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

Vegetarianism in Taiwan: Cooking at Home
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Vegetarianism in Taiwan: Cooking at Home

In Taiwan, eating out is certainly the cheaper option. You can get a bowl of noodles for as little as NT$40 (88p). For me though, there really is nothing like home-cooking. In my first post about vegetarianism outside the house in Taiwan, I mentioned that as vegetarians we often get asked the same question by … Continue reading

Jinyang Waterfall: a waterfall so secret…
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Jinyang Waterfall: a waterfall so secret…

Jinyang waterfall is infact so super secret, that I didn’t even take a picture. This was a crafty plan on our part to preserve the waterfall’s secret-ocity, and certainly not a cock-up on my part. Honest. Jinyang waterfall is little known, but completely stunning. Hidden away near Nan’ao in Yilan County, the waterfall spills aimlessly … 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

Vegetarianism in Taiwan: Eating Out
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Vegetarianism in Taiwan: Eating Out

As vegetarians, we often get asked the same question by incredulous meat-eaters: Is that not really difficult in Taiwan? Irrevocably followed by: What do you eat? In Taiwan, vegetarianism isn’t a strange concept at all. Buddhism is deeply rooted in Taiwanese culture and all Mahayana Buddhists refrain from meat-eating. Sometimes, they also omit foods including … 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