There's no doubt about it: Taiwan is home to some pretty odd sights. On this small island you can find such minor geological wonders such as fire-water sources (which spout water and flammable gas simultaneously)...
Xiao Liuqiu (小琉球), the solitary little island off the coast of Taiwan's southernmost Pingtung(屏東) County, has been a popular tourist destination for many years, thanks both to its beauty, and to the fast and efficient yacht service which connects the island with mainland Taiwan in just 25 minutes.
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The National Revolutionary Martyrs Shrine(忠烈祠) isn't near the top of any list of Taipei's finest tourist attractions. Indeed, some Taiwanese people dislike this place for the same reason many shun Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.
Take a quick jaunt along the coast of southern Chiayi (嘉義) and northern Tainan (台南) counties and it soon becomes apparent what the major industry is (or rather was) in this part of Taiwan: salt.
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Sitou is a forest recreation area, with ancient trees reaching for the sky, a good climate, and a number of other attractions including Shenmu (giant trees), dense forests, University Pond, gingko groves, and stands of bamboo.
Siangyang National Forest Recreation Area (SNFRA向陽國家森林遊樂區) is a mountain-style recreation area developed by the Taiwan Forest Bureau (林務局).
Zhulin ('bamboo forest') Trail (竹林步道), Jingxue Brook Path (青礐溪步道), and Gouyingchin Old Trail (狗殷勤古道). These three names all refer to a favorite short walk of mine in the southern foothills of Yangmingshan, connecting the valley of the Waishuangsi (外雙溪) and the farming community of Pingdeng Li (平等里) high above.
In 1994, a lady in Florida made herself a grilled cheese sandwich. She took a few bites, but before finishing it she noticed what appeared to be the face of the Virgin Mary imbedded in the toast.
It's been over six hours of rough walking since we left the trailhead, and we finally meet the first road since the start of the hike.
It's hard at first glance to see anything remotely outstanding about the Taipei suburb of Zhonghe (中和), across the Xindian River to the southwest of Taipei city center.