A visit to Wanli Ufo village

West of keelung (and west of the Yehliu Geopark), there is a UFO village...long time ago there use to be many like these:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanzhi_UFO_houses
But now there are mainly in Wanli:
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/wanli-ufo-village
Many are abandoned...
 
But some of them...maybe 1 out of 4 has people living in them...
This shape is the coolest...
Many had sea view...
The atmosphere reminded me or arild in sweden....however its very much "taiwan north coast atmosphere" here...
Some platform...and house...seems like a summer cabin...
Keelung island was visible in the horizon...

A revisit to Tainan (part 2)

I saw a guy in Tainan who looked like my friend Milo..but it wasnt him...
But I just saw him 4-5 meters from his right...
They use some red flower for the addresss on the street signs here in Tainan...its taken near a famous food street in Tainan...
This place was famous...had some special food
Based on locals advice from some previous night...at this place...or area
...an oyster omelette or something
Next stop this place...
Famous for this food
A long queue
Nest place...some tea bar..or juice bar...same street...
A crowded street...allot of scooters driving around
...next place...this ice cream store...
Very popular...or maybe just "famous"...
This is the address...
Number 135...but have to wait almost 50 numbers...a sign says if one misses their unmber, they have to queue again...
Allot of decoration at this street...
This might have been the name of the ice crea place...
Some queuing regulations
And the ice cream...some burned sugar...
...and green tea ice cream...
Omg...another nice "no idling" sign....how cocme taipei dont have this...? so strange...
Next stop was an aborginal park...but it was rather empty...just some cool images...
Group photo...
...geographical explanation
...some local promotion of event...
...some cool picture with aboringal things...
...aboriginal bench...
...more event info...
...after some pics at the aboringal park...this restaurant was visited...
...famous for this dish...
...Next stop...near the tainan old town...
...they even had AC...
...famous for this dish...like pure mached meat in salty water...or something
At the address on the green sign...
Next stop: An american boat
It was used during the vietnam war...
And has been here some some decade...
...many things can not be taken on board...
It was equiped for doing many things
...abd hade  a cafeteria...it cost money to enter...people on board didnt seem to wanna buy things for the moment...
They also had some flag alphabet...as the military often use...
The tainan trip was ended with some sweet n sour sauce dish back in taipei...

A revisit to Tainan (part 1)

I made a viit to Tainan recently
"Good used books"...sounds like a nice store to buy books at...
First stop was a tample...near some dike...
I visited here 2008 with some friends...its a verey touristic spot...
Long queue to get on a boat, which brings you back and forth on some small pond...covered by trees...
And after som queing, another long queue...
I know that tainan is one of the oldest cities in taiwan...according to literature...here is some map from some dutch people
And some route some dutch people took...
We needed to use some life jacket
And we could use some chiense rice hat...or atleast a hat that is often used at the rice fields...
...and once in a while other boats approached us...
...apparently they had many crabs here...
And many people took pics of the gree tunnel that was created by all the bushes...
...far away was the end
It was some other dyke...
And back we went...
At the tample again i saw some bird that locals played with...i thin they cut its wings...so it could not escape...
And next stop was some museum, looking like in europe...
Tainan metropolitian museum park
It was famous for its international style...
Many locals ere here to take pics...
They also had smoe greek god statues...
And birds running around on the grass..
It seemed like the museum itself was closed...
More people taking pics...
And some other pic..
...more pics...
,,,school classes...
A statue of Serenity...
Next stop a "famous hotpot"
But then there was a waiting time for 30-60 minutes...
Some cow statue at the entrance...interesting...
Menu only in chinese...
It was pretty crowded in there...
And people left some things on our table...it felt like siting in a kitche...
Tainan is famos for having taiwanese cows...so the meat here is not imported...
Omg...later on a saw a sign that almost made me fall in tears..."no idling"...i wish this sign were spread out all over taiwan...or maybe also in china...where people often idle everywhere...
Some night pic of the museum..
Next stop...somce other oyster restaurant...
They had many kinds of dishes...
...friend oyster...
oyster in egg...and red sauce...
fried oyster...
grilled oyster...
Next place to visit was at Tainan harbour...a coffee shop called windmill...
...maybe due to a windmill in their garden...
Th
They had some interesting things that spinn in the wind...
Manu in chinese..
And some different locations...however they didnt sell taiwanese coffee...
But they had windmill models...
And a fancy car outside...
I had some caramel latte...
Omg, somce painted micro windmill...
I ended the night by visiting a geocache...
It was a nice road that was some old city wall...
With some chinese characters at the entrance...
Some other geocaching was made here...
Later a visit to this Amis resturant was made...
"happy ending" was the name in local language...
And an image of their traditional dance
...and the aboriginal boat...
I aksed for some local beer, but they suggested xiaomijiu...some sweet wine...like millet wine...
Omg...some images on the wall from seediq bale..
Some local dish...
And banana leaf wrapped rice...I have t in Danline once in a while...
Some table nearby had some party...
They had a famous singer at their table..
After some while drinking I was invited by local people...to theri table...
And got to take a fan pic with the local singer...
More dancing and performance...2017 continues...

A trip to Cueifong lake

I made a trip to Suifeng? Cueifong lake recently
Taking a scooter on road 9....apparently 2 people died on this road the same day i went here...jsut before and after I passed by...
Many bikes...
And many people taking pics of the bikes...
Passing by pingling...the vilalge of tea...
And some view spot...
Far away is the ocea...anbd turle island...we just reached the city of yilan...
Some lonely acvite volcano...turle island...looks pretty cool out in the ocean...
Heading on road 9....it is the longest road in taiwan i think...
Some famous chicken resturant (in yilan and jiaoxi they have many "famous chicken stores"...this is one where the locals go to...
They had allot of taiwanese food...
And some noodles...and the chicken...
I like the atmosphere in yilan and jiaoxi...flat and moutain in the horizon...its an old delta i think...like many cites in taiwan...
After road 9, road 7 was entered...
Many rice field here...
we also passed by Jim and dads...their brewery...as well as kavaln distillery...which is on the same road...
Late on we headed up the mountains on road 7...
Another huge river...
And some aboriginal village...
They also have some huge carport shaped baskedball arena...like many aboriginal villages...
The landscape is mountaines and rivers...
After a while we left road 7 and headed to Taipingshan...
...it was another national forest recreation area...pretty far away form civilsation
They charged people to enter as usual...
And then the road went up up up...for about 30-50km...
Left and right...up up up
Taipingshan national forest recreation area has several scenic sights...
There are allot of pine trees here...
After some hours of scooter driving we reached our destination
The Cueifong lake...
With some information signs in english
and a trail that are 3km...we arrived pretty late..not sure if the sun will be up for us to walk around the lake...
But some kilometer was doable...
This lake was one that is larger in rainy season...probably in autumn...
Some foggy lake pic
And some flowers...
Seme signs...the one to the bottom left asks people not to bring their own fish...which might kill the local ecosystem...
Later on we headed to the other side of the lake
From here the lake was larger
Omg...a drone...
many people taking pics
It was the largest forest lake in taiwan...which has no river entering it...
And i saw some strange floating thing in the middle...not sure what that was...
No fish in this lake...
...but many animals...
Some reference to a movie...
It is 1840 meters above sea level...and taiwanes "largest alpine lake"...
No butterfly catching...or carving..
...still allot of pine trees...
And some toilet...
the forest was soo green..andn the sky was soo blue...
...it felt like i was not in taiwan for a while...
Back to the long road back to civilisation
We also passed by a tree that was very old...
Very high up I bet there are many old trees...
...tjhis one were about 2500 years old...
We also passed by many aborignal villages on the way back...
And some atayal museum..which just closed...pretty disapointing...
Very cool statues...
I which I knew people from this area of taiwan...
...omg...another accident....
And many queues...
I returned to yilan and bought some IPAs...
...at Jim and dads...expensive...but a little exclusive...
We also passed by a "famous" bread store in jiaoxi...
They had awesome bread...for being taiwan...
I bought 5-6 kinds...
And had some on the way back to taipei...thinking about some latest research...
Then the road 9 was waiting again...with the night view of yilan...
...And somewhere out there...also turtle island...
Next stop was Xindian...they had some water activity with lights...
It was some special show...
And today was the last day...
Many locals came here to watch...
Also a walk at the night market was done...
This was the name of the light show...
Xindians lake Bitan is a nice place to chill at....
Their toilet is made from the brand Falcon...same name as a swedish beer company...such a nice match...

