Kelley Ferro and USTOA present a brand new series on Taiwan. As Kelley discovered in her tour experiences with USTOA member Ritz Tours, Taiwan is a small island nation with a lot to offer. From the capital city of Taipei to the charming smaller towns in the countryside, from the bustling energy of the night markets to quietly serene tea ceremonies and tai chi, the Taiwanese culture influences the entire travel experience, and never fails to surprise and delight. Watch the videos to learn more about this incredible country and see what Taiwan has in store for you. [Video descriptions by Kelley Ferro.]
For such a small island nation, Taiwan has so much to see, do, eat and experience. From Taipei to Hualian, city to country, hyper crowded to hyper local—we explored it all, with the locals as our guide.
This lush island nation has so much variety in fresh local products, it’s no surprise that the food is outstanding! From street food to gourmet, famous food chains to home cooked meals, we dive into Taiwan’s food culture.
My first Night Market in Taipei was overwhelming, sensational and addictive. I was enthralled by stall after stall of the exotic foods, wild clothing and the buzzing energy of the streets. Shillin & Ning Xia are MUST-STOPS in Taiwan—see why.
The Taiwanese culture is based on ritual and ceremony on my tour, I was able to dive right in to the local customs—from meeting a local calligrapher to praying at Longshan Temple to participating in a tea ceremony.
I’d never been to Asia and stepping into the Taiwanese culture was thrilling, disorienting, embracing and shocking—I loved every minute of it. The Taiwanese Culture amazes—in custom, religious, attitude and lifestyle—and it was beautiful to see and experience.
Though the city’s are exciting, nothing beats the vivid green and bright blue of Taiwan’s rolling countryside. From Jiofen to Hualian—each small town in the Northern Taiwan countryside was not only stunning, but they each had their own charm. When you go to Taiwan, make sure to get outside of the cities.