COUNTRY: TAIWAN

Scattered Gems: Taiwan’s Outlying Islands

The islands around Taiwan offer up a unique blend of history, beautiful scenery and water activities that make them a good destination for any traveller looking for the more relaxed side of Taiwan.     PENGHU ISLAND     Penghu is actually a large archipelago that encompasses 64 small islands,…

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Scenic Railways in Taiwan

Photos by Taiwan Tourism Bureau Hidden amidst green valleys and sleepy towns are some of Taiwan’s brightest tourism gems: the scenic railways. Built during the Japanese colonial period (1895-1945), these railway lines used to transport tons of timber and coal, and masses of workers, every day. Today, the big mines…

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Wet and Wild: Taiwan Urban Adventure

With its vast forests, soaring mountains and deep canyons, Taiwan is far more than just the skyscrapers and humming traffic that most people typically associate it with. Home to some of the highest summits in northeast Asia, Taiwan is also known as Ilha Formosa, which aptly means “beautiful island”. Here,…

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Teapots to Tea House: Hiking Teapot Mountain

Taiwan is famously mountainous, with soaring ranges stretching all the way from the northern tip to the south. This means that no matter which city you choose to base yourself in, you won’t be more than an hour from the nearest mountain (and a great hike). In Taipei, for instance,…

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Snapshot: Gorges

Gorges or canyons are art projects of fast-flowing rivers – carved over millennia, the water creates visual spectacles that are both breathtaking and unique. Ranging from arid gorges to lush canyons with fast-flowing rivers, these natural creations can be easily explored by foot, mountain bike or from the river. TODGHA…

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Colours of Formosa: Aboriginal Tribes in Taiwan

The modern-day perception of Taiwan includes its beautiful landscapes, bustling Taipei city and unbeatable street food. What many people don’t see is the rich history and culture in its aboriginal communities. Taiwan is home to 14 recognised tribes, with strongholds stretching the entire country, each one uniquely different from the…

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Thermal Bath Sojourn (Japan, Taiwan)

Hot spring vs. cold spring Strictly speaking, hot springs aren’t merely water that’s heated by underground steam. Their waters are from volcanically-heated subterranean sources including pools, or even underground rivers. While terminology varies from place to place, waters from 36-37o (human body temperature) up to boiling are considered “hot springs”.…

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Volcanic Wonderland: Taiwan’s Green Island

Located 33km east of Taitung City, Green Island – like thousands of tiny islands that adorn the Pacific – is a remnant of volcanic eruptions. Nicknamed “Fire Island” – or “Lyudao” in Chinese – it has a mountainous heart surrounded by dramatic cliffs and dotted with unique hot springs, interesting…

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Offshore Attractions

Volcanic activity was a major force in shaping the landscape of Taiwan when it was in its geological youth – eruptions spewed lava and rocks, creating many of Taiwan’s mountains and offshore islands like Green Island and Lanyu (Orchid Island). While fumaroles still dot Yangmingshan, Taiwan’s only active volcano lies…

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Coastal Escapade

Journey to Taiwan‘s southernmost coast! Located on the Hengchun Peninsula of Pingtung County, Kenting National Park (more commonly known as Kenting), is Taiwan’s oldest and southernmost national park. The area is well known for its tropical climate, sunshine, scenic mountain views as well as breathtaking beaches. From enjoying picturesque sunsets…

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Taiwan’s Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

On the fifteenth day of the first month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, lanterns fill the sky in the Pingxi District in Taipei, Taiwan. Held each year on 19 February, the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is a focal point in the Taiwanese calendar.  Locals and tourists alike come together for…

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An Amateur Hiker’s Guide to Xueshan

Cheryl, a novice climber, conquers her very first mountain, Taiwan’s Xueshan. Know before you go:  Apply for a mountain entry permit at Taiwan National Park Official Website at least a month in advance.  A backpack rain cover, a sturdy raincoat and waterproof pants are crucial for Xueshan’s unusually high humidity.…

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Taiwan’s Syue Mountain in pictures; in the perspective of a first-timer

Follow my hike up the 3886m-high Xueshan, the second highest peak of Taiwan, in pictures I took myself! Want to know how my three-day mountain expedition was? Stay tuned for the exhilarating full story of my very first mountain conquest, in July’s upcoming Issue 88, where I share my perspective,…

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Of Taiwan’s Most Remarkable

Taroko National Park, Hualien County The Taroko Gorge is famous for its natural marbled landscape, a panoramic view of which is best admired from atop the Bell Tower. Take the Swallow Grotto hiking trail to see some of the best Taroko has to offer but be sure to don the…

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