Hash Saturday

I went to the Gothenburg Hash run again...
Met up some ppl before departuring...
People from germany...
Eberth and some ericsson people...
We were about 20 people...
Oskar was also there...
Some instructions about how its all carried out...
And a lady from malaysia, who use to go hash run there...
And it pased by some play ground...
And a cable way, but it was too slow for everyone to ride on...
Eberth was enjoying the ride...he usually prefers to cycle...
Omg...a specla sign, that means that only female hashers can look for the next spot...
Many people taking pics...
And a Hash View...
Omg...many stairs at sävedalen...
The first 2 up had to return back to the last two runners...tough luck...
And some Beer Stop and IDS...which means that ppl can swim in the 4:ish degree lake...
Only 1 guy, and 2 dogs swam...
This time I wasnt driving car so I could drink their beers...
...we later passed by another hash view...
Omg Brudaremossens TV-antenna...epic...
We also passed by the place where my borther started last year, when he cyceled to Paris...
Last steps fro Eberth...
Epic6guy is streching (Oskars hash name)...
Many glasses of beer...
the new commers had to drink, such a punishment...
The host had some cool cars...Oskar was stunned since his father has the same kind of car...
Many toys..
They also had shirts
And we had some soup...
And beer...
And we had to sign the book of attendance...
"#6. Epic6Guy"...
We were discussin cycling and adventures the whole after noon with other ppl there with same interests...
A guy there went to Iran to ski som years ago...and took a pic of their saftey requirements...but above this was the rule that islamic dress must be weared by female...
And ome pic of japan, where they always have alot of snow...
Next stop was the bike kitchen...
We had some bikes to fix...
We ended the day with some pizza and beer...
Eberth often finds intersting offer in the store where he lives at...
We used some African spice...tated like normal aromatic...but it was said to be "african"...
Omg...a sign that easter is on its way...

A 30 year birthday bash

Passing by some governmental organisations some day ago...
Some of them are very slow...
Omg, I saw an eagle...but it flew away when i took the pic...can u see it?
Later on I went for an All-ypou-can-eat hamburger buffet...stille pretty good...
I had some 5-6 urbers I think...
Oskar was there..for the first time...he liked it...
My cousin was also there...I think he had 4 burgers...
Omg...he as filming me...and reporting to his sister...
We were some eight people in total...and it was the last night they had this burger offer...
Omg...oskar was wearing his chakmers and rotaract pins...
Both Christian and Eberth wen all in on beers...
Oskar had an anti-sneak filter on his phone...
Spring is comming, Eberth is wearing T-shirt to work...
In ther evening I went to a birthday bash...
I had a beer thats locally broduced...I never herad of...shame on me...
And a pizza without tomato sauce...
If gotheburg area has 6:ish micro breweries...the west coast of sweden must have maybe 50-100...so many small brands that i never heard of...
Fredrik was there...he said "this is my last beer"...2 times...epic fail...
Just like in taiwan, the brewery bars have some decription of the brewing process on the wall...
I finished the day with a german lager...its almost as cheap as in germany...
As the tradition says...I had some chilis later one when I passed by eberth house...

Waffle, Ice cream car and Moroccan lemons

It is waffle day...
I had a waffle...or two...i think the flavour of the crispy ones are really good...(just fluor, water and whipped cream)...
I also had one of my moroccan lemons that I made 2 years ago...its interesting how long they last...
And as a final, I managed to catch the icecream car...
It reminds me of the garbage truck in Taiwan...but with different content...

Preparing waffle

I did some waffle today...
Soon the waffle day will be...25th of march...

A visit to Gothenburg

I met up with Anders yesterday...
We paid a visit at the fair again...
We were 3 ppl in our "exploring the world"-team...
Cuz we went to the tourist fair...
Omg...Retrovägen, I helped them last year I was here...
Anders did very well in the games...
We also passed by the china-stand...
Cool...now they are using the 72-hour visa free stay as an argument to visit china...thats good...
We also won some candies...("we"=anders)...
I later on joined Eberth to Cyckelköket..its heaven for guys like us...
Bikes and bikes...
I had 2 broken bikes...
Some tires were stuck...
But it was easily adjusted...
It was fun..i stayed for like 5 hours..just adding and adjusting...
They used coffee to clean dirty hands...
Omg...a brake light...like a car...
Some eletric adjustments..
And a late night ride back home...

After wok

Some day ago I went to my favorite After Work place...
They have pizza, pies etc...
Eberth joined up...
He also gave me back some canides that he took from me yesterday...as a symbolic gesture...
After a while more friends showed up...i wonder if they like the place as much as I do...

A visit to the burger bar

A short visit to the fair in Gothenburg was paid some days ago...
A tourist expo...
And later on I had a meeting at a resturant...which I also visited some weeks ago...
Omg...hamburger buffet...
Same as last time...not that many people...but many hamburgers...
First round...
I met some foreigners from Czech republic...etc...
Third one...
Omg my friend Anders had his Narrativr camera available...
He is close to get an SJ Prio Black card...omg...respect...
I also got intreoduced to this website..."dingystore"...they sell cool design stuff...

Hanging out in Gothenburg

I recently passed by the All you can eat hambuger place again... After som meetings with old ABB friends and some bike pick up. And a standard AW in the city...

