Taipei was okay, but by far my favorite part was Taroko Gorge, about 3 hours' drive away from Taipei. The guidebook had said the marble mountains were "astonishing", and I remember thinking "Well, we'll see." I've often been underwhelmed by things the writers of guidebooks sometimes rave about. But the beauty of this area took me completely by suprise. I've never seen such gorgeous rocks. There were entire mountains with the same pattern as these.