Where to Go in 2016: Top 16 Up-And-Coming Destinations

By Anisha Shah, for CNN
Updated 0322 GMT (1122 HKT) December 23, 2015

Originally named "Ilha Formosa," this beautiful island birthed the global Chinese Buddhism movement, which is headquartered at the high-tech, 100-acre Fo Guang Shan monastery.

Sun Moon Lake is the energy center of the island and showcases the island's indigenous culture.

Tea and Taiwanese foods are major draws in trendy capital Taipei, a confluence of night markets, designer shops and miniscule alleys studded with lanterns and neon signs.

Raohe St. Night Market

"Soaring green mountains, thriving cities and food to rival any Asian cuisine... this hot new destination will soon enter everyone's bucket list," says James Thornton, CEO of Intrepid Travel.

When to go: Taiwan's cherry blossom festivals, Lantern Festival and Peace Day take place February to April. September to November is also an ideal time to visit.

Taiwan - Taiwan pros say Taiwan's soaring green mountains, thriving cities and excellent food will place it on many wish lists in 2016. Among its attractions is Taiwan's 100-acre Fo Guang Shan monastery, which has more than 15,000 Buddhist temples.