Posts Tagged ‘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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Snapshot: City Breaks

HONG KONG Location: Dragon’s Back Activity: Hiking The Dragon’s Back is a popular hike that takes you along the undulating backbone of the D’Aguilar Peninsula, traversing windy, exposed ridges and cool, shady paths before ending at the beach at Shek O or Big Wave Bay where you can grab a…

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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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