Blogs from Taiwan, Asia


Asia » Taiwan » Hsinchu June 30th 2014

Toen ik naar Taiwan vertrok in februari wilde ik ongeveer maandelijks een blog schrijven. Laten we wel wezen, maandelijks is het niet geworden. Mijn laatste blog vertelde een beetje over de eerste twee maanden in Taiwan en dat ik uitkeek naar de uitstapjes die we zouden gaan maken. Inmiddels zit ik in Maleisië, op Perhentian. Hier aan het strand met een ijskoude verse jus d’orange naast mijn laptop zal ik de rest van Taiwan proberen op papier te zetten. Ik zal dit doen door de tripjes aan te aanstippen en het verloop van mijn tweede helft in Taiwan te beschrijven. Mijn vorige blog stopt bij het feit dat we naar Hongkong zouden gaan en naar Kenting. Hongkong was geweldig. We zaten in Hongkong tijdens het HK7 toernooi, een internationaal rugbytoernooi waar de 7 beste landen van ... read more

Asia » Taiwan » Chiayi » Alishan June 17th 2014

"Yu (玉)" is Mandarin for jade. "Shan (山, one of the few easily recognizable characters)" is mountain. Yushan is otherwise known as Jade Mountain. Taiwan sits on the convergence of 2 tectonic plates making it a very rugged island nation and while quite small, somehow manages to squeeze in nearly 300 peaks over 3000 meters in elevation. Yushan Main Peak (there are 5 total: Main, North, East, West, and Front) is Taiwan's highest at 3,952 meters (12,966'). After tackling the mountain of bureaucracy necessary to secure an ascent permit I was able to summit Yushan last Tuesday in conditions that are best described as crap. After sweating my tchotchkes off in Taipei I never would have thought it possible to be so miserably cold anywhere in Taiwan even if it were 4 kilometers high. A minor ... read more
Summit Marker
Still Crap on Yushan Main Peak
Drying Out at Dongpu Villa Hostel

Asia » Taiwan » Taipei » Danshui June 6th 2014

Nǐ hǎo! Hello from Taiwan I still love Thailand and visiting my friends there and I have been very fortunate to have made some more good friends in Taiwan and feel very comfortable there. The national parks are magnificent and there is much to see and do every day. If only I could speak Mandarin :) The photos tell the story of this holiday - new friends and new places to see - I climbed a mountain, saw some great waterfalls and soaked my feet in the hot water river and springs. This is the good life :) There are 70 photos. Click on each photo for a larger view.... read more
Breakfast in Tonghua Street Taipei
Daan Park

Asia » Taiwan » Taipei » Ximending April 19th 2014

Saturday, 19th April 2014 We started our journey eight days earlier when our Jetstar flight landed at Taoyuan International Airport. We then journeyed along the east coast of Taiwan to cover the beautiful landscapes of Taitung and Yilan counties. Along the way, we stopped by at the historic mining town of Shifen even though none of us were too impressed by the whole experience. After breakfast today, we headed separate ways again where I took the metro to the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall. I had ample time to browse through the exhibits before catching a glimpse of the hourly Changing of Guards Ceremony at the Main Hall. I couldn't stay for the entire duration as the crowds were slowly building up around me. Heading to the Eslite Bookstore on my final day in the city, ... read more
Taipei City Hall with Taipei 101 at the side

Asia » Taiwan » Yilan County April 18th 2014

Friday, 18th April 2014 For me, this morning started out exactly the same as the previous day - sunrise viewing by the beach followed by a wholesome homemade breakfast at 8am. Today's menu consisted of French toast and potato soup which were nicely done in style and taste. By 10am, it was time for us to bid farewell to our gracious hosts at beautiful Toucheng and Sea Luv Homestay. Our train journey back to the city of Taipei took less than two hours. Before noon, we had arrived at the lobby of City Inn Taipei Station Branch III ready for our check-in. After leaving our luggage at the reception, we rushed off to board the next available train to Shifen, a township famous for its legendary sky lanterns. As cheesy as it sounded, writing down our ... read more
My simple wish
Lovely Japanese food
And our lovely beds at City Inn Taipei Station Branch III


