The Rough Guide to Taiwan

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Practical travel guide to Taiwan featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Taiwan. The Rough Guide to Taiwan also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Taiwan, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Taiwan covers: Taipei and around, North Taiwan, Central Taiwan, South Taiwan, The East Coast, The Taiwan Strait Islands.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Taiwan, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area to family activities in child-friendly places, like Taroko National Park or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Chung Tai Chan Monastery.


Essential pre-departure information including Taiwan entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Taiwan give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for windsurfing, hiking, cycling, snorkelling, hot-spring resorts or visiting teahouses.


Rough Guides' rundown of Taipei, Tainan, Meinong and Lugang's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Taiwan, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Taiwan, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Taiwan, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Taipei 101 and the spectacular Yushan.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Lanyu, Matsu Islands and many more locations in Taiwan, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241308820
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 6/30/2018
Pages: 440
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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5.0 out of 5, 2 global ratings

Amazon Customer

Good guide

Reviewed on June 20, 2019
Paperback | Verified

It's a good guide brilliant

Amazon Customer

A readable and informative guide

Reviewed on August 07, 2018
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This 440-page book - the 4th (print) edition of July 2018 - is an interesting and readable (the two are not always found together) guide to the attractions of the Chinese island-nation of Taiwan.

Unlike many guides, this is not a glossy booklet dotted with colourful photographs to make it look superficially attractive, but a (literally) rough guide in terms of comparative paper finishes, but well-designed and presented, with readable text, useful maps, and (well-chosen) photographs only where space allows. The excellent design and layout means that you don’t need unnecessary spot illustrations to break up column after column of small-printed data.

The Contents are
P004: Introduction (Where to go, when to go, what to see, and other useful information for planning a visit.)
P022: Basics (travel, transport, accommodation, food & drink, activities, and other important stuff for visitors – “Culture & Etiquette”, for example!)

The Guide
P052: Taipei and around
P120: North Taiwan
P172: Central Taiwan
P230: South Taiwan
P286: The east coast
P338: The Taiwan Strait Islands

P386: Contexts (articles on history & local culture – native peoples, religion, arts, etc.)
P419 Language
P430: Index

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