Rahul Sharma, managing director of Exotic Holidays, says Taiwan’s natural attractions have tended to fly under the radar, but it lives up to its older name of Ilha Formosa, or ‘beautiful island’. The destination boasts mountains, hot springs, lunar badlands and forests that sometimes appear to have come straight from a Chinese scroll painting, he says. Culture seekers can experience the city of Taipei where towering skyscrapers contrast with ancient temples, through to aboriginal tribes who keep ancient traditions alive. The tour takes in the tower of Taipei 101 from the inside out. Guests ride the high speed lift for the view from the observation decks, and learn about the engineering that keeps the record-setting skyscraper standing. CLICK HERE for details.