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Taiwan is rapidly earning a reputation as a major Asian destination, and this small group adventure covers a lot of ground. Packed with fascinating experiences from start to finish, the tour begins in Taiwan’s electrifying and densely populated capital Taipei. Get your bearings with an aromatic visit to the Ningxia night market, or a soak in the hot springs of nearby Yangmingshan National Park.
You’ll visit Sweet Potato Mama, learning how this social enterprise helps women start their own small businesses. You’ll meet the bustling entrepreneurs in the merchant zone, help prepare lunch at an aboriginal village, and stop at a spring onion farm, discovering how one of Taiwan’s favourite foods is grown, and how to prepare them in a pancake for a delicious snack.
On a boat trip out to Turtle Island, depending on the time of year, you might see hundreds of dolphins, or whales. There are many more dramatic landscapes to enjoy, such as the vast Qingshui Cliff in Taroko National Park, Danong Dafu Forest Park with its chattering birdlife, and the iconic Sun Moon Lake where you’ll trek the scenic Ci’en Pagoda trail.
Other highlights include a tour of the island’s only whisky distillery, a chance to have a soothing foot massage at a historic temple, and a chance to roll your own black tea leaves at a farm visit. Oh, and did we mention the food? There are plenty of night markets to wander throughout Taiwan, where you might sample fish balls, molasses cakes, coffin bread and even the famous ‘exploding’ chicken rolls!