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Jinshan District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 208
Jinshan is one of the oldest and most consistent surf spots in Taiwan. Located just outside of the town of Jinshan on the north coast just an hour's drive from Taipei, the highway in front of the beach is lined with numerous surf shops and a...
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No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10853
Longshan is not Taipei's largest temple, but its unique beauty and proximity to the MRT have made it a very popular one. It's an awesome place to stop by at sunset when the after-work crowd comes to worship. The temple fills with people from all...
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Taipei 101 was built in 2004 and was the tallest building in the world for six years. It stands over 1671 ft and towers above the skyline. On the ground floor there is a very upscale mall and many good places to eat.
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No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10853
An evening at Longshan Temple in Taipei. Incense smell in the air, light rain, people praying. Quite a magical moment on my first day in Taiwan.
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Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei by night from the second tallest building in the world, the Taipei 101. Unlike other big cities like Shanghai or Hong Kong, Taipei does not have a distinctive skyline, thus Taipei 101 really sticks out.
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No. 20, Lane 141, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
T. Loafer is hard to miss thanks to its colorful exterior, patched together from more than 20 salvaged window frames. Order a cup of hibiscus lemongrass tea and a pastry made with locally grown fruit. The shelves are stocked with books, regional...
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Liuqiu, Liuqiu Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan 929
This west-facing beach may appear to be white sand at a glance, but your bare feet will quickly discover that it's made of corse shards of coral, so watch your step. Rough edges aside, this beach is seldom visited (some people may have been known...
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No. 230, 濱海路二段頭城鎮宜蘭縣 Taiwan 261
The excellent swell and proximity to Taipei make Yilan one of the most popular places for surfing on the island. The swell is biggest and most consistent in the winter, but fun all year round.
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Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 226
If you’re logical, you might not make the trek to the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. Depending upon where you live, this is a long way to go for just a few hours of visual splendor in the sky. The fact is that the highlight lasts no more than about...
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Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 226
Lantern festivals represent the end of the Chinese New Year and have been part of the culture for more than 2,000 years. With a blaze of luminous glory that lasts from the 12th - 15th day of the New Year, colorful lanterns made of sheepskin,...
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No. 23, Zhongzheng Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 55546
One of the top tourist destinations in Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake has plenty to offer visitors, from biking trails to relaxing boat rides around the beautiful lake. What many people may not know is that the area is also rich in natural hot springs—a...
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Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area, Nantou County, Taiwan
Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan's largest fresh water lake. When I lived in Nantou County, central Taiwan, I would often ride my scooter to Sun Moon Lake for a bit of fresh air and reflection. One day I drove to the lake and traveled up a hill to the...
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Sun Moon Lake, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
In 2012 CNN News named Sun Moon Lake on the world’s “10 Breathing Cycling Rides.” The lake is Taiwan’s largest alpine lake, and visitors have the opportunity to cycle around the 29-kilometer perimeter of the shimmering turquoise waters. You can...
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946, Taiwan, Pingtung County, Hengchun Township, 屏東縣恆春鎮
This was our private balcony (room 31) - sadly it was too hot to enjoy the view from the bathtub, but the lounger made a good spot to watch the stars in the evening. The room decor was just as cool and when it turned to rain, we played cards in...
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946, Taiwan, Pingtung County, Hengchun Township, 白砂路
My photo does not do this beach justice. Flanked by coral, Baisha (which means "white sand" in Chinese) Beach is possibly the most beautiful beach on the island. Just outside of Kenting, this beach is popular with visitors year-round. There are...