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Win a trip to Taiwan Nov13

Win a trip to Taiwan

Here’s a dream trip I really hope one of my readers wins.  A week touring some of the best attractions in Taiwan – courtesy of the Taiwan Tourism Board and their co-sponsor, CheapOair. You know I normally don’t endorse contests when the entrant has to jump through all sorts of social media hurdles, has to get people to vote for their entry, etc.  I just think those are a waste. This one isn’t like that. Simply go to http://platform.votigo.com/fbsweeps/sweeps/TaiWin-a-Trip-to-Taiwan and register with your name and email.  You need to register by 11/25/13 at 12:00 a.m. EST. The winner will be chosen by random drawing. The winner and a friend...

Tainan, where Taiwan started Aug06

Tainan, where Taiwan started

When you want to get to the heart of Taiwan, a great place to start is Tainan, Taiwan’s oldest city. During Imperial times, this was the capital of Taiwan. Today it is the fifth largest city on the island. To get the best sense of life in the olden times, there’s no better place to head than the Anping District. Here you’ll find the sites of old forts and an impressive but odd tree house; not to mention an ample supply of night markets. Anping Old Fort When Tainan was founded by the Dutch in 1624, they erected a fort, taking over 10 years to complete it (Fort Zeelandia). It was later rebuilt by the Japanese during one of their occupations...

Narrow Door Cafe, eat too much and you’ll never leave Jun05

Narrow Door Cafe, ea...

Some places are difficult to find, but once you do, you can usually get in with no problem.  The Narrow Door Cafe is just the opposite.  It’s easy enough to find – it’s directly across the street from one of Tainan’s main attractions – the Confucius Shrine. The challenge is to get into the...

Enjoy Sun Moon Lake by land, bike, boat or from the air May30

Enjoy Sun Moon Lake by land, bike, boat or from th...

Sun Moon Lake has been drawing tourists since 1999, when it was reconstructed into a National Scenic Area after a major earthquake. It is now a 9,000 hectare vacation mecca for Taiwanese and international tourists alike. The largest alpine mountain lake in all of Taiwan, it’s perfectly located at almost the geographical center of the island. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, every direction you look can be a photo opportunity. Rising from 600 meters to 2,000 meters, the hills offer hiking and biking opportunities as well as wonderful overlooks. Approximately a dozen hiking trails of short to moderate distances offer something for...

Hualien is the gateway to eastern shore attractions May28

Hualien is the gateway to eastern shore attraction...

Cisingtan Scenic Bike Trail Midway down the eastern shoreline of Taiwan is the city of Hualien.  It’s just a short, under-an-hour flight from Taipei and you’ll find yourself next to lush green hills that parallel the seashore. This makes a perfect setting for the Cisingtan Scenic Bike Trail. The trail isn’t very long. It can be ridden one-way in about an hour. To the north is a fishing operation where people come to watch large fishing boats transfer their catch to smaller Zodiacs who then rush their loads to the beach. A waiting construction road grader catches their ropes and pulls them up onto the beach. From here, the fish are loaded on...

Take in the sights and tastes of Taiwan’s north coast May25

Take in the sights and tastes of Taiwan’s no...

YEHLIU GEOLOGICAL PARK Far up on the northeastern tip of Taiwan sits a fragile peninsula dotted with geological formations unique throughout the world. Mushroom-shaped rocks sit perched on pedestals looking like they have been set on display in an outdoor museum. But, in this case it was Mother Nature that formed these pitted artifacts and then through wind and erosion separately shaped their pedestals. Where the monsoons batter this thin sliver of natural wilderness, the limestone has taken on recognizable forms and 180 formations have been given names to represent their shapes. Wandering the length of the 1,700-meter-long cape you may...

Biking around Taiwan May23

Biking around Taiwan

Back in Taiwan, in search of some of their most beautiful biking and sightseeing areas. Hit the subscribe button (on the right) and get all the posts for the next week with slideshows of all the sights.   Our first stop was Taipei City where a network of bike paths ply all corners of the...

Best places to bike – Taiwan Feb29

Best places to bike ...

If there’s a country that “gets” biking, it’s Taiwan Home to the Giant Bike Company and King Liu, the country’s most ardent biker, Taiwan may be the world’s biking paradise. With phenomenal bike paths, natural parks, bike hotels and even bike coffee shops, this country offers more ways to...

Taiwan’s mineral springs and why you’ll love them Jan31

Taiwan’s mineral spr...

Taiwan has 128 hot mineral springs and many are piped right into your room Traveling to Taiwan conjures up so many different images: ornate temples, lush green valleys with mountain borders and night markets ablaze with all types of food delicacies. But, when you think of Taiwan, did you...

Taiwan Cup 2011 Oct31

Taiwan Cup 2011

Off to Taiwan for the 2011 World Cup Cycling Competition. Stay turn for pictures from the start of the event. Since last year’s Cup was a friendly warm-up competition, this year’s event will kick-off with team competitions representing Australia, China, Colombia, France, Japan, Netherlands,...