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There's a surprisingly diverse mix of amazing things to do in Taiwan. This laidback, mountainous island state – which is either a sovereign nation or a Chinese province, depending on who you ask – has a unique cultural identity that’s a mix of Indigenous, Chinese, and Japanese. Regional travellers have long been drawn to Taiwan, and for good reason. Its exquisite natural beauty, rich food culture and warm hospitality make Taiwan one of the best holiday destinations in Asia, and yet it remains inexplicably overlooked by international tourists. No more of that, we say. Read on for our recommendations on the best things to do in Taiwan, from street food markets to nature walks and spooky ghost towns. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.