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Alley 342, Lane 150, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
The base of Elephant Mountain is just a short walk from the base of Taipei 101 and offers one of the most accessible and stunning views of the city—except, perhaps, from the top of the tower itself. The hike up the mountain is steep, but can be...
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Alishan Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan 605
Alishan is likely the most famous, and most visited, mountain because of the incomparable tea grown there, its relatively easy access from major cities, and its association with the historic Taiwan Railroad. The best way to see Alishan is to hike...
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Taipei, Taiwan
Hot or cold, salty or sweet, food is a healthy obsession in Taiwan—and one that you can feed around the clock. Taiwan is famous for its night markets, which top 300 at last count. These gatherings are your opportunity to sample fresh tropical...
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"Lunch Box," as it’s affectionately known, is one of Taiwan’s best cheap eats. For approximately US$2.50, you can munch on your choice of chicken or pork served with an intricately decorated box of rice, sweet sausage, boiled egg, and sprouts. Opt...
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No. 216號, Section 2, Minzu Road, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Tainan is known for its xiaochi or "small eats" and there are plenty of delicious and cheap snacks in this vibrant city. The standout is the slack season noodles, developed from a century-old recipe and so named because they were sold by a...
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700, Taiwan, Tainan City, West Central District, Nanmen Road, 67號2F
Though tea is the drink of choice in Taiwan, the appropriately named Narrow Door Coffee has helped put coffee on the map in the city of Tainan. Walk by the unmarked entrance and you might miss your chance to squeeze through sideways and reach the...
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741, Taiwan, 台南市善化區西衛
Markets offer great insights into a country’s culture, and in Taiwan the night markets are a mandatory stop for observing local life. Sometimes spanning entire city blocks, the markets are an amusement park of sorts—complete with a midway of...
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West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
The Chihkan (meaning red-haired, not chicken) Tower is now partly a museum celebrating the Qing Dynasty's victory over the Dutch. As a teacher, though, I was more intrigued by the Wenchang Pavilion, dedicated to Kuixing (god of literature). Here,...
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No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
I have been to many memorials, castles, and government buildings, but the entryway to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is just stunning. I just love the boldness of the colors and architecture.
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251, Taiwan, 新北市淡水區北投
Beitou is an enchanting northern district in Taipei that lures visitors due to its beautiful scenery and famous variety of hot and cold springs. Beitou, to me, seemed magical. It lies in a valley flowing with geothermal rivers. There was a misty,...
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Qijin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 805
For many months while living in Taiwan, I'd passed (and smelled) roadside squid on a stick stands and avoided eating the Taiwanese treat. It's quite common to see squid on a stick throughout Taiwan, especially while strolling through night...
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Penghu County, Taiwan
On one of our last mornings in Penghu (Taiwan), we woke up early to head to the coast to try to catch the sunrise. Here, my friend Natasha hopes for a glimpse of the sun, the whole morning elusive behind the clouds. Though the morning was defined...
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No. 142, Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224
Jiufen is a snacking-and-strolling town - the Jiufen Tea House is one of the nicest places to stop for tea when you need a break (or a different kind of snack...)
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Qimei Township, Penghu County, Taiwan 883
Little Taiwan is a rocky platform located quite near to Taiwan's famous Double-Heart Stone Fishing Weir on Qimei Island in the Penghu Archipelago. This famous sweet-potato shaped rock is only visible at low tide. You can book a trip to Qimei by...
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885, Taiwan, 澎湖縣湖西鄉北寮村
Taiwan’s Penghu islands are a windy place. The owner of the B&B I stayed at in Penghu is an engineer from Taipei who moved to Penghu with his family so he could windsurf more often. The wind is particularly strong in winter and spring, when I...
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713, Taiwan, Tainan City, Zuozhen District, 南162鄉道
“Caoshan Moonworld is a chalky Badlands tucked in the southern part of Tainan’s Zuozhen District. This outlandish terrain of roughly eroded, razor-sharp ridges and limited vegetation is rarely mentioned in guidebooks because it is relatively hard...
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Lane 35, Guosheng Road, Anping District, Tainan City, Taiwan 708
Fort Anping (also known as Fort Zeelandia), located in the town of Anping in Tainan, Taiwan, is a fortress that was built over ten years from 1624 to 1634 by the Dutch Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie during its 38-year rule of the area. Fort...
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No. 108, Gubao Street, Anping District, Tainan City, Taiwan 708
Originally an office and warehouse for the Japan Salt Company during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, after WWII the warehouse was abandoned and became overgrown with tree roots. The sight of the tree-engulfed warehouse is quite beautiful, if...
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Lotus Pond, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 813
Enter the dragon's mouth and exit the tiger for good luck and prosperity at Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung. These colorful Chinese temples were built in 1960 as an extension to Ciji Temple on the opposite side of the street. Lotus Lake is probably the...
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Qijin 2nd Road, Qijin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 805
On our first morning in Kaohsiung we took the Cijin ferry across the harbour. A scorching hot day, we had to pause in every bit of shade, including the dappled shade under the lanterns at the Tianhou Temple. Then we had to buy hats and fans......
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Lotus Pond, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 813
Kaohsiung's Lotus Pond is a very exciting area to visit. I like that the whole pond is surround by foot and bike paths allowing you to take in the sights while getting some exercise at the same time. I also really liked the concentrated amount of...
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110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, 信義路五段150巷401弄31號
For a beautiful (and free) view of Taipei, hike up Elephant Mountain, near Taipei 101. The hike is pretty easy, nothing too steep, any one in decent shape can do it. You often see elderly couples enjoying the hike, as well as small children. Both...