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

There’s a Place in my ‘Art for Love Café
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There’s a Place in my ‘Art for Love Café

There has always been a place for Love Café in our hearts, ever since we did our first language exchange there when we first came to LuoDong. We often take an amble there for black iced coffee or fruit tea when we have a spare hour or so, and on our must recent trip we … Continue reading

Reach for the Sky: Tea & Hiking at Maokong
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Reach for the Sky: Tea & Hiking at Maokong

Maokong sits majestically on the edge of the Taipei basin, looking out over the city. In the past, Maokong was the largest tea-growing area in the capital, but these days it’s a hotspot for tea culture and hikers. Maokong is tipped as one of the things to do whilst in Taiwan, but despite that opinion … Continue reading

Devotion, Drums & Mangoes: Dragon Boat Festival
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Devotion, Drums & Mangoes: Dragon Boat Festival

After a stagnation of time with no public holidays since Tomb-Sweeping Day back in April,  Dragon Boat Festival is finally upon us! The origins of the festival are rooted in ancient Chinese culture when the seven states of China were at war. Dragon Boat commemorates Cyu Yuan, a poet and scholar, who threw himself into … Continue reading

Wheel be Back: Cycling in Pinglin
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Wheel be Back: Cycling in Pinglin

In our most recent grey-skied Taiwanese escapade, we headed out to the tea-infused, mountain-town of Pinglin, intent on renting a bicycle and free-wheeling our way out into the endless tea fields. After a bus ride that resembled a joyless tour of Taiwan’s grimmest electricity pylons, we disembarked at Pinglin only to be met by a despondency-inducing … Continue reading

Time just rolling by… A Taiwan To-Do List!
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Time just rolling by… A Taiwan To-Do List!

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, … Continue reading