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Northern Taiwan travel spots
  Hsinchu    Miaoli    Taipei    Taoyuan    
 
 
Travel > Taiwan North
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.
 
Mt. Banping looks like a high wall of Jinguashih
Climbing Seven Star Mountain in the magnificent Yangmingshan National Park, I never cease to be amazed by the fact that this peak is higher than Mount Snowden (the highest mountain in England and Wales) back home in my native Britain.
 
A summer hike to Jiangziliao Cliff
We stand at the edge of a curious, almost perfectly circular pool, cut into the fine, orange sandstone by the force of the stream crashing over the waterfall immediately above.
 
A walk through history at the Golden Letters Tablet
Long, long ago, donkey's years before anyone dreamed of the possibility of traveling the length of Taiwan in less than two hours by plane or high-speed railway ...
 
Shenkeng's Four Dragon Waterfall
The little town of Shenkeng (深坑), nestled beside the Xindian River just a few kilometers east of Taipei Zoo is synonymous with that favorite Taiwanese snack, stinky tofu.
 
The small motorcycle diaries
Two things in life inspired me to traverse Taiwan with an underpowered (according to the Big Bike guys) motorcycle.
 
Scenic vistas await you on Hsiping Highway
Apart from the winding, climbing strip of tarmac, the Keelung River is about the only thing the two ends of the scenically beautiful Hsichih (汐止) to Pingsi (平溪) Highway (known as the Hsiping Highway 汐平公路) has in common.
 
The White Horse General Cave of Black Moon Hill
Recent tensions between Taiwan and Japan over the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands remind us that relations between the two neighboring island nations have by no means been cordial for much of the last century.
 
Former treasure mountain now a tourist destination
Taiwan is an island of many riches of the greatest variety. At present, it is one of the world's great computer manufacturers, but centuries ago it was known as the "Granary of China," producing tea, camphor, and sugar cane.
 
The unique temple of Silver Stream Cave
The first time I read about Silver Stream Cave (銀河洞) in an old Chinese guidebook, I felt sure my shaky Chinese skills had translated the description of the place completely wrong.
 
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