Hamburger hangout

Some partly cloud free sky...
In the march evening...
Sweden has many iranian immigrants...thus, they have a big event in Gothenburg on their new year...
Omg...many ppl, however they spoke mostly persian...to bad...only themselves can enjoy...
I headed to Burgersson...a burger bar in central gothenburg...
They had a "Magic Mushroom" burger...
Oskar picked the place...it was also his birthday but he tried to keep low profile...
Omg...some fragile cactus
The burger was good...but pretty small, I didnd really read the italic fonted text in the bottom...no fries included....
Oskar shared some events that we plan to have in the spring...in an organsiation that we are members of...
Pretty exciting...and many opinions...
When I returned to the persian party...they had some singer with bierd screaming...that was interesting...
I made som short visit to people, Ebeth insisted on beer as usual...
And also to feed me with vanilla sauce :S
He also showe dme some useful shoe heaters...omg...epic...

Some sight seeing in Gothenburg

Days of preparing in the garden is starting...
Another plans...
And another sunset...
Its flower time...
And the swedes like to stay in the sun...(most of them)...
More flowers..typical eater time...
We also passed kungshöjd...
To check some view...
And play with some kids...
And inspect the cheapest snus in gotheburg...
Near Örgryte...
We also went to recycle some cans...
And try some Russian Zapiekanki...
Karl was making some meat..
Heavy food...i think it cointained some semolina...
Karl insisted on some quality time...
So we listened to some songs on his speaker...
And he went to do some ironing...
We finished by inspecting the meat...it was good...

A "no-fish" record trial...

Its sunny springdays in Sweden nowadays...
And the weather is getting warmer (minus in the nights, up to 10:ish in the days)...
I went out to catch som efish yesterday...
My fishing expert friend Frank joined up...
He almost catched some...but still we managed to not get any...
I passively fished why rowing...
Sun sets around 18 nowadays...
But the temperature drops fast after sunset...
I also planned to make a video for a camera compatition...but the "final prestige" is when I catch a fish...to bad that didnt happen...
Instead I took some other sky pics...I will adjust my camera to get the stars in the same pic (just put a delay on the exposure i thing)...
We also prepared some plants..for summer
Frank gave me his advices in this too...

Easter is approaching

I made a quick visit east yesterday...
Join mysister to some office...
And saw moms in a book for kids, smoking...it looks very relaxing...
Omg..alot of new cider in the store...
The lättöl is still cheapest in örgryte-gothenburg...
Omg...easter decoration....
I joined the "A-team" in the park...with a swedish beer...
oh, people here weight 69:ish kilos...a little bit ligher that on the west coast...
I also tried a french baguette...
At Petite France ...many ppl like to eat outside now in the 10-15 degree spring weather...
The Leather Nun will play in stockholm soon. I just to like their songs when i was younger...it was nice "snowbaord movie" songs...
Finally I visited an interesting store...
With ninja clothes..that fits me perfect...Pirate or ninja? I chose both!

Business with china event

I did a visit at the Sweden-China Tradel councils information meeting recently.
I also visited my chinese friend Min...
We got information about the new "apple watch"...but seems more lika an "add-on" to an iphone than a real watch...
Omg...such a nice ship...I will build myself one of these, one day...(when i was 10 i did an attempt, but didnt have that much equipment to finish in an easy way)...
And ofcourse chairman Mao with the swedish flag (sweden was the first country which had diplomatic relations with china after the revolution 1949)...
We also continued to a Sweden - China Trade Council presentation...
They mixed business related information with history...
I recognized many culture features...
And negotiation tactics...
Min, also recognized some...
And later we had chance to ask questions...
Omg, I also observed a hare that didnt fear humans...later on...
And visited my friend Oskar...
He made som smorgasbord...pretty nice...

A recent house visit

I reencly went to a friends house...
To check out the interior desig etc...this house is from 1904...pretty old...
Many instruments...
And interesting drawings of it...
I got some suar berried in elder flower juice...
Omg...to many carpets...
And some exclusive roe...
And they also had some chinese paintings...
Omg a classic swedish dish..which actuallt is from turkey..."stuffed cabbage" or Kåldolmar...
The environment looks like in canada...or sweden...same same..
And plums for dessert...
Omg...honey liqueur...tasted like the ones that were produces in the azores in portugal but this was from some baltic state....
This drawing was pretty nice...I might do one myself later...so colourful...
And a classic cat...
And the decanter had space for icecubes...pretty interesting...2015 continues...

Estate event

I had a evening meeting last night...
Passed by some Gotha towers initally......
And went to ask out some real estate companies...
Omg...intereior design...
There is no "right or wrong"...except when I decide...
Some professional lawyers and PM´s...
My friend wanted to go here later...
Omg, a broker ATM...
I had some Mariestad non alcoholic beer...
They had many cans in here...(dar pic)...sorry...
And a snus cup...now when noone can smoke inside...I also hooked up with a DJ friend...DJ X_beat Sweden...
I also had som Lättöl at a friends place...
And inspected his flowers...
Omg...some turkish syrup, pretty sour but interesitng,..seems to cointain alot os sugar, of the acid kind...
Made of this...
I also went all in on chilli...good for health some people say...2015 continues...

Cinnamon bun session

A sunny early spring day...
It looks the same, but the sun will set more to the west as we appriach june... 
And tomorrow it will be full moon...
I made some fiber rish cinnamon buns in the evening...
A classic recipe...
Alot of fat, but not that much flour...(ingredients: butter, milk, yeast, salt, sugar, cinnamon and several kind of fiber rich flour)...

