Hidden away at the end of a spectacular mountain road, the tiny village of Duona (多納) is one of the loveliest gems of Kaohsiung County's Maolin National Scenic Area (茂林國家風景區), in an area blessed with many beautiful places.
A series of Austronesian wedding activities will be held in this weekend at the Aboriginal Cultural Park of Pingtung County, southern Taiwan.
Taiwan's newest national scenic area, the Siraya National Scenic Area (西拉雅國家風景區), is a region of hills, rivers, and traditional farming villages in the southern county of Tainan.
"Dude," a friend explained while my wife and I deliberated over our travel plans. "You're better off flying to Thailand than traveling from Taipei to Kenting (墾丁). It's easier to get to, it's cheaper, and it's better."
For my money, the South Cross-island Highway (national route 20) lacks the last ounce of drama and dramatic grandeur generated by its central Taiwan counterpart, which crosses the island from Taichung to Hualien.
Very few items of infrastructure in Taiwan predate the Japanese occupation. One is the Keelung-Taipei-Hsinchu stretch of the main west coast railroad; another is Hutoupi (虎頭埤), a small reservoir in Tainan County.
Taiwan's butterflies are notable for their beauty, variety, and near ubiquity. For these reasons - and also because it's an easy and inexpensive pastime for anyone who likes the outdoors - butterfly watching is becoming a popular hobby.