A hike on road 14

I made a toadtrip on road 14 recently
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provincial_Highway_14_(Taiwan)
Starting from the heights of road 8...
It was a clear morning, but as usual in taiwan it gets often more foggy in the afternoon
And allot of reconstructions on the mountain roads, especially road 20, 8, 9, and 21
We also visited a mountain gas station...
The staff were very good in english...pretty impressive...
After hitting road 14, we were pretty close to the highest road on taiwan...here shotgun Kris just passed 3000m above sea level
Here one could see the north peak of mountian hehuan, it is higher than the main peak but takes some hour to climb...
Many local people like to wear full hiking gear even for small walks...
We chosed to park at the highest road...it is sometimes closed due to snow fall...or the police checks that each car has snow chains...
To save time, we made a shortcut from the parking to the main peak trail
It was rather steep path but we couldnt park near the trail entrance...one can see the east peak in the background
After some 15 minutes...we reached the peak...
It was a great view of the nearby area...but not as good as last times i went here... 
It was acctually the first +3000 mountain i climbed in taiwan
...then it was better view...
and in particular I could then see Zhongyangjian shan (central range point), which is such a cool mountain)...
...but now robin was focusing on helping some locals to memorize this event...than to imagine the horizon...
We also had some peak time...
And also felt the high alltitude...
We also visited taiwans highest toilet...
Robing was enjoying the view...
They also have busses going up here...from Puli area
After continung cruising road 14...we reached the highest 7-11 in taiwan...
They boys wasnt sure it was that high...since we drove more than 1000 meters downhill to reach it...but it was more a good way to realize how high 3400 meters actually is...
....some posing, while suffering from high altitude...
All bags in here were all blown up due to the low air pressure...
...we later on continued passing Qingjing sheep farm
Image result for jingqing taiwan
We also passeb by suiss and brittish architecutre on these mountain road....
But we were heading to a Seediq restaurant which I had seen some years ago....we had 2 options... 
From our resturant we could see the old suiss houses and the sheep farm....
The seediq restaurant also had some indian interiors...
...im not sure if everything were purely seediq...
I asked for as indigenous food as posisble...and got omellete and some cabbage...
we also got rice and a chicken...
Later on when we paid...I used my 20nt coins...since they have Mona Rudao on them...he was a very famous seediq guy...
who was fighting the japanese long time ago...
its also the story plot of the fmous movie Seediq Bale
We didnt see any sediq chaise japanese..but atleast I tried some local food from here...I might try some other seediq restaurant next time i pass by here again...
Atleast they said they were aboriginal....
Some restaurant info...
We continued road 14 closer ot Puli...and found this very north european strucutre of a conveinent stopre + gas staion solution....
I remember this place, since they have a shower in their toilet...pretty useful when backpacking on taiwan...
And it is free...
After some other minutes the raod 14 road trip was over...
We headed back to northern taiwan...and dropped Kris....who knows where next adventure will take place...

A trip to Hualien

I made a trip to hualien recently
Taking the car from Taipei towards Suao
After some tunnels, the longest were more than 13km, we ended up in suao...and some random restaurant
There werent manhy people there...so they had many places available
...Still they assigned us a table...
We had some fish, it said "sweet and sour sauce"....but was more or less tomato sauce...
We later took the caron raod 9 towards Hualien...
After checking in at a hostel...we tried a bar called "pub"....it was on the way to the central Mcdonalds, where i spotted some other bars before...
The beers were pretty expensive...for beeing hualien...atleast the taiwan beer...maybe thats why all the other people were drinking budweiser...
Some blur pic of the entrace...it was hard to say that it was a pub else...
Place no 2 were near this bar...some 500m more towards the city Mcdonalds....
I met up with Philipp there...who I use to chill with once in a while in taoyuan...
I also saw some drink bottles looking like perfume glasses...
I had a local yilan beer from Jim and Dads...
Philipp wre saying funny things...we also took some selfie
And went out for some serious conversations...
This was the name of the second bar
The bartender has a pic of himself on their logo
We also had some conversations with the locals...
Philipp were sitting inside with his german friend
They also had a book inside....
...about bars in taiwan...and hits place was in that book...pretty nice...ihe posed before we were headding closer to the city Mconalds
Omg....we also saw a pink car...very rare in taiwan, where all other cars are black, white or metallic...
Next stop was a KTV...but it looked like a strange bar from outside
Some local girls birhtday..
There were allot of aboriginals there...
Kristoffer were listening to many languages that he didnt understand
Robin wa posing with a birthday girl, she booked the whole place this night
Robin also insisted in singing KTV...
He picked mostly scandinavian songs...like Barbie Girl, Dancin Queen...etc
More drunk locals posing
After some hours we decided to leave...there is a day tomorrow to...and our time on this trip was pretty scarce...
Some final pose...
And we were on the road again...it was 4am, and we probably didnt even made it a forth of the distance to the city Mcdonalds...life sux when there are too many local bars on the way to the destination :(
The popular Bar where I met the intern was still open...but no intern inside
After some 5-6 hours we were on the road again...or atleast at the entrance of the hostel....Kristoffer had some private music session with the hostel host...
Robin was chillin at the entrance sipping coffee...
And off we were...heading west, on the cross country road 8...
Omg...my old favorite beer bar in Hualien which has shut down...it was yilan beer...sad...
Up on raod 8, we saw allot of reconstruction work...
Kristoffer took pics or the gorge...one of the rolds largest...
Pic no 2....or was he filming?
Robin was driving...pretty stable...I got the honour to pic songs...it was fun...
Some stop was made at the Zhuilu old trail and the swallow grotto...
Many tourists were he...
The entrance to the old trail...i was here some year ago...its pretty amazing...built by the japanese some 100 years ago
Some 10 up the gorge qe passed by some Taroko aboriginal village...with some cool temple...
We met some locals, I asked for local food but got mostly normal taiwanese food...
We also met some friends from the hostel here...
Rob n Kris eating Taroko food...
Omg...coolest image...some Taroko close with nintendo 8bit graphic...