Some polish food session

Recently I made some Zapiekanka...
Its like an american Pan pizza but more to the "toast" way...
I started with the bread...a nirmal baguette...
Cutted it open...
And added some tomato and cheese...
Done...its not that complicated, but still very polish...i think...

What to do in Taiwan?

My friend recently asked me what one can do in Taiwan, as a tourist. Below is what I 
spontaneously recommended (for a 1-2-3 weeks visit). If you are a student, or have some card looking like a student ID, or driver license, bring it where ever u go, since student discounts often are offered (some people even manage to rent scooters by showing a library card!?!).
I also advice you to rent a car, for this you need a international driver license (Taiwanese companies became more strict since 2011 with car rentals for some reason), and then you can drive around the island. it´s about 1200:ish kilometers in total.
The price level differ at the north compare to the south and east (taipei is most expensive) of the island, but cheapest hostels are around 300-500NTD per night, and hotels are probably around 500-1000NTD.
 
Else remember that Buses, Trains and High Speed Rail, Scooter and Car are ways to travel on the west part of Taiwan. Car and Scooter and Train are usable on the East part. In the mountain area, cars and scooters are needed. (If you don´t choose to cycle).
 
 

Johan´s traveling suggestions in Taiwan (for people whos staying for some week) are: 


 

Taipei & "Taipei New City"

 
 

National Palace Museum:

 
 
Why? All the treasures from the forbidden city in Beijing is taken here…mostly jade and some old pottery. They have 12 exhibitions that they switch every 6 month...so it takes some years to see all of them...The museum is in Taipei City, but still some 40 minutes by MRT and bus from Taipei main station.
 
 
 

More info at: 

http://www.npm.gov.tw/en

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Palace_Museum

 

 


 

Longshan Night Market “Snake alley”

 
 

Why? Its one of the oldest and coolest night markets (most of them look the same all over Taiwan, but this one is a little special) (other night markets that’s “famous” in Taipei are “Shilin” night market and “Guting” night market. (the MRT station has the same names as the markets))

Info: Take MRT (it’s the name of the metro), to Longshan station (one station from Taipei main station), and ask how to go, its about 2-3 minutes from the station. The Taiwanese movie Monga, which deals with some mafia gang members was partly made here. You can also try some Snake and Turtle here.

 

 

More info at: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_Alley_(Taipei)

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/taiwan/taipei/sights/markets-bazaars/snake-alley

 


 

Taipei 101

 
 
Why? Its one of the highest buildings in the world (508 meters high)
Info: Take the MRT to the Taipei 101 station (it´s on the east part of the city)…
It use to be the highest building in the world, however a little bit over rated… look further down how to better experience Taipei 101 (in the hikes). But it has the worlds fastest elevator… They also have some hiking trails near here (walk south from Taipei 101, until you reach the jungle, one famous trail is “the 4 beasts” starting with the “elephant mountain”. More info about these hikes are found on Google.

 

 

More info at:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taipei_101

 

#6 in Tallest buildings in the world 2015 at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_the_world

 

#9 in free standing structures 2015 at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_and_structures_in_the_world

 


 

Maokong Gongola

 
 
Why? A nice place to visit, up in the mountains, not far from Taipei zoo, its famous for the tea houses and its great view over Taipei city…It is also a spot to relax at any of the tea houses, or go for a hike. If you are brave and want somthing extra you may take the special cabin that has a glass floor.

Info: (take the MRT (Neihu line towards the end station Taipei Zoo, and you will find the gondola station, you can use the MRT-card or MRT-badge to enter).

 

 

 

 

More info at:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maokong_Gondola

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/june/a-trip-to-maokong.html

 


 

Taipei Zoo

 
Why? Only a few zoos in the world has pandas. I think Taipei zoo is one of the biggest in Asia (or so I heard). The names of the pandas are in Chinese something like "Re-unite" and has been a political discussion, since China claims preservation fees for all the worlds pandas, except the ones in China (and then they didn´t ask for the fee from Taiwan, which was considered provocative).

Info: The brown Neihu line (south bound) takes you all the way to the zoo.

 

 

More info at: 

 

english.zoo.gov.taipei

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taipei_Zoo

 


 

Yangming Mountain

 
 
Why? Taiwanese people loves mountains, and this is the highest near Taipei. It also has a lot of hot springs and hotspring activities. Yangming shan also has wild hot springs. The most popular season to go here is during early spring "cherry blossom" season. Just remember that Taiwanese locals like to go here during weekends, Thus its super looooong queues, I recommend people to take scooter, bike or bus here, especially if you want to go on holidays and Saturday/Sundays.

Info: Take MRT (red line north) to Beitou station, from there you take bus (you can ask at the station).

 

 

 

More info at:

 

english.ymsnp.gov.tw

 

Partly related blog post:

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/august/a-saturday-trip-in-northern-taipei.html

 


 

Wulai

 
 
Why? Taiwan has 14 aboriginal tribes, most of them lives in the south and east part of Taiwan, but here in the mountain south of Taipei there are a lot of aboriginal traces. “Wulai” (originally "Urai") means “hot spring” in the Atayal language. They have plenty of hot springs in this area, some are public others you rent a room, and you can even swim for free in the hot river (if you walk pass the little village. You can also try aboriginal food, and take some hikes here. Free foot bath in the city center. In general Beitou hot springs are a little cheaper, however the Wulai hot springs are carbonated hot springs, while Beitou is sulphur, so for people who don´t like the "egg smell", come to Wulai´s hot spring.

