Traveling in Taiwan with Taiwanese Dramas: 15 Popular Filming Locations to Visit

Whether it's "Cape No. 7," "You Are the Apple of My Eye," or "Our Times," the restlessness, ambiguity, and innocence of youth depicted in these movies always bring back memories of our own youthful days. The captivating scenery in these films also touches the hearts of audiences. So, let's follow in the footsteps of these Taiwanese dramas and revisit the landscapes that the main characters have walked through.

Eslite bookstore

Eslite Bookstore has become one of the representative elements of Taipei culture, it is a characteristic of Taiwan, and it is a gathering place for many artsy people. In the movie "One Page of Taipei", the clerk Susie (played by Gwei Lun-Mei) and the customer Xiao Kai (played by Yao Chun-Yao) who sits in the bookstore every day to learn French, develop feelings for each other and spend a surreal and romantic night. The filming location of the movie is Eslite's first bookstore in Dunhua. Eslite Bookstore is open 24 hours a day, if you are an artistic youth, you can have your own little world here with your favorite books and experience a different Taipei nightlife.

Yangmingshan National Park

The beauty of Yangmingshan lies in its pure nature. There are no pavilions, towers, or small bridges. Instead, there are spring flowers blooming all over the mountains and diverse volcanic landscapes, hot springs, waterfalls, and faults. Various wild animals can be seen walking in front of you, and cute little squirrels can be seen running around your feet. In the 2015 Taiwanese film "Our Times," Xu Taiyu and Lin Zhenxin's group goes camping in Yangmingshan after the school anniversary celebration.

Huwei Cake Shop

Many people know about Tamsui because of the movie "Secret" directed by Jay Chou. This movie swept the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards in that year. Gui Lun-Mei became the campus goddess in countless young hearts because of this movie, and Jay Chou captured the hearts of many girls with a wonderful piano performance. The romantic story of Lu Xiaoyu and Ye Xianglun's first love takes place in Tamsui, and both National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport and Tamsui Junior High School are among the filming locations. In the movie, both schools exude a strong classical atmosphere, and Tamsui Junior High School is also Jay Chou's alma mater.
Shifen Station is the largest station on the Pingxi Branch Line and is also the main meeting point for trains. Here, train drivers exchange ancient copper road signs (train travel permits) to obtain approval to continue driving. The old streets of Shifen and the Jing'an Suspension Bridge around the station are good places for many tourists to take pictures. Walking from Shifen Station to Shifen Scenic Area is a wonderful journey because Shifen Waterfall is right next to the railway. There is also a waterfall viewing suspension bridge on the railway, and tourists standing on it to watch the train pass through the tunnel is even more fascinating. The geographic scenery between Shifen Station and Sandiaoling Station on the Pingxi Railway is very unique, and this section includes six tunnels on the Pingxi Branch Line, each with its unique charm, leaving people captivated.

Sincere high school

The story of Shen Jiayi and Ke Jingteng during their student days happened at Jingcheng High School. The school was not big, and as soon as you entered, you could see the playground and the command post, as well as the familiar Class 8 of Senior Three. It is open to the public on weekends and after 4pm every day. There are also shops nearby where you can customize Jingcheng High School uniforms, so you can wear the uniform and relive the movie plot while exploring the footsteps of the male and female protagonists.
The narrow and long lane called "Touching Breast Lane" in Lukang is one of the most famous attractions and also one of the narrowest, measuring less than 70 centimeters at its narrowest point. When a man and a woman meet in this lane, they feel extremely embarrassed due to the narrow road. This lane has many nicknames, such as "Chest-Protecting Lane" and "Gentleman's Lane," but "Touching Breast Lane" remains the most well-known. The origin of this name is disputed. One theory suggests that when a man and a woman meet in the lane, the woman asks the man to touch her chest, hence the name "Touching Chest Lane," which later evolved into "Touching Breast Lane." Another theory claims that people in ancient times desired to have children and constantly thought about it, and since the lane was narrow and felt like a dream at night, it was named "Dream Lin Lane" in Mandarin, which sounds similar to "Touching Breast Lane" in Taiwanese, thus giving it the name "Touching Breast Lane."
Fengjia Night Market, located next to Feng Chia University in Taichung, is the birthplace of Taiwanese night market snacks. You can find snacks from any night market in Taiwan here. Large intestine wrapped in small intestine, Ming Lun egg pancakes, Yellow Turban Thief octopus rice, Japanese boat small meatballs, bubble tea... The night market, which stretches for several streets, is filled with a wide variety of snack stalls. You may need a supercharged stomach to try everything here.