Paiwan Harvest festival

I spent some days in Pingdong with my Paiwan friends...
It was raining some, so some activites were postponed
Cloudy skies
Some ducks in trucks
And people without helmet; yep im at the south eastern part of taiwan
Some aboriginal patterna
Geai and his binlang chewing cousin
We were treated some sweet milk
They painted some bricks on the wall
We also had some tried taro, which was said to be aboriginal candies
They have plenty of churches here...so the villages looks like the alps (atleast some of them), in asia they separate christianity and catolism...
We also passed by a paiwan resturant wher ethey had paiwan traditional outfit
I might buy some of these one day...Im still waiting for my mom (since i was 18) to give me a traditional swedish outfit...seems like this takes time
Johan with paiwan hat 1
Some paiwan statues
Johan with Paiwan hat 2
And some barbie Paiwan dress
We had some tea
and some onion meat stew...I was asked to cook, which I said I could, given that I get the right ingredients, my paiwan friend Geai seen my cook before
Omg...Skarsgård in Tarzan...
Just like the Bunun museum in Ruishui, they have many statues of aboriginals here too
More locals without helmet
We later headed to some festival activites...tribes compeding...
Masalut...is like "thanx"...
Some traditional dress i guess
And some tug of war between clans...
Another traditional dress
Next sport was to fill a cylinder with water and with this fill a bucket, first in time
It got really slippery on the floor
Later people started the archery fight
Some aboriginal pics on an open house...similar they have on the east coast...
more competitions
And some locals driving without helmet
And some small turtles...very cute...
Later on we took the car again...no seatbelts on...the southern style
Geai didnt use one either
We passed by some aboriginal paintings...
And headed to the second longest suspension bridge in taiwan.
The rain was in the air...(literary)
Geai and his cousin were guiding us...
We also inspected some aboriginal pattern in graffiti
And some art wall...
Omg...a temple for dogs?
Mr Bubba and Geai...Bubba was from new jersey, but lived in Hawaii for almost his whole life, except 5 years in taiwan
The bridge was 305 meters...
And had some holes in it...
 We also passed by a village with many statues...
And had some beer later on...
The locals also put up some fly paper...where the flies got stuck
and geai started to play...they are catholic...and their church encourage music...so many people here knows how to play instruments...almost like home...but there we learn it in school...
Local herbs
Another cousin of geai was good in painting...and made some tattoos...
This are snails...a local speciality
I made donald duck on my arm...
 
Scooter with no helmet: we are in the south of taiwan....
We also had rat(?) i was told...interesting....
The whole family gathered...even though people keep coming and leaving...
Some wall paintings...i guess this is traditional dress
Local church visit was made later on...
Some catholic...
And the music...
And all the priests...from the 1950:ies...
The priest was from south of italy...
He gave bread to the catholic people
Geai got...
And the main purpose of the night?...the wine...a.k.a blood of god?
Later on we danced some aboriginal dance...
Omg...the guy in the middle worked heree for 40 years...
 Wuwu were preparing a mattress while we returned home...
And the cousins were singing karaoke...the main thing here in Danlin...
Others were siting and listening...
Later on i brought my swedish drinks, which I was asked to bring...the jäger i brought from holland...
They seem to drink alot here...but im not sure if it was only when they had visitors...
Some red labelled ricewine...
 A table full of drinks...
Geai was drinking water once in a while...
After some hour Geai wasnt drinking anymore...
The locals thought it was fun...
This is Geais "real" brother...the others were cousins..
People having fun of sleeping Geai..
Later on the locals showed some local dance...I joined up...
Tradictional dance...just like I dances in sun moon lake and with the Amis at the east coast
 
Many of these people dance in clubs...
Pose with locals 
Wuwu got up early...
 
The youngsters went to bed late...
Some planning of what to do the day after...
Wuwu liked to give the guests food...since I like to eat alot. I think me and wuwu is a good match...
Some milk and bread...
I think the locals ate some baozi similar thing
Selfie with Wuwu
Geai was sleeping
Day 2 it was equally hot...
Some paiwan breakfast
And the locals were already u
Some aboriginal paintings...not traditional i think
We went for a walk...
It ended up wit a mountian clumb..
A pretty steep and sweaty walk
But we retured after a while...seems that this was a very local path
Atleast 1 climbing club has been here...(they use to put up ribbons)
Some paiwan statue at the village entrance...was next place to pass by
We also mingeled with some local kids
And the family prepared BBQ
Omg....Geais brother had some cool hand tattoos...
We later on went ot a local river
Seems like many people in the hood goes here...
It was rather deep at one place...
So the locals jumped into the water
I prefered swimming...even if i dont have any upcoming swimming race in schedule...
It was perfect temperature in the water..around 25....i think
After some hour the swimming session was over
And we were heading back....I wonder if there is any trail from here to the east coast...along the river...that would b interesting...
Geai lingering on the street back at Danlin
And the BBQ started
They filled some beer in a beer cooler
 
Some locals joining up...but the guy to the left livedin Sanxia taipei
Wuwu was also ready to party...she didnt speak mandarin, only Paiwan language and Japanese...I tried to say "aregato"...I hoped she understood
Geai opened the millet wine jar later
It is very sweet...i tried it in the himalayas..when I walked at the Mt Everest base camp trail...
Locals coming and going
And more millet wine
Geai doesnt like to drink near his parents...but he make a "small exception" today...
Bubba always drinks...
I like geais hairdo...it looks very "warrior"
Family feast
Pingdong skyline from Danlin...
We were heading to the archery court
Trying out to shoot before it became too dark
Some professional archery guy in action
It seems like the hardest thing it to tense it enough...
Then u also need to aim high enough...
We missed all our tried...except one...
The others said that the bulls eye shoot was the profeesional guys atempt...I chose to believe it was my lucky shot...
Mr Archer went homt after some time looking for the arrows...
 
Another Pingdong skyline pic
And some paiwan dinner...pretty nice
Time to head back to the north...c u next time Danlin!
 

