20 Sep, 2016 in East coast, Visions
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It’s been a few years since I last visited Taiwan, and it’s been even longer since I last visited the area around Keelung. My former visits were very memorable and arriving in Taiwan I was filled with nostalgia about almost everything I saw. On my last days before heading out not knowing when I’ll be […]

5 Feb, 2011 in East coast
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If you’re making your way to the east coast from Taipei, the nicest way to do it is by the slow train taking you through very scenic parts of north-eastern Taiwan.   All the following photos were taken while on the train, on some parts traveling as slow as 30-40km/hour. To me, for …

3 Feb, 2011 in East coast
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On a gloomy cloudy day in eastern Taiwan just before weather turned nasty and typhoon winds started blowing in, I decided it was time for me to finally do some of the legendary scenic highways going across the east coast – highway 11 and highway 9.  Some might find the sound of highway 9-11 a […]

13 Dec, 2010 in East coast
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Taiwan’s National Center for Traditional Arts (NCTA) set at Luodong in Yilan County is not often visited by tourists, but it’s worth a visit if you’re in the area.  Built to preserve the Taiwanese traditional arts, the park offers a variety of art performances, and an introduction on all that’s Taiwanese culture related. …

15 Sep, 2010 in East coast
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Set in Yilan County, about 20 minutes from Jiaoxi (礁溪) using Taiwan’s wonderful Taiwan Free Shuttle Bus services, is a popular short hiking trail of Linmen Shipan.     A Taiwanese government site introduces : Located at Jiaosi Township …

14 Aug, 2010 in East coast
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Fulong, aside from having a wonderful beach, also hosts an annual Fulong Sand Sculpture Festival (福隆沙雕藝術季). Artists come from all over Taiwan to carve their art into the sand, spending hours in the sun to get things right to their smallest details. The result, as you can see below, is spectacular. I don’t think I’ve […]

10 Aug, 2010 in East coast
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Turns out you don’t have to travel to the east coast and Kending to find beautiful white-sand beaches in Taiwan. As far as I can tell – Fulong beach, in the north-eastern part of Taiwan, does a fair job at competing with the Kending beaches.     Wikipedia introduces …

17 Jul, 2010 in East coast
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The aboriginal community in Taiwan is one of the most fascinating things about Taiwan. It holds the promise of culturally distinct local cultures with their own language, customs and life, living an old-fashioned traditional island life, unhurt by modernity. But, when it comes to tourism, Aboriginals are a money making machine. They bring …

5 Nov, 2008 in East coast
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Arriving late to Sixty Stone Mountain, it was getting dark and fogy and eventually it started to rain. I was lost and I had no idea how to get off the mountain. All turns I took led to nowhere. Finally, I saw a guy driving a scooter so I hailed him to stop and asked […]

3 Nov, 2008 in East coast
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On the way back from the East Coast tour I stopped at a small little town called Chihpen (or Zhi Ben), perhaps one of the most famous locations for hotsprings in Taiwan. The town is absolutely overwhelmed with all kinds of hotsprings, and it’s one of the few places in Taiwan I ran into aggressive […]

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