Xiziwan

The sunset at Xizi Bay is one of Kaohsiung's eight major scenic spots. Mayday once filmed a promotional video for Kaohsiung titled "Kaohsiung Wonderland" and used Xizi Bay as a location. The most beautiful moment of the sunset is right after the sun sets, when the sky is not completely dark yet. The whole sky is painted pink by the afterglow of the sunset, making the whole Kaohsiung Harbor look especially dreamy against the backdrop of the pink sky. Walking along the long breakwater, facing the warm sea breeze, is a beautiful and romantic experience.

Beautiful island station

The Light Dome of Formosa Boulevard Station is currently the world's largest glass mosaic art masterpiece. The top of the station is entirely made up of colorful stained glass, resembling a vibrant fairytale world. It also appeared in a music video by the band Mayday, and many fans come here to take pictures and leave their mark. Moreover, the Light Dome can only be seen when exiting the station.
A-Jia's home has become a popular destination for movie fans to visit due to the success of the film "Cape No.7". It has been renovated and turned into a bed and breakfast. All the scenes from the movie have been preserved, even the bed sheets are exactly the same. Nowadays, A-Jia works as a mailman in his hometown and enjoys a relaxing and carefree life, cycling around or lazily sleeping at home. The old house brings a feeling just like in the movie and reminds people of the classic film. The renovated "A-Jia's Home" bed and breakfast is now open for tourists to rent out a whole house. The bedrooms still maintain the original scenes from the movie, including the double bed that A-Jia slept on, with the sheets he personally used. The walls feature posters from "Cape No.7". A bottle of millet wine is placed on the bookshelf, and there is even the guitar used by the male lead in the film with his signature on it. These details make movie fans very happy.
Houbihu Fishing Port, located in the Daguang area of Kenting, is the largest fishing port on the Hengchun Peninsula and the biggest yacht marina in Taiwan. The port consists of an outer fishing port and an inner yacht marina, capable of accommodating 350 fishing boats. The recently completed Fishermen's Association building houses a fish market, service center, and retail shops. The yacht marina has been in operation since 2000, offering boat services, a visitor center, a café lounge, a travel club, seafood restaurants, boutique shops, and various water activities. Houbihu is also the breeding ground for sailfish, flying fish, and swordfish from April to July, making it a perfect destination for seafood lovers. During this time, tanned fishermen prepare their gear, unload their catch, and unload the shiny fish from the ice storage in the hold of their boats. Houbihu Fishing Port is a must-visit vacation spot in Kenting!

White Sand Beach 32

If you have watched "Life of Pi," you will be definitely mesmerized by the beautiful floating island and Mexican beach scenes, which were all filmed in Baishawan. Because the sand on the beach is composed of marine organisms' shells, it is particularly soft, skin-friendly, and sparkling. Whether it's beach BBQ, camping, or swimming and diving in the sea, it's a wonderful experience. The whole beach is filled with a primitive ecological atmosphere, making it the best place to get close to nature in Kenting.

Clear water bluff of suhua highway

Someone once said, "Without reaching the Qingshui Cliffs, one has not truly arrived in Hualien." This is the world's second largest cliff, with one side plummeting one kilometer straight down into the Pacific Ocean, while the other side offers a stunningly beautiful view of the blue sea. It is the most breathtakingly picturesque and dangerous section of the Suhua Highway. In the film "On The Road", the three main characters met at Suhua Highway and developed an inseparable fate. Nowadays, Suhua Highway is only open for freight traffic and motorbikes or charter vehicles are the only means of transportation for tourists. However, this also means that there are relatively few tourists on the road, and you can capture the beauty of the scenery to your heart's content.

Chihsingtan Beach

At the end of "Eternal Summer," the three protagonists express their hearts to each other at QiXing Tan and say goodbye to their sorrowful past. The entire film has a dark atmosphere, including the landscape, which is also grayish-white. However, in reality, QiXing Tan is the perfect place near Hualien for walking along the shore and collecting stones. The coastline, which is over 20 kilometers long, is entirely composed of pebbles. The stones on the beach have become smooth due to the polishing of the sea water, and even walking barefoot on them does not feel uncomfortable. The sea here has various shades of blue, appearing exceptionally clear under the sunlight. You can choose to cycle along the seaside, and the sea water splashing onto the stones will leave behind lovely white foam, which is why QiXing Tan is also known as the "Foam Beach." A special reminder is that in order to protect this beach, taking the pebbles with you is not allowed.