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

https://taiwaneverything.cc/2018/03/01/taiwan-offshore-islands

https://www.veronikasadventure.com/10-reasons-to-visit-taiwan

A visit to Taizhong

I paid a short visit to Taizhong some day ago...
Taking high speed rail to save some time...
This is the downtown for taizhong...
My guide telling me which areas are the richest...
And which car thats most common...
Some Taizhong style building...
And some mall that no one wants...(ghost house?)...
...they also have interesting architecture...
This is said to be a nice downtown bar area...
Omg...we also passed the burgerbar I went to last time i was here...
We also passed some random teastore...
It was pretty nice...like in ximen...but up among the roof tops...
We got some green tea...
Omg many kinds of drinks...
And a huge flipflop...
They also had a robot cafe...
And some mall with real bushes on the wall...
And a T-shirt of china...hmm...not that popular here...
More drinks...
And Le ble d´or...awesome...they have 2 stores here in Taizhong...
Tey also had some outside book place...it reminded me ot bockenheim in frankfurt...where they had a shelf for people to take a book and leave another...
And some tetrapack expo...
Not sure why they had this...
And a car expo... 
This place was famous for the cheese cake...
Not sure why...
And some cheese ice cream...
Later on we went to this all u can eat...
It was in the very center of taizhong...
We ordered many dishes...but I went all in on sweet and sour sauce and deep fried things...
This was the dessert...corn and sweet potato... 
Omg...the standard fee for taxi is 85 here...
This old japanese bank is nowadays an ice cream store...
In the vault they make waffles...
And on th etop floor they sell chocolate...
They had like 60 flavours...atleast...
Hard to chose...
I just picked randomly...
The result...
Many houses here were pretty old (for beeing taiwan)...
I even got a gift...
Next stop was a wine bar...
With a tiger at the entrance...
They tried to keep high class...
But every drink i asked for they said "we dont have"...even he beer..."they dont have":..
Some girl also came to us to sell perfumes...interesting sales tactic...(in the wine bar)...
My friend Rosario hosted me...he had an interesting house...with many paintings...
And nice coffee...
Omg a military...
We went north the second day to pick mushrooms...
At some farm...
Not sure which kind...but it seemed typical taiwanese...
They were growing in bags...
It seemed to be a mushroom area...
Some mushrooms were very expensive...
We also picked some...
Pink mushroom...
Yellow mushroom...
"Tips for picking mushrooms"...
And a mushroom list...
And different mushroom flavours...wasabi, soy, neutral etc...
Nest stop was an organic farm...
They picked some things for us...
We had some tea...
And then it was our turn to pick...
It seemed easy...
Lemons...the new gold of taiwan...many beetlenut farmers change their binlang-trees to lemon trees, due to that they eaern more money from lemons...
Omg...they used extra sleeves to protet from light...not sure why they have lights at home...when they are afraid of it...
A quick stop to a mango stop...
Many houses up here were for sale...
Next stop some old tea club...
But now its a restaurant...
Interesting signs...
...and art...
We got some chicken soup...
And fried chicken...
Omg...many classical asian art artifacts...
And sculptures...
Jade...
Some old painting...
It looked like a museum...
Some classical painting that reminded me of tibet...
And a turning torso miniature...
After this lunsh I returned to taipei...Taizhong is an interesting city...it seems to have many things to offer...

A trip to XIaowulai waterfall, and baibai party with the swedes

I paid a visit to Xiao wulai (little wulai) yesterday (wulai means hotspring in Atayal language (an aboriginal tribe from nothern taiwan))...
Wulai is easily accessable from Taipei, however, Xiaowulai one needs to go some hours to reach...since its on another side of a mountain...(or one can river trace I heard)...
Many people went here this day...
And many places to visit..but many people wanted to see a waterfall...from a transperent bridge...not sure why...
This was the path to the view from the waterfall base...
With some metallic stairs...
And some locals swimming..
Up there somewhere is the waterfall...
It was a 10 minutes walk in 30 degrees...
Omg..there is the waterfall...
Pretty big...
With some old temples that one can see the waterfall from...
It was a pretty small river right now...
And some smaller waterfall over the first one...somethere there the transperent brdge is...
Not sure which waterfall is the biggest in taiwan but this seemed pretty big...
From the road one could also see it...
Later on I went to taipei 101...for some all u can eat...and drink...
Many swedes joine up...
Patric was the one who announced it...
It is one of my favorite ones...
We were 9 people so they gave us 2 tables...I walked between the tables..its fun to mingle around...
Patric has striped shorts, pretty fancy...
Omg, so weird...they had many jars with chocolate etc at the ice cream bar..but only 1 was for eating, the rest was for decoration...how wants forbidden food as decoration?
Later on we went to a nearby bar...where I had this IPA:..
I was told that they also have local beer but it was out of beer this day...
Most beers were about 242 nt (or 220 nt plus 10% service charge)...
This guy was the bartender...Stanley 18 years old...
Later I also had an Hoegarden...
Later Joel insited of visitiing a night club...
We were heading to Club Halo...
But ended up at Club Spark...never have high expectations in taiwan...or anywhere else...
They often encourage people to spend money here...and they try to have a luxurious attitude...
More girls shoing everyone someone who bought champange...
OMg...broken sofa...
Joel was happy..
And drunk...
More sparkling wine bottles in the air...
Joel also bought some champange...but no girls holding up the bottle with a light...
Some picture taking...most people here were celebrating some event...the foreingers went here cus it was saturday...
Some guys who couldnt stand the pressure...
And some numbers sharing...business also on the freetime...

A trip to Teapot mountain and the Gold muesum

I left the scooter crowded taipei today...
Millions of scooters every day...
...I headed east...(ironically not by bike this time...(but by scooter))...
To the touristic place called Juifen...
Omg...taiwan has many ways to spell the same place..."Sijhih" or Xichi...etc
Here the "cliff" teapot mountain can be seen...
Not sure why...but they say it looks like a teapot...
To get here I had to pass by a gold geological park...this house was made by the japanese a long long time ago...
Many tourist were here...
Omg..they used a mini rail to pull and push the gold...
Another view of the teapot mountain...
One of my long term goal in taiwan is to see the boggest gold bar in the world...i think it should be here...
Omg...many people guarding different areas...not sure what they are for...
Its open during daytime...no wonder I often miss the opening hours...
Cool...they had rail going everywhere here to transport the gold...
And a big cave (or gold mine)...cute kids wearing helmets...
Omg...gold has been found here for thousands of years...
An interesting illustration of the gold mine...
And some medals...
Gold art...
And here it is...the biggest gold bar...
So interesting, no guards...
Covered by some plastic glass...
4 meters from the exit that doesnt have any guard either...i remember when I went to a temple north of taizhong and they had a 400kilo gold statue also unsupervised, the taiwanese said that they didnt need to guard it since "no one would steal any religious thing..."...hmm...smash and grab...i wonder how much one would get for this bar...
It was interesting...
I should have strachted some of...
it was pretty heavy though...
And here is the exit...in 20 meters from the exit, one could meet up bu scooter...
...enought security discuttion...here is another mountain opposite to teapot mountain...
And the path from gold museum to the trail entrance for the teapot mountain...
Omg...some japanese style house again...I really like their archititcture...
Signs to find the trail...
And the teapot...
And some tunnel...not sure where it leads...
Here it the trail entrance...I was told...
Stairs...stairs...
And nice view...
Omg..some car road also heading up hill..it felt unnecessary to climb if i could take the car...
They also had many of these small temples...I wanna build one of these back in swedes...its pretty nice with this asian architecture...
Not far now..."chahushan" is teapot mountain in pinyin...
Here is the "real" trail entrance...after some kilometer walk uphill...
or "ear-free teapot"...
900 meters left...
The stairs were partly broken...
But later they were fixed...
So it wasnt much of a climb...more a walk...
Omg...so close...
And some sign...not sure what they mean...
From here I could see juifen...
And keelung...
But I had to walk in some cave...to reach higher...
Here is the path...it looks interesting...
More tunnels...
Asome random guy was here...changing shirt..it was super warm...
Up on the "top"...
But not the real top...some high rope was indicating that its possible to climb higher...
The random guy also suggested me to go higher...to anogher mountain...but i think i could take the car to that mountain another time...comepare to the caoling trail that i did some year ago...this wasnt that spectacular...
just a cliff on a mountain...
Omg, I can also see taipei 101...i always see that building from peaks in northern taiwan...
To reach another peak further up I had to continue to in the caves of teapot mountain...
The ocean is pretty close...its the north coast of taiwan...
To the left one can see the higher ridge passed teapot mountain...
Some interesting field near the gold ecological park...
And the car road heading down...
And some hugh statue near the trail entrance of teapot mountain...
And a cool tree house...
Here is the gold museum...
Many tourists here...(mostly japanese I think)...
More people taking pic of the gold bar...
I had to see it again..so cool...
And the door didnt have any specific lock or anything...so interesting...
Next think on my schedule: geocaching...
I walked back in the gold ecological park...
Closer to Ruifang...a nearby train station I was told that there should be a cache with a trackable...
Near this old tunnel....
 