Info: Take MRT south to Xindian, ask for the bus to Wulai, it should be “green 3”, but might have changed.

 

 

More info at: 

 

wikitravel.org/en/Wulai

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/june/another-trip-to-wulai.html

 

 


 

Pingxi and Shifen

 
 
Why? A place up in the jungle/mountains, famous for its flying lanterns. Easiest to get here is by Train (north) from Taipei, tickets can be bought at Taipei main station. And ask them how to go. They have a connection train to Pingxi, which is very small and cute., or take taxi, or bus is to go here. Personally I went by scooter most of the time. However it can be tricky to rent a scooter in Taipei without a driver licence (in the south and eastern parts of Taiwan it´s easier).. Near Pingxi Taiwan´s largest waterfall can be found in Shifen. However they charge you money to see the waterfall, and thus I think it is over rated, most people I know turn at the entrance.Hiking-wise they have some really nice hikes here, just ask some locals and they will show you some 1-2 hour trails.
 
 

More info at:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pingxi_District

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shifen_waterfall

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2014/august/a-day-at-northeastern-taiwan.html

 

Most waterfalls in taiwan listed:

http://taiwanswaterfalls.com


 

Juifen & Gold museum

 
 
Why? Seen the anime movie Spirited away? It was inspired by Juifen, which makes you feel like in an Italian coastal village, try the local food and enjoy the tea bar. If you continue some kilometers south along the road, you can visit old Japanese village that was big during the gold rush some 50 years ago. They also have a hike to “tea pot mountain”, you can see signs near the museum (the museum has the largest gold bar in the world, which you can touch, security is not that important in Taiwan). They also have plenty or trails in the area. Teapot mountain is close to the gold museum, just follow the trail signs that are found nearby.

Info: Bus from Taipei, or train with connection bus.

 

 

More info at:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiufen

 

 

wikitravel.org/en/Jiufen

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2014/august/a-trip-to-teapot-mountain-and-the-gold-muesum.html


 

Ximen

 
 
Why? Ximen is the “times square” of Taipei. I love the gay street which is one of the few spots where you can sit outside in Taipei. "Ximen" means West gate" in Chinese, and its actually possible to see a monument of a "gate" both south and north of the MRT station. 

Info: Take MRT to Ximen station (blue bannan line). The gay street is behind the red building near exit 6.

 

 

 

 

More info at: 

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ximending

 

www.redhouse.org.tw

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/october/a-night-in-ximen.html


 

Lin Family Garden

 
 
In the south western parts of Taipei, near Banqiao, there is a hidden garden which design and architecture reminds a lot of the ancient Chinese houses. Almost like the Hutongs in Beijing, but here its more peaceful and more focus on quality of the real estate. Just walk around and feel the Asian spirits dancing around. Perhaps also enjoy a tea from a local tea store.
 
The easiest way to go here it to take MRT from Taipei Main station, and leave one MRT station after Banqiao, then walk west. Both Google maps and the links below has further information about the address.
 
 

More info at:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin_Family_Mansion_and_Garden

 

http://www.linfamily.ntpc.gov.tw

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/august/a-visit-to-the-lin-family-mansion-and-garden.html

 


 

Fulong beach

 
 
Why? If you like the beach, you should go here. Just take the train (you can even use your MRT card of badge) north towards Yilan/Hualien etc  (in Taipei there are more or less only 1 north bound and 1 south bound line). The stations name is Fulong, and just ask how to go to the ocean, it’s a 5-10 minutes walk. They also have nice festivals here occasionally.
 
 
 
 

More info at: 

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulong_Beach

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/july/a-visit-to-fulong.html

 

wikitravel.org/en/Fulong

 


 

Caoling Trail

 
 
Why? Some people say it’s the easiest hiking trail near Taipei, and its an 2-3 hour walk (maybe). You go to Fulong station (just as above) and ask your way, of follow the signs). Most hiking trails are found online if you Google.

Info: its mostly roads initially, bring some food etc, it becomes a nice picnic. The trail ends further south, near another train station. Which will take you back to Taipei.

 

 

 

More info at: 

 

http://www.taiwan-adventures.com/trips-and-tours/day-trips/caoling-historic-trail

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/august/caoling-historical-trail.html

 

wikitravel.org/en/Fulong

 


 

Waiao Surfing

 
 
Why? Yes Taiwanese people surf! From Taipei you take the train north, towards Yilan/Hualian etc. And leave at the station Waiao. Locals say that the best surfing is in the morning, but I arrived many times after lunch, for some hours surf.  At the train station, walk to the coastline, along the path south. After some 2 kilometers you will see the surf shops. They speak English and u can rent board and clothes for like 500NTD, they will also offer you food chairs etc, at the beach and sometimes free teaching course. For advanced surfers I would recommend to surf down in Taidong or Green island. Waiao is partly protected by Turtle Island, and thus the waves are more suitable for beginners. And its a perfect 1 day trip from the north western part or Taiwan.

Info: Train north, leave at Waiao station, walk south along the coast for some kilometers.

