A Muslim Tourist’s Guide to Taiwan

By Halal Trip | 03, Nov, 2014
A Muslim Tourist’s Guide to Taiwan

Located off the coast of southeastern mainland China is the beautiful island of Taiwan. Known for its rich and diverse heritage, culture and traditions, as well as for its incredibly breathtaking landscape, stunning beaches, the friendliness of its people, magnificent mountains, numerous renowned attractions, night markets and more, this green island definitely has something for everyone. The island province of Taiwan is therefore probably one of the best destinations in the world for a family getaway. Taiwan's great natural assets also include Yu Mountain, which is Northeast Asia's tallest mountain. Taiwan’s population is mainly made up of Buddhists, Confucians, and Taoists. Muslim visitors must therefore be aware that finding Muslim-friendly facilities in Taiwan will not be that easy. Islam is however a growing religion in Taiwan, which means mosques and Halal restaurants are popping up around the island, slowly but surely.

Taiwan and its natural beauty are world renowned. With around 9 national parks and 13 national scenic areas finding their home on the island, those looking to relax and explore will find this to be the ideal destination. Visitors must make it a point to pay a visit to Torko Gorge and take a walk along the Tunnel of Nine Turns, which is said to offer breathtaking, dramatic views of the entire valley. Also a must is a ride on the Alishan Forest Railway, a stroll down Ximending Walking Street, a visit to Kenting National Park, pictures at the Sun Moon Lake, exploring the East Rift Valley, a visit to Taipei 101, and a hike to the summit of Yu Mountain. Also located in Taiwan, in the outskirts of Taipei City is the National Palace Museum. This museum houses over 650,000 priceless artifacts and artwork, which is the largest collection in the world. It is a fantastic place for those looking to experience Chinese culture and to learn more about its history.

A trip to Taiwan is certainly not complete without a visit to one of its many popular night markets. It is a true taste of Chinese culture that must not be missed. The island is in fact said to have over 300 night markets, which are great for tourists looking to try out some of the odd street food items Taiwan has to offer. Tourists will come across an assortment of snacks and specialty drinks; like delicious bubble tea, while here. Those feeling adventurous and looking for an authentic Taiwanese experience can nibble on oyster omelets and deep friend insects, which can be found at many of the stalls at the open-air bazaars. For the less-adventurous visitor, these night markets also offer more familiar dishes, along with stalls selling a fantastic collection of unusual ornaments and souvenir. Some of the most popular night markets include; the Hwahsi Street Night Market, the Tainan Flower Night Market, the Luodong Night Market and the Fengjia Night Market. Muslim tourists will be able to find Halal food in Taiwan, especially in the city of Taipei. It is however always best to double check before dining anywhere. Taiwan is also one of the world's most vegetarian-friendly destinations, so when in doubt and when unable to locate a proper Halal restaurant, Muslim tourists can also try out the island’s delicious vegetarian fare. Most night markets will also have stalls selling fresh seafood dishes, which are ideal for Muslim tourists unsure about the availability of Halal food at the other stalls or restaurants.

Because of its growing Muslim population, Muslim visitors will also be able to locate mosques in Taiwan. The Taipei Grand Mosque is the most notable mosque in Taiwan and is also the oldest and largest mosque on the island. The Kaohsiung Mosque, the Taipei Cultural Mosque, the Taichung Mosque, the Longgang Mosque, the At-Taqwa Mosque and the Tainan Mosque are a few other masjids in Taiwan. With a collection of historical, cultural, natural and modern sights, we don’t need to tell you why we think Taiwan should be on every individual’s bucket list. So what are you waiting for? Head over to our site and get all the information you’ll ever need to travel to Taiwan!