It was pretty deep...
 
I remember the "hint"..but my gps wasnt that accurate...
After a while i found it...now I better head back to taipei...the sun is really strong here...i use to be Mr Shadow man..a day out side in the sun is killing me...

A trip to Jiaoxi

A new day in Scooter world...
Convenience first, environment last...
Omg...a parkinglot for pregnant women...
And a parking lot for people with high heels...so funny...usualy people who are handicapped have their own parking lot...seems like taiwan qualify women to this :S
I wish it could be more equal one day...and parking lots for guys will exist...
So funny...
Even id it was only 10-12 of them...
Omg..french croissant at 7-11...
Usually the toilets are naimed Toto, but this one was nemed Alex...
In Jiaoxi a visit to Yilan Beerbar was paid...
Its the 3rd of 4th time im here...
They only had 3 flavours this time...
But still free hotspring...
Which most people come here for...
Its more like an outside bar than a restaurant...
With a big poster...
Minimum charge 100nt...
And in nights they have a dancefloor here...
"Yilan Maitian" in chinese...
More people using the free hotspring...
and some "hotspring fish"...
And nice sound system...
They ahve both Wheat and Barley beer...
And some take away barrels...
I also had some french fries (what did johan eat today)...
Even from the street they promoted...
Nex tstop was a Houdongkeng Waterfall...
Due to rain it was not super many people there...
They had some ditch for water tansportation...
And some small waterfall at the entrance...
And then some bigger one...
And even huger uphill...
If one dared to take this slippery stair...
Some small creek...
And locals swimming...
Pretty steep...they better watch their step...
Luckily it was only a 5 minutes walk from the road...
this place must be on www.taiwanswaterfalls.com...
Omg...I held on tight when walking down here...
 
Later on the scooter was heading north...of jiaoxi...Omg..many new houses...
And later on this place...
Many people wanted to take pice in here...
On anything...
Omg...a turish waterpipe...
And free coffee machine....
On a telephone booth...
Omg...a german sticker...on a car,..as a decoration...
Wellcome to Jiaoxi...Taipei is some 5km on the other side of these mountains...
I also passed by this famous place...atleast for me...everytie i go around taiwan i see this "rotary and lion"-watch...
I ended the stay by do some geocache search...on Toucheng...

A visit to Tzu chi in Hualien

Me and my friends went to hualien some days ago...
After a visitn in hsinchu...we went to KFC....and made an order.. but theres seldom 100% translations in taiwan...they tranlated the "order here"-sign...but the didnt have energy to translate the "pick up here"-sign...
We later on took the train east..I dound a small space to sit in the ground...not sure why the placed a cup holder on a 0.5 meter luggage area...
Many people took off at hualien train station...
Aomse local brand imitation "twinings" tea label...
We started by going to a japanese restaurant...I have a "pizza", but it was a chicken, with tomato sauce and cheese on...so creative, that they replacd the bread with meat...
It was very good...
"pork cutlet pizza set"...
At this restaurant we also changed out clothes...since we couldnt wear shorts at the monastery...
...i visited this place some half year ago too...
Out at the ocuntry side of hualien...
With 2 swedes, Love and Kris...
we went her to find inner peace...
Our local guide showed us around...
And we was set off to work...
The munks here meditate by working...and so did we...
I was even offered a coffee...
And some taro-soup...
Perfection is the only way...we were told...
We also found some "socke-plast" in their local store....
And Kris found some combat chopsticks...
After som trip to the garden we found aloe vera...
The grass here looked like golf greens...
Omg...dragon eye fruit...they had soo much of them...
I also got a rare banana...
In the night we participated in some night activity...(night means around 19-20...)...
Omg... a frog...no animal can be killed in the monastery...so we had to watch our steps by night...
We had this nice dormitoryto stay at...it reminded me of the japanese saloon in NCTU library...
Some volunteer doing his laundry...
After some nights sleep we woke up at 03.30 something...
We staied in line with some munks and volunteer for morning pray...some bakgorund drum was making the atmosphere feeling like an indiana jones movie...
After some hours praying...we had breakfast...which means "no talking"...it was intersting...
...we later on went back to work...
Some buddha statue....
We also got a friend...some local kid who lived in USA for some years...he was interested in trains..and took pics of each train that passed by the monastery...
Not sure which this was...but he knew all names...
We got the chance to pack rice this morning...but in the afternoon we went back to the soap station...(they send alot of food and toilet articles to diffferent areas with their organasation)...
The mountains are high near the monastery...
Love and Kris ready for rice packing...
High tempo...it felt like some munks wanted to show the high tempo...but we pretty fast catched up...
Kris was always full...after breakfast we had some noodle snack...and then it was lunch....
We also got local corn...it was pretty sweat...
Some girls from mainland china was there too...and wanted to take some pics...
...our local friend still prefered to take pictures of the trains passing by...
Some mingleing in the dorm again...
Our sleeping space...it was pretty cosy...
We also got more dragon eyes before leaving...
We also pased by the store...I missed to buy some sockeplast...but got some tea and rice instead...
And some lucky lottery "wisdom words":..
We later on took the bus back to the train station...
But before that we went to some Tzu Chi museum...
Pretty big...
And talked to some organsiation memebers..over some coffee and chocolat.e..
I been here before but it was a nice reminder of how big this organisation is...
They also ahve many recyling stations...(just like i visited last year in Yongher, pulling of rings from PET-bottles)...
Some earthquake safe pelar...
After the visit i put on my shorts again...
vefore leaving the central hospital in Hualien that was sponsored by the Tzu Chi foundation...
Omf...a "coin laundry"...suitful for local maffia guys...
I ended the stay by passing by a very nice japanes/local restaurant...I havnt been to hualien that much so its always nice to drop by...

