What can I say? I am a lover of sunsets and I can’t pinpoint exactly why. Maybe it is the cool breezes that accompany the sun sinking below the horizon. (And for those of you who are familiar with the heat and humidity of Taiwan, the evening breeze is a comforting and welcoming relief from the day’s hot, scorching weather.) However, it could actually be the serene beauty that the setting sun creates and the dreamlike feeling it congers up inside. But, it very well may be a combination of both these reasons.
I have witnessed and enjoyed my fair share of sunsets in Taiwan and after living in Taipei, I tend to appreciate them even more now. I have compiled a list of the top five places where you can see the most amazing and spectacular sunsets in Taiwan which will be divided into two blog posts. This is post one of two. I am sure there are more but if you choose any of these destinations, you will be able to witness sunset viewing, Taiwanese style!
Alishan (Ali Mountain): Most people travel to Alishan to witness an unforgettable sunrise. If you stay at a hotel there, expect an early wake up call from the hotel staff. However, when I traveled there, I witnessed the most spectacular sunset over the ‘sea of clouds.’
If you mention Alishan to anyone in Taiwan, they will tell you about the beauty of the sun over a ‘sea of clouds.’ The term, ‘sea of clouds,’ refers to how the sun sits on top of the clouds from a high mountain vantage point where an observer is at eye-level with the clouds.
The sunset that evening was one of the stunning and spectacular sights I have ever witnessed in my life and maybe the most amazing one I have ever seen to date. My husband and I watched the sun sink into the clouds from the train platform which is highest viewing point near the hotel area in Alishan.
However, the sunrise is the main reason people travel to Alishan and there is even a train which makes it way to the sunrise viewing platform, but make sure you don’t miss the sunset!!! You won’t be sorry!!
Danshui: Danshui is one of the most popular spots to watch the sunset in Taiwan so if you go there on a weekend, you won’t be alone. However, it is conveniently located near Taipei and easily accessible by MRT, so it makes for an easy weekend escape from the city.
After living in Taipei for 3 years, I opted to moved to the outskirts of Taipei City. The main reason I was sold on the location was it’s close proximity to the MRT as well as the bike path that runs along the river which leads to Danshui. I biked to Danshui on several occasions during the weekdays to enjoy the sunset in all its splendour. It was a great way to unwind and a natural way to relax on a weekday.
There are three more amazing sunet locations in Taiwan which will be covered in my next blog post. Please watch this space for the continuation of ‘Spectacular Sunsets in Taiwan.’ It’s coming soon!! (I promise!!)
~~Be sure to check out part 2 as well~~
For more sunset [and sunrise] photos, check out my ‘Foreign Sanctuary Sunrises and Sunsets’ Pinterest Board!