 

More info at: 

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/march/a-surf-trip-to-waiao.html

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/category/surfing-in-taiwan.html

 

https://hikingandridingintaipei.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/surfing-wushigang-%E7%83%8F%E7%9F%B3%E6%B8%AF-and-wai-ao-%E5%A4%96%E6%BE%B3-how-to-get-there

 


 

Shiding 20cm ridge

 
 
Why? Interesting cliffs and jungle some 30 minutes from Taipei. Its a perfect 1 day hike, when you actually can spot the top of Taipei 101 in the horizon. Some peaks on this trail has temples. It is a good chance that you meet other Taiwanese hikers, who probably can give you some recommendations for other nice hikes.

Info: Take MRT south to Muzha station, and transfer to bus 666, leave at Shiding (or Shiting) station, pass the village and look for stairs and a sign for the trail. You will return to the same spot after the trail is done.

 

 

More info at:

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/july/searching-for-the-20cm-ridge-at-shijing.html

 

Shiding oldstreet:

http://taiwan-photography-blog.com/2010/08/03/must-see-taiwan-shiding-and-shenkeng

Also lonely planet explains how to reach this trail.


 

Tamsui

 
 
Why? Nice market and walk, tea bars and hang out, where Taipei meets the ocean.  Perfect to be around sunset. It also has on of the oldest houses in Taiwan from 1623, build by the Spanish people.

Info: Take red line north to the end station (Tamsui) and you will find the place directly. It takes 40-50 minutes by MRT, just be aware. Usually the last MRT leaves the end station around midnight!

 

 

More info at: 

 

wikitravel.org/en/Tamsui

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamsui_District

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2014/july/a-trip-to-danshui.html

 


 

ShiDa night market

 
 
Why? Its actually more like a student block, but the night market and the restaurant here are nice. Check my blog post below, for some restaurants that many people say "are famous" (which in Taiwan means are good?!?!)

You take the MRT to Technology building station, and ask for “Shida road”, from there you walk north, and ask people where the night market is.

 

 

 

More info at: 

 

https://guidetotaipei.com/visit/shi-da-night-market-師大夜市

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/january/exploring-shidaagain.html


 

Guting Riverside park

 
 
Why? Actually not that special for a tourist. But for people who lived in Taipei for 5 years and are sick of scooters, scooters, scooters…Guting riverside part is a nice escape. From Guting MRT station you walk south, until you reach the river. Only accessible by walking or biking. You can use the public bike system, if u register. It’s a nice tour to enjoy the sun set, they also have some tea bars. This park is also perfect if you just want to go for a run in the city without inhaling fumes from the scooters.
 
 
 

More info at:

 

https://foursquare.com/v/%E5%8F%A4%E4%BA%AD%E6%B2%B3%E6%BF%B1%E5%85%AC%E5%9C%92-guting-riverside-park/4baebdf2f964a520fad33be3

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/august/a-sunday-evening-in-august.html

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/april/guting-riverside-park-hang-out.html


 

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

 
 
Why? Just makes you feel like you are in the “Republic of China”. Chiang Kai-Shek was a friend of Chinas chairman Mao, but they later on got enemies, and Chiang Kai-Shek escaped to Taiwan, (with treasures form the forbidden city), his plan was that when the communist regime collapsed, Taiwan and China would reunite. However this hasn’t been the case. And in 1970 united nations kicked Taiwan out, and as new generation Taiwanese kids grow up they are not keen to join a communist China, when they can have democracy (however Chiang Kai-Shek is not that popular in these days, people prefer to call Sen Yat Sen the father of Taiwan, who formed the country already in 1911 (from when they start to count their years). This also split the country in 2 parts, “China friendly” (blue political party) and “less China friendly” (green party). Whatever you do, don’t talk to much about the political situation with Taiwanese people, especially if there is more than one person nearby, since they might start to argue.

Info: take the MRT to the station “Chiang Kai-She Memorial Hall Station” (its south of Taipei main station)

Hostels in Taipei:

I think the cheapest ones can be found on hostels.com, like Happy family hostel and Elephant hostel But also my friends hostel is “Three little birds Taipei” is found at:

 

 

More info at:

 

https://www.facebook.com/threelittlebirdstpe?fref=ts

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Kai-shek_Memorial_Hall

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Kai-shek_Memorial_Hall_Station


 

Sanxia Trail

 
 
On the road 7 connection in southern Taipei, a place called Sanxia is places just where the mountain starts.Its a perfect place for 1 day hikes. An easy way to get there is by scooter or bike (it is like 20-30km south of Taipei city, taking road 3 south), when it connects with Road 7 a convenient store, take left and continue another 2-3 km for this hike, else continue further (many hikes are marked with signs at the trail entrances). If you want a wild hot spring, you need to continue anohter 40-50 kilometers (Sileng hot spring, which is pretty cool)..
 

They have several trails in the area, this one is probably the closest from Taipei, and has easy parts.If you don´t want to go this far south, one can find many other trails along road 3 between Tucheng and Sanxia.

 

 

More info at:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_JEUhXWYkY

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2014/february/2-hikes-in-1-day.html

 

https://hikingtaiwan.wordpress.com/tag/sanxia

 

Similar Sanxia hikes:

http://hikingintaiwan.blogspot.se/2007/12/wulai-to-sanxia.html

 

 


 

Kavalan Whisky Destillery

 
 
It is highly ranked and awarded with many prizes. It is even available at the Swedish Systembolaget. Kavalan Whisky. They have several kind of whisky, and have since some years offered guided tours and whisky courses at the factory in Yilan. Preferably visited when visiting Yilan city, which is said to be the most rainy place in Taiwan. 2015 Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique a number of prizes including a gold awards from the Beverage Tasting Institute (World Whiskies Awards) (see links below).
 