A day at northeastern Taiwan

I met Karate kid and Captain Haddock yesterday...
Dressed for success as usual...
We planned to see some water fall in the north east of taiwan...
Omg...Puyuma train is the fast one...but it doesnt stay at that many stataions...
Its hard to find the right train...some random police helped us out...
Then we went for beer...
Alfred had his tourist bag with him...
Omg...a fjällräven on the platform...
They are more often promoting taiwan destinations now on the trains...
First stop was Shifen...for some waterfall and night market inspectations... (and I took the karate kid role)...
Its pretty chaotic on the rail...
Train arrives...feels like in india...very crowded...losses are expected...
"JS"...thats me!...
This place is famous for the flying lantern, I bought one here last time i visited...
Itw a big industry...
People writing wishes...and taking pics...
Strange but funny...when the train comes everyone moves...then they get back on the rail again...
Even the pavement decoration have flying lanterns...
We went on a path fo see the waterfall..but it as very crappy, since the locals want to earn money...they more or less blocked the view...
...so that people, after walking 1-2km had to pay to see tha waterfall...
...taiwan turns touristic....
We went on some bridge back...
This is tha waterfall on a "nice day"...
Since im with the swedes, they have a different way of thinking aobut spending money...a "cheap" taxi took us 700m for 150nt...
But we still had to walk 500m since the driver wanted to save time...
Taxi drivers here act like in vietnam och main land china...
Back to the night market...
The train was pretty full back to Ruifang...where we started...
But we squeezed...since it leaves like once or twice per hour...
Once down at ruifang we took andother bus up to another village...
With nice view...
Its near Teapot mountian, which i wanted to climb for a long time...
We also had some coffee there...boosting my caffein level...
More picture taking...
Kodak moment...
It was an inferno of taxi cars driving up and down and people running back and forth...
This is the old main street...
It reminds me of italy here...
...and this town was used as model for the best anime movie ever..."spirited away" (based on imdb ranking i think)...
Many slized ice stands...
And some peanut in dark sugar cubes...
And other things you didnt knew you needed...
Anothe coffee store...
The guys wanted stinky tofu...
Every now and then one could see the view...
Funny soap store...
Slow spring roll stand...
This guy didnt want to recommend any of his products...or maybe its my chinese that sux when it comes to the word "recommend" (Tuidian)...
Asian style red balls...
My friends wanted some beer...
We got this balcony...it seemed like a coffee store...
But the view was nice...
Omg...halloween decoration...
And keelung island...the island i spent 1 day trying to get to...without result :S
The waiter spilled half our beer on the table....
...but greedy resturant owner, gave us the rest of it in glasses, pretending that nothing happened...and later on charged us full price...the consequence of tourist industry...
Alfred was enjoying his snus...(tobacco), which he brought from sweden...
Pretty interesting.....he use to buy it online in taiwan to save money...
The rest of the team also tried... 
Keelung by night...
And fishing boats with strong lights to attract squid or something...
More beer...
And Monopoly deal...
Alfreds favorite game...
It was a pretty fun game...
Easy to play...
And based on taiwanese sites... 
The owner didnt want to be on picture...maybe since he charged us over price and cheated us...
They had funny spelling on the places...
I might buy one of these games...
We continued on the small path through juifen...
Many people taking pics...
They even had this "selfie stick"...seems to be the new thing...
We tried to catch a cab..but it was hard.. .
After some negotiation we found some guy, he had nice music in the cab...
Then we went back to taipei...
Many people to mingle with...
Omg...the Q-square elevators had their own life...
The "le blé d´or" had hawaii theme again...
Pretty expensve,...1 beer and 1 pizza was more expensive as an "all you can eat and drink" price...
They als told us that we cant play monopoly there...strange...
Thats ok...we didnt understand chinese for a while...
It use to be my favorite beer after all...

A trip to Taidong

I did some interrailing this weekend...
Started by taking the MRT to Taipei city...and aw this disco-wheel chair...
Omg...the toilet flush sensors were sometimes put upside down in the toilet...welcome to a "never 100% country"...
Strange sign...looks like a face...
I spent the first part sitting on the floor...
Omg...in Hualian I found a Amei- store...
"Saopu Stonehenge"...I wanna go there...!
I paid a wuick visist to this place...it was close to the trainstation...
They had "deep water beer"...interesting...
And an aboriginal waitress...maybe AMai tribe...
The trip continued in early morning...
I could see the new rail way...
And the mountains never ending...
After some time I came to taidong...and observed many red flowers on the trees...
And uncle Pete s Pizzeria to be closed as usual....
I also passed by the book store...where people read books, instead of buying them...
And they recently opened a ned pizza hous called "Big Ö"...but minimum charege was 350nt per person...not usful when you just look for some snack...
Plan B was this burgerbar...last time I Was here it was closed...
It looked prettymuch like any other burgerbar in Taiwan...USA 1959-influenced...
Johnny also had a system camera...he was currently hosting his polish friend...
I wanted a beef burger...but accidentally marked chichen burger...
Noooo!, it was suppose to be a "huge burger", but the only thing that was big was the bread...then it was fille with smal pieves of meat...just as the burger store in Shilin I visited some years ago...
Well...since the peices fell out when trying to eat with my hands...the bottom bread layer was left when the burger was done...what a pity...(.it was a big bread with 4 peices of chicken separated to cover the bread)...
After this I passed by a sweet potato chips place...
And some hotel that closed...
It was said to affect the corals...
Over there...I should be able to see Green island...some 35km away...
But not its a ghost house...
I also met a super funny Amet guy...in this car...I sang some Amet music that I heard...he seemed to like it...
Next stop was some bridge in 8 parts...
Conecting Taiwan to a smaller island...
It was especially forbidden to defraud people here...su strange...(why just here)...
HEre is the brideg...
"Sansiantai island"...
And some cluffs reminding me of that its a vulcano island...
I like the east coast..and that they offer small sites for people to visit...and its pretty concentrated to Road 11 or road 9...
Many steps to walk...it was not until I reached the bridge that the wind came...it was a sweaty walk...
Hualian is there somewhere far away...
I saw that they had a light ouse here somewhere...
Omg...after beeign out in the sun, and missing a spot with sunblock or clothes...I needed to suffer with pain...
Burning myself on random places...
Reality chech, am i really at the east coast? -Yep...no helmet...
Yep!...
Nice sunset...
Next stop was Uncle Pete´s pizzeria...
I ordered some Mosambique pizza...it was as close to hawaii pizza that they had...
And i also got sauce...
Omg...there was a Motor bike festical here..so many motorbikes...(monkey bars equiped Harley davidson´s etc were here)...
Even the host "pete" was entertaining the guests with guitar playing...
I got best friend with this old lady...
I think its my 5th time to pass by, and now, after 3-4 years its was finally open when I came...
A big crew was baking...
They had some shelf for already made pizzas...
And surfing boards as decoration...
The locals wanted to go to a japanese resturant...so this was the next stop...
But they seemed to be out of many things...
By some strange reason, I got a huge glas of saké...the others got warm sake in small shot glasses...strange...
We alter on visited some Motorbike expo...
Many clubs from all around taiwan was represented....
Pretty cool...especally when they were cruising on road 11...along the coastline...
Omg...I also saw this transformer car...so cute...
And a vespa...original italian...might have been only for decoration..
And some tree house in the middle of nowhere...
I made sure to get som local frui before I took offf...
I was forced to take the slow train...so I spent some half day enjoying the view of eastern taiwan...
And observed that the warning signs for construction workers had some thai language on them...maybe thais come here to work...
I ended the trip by seeing an "H&M" bad in the MRT...omg has H&M finally opened in taiwan!?!?! congrats!

