Shihsanhang (十三行) is the archeological pride of northern Taiwan -- and a pleasant day trip from Taipei within easy reach of the MRT.
It was a sunny morning, clearly the beginning of a lovely day, but I still found myself desperately tossing and turning in bed with a dilemma.
Sitting in an MRT train speeding between Taipei and Danshui, it's easy to dismiss Mt. Kwanyin (觀音山), looming across the river, as a great view and little more.
You're tired of being stuck in an office or a classroom all day. You have an itch to get outdoors, but you are also growing more and more annoyed with the weekend crowds that flock to the popular sites throughout Taiwan.
Keelung, Taiwan's second port on the island's northeast coast, seems to get a lot of bad press. For many years, I knew it as the rainiest city in Taiwan and a place with a good night market, and that was about it.
Since the Council for Hakka Affairs (CHA) launched the Hakka Tung Blossom Festival in 2002, the Tung blossom has become a tourism phenomenon during mid April and early May.