 
 
 
 
More info at:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kavalan_distillery
 
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/taiwanese-whisky-named-best-in-the-world-10125563.html
 
http://time.com/3753768/world-best-whisky-taiwan-kavalan-world-whiskies-awards
 
http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2012/october/yilan-whisky-distillery-visit.html
 
 
www.kavalanwhisky.com/en/about
 

 
 

Yehliu Geopark

 
 
Just some hour from Taipei City, there is geological park just at the coast line at the very north of Taiwan, named Yehlui ( 野柳 ) (just along road 2). The "Queen's Head" (女王頭), is a very famous landmark in Taiwan (seen on the picture). It is a geological park where the rocks formed shapes that looks very interesting, and the most spectacular shape. While visiting the park, one can also take a ride to two of the northern most island of Taiwan. Heping island and Keelung island, the later one might be hard to get to, but ask at the harbour east of Keelung, they offer some random rides.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
http://www.ylgeopark.org.tw/ENG/info/YlIntroduction_en.aspx
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yehliu
 
http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2012/august/travelling-in-northern-taiwan.html
 
http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2014/february/an-attempt-to-visit-keelung-island-2.html
 
 

 

Turtle island

 
 
This island on the north east of Taiwan was a military area until 2001 something. After that it became a tourist island, however, the requirement for permit remains "never ask why" locals often say. You need to apply for a permit, and bring your passport. But this island near Yilan in the north of Taiwan has an “under water hot spring” (There are only 4 of these in the world! (that we know about)). Its also the only active volcano in Taiwan, even if it doesn’t look much as a volcano in the 1970:ies more than 600 people lived on the island, which had its own school and stores. Today its pretty empty.
 
 

More info at:

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2012/october/a-visit-to-turtle-island.html

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guishan_Island_(Yilan)

 


 

Middle of Taiwan

 
 

DaJia Mazu Temple (north of Taichung)

 
 
Famous for being the tampe for the “most powerful goddess” and that the temple owner is in the mafia (which most temple owners are in Taiwan). Fun to see is a  250 kilo large gold statue, and a white jade statue, in the basement, thus: the richest temple in Taiwan) (north of Taichung). And pay attention to that the door is always open, without guards and barely any cameras...but i guess a 250 kilo statue is easy to smash but hard to grab...
 
 
 
 

More info at: 

 

http://www.rtaiwanr.com/dajia-mazu-temple

 

http://www.travelking.com.tw/eng/tourguide/taichung/da-jia-zhen-lan-temple.html


 

Alishan

 
 
Overrated place for many reasons, but a nice forest recreation area and they also have nice aboriginal artefacts. Their hiking possibilities use to be good, where you more or less could cross some larger mountains to get to Nantou and a lake created by an earthquake, but they are closed due to landslides. Most Chinese people go here to see the view (sun rise), its pretty nice and sometimes cold (elevation over 2000 meters), you can also see Taiwan´s highest mountain Jade mountain" from the top if Alishan. They have some easy hikes nearby that are open.
 
 
 

More info at:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alishan_National_Scenic_Area

 

http://wikitravel.org/en/Alishan

 


 

Sunmoon lake

 
 
The largest lake in Taiwan, made by the Japanese, also a little over rated, but still interesting to see a lake in Taiwan. They also have some theme park near by. It is popular to rent a bike and cycle around the lake or take a tour on the lake, they have plenty of boat rides. It is not OK to swim there, except during a race held in the summer. But they have some hiking trails in the area. Recommended is to watch the aboriginal activities, the tribe living here are rather small compare to other groups.
 
 
 

More info at: 

 

www.sunmoonlake.gov.tw/English

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Moon_Lake

 

wikitravel.org/en/Sun_Moon_Lake


 

Lugang

 
 
One of the oldest cities in Taiwan, near Taichung, it has a nice red brick path that you can walk ,and many nice houses in the old city. Many cities in Taiwan has "old roads" like this one, mostly made by red bricks. However this might be one of the oldest. And a unique history. Don't forget to check the "half well" and visit the temples in the area.
 
 
 
 
 

More info at:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lukang,_Changhua

 

http://www.travelking.com.tw/eng/tourguide/taiwanoldstreets/lukang-old-street.html


 

Taiwan Times Village

 
 
What is Taiwan? History-wise, culture and retro-culture? This recently opened arena is a great way to explore the Taiwanese peoples own view of Taiwan´s recent History. Stands about comics, great entertainment, aboriginal artefacts and old train stations and police stations are possible to visit. Classic soft porn and actors walking around. Kind of touristic but that's why we are here...See more info about how to find the place and when its open below, (location wise its rather middle-southern parts of Taiwan, in Nantou).
 
 
 
More info at:
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_Times_Village
 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2014/march/jiayi-marathon.html

 

http://www.rtaiwanr.com/taiwan-times-village


 

921 Earthquake Museum Of Taiwan (Nantou)

 
A huge earthquake happened some decade ago, and demolished many parts of Taiwan Most spectacular area due to this is the Nantou region, which a lake created from the earthquake, and a school that was totally destroyed. This school is now a museum, and is worth a visit, showing what causes earthquakes and how to build houses and skyscrapers that are earthquake safe.
 