A trip to Jiayi

A trip to Jiayi was made...
...some random stop near a freeway on the taiwaense west coast...
And some nuns...omg...so intereeting...
...some stop was made at a potterplant where they made flowers on the wall...
...and where they had this old japanese railroad...
This was the station...I think this is an acient artefact on the taiwense landscape...
Omg...and aboroginal knife...
Later on I had some local food...
Nice windpower...I will make a similar one soon...
Later on in Jiayi, I saw this gay... /guy with tie), I was told that he was famous...
...all u can eat later on...
And a quick stop to this railway station...
This was near Alishan...
Where they have aboriginals...
The Tsou tribe...
Omg, I will make one of these later on...pretty cool...
3.4 different kind of bananas...I think the one to the bottom right is not that sweet...
 
A bridge heading to alishan...maybe broken...
But still worth walking on...
Pretty high...
They also had some temple...
And alot of dry fruit...
Omg...in Jiayi city everyone wanted grape fruit...is it good? - doesnt matter...becasue it is "famous"..the only reason to buy things...
Famous drink...
Next stop was heading to alishan...
But heavy rain was making the tip slower...
Many huge puddles on the road...
Later on it stopped rain for a while...
This is the entrance to alishan...
Jiayi is down there somewhere...I remembrer from yushans peak one could see jiai and the ocean...
A strange looking cloud that I found...
Next stop after this was a big pond...which I ran around in february in jiayi marathon...
Since lakes are rare in taiwan (atleast natural ones on the west coast) this becomes a huge tourist attraction...
Later on a new mountain area was visited...
This city was famous 10 years ago...before some huge earthquake...
"Shiau" instead of "xiao"...its noteasy to be a foreinger here when try to pronunce the chinese...since theres no conistency in the pinyin...
Local food...shrimps...like the amis (aboriginals) they fish them from the river...
What did Johan eat today?...
This bus should take us to other famous spots...
Some rural waterfall...
This use to be a lake right after the earthquake...
long time ago...
After earthquake...
They still restore the road...but its not easy, since the mountains in taiwan are said to be the steepest in the world...with earthquakes and typhoons regularly...
Some famous temple...
Tea plands...
A huge oyster...
High heel shoe and pipe...and we know the gender...
Next place was said to be a "power spot"...
With steep roads...
And a stone henge-lookalike area...
WIth many rituals...like touching the trees from bottom to top...
They also had a place that reminded me of the first cabin of the jiaminghu trail...
With local coffee...
It was pretty expensive...
We continued up to a mountain...
Some "luck"-tags...which people could buy...
This place looked like machu picchu...
Another waterfall...
Then the trip headed back to civilasation...
And the guide wanted to sell his oil...pretty touristic...
It was said to be better than enythign else of its kind...
Omg...Scania busses...
The road was still during contruction since 10 years ago...its not easy to manage mountain roads...
And this was to manage the water...
Some more tourist spot...
Cake store...
Free tasting...
Very popular...
I ended the day with a Wisby beer...

Jiayi marathon and some scenic sights in middle west taiwan

On a journey at the middle west of taiwan...
This place was told to be "Famous"...
Some guy dressed like a chinese doll...
And inthe building they had reconstructed some old street for 500 million taiwan dollar...
It was called "Taiwan Times Village"...
Omg, penghu cake...
People were taking pictures everywhere...
Old Budweiser...must have been before the alcohol monopoly...
And some performance...
Omg, so many people...
An old transtaion...
And super heroes...
And Märklin...thats cool...
Many old objects...
And medicine to get bigger boobs...
And how a hooker house use to look like...
Difference girls with ranking and outfits...
"Do It Youself" machine...
More stores...they better sell alot, to cover for the 500 million NTD...
An old wagon to collect shit...used in China and Taiwan...
And alot of aboriginal stuff...
And local coffee from Nantou...
An ATM machine...so that people can spend more...
And more aboriginal stuff...this one from Orchid Island...
And information about the tribes..
More photo shooting...
After this some geocache hunt started...
At some nice garden...
Next one...the position was not 100% correct...
But found it...
This street reminded me of when I lived in the USA...
Omg, interesting tree...
A bunker...
Where the next chache was found...
Next one was in a park...
Interesting things...but no travel bug...
But strange paintings...
The ride continues...this place had just like Keelung and Hollywood, some sign on the hill with the name of the town...
Wellcome to Taiwan...a nazi logo...with "superior" on it...the political symbol has no meaning...
And in Doului, somce store with gay flag...
Next stop...a local burger bar...
So many different kinds of burgers...
And nice interior design...
We got brownies...as snax while waiting for the burger...
I had their largest one...
They also had meatballs and mashed potatoe...
Next stop...some sugar plant...
Next cache...was magnetic...
It was small and cointained just a list...
After that, near Jiayi...andother cache...
It was hidden in a pipe...
The tour continued south...
To Tainan, and a local beer bar...
5-6 different kinds...
"fest beer" with extra alcohol...like in the october fest...
And Beer Parwn...
And that classic christmas decration...
It was made in Tainan...
I wonder if they had a german owner...
all the 5 kinds of beer...
Sweet and sour sauce...
And beer prawn...
Some malt...
"German Beer Brew inTaiwan"..."Des Beer Restaurant"...
Some cache hunting, bur found drugs...
And also a visit to the tropic of cancer...
 
The day after I started the day with a marathon in Jiayi...it was ok...we ran around a lake...2 laps...it was surprisingly easy, I havnt ran a marathon since 2012...but could still keep a good phase...maybe my recent mountain climbing events was a good preparation....
Then heading back to taipei...seeing many bikes on road 1...
Not sure why...maybe some group race...more than 500 people...or something...
On the way back, more caches were found...
At some temple...
Interesting gas station on road 3...
I ended the day as cosbys at ximen in Taipei...
And picked a last cache...

