bureau (林務局).
 > Taitung
 
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