 
 
 
 
More info at:
 
www.921emt.edu.tw
 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/921_Earthquake_Museum_of_Taiwan
 

 

Hehuan mountain

 
 
The highest road in Taiwan, above 3000 meters was built for the military, however now its a public road. Where road 7 from north, 8 from east to west and road 14 from the south all meets. You need car or scooter preferably to get here. Taking road 7 from Yilan (in the north) or road 14 from Nantou (from the middle of Taiwan). It’s a nice view, where you (during sunny day) can see 200 km away. The highest toilet in Taiwan is said to be here. Amazing for people who barely seen mountains, nor seen snow. It is also a easy place to get to, compare to other mountains, and a great way to see the "real Taiwan" since Taiwan mainly is a mountain island.
 
 
 

More info at:

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2010/december/mountain-climbing-in-taiwan.html

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hehuanshan


 

Other mountains above 3000 meters

 
 
Officially there are about 100 peaks above 3000 meters in Taiwan, and you often need to apply for permit to enter the trail, you do this on the national park´s home page. You can, if you are a foreigners, apply at the spot (for non popular mountains) the popular ones are “Jade mountain” and “Snow mountain” (the highest and second highest ones). Ask Johan for more info.

 

 

More info at:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mountains_in_Taiwan

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_volcanoes_in_Taiwan

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/category/mountain-climbing-taiwan.html

 


 

Southern Taiwan

 

Tainan

 
 
Also, one of the oldest cities in Taiwan.  Houses from the Dutch occupation are worth a visit a.k.a. “the Dutch tree house”. They also have a salt mountain; u can find information about this at the local tourist bureau. And some Portuguese fortress. Many people consider Tainan as a nice city, personally I think it’s a little over rated. Taiwanese people appreciate the food here. Not far from the Dutch tree house and the Portugese Fortress you will find a special cafe that everyone always take me to called "Anping Bean Jelly", when visiting here (with the common argument "its famous). Tainan also has a famous university N.C.K.U, and in their campus they have a nice coffee ship sponsored by the TV company Chimei, that I can recommend. Their pineapple cake is very good.
 
 

More info at:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tainan

 

www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g293912-Tainan-Vacations.html

 

http://wikitravel.org/en/Tainan


 

Kaohsiung

 
 
The second largest city in Taiwan, it has a nice atmosphere which barely makes it feel that big, and the roads are like in Manhattan, like a chess board, so its very easy to navigate. I would recommend you to take a evening walk along the Love river and enjoy the lights. Also near the wharf, they have some nice sub-culture art places and interesting tea bars near Pier 2. To get here from Taipei, the fastest way it by “High speed rail” (HSR). But bus and normal train is cheaper. Also pay a visit to the 85 building, which is the highest building in Kaohsiung, they have a nice sky bar. Also one can take the ferry to the island just outside Kaohsiung harbour, and try to local seafood (taste the same as at other places, but its still "local food".
 
 

More info at:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaohsiung

 

www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g297908-Kaohsiung-Vacations.html

 

Art center Pier 2:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pier-2_Art_Center

 


 

Kenting

 
 
Party! Beach! The most famous tourist spot when it comes to beach in Taiwan, preferably take taxi from Kaohisung, or bus. They have wild parties here in April (spring scream), but the whole year around they offer nice night market, and places to chill at. I can recommend the mobile bar at the very south stand in the road in Kenting. A funny guy has it, and he also offers people challenges like cycling on his small bikes (see the Youtube clip below). If its full at the hostels, in Taiwan its OK to put up a tent at almost any elementary school, they also offer free toilets. Which makes city camping very useful.
 
 
 

More info at:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenting_National_Park

 

Bike clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhsXuLGfZ9Y

 

Festival info:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Scream

 


 

Penghu island

 
  
Also known as Pescadores Islands?!, are a group of islands mostly connected with bridges between Taiwan and China. It was ranked as "#6 The world´s best secret island" by lonely planet (see link below). A little over rated, but famous for seafood and diving and some Dutch occupation houses. Boat from Tainan or fly from Taipei are the ways to go here. They have plenty of beaches.
 
 
 

More info at:

 

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/76176

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penghu

 

http://go2taiwan.net/taiwan_map_penghu.php


 

The great Buddha statue (Kaohsiung)

 

 
Taiwan has one of the largest Buddha statues in Asia (Which actually Myanmar, Thailand, Bhutan and China also claims to have?!?!)... This one is north on Kaohsiung, and even has one of the three teeth that is left from Buddha. Not far from this monastery there is a temple for the munks. I heard that its possible to mingle and sleep there, if you are nice. (There are several Big Buddha statues at other places in Taiwan to, one can be found in Hsinchu country, and one in Taizhong county).
 
 
 
More infor at:
 
 
 

 

XiaoluiQui

 
 
A small island in the south of Taiwan, and the most Temple crowded island in the world. Long time ago the weather here was very unstable, so the fishermen never knew when they could reach Main land Taiwan, and thus became dependent on praying to the gods. It is easy to move around on the island. Boat from Pingdong (south of Kaohsiung or road 17) takes you here regularly. Its famous for a mushroom cliff (see the picture). You can easily rent scooter or bike when you are here.
 