Asia » Taiwan » Yilan County April 17th 2014

Thursday, 17th April 2014 I was up and about when the sun made its first appearance at 5.30am this morning. Armed with my camera, I made a beeline to the beach, not wishing to miss out a single moment of the beautiful sunrise over the east coast of Taiwan. The small town was slowly waking up against the very first ray of light over the horizon. My eyes were in for a real treat from mother's nature as I stood by the beach, enjoying that very special moment of the morning. After gazing at the skies for more than an hour, I was back at our homestay ready for breakfast at the charming Sea Luv Café. Breakfast was served with a view of the sea at 8.20 in the morning. For a start, we had a ... read more
Good morning Taiwan
Sea Luv Cafe
Welcoming the first ray of light

Asia » Taiwan » Yilan County » Jiaoxi April 17th 2014

Thursday, 17th April 2014 "Train travel is always fun and even more so in Taiwan where we had absolutely no difficulties with the spoken language." Our train delay at Wai-ao Station this morning certainly did not dampen our travel plans to Jiaoxi, the hot springs mecca of Yilan County. In fact, we spent a fair bit of our time photographing every single nook and cranny of the train station. Things started to pick up as soon as our train arrived and within 20 minutes, we had set foot on Jiaoxi township, a fairly comfortable place to navigate on foot. The town was littered with numerous hot spring hotels with their eye-popping signboards trying real hard to attract the gaze of visitors. After our foot springs dip and fish spa, I bade farewell to my travel mates ... read more
Jiaoxi, the hot springs mecca
Next stop: Yilan Station
Memorial Hall of Founding of Yilan Administration

Asia » Taiwan » Yilan County April 16th 2014

Wednesday, 16th April 2014 After spending three days in Taitung (with one full day lying on the bed), we were now ready to embark on the next phase of our journey to Yilan. Previously, I had only passed by the county on my way to Hualien. This was our first travel encounter to experience the very best from this part of Taiwan. My body was now fit enough to travel even though the persistent virus did continue on & off over the next two days before it made a full recovery. From Taitung, we travelled 325km north towards Toucheng and arrived after 3.30pm. Kevin, one of the sons from the url= was already waiting for us at the train station. Everyone planning a vacation in Yilan should stay at Sealuv Homestay/ur... read more
Overlooking Turtle Island, Yilan
Our lovely loft overlooking Wai-Ao Beach
Sealuv Cafe

Asia » Taiwan » Taitung April 14th 2014

Monday, 14th April 2014 After a wholesome breakfast at the homestay this morning, we hopped on to the East Coast Tourist Shuttle and arrived at the Sanxiantai (Terrace of the Three Immortals) stop. With temperatures dipping to a low 20 Degrees Celsius, this was a relatively cold day to be at the coast. Having seen countless pictures of Sanxiantai, the next logical move was to see them with our own eyes. As we stood with our eyes closed on top of the wavy bridges that connected to the offshore island, this had a liberating effect on our tired souls. Our next stop at Xiaoyeliu was equally impressive given its unique rock formations. I'd never visited her Taipei cousin but we thoroughly enjoyed this one as we certainly took our time snapping pictures away. The highlight of ... read more
Railway Cultural Park, Taitung
Celebrating the good old days
At the Old Taitung Railway Station

Asia » Taiwan » Taitung April 13th 2014

Sunday, 13th April 2014 We bade goodbye to the city of Taipei this morning as we made our way to Taitung, some 366km away. This was a journey that lasted 5.5 hours on the fastest train that we booked the day before. Surprisingly, the long commute was not as draining as we had envisioned. We were probably distracted by the scenic eastern coast of Taiwan and the rice-fields as our train passed through the countryside. In fact, this was a very comfortable ride experience as we spent our time chit-chatting and eating the "bian dan" we bought onboard. Before long, we had arrived at the city of Taitung where we met up with the homestay owner at the train station. The 6km drive along the near-empty Mahengheng Boulevard was a pleasant one. Very soon, we reached ... read more
At 3.15pm, arrival
Full Sun House, Taitung
Paposogan, Taitung Seashore Park

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