The Taitung/Zhiben Region is a Rich Bounty of Scenic & Healthy Exercise Adventures

Words by Rick Charette The Hotel Royal Chihpen – Unbeatable home base for those for which happiness means healthy-lifestyle outdoor exercise  The alluring Hawaii-like combination of low and accessible coastal mountains, Pacific coastline and open, flat land in between makes the East Coast region around Taitung City and the Zhiben (知本) hot-spring resort area a…

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In search of the elusive Formosan black bear in Taiwan

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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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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Six Spots in Taitung Worth Visiting

It’s an increasingly popular spot for international visitors as well, which comes as no surprise, being home to Taiwan’s best surfing spots, Asia’s finest cycling roads and indigenous culture galore.

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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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Exploring Tainan’s natural side and a brief trip to Hell

“This area is famous for its fireflies,” Chen-hui said, “but of course, they come out closer to dark.” Though we saw no fireflies as we hiked, we could hear the melodic chirping of cicadas. And as we climbed higher, the views became  more impressive.

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Pingtung: Expect the Unexpected (Part two of two)

Kenting’s position at the tapered tip of Taiwan island means that unlike most elsewhere in Taiwan (where getting lost might lead to a quick life ending or lengthy life changing experience), this far south most sensible hikers should be able to find their way within sight distance of either the Taiwan Strait or the Pacific Ocean within a few hours of hiking in any direction but due north. Once we’d left the cars behind, Misalu’s choice of footwear made perfect sense, as we found ourselves walking through a high plain grassland, dry in some places and muddy in others.

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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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