The last 2 days at Orchid island

Time passes by fast...
...even on orchid island...its not many things in english here...this is a sichuan noodle...that i got to try at on of the villages with many restaurants...
And beef noodles...
Only one store on the island have fresh milk...
I also passed by a light house...
And walked on a path...
...that was pretty narrow...
...to find...wops..wrong way...
...some strange sand...
...ah...here the second largest lake on orchid island...
This is the chinese name...
My hostel has a terrace on the roof...put ging up there is pretty dangerous...if u fall, its 10 meters down...
But its nice...imagine a BBQ up here...
Many cars without regstration sign..I wonder if any car has a valid sign...I also was told that no one have driver license here...
Many old houses use to look like this...build upon stones...
These old houses even had postal address...
A lady from the hostel hosted and told stories about these houses...
With fire place in side...
And horns from goats and jaws from pigs...
They also had armor...when peopel trhew stones at them...
And the floor was tilting, if the kids peed, it would go off...naturally...
I later made a run to a peak...
The weather was bad...but it was the last day o the island...
No parking it saidm but firther up, I found a parking sign anyway...
Pretty strong wind...and high up...
Just like in tainan, they had a house that was old with trees inside it...
But this was build by the japanese...
Some earthquake station...
And a triaditional rest place,,,
They had arrows on the street, in case some one wonders where to go...
Later I had some rise meal...
Not many tourists here...only the local people...
And sweet and sour fling fish...the season just started in the south part of the island...
A short night visit to the local bar also...it was the only one I could find...
I had a baileys...
They give u alot of side dishes...thats nice...
And crabs...
There is the owner and a dutch girl who was doing some culture report...she stayed here for 2month...
We were treated budweiser by a local....it was nice...
Next day it was cloudy again...up there somethere is the highest peak of orchid island...I tried to go up there...but it was rainy, so I was advised not to...
The breakfast place also had diving activiites...according to new your times orchid island is top 11 diving place in the world...
A taiwanese hamburger...they are common for breakfast...
A traditional suit among the locals...
Many hens and pigs running around on the street...
I wanted to hide a gea cache...so i needed to find a jar...
And some paper...and pen...
Water proof...according to geocaching.com there are nogeo caches on orchid island...yet....
The flight was 13.40...i. think...
Omg...the highest mountain...i will for sure climb that if i return...
Even the airport was shaped as a traditional boat...
I decided to hide the geocache near theairport...
Down here...
i think its protected form storms...and goats...that walk around the island...
omg...here comes some...
These are the koordinates...
Many fligths today...
When i arrived to taidong...i started to prepare my next hike...
It was to Jiaming lake...at the northern part of taidong county...
I also tried to find a place to eat...
But usualy in taidong, things close after lunch...
But i found a nice cafe with cool interior design...like this...
Some crack in the wall, that they made art of...
Its common in taidong...art...i feel like in the south of france when im here...
...absolute vodka bottles...
Cheela, the place seems to be called...
It was just near the bike stroke that I went on last year...it was nice...
And a cosy taoilet...
And some pizza oven...I wonder if they even use this...
The tab was also interesting with a cat that u flip...
And some pulp, that was used for the plants...
I had some ice cream...
The tea spoon was a cinnamon stick...
I also had yoghurt...
Later I went to buy a lamp, in case the hike tomorrow would take long time...
I later on went up north by scooter...to the police station on road 20, near the 153 Km mark...
Some constrution workers from taizhong were also here...
It was a littelc hilly, I think we were up 2500-3000 meters hieght...
They were nice, and treated me some food...
I need carbs, for tomorrow trip...at around 22 I went to bed...

Days go by on orchid island

Yesterday I went for a run around orchid island...it was ok...i started rather late...so I though a about taking a shortcut after 12km, to bad that I went the wrong direction and had to run 27km...
But its good exersice...I plan to run a marathon next weekend.
Its not the main season for tourists right now, not that many lying fish nor cultural activites...
I also planned to climb the highest mountain, but some locals advised me not to since "there are some mysterious things going on up there...", so exciting,..
It seems like they adapted to the big rubber duck even here on orchid island...
They have many stores...but this one is most commonly open, and they ahve fresh milk...
Pretty sunny...on the road that takes you around the island...
And taiwanese coffee...
Omg...no registration plate...
Epic boat...
And a colourful breakfast restaurant...
Seems like the nly one open on this low season...
More boats...
And some milk tea...
Not sure what this is, but as long as its a local speciality, its ok...
I also asked for a burger...this is pretty similar...
Some other tourists...most of them are here for diving...
Omg, harpune...some countries still have courses....I think this sigb, asks not to use them...
This cliff looks like a boat...in the second world was, some american ship were shooting towards this boat for many hours...thinking it was a japanese boat...
Omg...a cave...
Pretty nice...
And some cosy gardens...
And some art store...
He seems interesting...making his own things...
They also have many owls here...why they often have paintings of them...
Some waves...
Ths highest mountain is over 500meters high...impressive...
More boats...
And some graveyard or something...
And more caves...
Ha, they even make the benches look like the boats...
Omg, a car without sign again...
And another one...with a goat in front...
They also had some cool graphics of the aboriginal life and how to live here...
More anonymous cars...
And some boats...
And another art shop...
This is a museum...so I can take some pics...
And later we headed up to one of the lakes that they have on the island...
I better watch my step...the bridge was about to break...
Ops....here it did...
Some students climbing...
Wow...here is the lake..finally...
And a nice view of the ocean...
This is a sign regarding the nuclear waste is out in the ocean or something...
I later on planned to run around the island...or atleast half of it...
I think it was 27km, or 15km - something...I decided to go for the short alternative...
Hmm..wierd...after 10km...i didnt see any trace of comming back...
Some interesing house...
I asked the local where I was...she wasnt sure...but it seems like I went for the long alterntive anyway...
When I came back...I was introduced to the washing machine...it was pretty funny...
And we went for a local resturant...no all you can eat...actually, since it was low season...there are not many places open...
Some rice...and vegetables...
Omg...another car without sign...
Wow...they have pinyin...
When I ran around the island...I found this bar...
So I had to try it...
IT was pretty nice...we even got some flying fish...
And some other snax...its by far the best (and only) on the island...
They dont like nukes here...same as in taidong...they see taidong as the "big city"...thats pretty cool...since taipei people see taidong as a "middle on nowhere" place...
They even hace a couch here...outside the bar...but in high season there are many people around here...
This is the place...the only place on orchid island...
Some more fish...yummy!
Omg, so cute...a girl who was there showed here Paiwan outfit...she use to work in sileng...sileng...a place where I passed not so long time ago...they have a wild hotspring there in taipei...very interesting girl...

On a quick visit to Orchid Island...

Im on a quick visit to orchid island...it is interesting...many things reminds me of green island. But here they have neither hotspring nor 7-11/family mart. By some way, i feel like in sweden during summer...maybe due to the temperature and humidity, its around 20-25 degrees....  
But first...train was taken from taipei...
I love the east coast...
It taidong it was raining...
And an interesting taxi driver drove to one of the only burger bars in town...
I had not only the biggest burger but also peanut butter fries...
It was pretty big...I had it last time i was here also...
"an awesome flavor of taitung"...it has an american owner...
Next stop was the airport...many surfers were here...
But most fligths to orchid island were cancelled...actually all so far...
Here is check-in...
They also ahd a museum at the airport...
And some souvenir shop...
And even taidong was decorated witht he orchid island boats...
They didnt checl much at the airport...liquids etc were ok to bring...
I used my ARC...instead of apssport...
This plane is heading to taipei...
And this to orchid island...
19 people can go per plane...and 6 depatrures were plannes originally today...
Taidong form air...
And here it is...orchid island...
And this is small orchid island...
By some reason, no one goes there...
Here is a place for nukelar waste from taiwan...
...someone has to take the shit...
Most people here are aboriginals...
We got a map...and the chance to rent a scooter...
it was ok...the island only has 1 gas sation...and no 7-11...nor hotsprings...
But alot of pigs, goats and cats running around...
I wonder how it is in typhoon season here...
This boat was also common everywhere...
I was told that pictures cannot e takes eerywhere..but when i was here...not one rejected me...
One of all the goats...
And also no helmets...
after a while, neither i was wearing helmet...
This pattern is common everywhere...
even on the gas staion...
also the stores has alot of jars without expire date...
Omg...Yushan vodka...thtats cool...
Some shop owner is buying beer...
Its also famous for the flying fish...but in the northern part of the island the seasons hasnt started yet...its 35km around the island...
They had a few specialities...
Seaweed etc...
And peanuts...
not sure...since it wasnt tourist seasons not that many places were open...
This BarBQ was open...but were selling sausage and chicken skin...not my favorite...
Many houses were only for "resting"...thus not that wind protecting...
They also ahd some churches..since many aboriginals are christian...
At the village where I stayed many houses looked likethis...pretty modern...

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