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Lavender and tea on the outskirts of Hsinchu
While there are many large tourist destinations that everyone wants to go to, some smaller ones are well worth seeing if one has access to a car and some time for a daytrip.
2009/7/20
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Standing for a group shot in front of the simply named Ancient Tree no. 1, there's ample room for ten of us to pose, lined up in a row and leaning on the tree's prodigiously broad, curving trunk.
2009/5/25
The gentle giants of Beidelaman
Ghosts and Gold - Hsinchu to Jioufen
There is an uncanny similarity between ghosts and gold. For starters, both are difficult to acquire, being untouchable elements that many people talk about, but few get the opportunity to witness.
2008/8/7
The clear springs of Chingchuan
I am floating in the steaming hot springs of the aboriginal mountain village of Chingchuan (清泉), an hour's ride from the foothills of Chutung (竹東), not far from Hsinchu (新竹) City. Outside, the air is chilly.
2008/5/8
Guidebooks and maps are great ways to explore the countryside, but, as with so many things, some of the best discoveries are passed on through word of mouth.
2008/2/21
Taiyao Waterfall: An intriguing, unknown scenic wonder in Hsinchu County
When it comes to scenic beauty, Taiwan offers everything from remote alpine summits that take a week's hard trekking to reach to grassy, roadside slopes made for a blanket picnic; a fantastic variety of natural beauty of a rare order can be found squashed into this small island if you know where to look.
2008/2/14
Hiking to a Japanese-built fort on Mt. Li Dong
Many beautiful scenic spots and marvelous hiking discoveries appear in none of the mushrooming number of guidebooks covering the various regions of Taiwan, but exist simply as a humble dot and place name on larger-scale maps.
2008/1/31
Stream of the Eagles: A hidden treasure of Hsinchu
The disappearing hot springs of Xiao Jin Ping
It seems the only way is up, up and up as the interminable road--a rough, single track affair lacking a single helpful signpost or trail ribbon to prove we're on the right route--climbs ever higher, leaving the stream far below.
2008/1/17
Take the high road to Maliguang Waterfall
It doesn't matter which way you approach it; the little aboriginal village of Shilei (石磊) takes some getting to. While the sting has been taken out of many mountain roads throughout Taiwan that just 10 years ago would have been quite an adventure to negotiate, local route 60, which connects the village with the outside world, has somehow been left behind.
2007/11/22
Escape to Sheipa Leisure Farm
Taipei's temperature has stayed at around 35 degrees Celsius for about one month, and on July 20 the temperature even rose as high as 38 degrees, the second highest in Taipei's history.
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