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

Time just rolling by… A Taiwan To-Do List!
Arts / Chinese Lanterns / Culture / Drawing/Painting / Festivals / Film/Cinema / Getting Around / Hikes/Trails / History / Hot Springs / Jiaoxi / Jiufen / Luodong / Parks / Pinglin / Pingxi / Taipei / Taiwan / Taroko / Tea / Temples / Wulai / Yilan

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

The Old Streets of Jiufen
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The Old Streets of Jiufen

Up in the emerald green mountains of Taiwan’s north-east coast sits Jiufen, a small gold-mining village so prosperous back in the Japanese era it became known as ‘Little Shanghai.’ After the decline of the gold-mining industry, Jiufen became a forgotten spot but its old flame has recently been rekindled. So enchanting are the twisted old … Continue reading

Good Sleeps: A-Home Wanchinghai Guesthouse
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Good Sleeps: A-Home Wanchinghai Guesthouse

After spending too many rainy weekends in a row inside, I decided that for Luke’s 22nd birthday I would book a surprise weekend away in Jiufen. Finding accommodation meant hours of me trawling the internet in a secret search for somewhere perfect. Of course, Luke would’ve been happy in a tent, but we don’t have … Continue reading