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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Xiao Liuqiu Island: Pearl of Taiwan’s Southwest Coast

Coral filled seas, salty air and beautiful beaches as far as the eye can see. All this and more await visitors on Xiao Liuqiu, a charming little island is located about 15 KM west of Taiwan’s southwestern coast in Pingtung county. Looking to get off the beaten path? First, you have to get there.

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The Penghu Pearls – Islands Close to Taiwan’s Heart, Yet a World Away

The Penghu Islands (澎湖群島) will be whatever you wish them to be. What is it you desire? Beach-action and water-play tour? Island-hopping tour? History tour? Seafood and fishing tour? On these pages we’re off on a geology/ecology exploration adventure.

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Kenting? Ken Do! – Surf and Turf Eco-Fun in Taiwan’s Deep Tropical South

When the cool of late early winter settles in around Taipei and the seasonal rains come, and I find my skin looking ever more pasty-white, Kenting beckons. It takes up much of the southern tip of the island, is in the tropics – the rest of Taiwan island is subtropical – and always seems to be drenched in sunshine.

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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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Around the Northern Tip

The north coast of Taiwan is a place of rugged yet easily reached natural wonders – a condensed version of the splendors of the east coast, if you will. With its abundant geological formations, evidence of the island’s fiery volcanic past, and bike trails delivering you to one interesting spot after another, it’s a great area for a day-trip out of Taipei, and easy to get to. Here are some destinations worth checking out via rail, bus, and bike on your journey. For this trip of the north coast we started in Keelung and made our way westward to Tamsui (淡水).

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Coastal Hualien – Taiwan’s “Secret” Backyard Garden

Hualien County is a powerful place. Nature is master, man mere spectator, despite oft thinking otherwise. Though just a few score kilometers away from the west coast as the eagle flies, Taiwan’s Hawaii-like coastal Hualien “secret garden” could not be further away from its indus

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