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Exploring the Mysterious Feitsui Reservoir
Glimpses of its emerald surface are one of the highlights of the trip along the old Taipei to Ilan highway (now blissfully quiet, since most traffic between the two counties takes the new highway through the 13 kilometer-long Shueshan Tunnel), yet it's only standing on the bank of this huge, serpentine expanse of water that its great scenic beauty can finally be enjoyed to the full.
Walking to Dongshige Old Trail in Pingsi
About half an hour after leaving Pingsi High School, the trail enters a clearing, and several abandoned buildings and a fenced-off mine shaft entrance lie beside the path.
Travel Guide for the 2009 New Year Holiday — Taiwan North
The Lunar New Year Holiday will begin on Jan. 24. This year there will be up to nine days for camera-wielding tourists and their families to take either a long or short trip around the island.
Walking the Bamboo Shoot Path: Yuanliu Old Trail
Organic fruit, vegetables and what-not are so widely available these days that it's easy to forget that in days gone by, everything we ate was natural and pesticide--free, and that we didn't have to pay a premium for the privilege of eating the unadulterated stuff.
The Mangrove Forest of Hongmaogang
The little Hsinchu (新竹) County settlement of Hongmaogang (紅毛港) consists of little more than a police station, a couple of houses and (on weekends) a line of snack stalls facing the Taiwan Strait.
Striking gold in Jin Gua Shi
Of all the 117 elements listed in the periodic table, gold is perhaps the most elusive and alluring compound of all, dazzling men and women alike throughout the ages.
The lost gold mines of Yangmingshan
In a remote spot deep in the northern slopes of Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山國家公園), bored into the steep, forest-covered slopes, is a black hole, half covered in a thick layer of ferns which thrive in this cool, often foggy environment.
Hot springs and other diversions at Bei Tou
The transition from summer to cooler seasons like autumn and winter has always been something that I look forward to, particularly in Taiwan.
Li Teng-fang House -- One of the finest surviving examples of a Hakka residence in Taiwan
Driving along the narrow, dead straight lane that leads through the fields from the town of Dasi  (大溪) to Lee Teng-fang House, the town's greatest historic relic, the countryside is strikingly quiet and soporific.
The Camphor Forests of Dongyanshan and a pit-stop in Fusing
Motoring our way up the mountain roads of Taoyuan (桃園) County, I noted with sadness that most of the mountainsides have been stripped of their original forest cover.
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