 

More info at:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiaoliuqiu

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2012/august/a-weekend-in-kaohsiung-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9.html

 

http://www.travelking.com.tw/eng/tourguide/scenery699.html


 

Eastern Taiwan

 
 

East Rift Valley

 
 
Rent a car or a scooter and drive on the East Rift valley,It is road 9, between Taidong and Hualian (the two cities on the isolated East coast that it connects), given that you chose not to drive the coastal road 11. On both roads there are plenty of things to see, but the rift valley is something special, like waterfalls, archaeological monuments, nice hikes (like the famous Walami trail (you need a permit, but if u come before 9 in the morning it is OK to apply on spot)), see the blog post below). It’s a 10km hike (one way) with a lot of historical meanings. They also offer rafting in the rivers arranged by the local aboriginal Amei tribe (near Ruishui), just ask at a random 7-11 or hostel and they should know. The valley also offers coffee plantation, milk farms, Aboriginal villages, monkey bridge, and some lakes. The local tourist information will give you detailed information about recent happenings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

More info at:

 

http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002123&id=5794

 

Walami trail (ranked as a top 10 trail in taiwan by some websites):

http://www.rtaiwanr.com/walami-yushan-national-park

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2014/september/a-quick-visit-to-the-walami-trail.html

 


 

Green Island

 
 
An island 40 minutes by boat from Taidong, not that special but here you can enjoy the flying fish, and swim in the hot spring near the ocean. The place to meet by night is a 7-11 or Family mart convenient store. They have plenty or guiding tours, and some interesting temples. You should try flying fish and deer meat, and do some diving when you visit this place. it´s about 21-21km around the island. Many times it is included a scooter when renting a hotel/hostel.
 
 
 

More info at:

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2012/may/3km-swimming-at-green-island.html

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Island,_Taiwan

 


 

Orchid Island

 
 
The biggest island on the east of Taiwan (but not the largest of Taiwan´s islands, I think Matsu is 3-4 times bigger). To get here you need to take boat from Kaohsiung of fly from Taidong (6 flights per day, but many are cancelled). The island is ranked as the top 10 best diving in the world by New York Times. They also have many aboriginal villages, and old houses from the Japanese occupation. They have guiding tours to see owls. Several hikes, 2 easy to some lakes. I spent 2 days trying to find the path to the highest mountain (more than 500 meters high), but it was hard. I was here during low season (February). The boat on the picture is a common symbol for the aboriginal tribe that lives here. It is around 40-45km around the island, and the road that is, goes around it, with one shortcut in the south. "why do you never build houses in the middle of the island?" I once asked a local. "Why should we?" she replied.
 
 
 

More info at:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjrYfIJfIYQ

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchid_Island

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2014/march/on-a-quick-visit-to-orchid-island.html

 


 

Taroko Gorge

 
A famous gorge on the east coast of Taiwan, near Hualian. Famous for its view, and hikes. The Japanese found this road with help for the Aboriginal Tairuge- tribe, in order to enable transportation of gods from the west coast to the east coast. The military built the roads, and rumour has it that many people died during this dangerous construction project. Today its one of the most spectacular scenic sites in Taiwan. You go here by train to Hualian, and either rent scooter or car/taxi. (from Hualian city go north on road 9, and take road 8 west (just follow the signs to “Taroko gorge”).
 
 
 
 

More info at:

 

wikitravel.org/en/Taroko_Gorge

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taroko_National_Park

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2014/august/hiking-an-old-trail.html


 

Taidong

 
 
My favourite city in Taiwan, they have a very calm atmosphere, many hot springs in the south (in Jiben) and a nice bike path with artists showing their art on the old railroad going around the city. You can come here easiest by train. 3 hours from Taipei with the new fast train (Puyuma). They also have many tourist areas like Badlands, Balloon festival terrace, several Aboriginal villages and art district, and hikes. Ask at the tourist information at the train station when arriving. If you are interested in history I can really recommend the Pre-historic museum in Taidong.
 
 
 

More info at:

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2014/september/a-quick-visit-to-taidong.html

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2014/august/a-trip-to-taidong.html

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taitung_City

 

http://www.tripadvisor.se/Tourism-g304163-Taitung-Vacations.html

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/february/i-saw-some-3000-year-old-tomb.html

 

http://johansvennung.blogg.se/2013/february/in-taidong.html

 


 

All over Taiwan

 

All you can drink!

 

Many bars clubs and restaurants have free alcohol in Taiwan. Let me know where you can and I can recommend you some!

 


 

Beer bars

 

Visit my facebook page Taipei Brewing where I listed the addresses in Chinese (usable for google maps). Taiwan has atleast 20 microbreweries and restaurants, most of them are avalabile in Taipei, some in Taichung, Hsinchu and in Tainan

More info on Taipei Brewings facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/taipeibrewing?fref=ts

 

 


 

Additional links about Taiwan:

 

http://www.bubbletea101.com/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-taiwan

http://www.taipeitrends.com.tw/15-facts-you-didnt-know-about-taiwan

http://www.taipeitrends.com.tw/a-walk-into-taipeis-hidden-history

http://www.taipeitrends.com.tw/14-days-of-life-in-dulan

http://www.veronikasadventure.com/20-pictures-that-will-make-you-want-to-visit-taiwan

https://rtaiwanr.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/top-10-winter-warmer-hot-pots-in-taiwan

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/asia/taiwan/taipei-taiwan-travel-itinerary

 http://www.taiwanoffthebeatentrack.com

http://www.snakesoftaiwan.com

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2017/07/23/3-spots-your-tour-guide-doesnt-know-about-in-increasingly-popular-taiwan

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/taiwan-photography-slideshow-cultural-travel-inspiration-beauty-180964113

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3247203


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