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Published: December 25th 2016
During my time in China I have also spent some weeks visiting Taiwan.
I flew from Kinmen island nearby Xiamen to Taipei. Taiwan is clean,
modern, globalized and not as attractive as mainland China.
I stayed four days in Taipei, it is a city extending on the river Tamshui
where there is the beautiful homonymous coastal city of Tamshui.
I love the street market in Tamshui with many little stalls selling their
food, handycraft, souvenirs and where groups of young people gathering
together and chatting with friends.
I was really taken into the alluring ambiance of this charming place on
the coast and I spent most of my time there.
While in Taipei, one thing that I have appreciated much was that I found
out a bookstore opened around the clock and for me it was great since I
love to spend hours in the bookstore reading books.
I then set off along the east coast, by train, to Taroko National Park.
Taroko is one of the most recent National Parks in Taiwan and became
National Park in 1986.
To enter in the N.P. I
had to also catch a bus until the camping ground
where I stayed for a couple of days.
I was the only one there and it drizzled throughout the day and only at
night it stoped a little.
When I was out in the night, and I had my torch with me, I heard some
noise in the vegetation and when I pointed my flesh light toward the
wood, at first sight it seemed a few fireflies, and I gently walked near
the edge up to when I could distinguish the silhouette of two jaguars
that immediately disappeared in the thick vegetation.
I had a fright and I waited to see if they were still around nearby myself
but I heared nothing else and so I went into my tent to sleep.
In the morning, the weather was better and sunny and I decided to go
for some trekking.
There are plentiful trails spread in the N.P. and I went for one called the
Swallow Grotto Trail.
This trail is pretty accessible and ther is a beautiful narrow emerald
green river making its way
through the gorge.
It is very peaceful and well maintained and I could also kindly have from
the National Park service a helmet in case some rocks fell down from the
It is a place of abundant wildlife according to the N.P. service with more
than 152 species of birds, including 14 endemic of taiwan.
about 15 species of amphibians and some 300 species of butterflies.
also 46 species of mammals like: black bear, wild boar and formosan
Flora is also abundant with its more than 2000 species of plants growing
within the park and many of them are rare or endangered.
I then moved further south to reach the amazingly beautiful Kenting
Here, there is a completely different weather and most of the time it is
I arrived in Hengchun Township and, as I got out from the train station, I
found a vibrant city full of market stalls and friendly people selling their
fresh produce and that general dirtiness that I like in these places.
It was like to be back in Mainland China
since that the lifestyle of people
and the atmosphere were the same and very different from the spotless
northern part of the country.
I found a fantastic place to the very end of the N.P. and for a few dollars
I could place my tent outside of a guesthouse.
It looked like an old farm with some barking dogs,a few rooms and a
shelter where the owners lived.
At night there was a cool breeze typical of the tropics and silent.
This is also the place of a famous movie "The life of Pie" and I had a visit
there for an entire.
The name of the beach is "baisha" but after this movie even this place
became a very much touristic spot with bars and food stalls scattered
further up the beach that have taken away all the serene and beauty of
But all in all I did enjoy this visit in this place and I was excited to be on
the spot where this movie's scene was set.
Definitely my favourite part of Taiwan and, even though in only some
places, still authentic.
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