First Dawn Flight, Tribal Rites and Beautiful Taitung: A Unique Way to Spend New Years in Taiwan

There are plenty of ways to experience New Years in Taiwan, but few will wind up being as unique, epic and culturally enlightening as a full day tour incorporating a private sunrise flight.

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Four Taipei Hot Spring Getaways

When summer ends in Northern Taiwan, air conditioners turn off and windows are opened. And though this year has been unusually balmy – not just in Taiwan but around the world – we’re all pretty sure that we can settle in for at least a few months of cool to cold weather here on the Beautiful Island before the plum rains of spring again give way to another blistering summer (air conditioners on, windows closed).

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The Hot Springs of Beitou – A Place of Warmth, History, and Mist-ery

The Beitou (北投) hot-spring district, now long enclosed within the borders of Taipei City, was voted one of Taiwan’s “Top 10 Tourist Towns” in a nationwide poll and expert survey concluded in 2012. Travel in Taiwan recently spent an afternoon with Yang Yeh, well-known Taiwan mapmaker, resident of Beitou since childhood, and expert on its history and culture.

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Into the Mountains – Exploring Taipei City’s Outskirts

Another great thing about Taipei is how quickly you can leave the city center and spend a day with Mother Nature. Hiking trails, hot springs, and mountain scenery are just a short bus ride away.

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