After 6 months abroad, Luke and I have made a good dent in our exploration of Taiwan. We’ve hiked Taroko’s majestic gorges, once on death-defying scooter-back along the East Coast Mountain Highway, eaten sticky bamboo rice in the aboriginal Wulai, bathed in Jiaoxi’s hotsprings, released sky lanterns at Pingxi festival, ambled Daxi in the west, braved Taipei’s Ximending district, trekked the Caoling Historical Trail, lost ourselves in the Old Streets of Jiufen and cycled through the tea fields of Pinglin.
Now armed with 5 month-late travel guides, we have prepared a bucket-list for things we want to do in the next six months.
Around-the-island Scooter Ride
Luke’s dream of one man and his scooter out on the coastal highways of Taiwan. We shall see if this epic journey ever becomes a reality…
Beitou Hot Springs
We’ve done our local hot springs in Jiaoxi, but we’ve heard great things of the Beitou hot springs in the north of Taipei City. With public outdoor hot springs being gender-mixed and swimsuits on, I am keen to be in the outside world when relaxing in beautiful hot spring water.
Eat Stinky Tofu (chòu dòufu)
People say the stench of this fermented tofu can be smelt streets away from the vendor’s stall, but actually it doesn’t smell that bad to either of us. Still yet to eat it, but next time we smell it, we’ll eat it!
I may have spent more time complaining about A-Level Physical Geography than learning anything, but it certainly left me with an appreciation for quirky rock formations and strange coastal erosion.
Apparently it’s always sunny in Kenting. Well then why are we hanging about in rainy Yilan? Only because Kenting is at the southern-most tip of Taiwan, so to hit those lovely sandy beaches we’ve got to find enough time for the high-speed rail trip down there from Taipei.
Ah so everyone tells you that if you’re in Taipei then Maokong is the trip you’ve got to make. There’s some hikes, temples, teahouses and tea plantations, as well as a view of the whole of Taipei once you reach the top of the gondola.
Rainbow Village, Taichung
I read about Rainbow Village on another Taiwan blog, A Crusing Couple and thought it looked amaze. It’s an old ‘military-dependents’ village transformed by Huang Yung-Fu, an 86-year-old man with a paintbrush.
SPOT-Taipei Film House
Being the film buff that I am, I definitely want to make it to one of Taiwan’s few indie/arty cinemas, hopefully to see something from the Taiwan New Cinema era.
Sun Moon Lake
It’s said that the east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the name. It’s the largest body of water in Taiwan and one of the hot places to go.
Teapot Mountain (Mt. Wuerchahu)
So we made it over to Jiufen with the intent of getting on Teapot Mountain but unfortunately our plans were scuppered by rainy foggy rain.
Whale-watching and Turtle Mountain (Guishan) Island
Turtle island is just off the coast of Yilan, our Taiwan-home county, and the only active volcano in the county, so we’re keen to get on a boat out there, spot some whales and snorkel in the waters.
*Sadly these gorgeous photos aren’t our own, but they are all from awesome blogs/photo-blogs about Taiwan, so just click on the photos and you can hop over to the original corresponding blog post =)