A Beautiful Witch’s Cauldron: Beitou Hot Springs
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A Beautiful Witch’s Cauldron: Beitou Hot Springs

Beitou hot spring valley was named paktaaw (witch) by its aboriginal inhabitants because the constant rising steam and strong sulphuric smell gives it the appearance of a witch’s cauldron. Aquamarine water, misty warmth and surrounding lush greenery – it’s the most beautiful witch’s cauldron I’ve ever heard about. Wandering up the hill, you eventually reach … Continue reading

12 Reasons why Taiwan is a good place to call Home
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12 Reasons why Taiwan is a good place to call Home

Taiwan really is overlooked both as a tourist destination and as a place to call home. This little known island in the Pacific Ocean is rarely recognised as independent from China but it is an entirely different place and environment. So here’s our run-down of 10 excellent reasons why moving to Taiwan could improve your … Continue reading

Why Kaohsiung was an Unexpectedly Awesome City
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Why Kaohsiung was an Unexpectedly Awesome City

Going all the way from LuoDong on the East coast to Taipei in the North to then take the HSR down the West coast to Zuoying (on the outskirts of Kaohsiung) to Kenting at the very South of Taiwan is a long journey. Rather than ruin a whole day with long-winded travel, we decided to … Continue reading

Joining the Dots: Fulong to Jiufen
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Joining the Dots: Fulong to Jiufen

Always trying to tack another dot onto the Taiwan map with our weekends, we ventured out into the onyx clouds caused by Typhoon Usagi to explore the coastline between Fulong and up to the mountains of Jinguashi and neighbouring Jiufen. We’ve made it to both Fulong and Jiufen before so now it was time for … Continue reading

Going to the Moon without Leaving the Earth: Yehliu Geopark
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Going to the Moon without Leaving the Earth: Yehliu Geopark

Yehliu geopark’s lunar-scape looks exquisitely alien, but if the blistering heat doesn’t bring you back down to earth, the throngs of tourists certainly will. Charlie and I undoubtedly enjoyed the fantastical geological formations and tranquil seascapes, yet for me it was certainly an enjoyment tinged with longing. I wished I could see the place by … Continue reading

Inside the Teapot: Hiking in Jinguashi
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Inside the Teapot: Hiking in Jinguashi

Climbing inside a teapot sounds just like something out of Alice in Wonderland to me. Of course, Teapot Mountain is quite different to the hallucinogenic landscapes of Lewis Carroll’s world but it’s just as enchanting. In the early morning sunshine, we made our way to the base of the trail, which is a 10-minute walk … Continue reading

What to Do in El Nido and Around
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What to Do in El Nido and Around

As you know, travelling to El Nido was no easy ride, but once you get there, your effort certainly reaps reward. El Nido – Spanish for ‘the nest’ – is tucked a moon-shaped bay of the Bacuit archipelago and acts as a nest for travellers wishing to explore the surrounding islands, cliffs and coral reefs. … Continue reading

Green Island: It’s Really Green
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Green Island: It’s Really Green

Green Island (Lǜ Dǎo) certainly lives up to its name, it is hugely lush, covered in dense green forest and surrounded by gleaming ocean. The small volcanic island sits off the east coast of Taiwan, so is of course accessible by ferry, or as its been termed elsewhere “a vomit boat.” Armed with motion sickness … Continue reading

Beyond Wufenqi: River-Tracing in Jiaoxi
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Beyond Wufenqi: River-Tracing in Jiaoxi

There’s more to Wufenqi than Wufenqi waterfall. Escape the throngs of day-trippers and within minutes you’ll have the tranquility of the forest to yourself. With Liezl and our couch-surfer Leo in tow, Charlie and I spent the last day of June in search of alternative waterfalls. What we found was enough to rival our adventures … Continue reading