Birdwatching In Taiwan: Advice from expert to novice

Why Taiwan is one of the best spots in Asia – and maybe the world – for birdwatching.

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12 Ways to Embrace and Enjoy Taiwan’s Summer Heat

we’d like to offer a few suggestions for outdoor activities that’ll actually make you glad you visited our beloved subtropical island during the hottest part of the year.

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In search of the elusive Formosan black bear

Hualien from the airplane window was lovely enough to warrant a full day’s exploration, but on that day we would only be passing through. We were headed further down south in search of the elusive Formosan black bear (台灣黑熊). Without even stopping for coffee, we left the city by train, bound for the town of Yuli.

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Sky High-Climbing Up to the Roof of Taiwan: A Wushe to Mt. Hehuan Excursion

On a three-day adventure along the Central Cross-Island Highway in the Nantou County section of the soaring Central Mountain Range.

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Seven Star Mountain, a Hike You Cannot Miss While in Taipei

Though I’ve lived in Taipei over 20 years, I’d never made it to the top of the city’s iconic Mt. Qixing, or Seven Star Mountain, known for its riveting views of Taipei, the mountains beyond, and of the rugged, whitecap-washed north coast. Today was the day, the scenic Mt. Qixing Trail my path into the north Taiwan sky.  

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Snow Mountain – A Winter Hike on One of Taiwan’s Most Beautiful Mountains

Taiwan’s second-highest peak, Snow Mountain (3,886m), is often overlooked by Westerners who come to the island for hiking. Mt. Jade, being the tallest, is the one that everyone wants to bag, but for me, Snow Mountain is a far more interesting and scenic hike. The terrain and views vary greatly, and even though I’ve been to the top some fifteen times, I still look forward to each and every trip.

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Jiaming Lake – A Hike to a Beautiful High-Mountain Lake

At an elevation of 3,520m above sea level, Jiaming Lake is Taiwan’s second-highest mountain lake, and one of its biggest. It was once thought that the lake was created by a meteor strike, but it is now believed that it was formed by glacier movement during the last ice age.

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Stairways to the Sky — Hiking Filial Son Mountain in New Taipei City’s Pingxi Area

The quaint old village of Pingxi (平溪), today officially the center of New Taipei City’s rural Pingxi District, is the penultimate station on the Pingxi Branch Railway Line, built early in the last century to transport coal mined in the surrounding hills. After coal mining in the Pingxi Valley ceased a few decades ago, the railway line escaped closure partly because it was a vital link with the outside world, but also because the area was becoming an increasingly popular tourist attraction

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Gorge Soaring – The Views of Eagles along Taroko Gorge’s Trails

Taroko Gorge’s (太魯閣峽谷) wonderful trails give you thrilling all-natural highs – up high on mountainsides and cliffsides, and with soaring spirits just as high.

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