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Back to a bygone era
Gold was not just discovered in Egypt or Africa; the precious element was once buried on this little island, too. The two mountain villages on the northeastern tip of the island bustled with gold fever - Jioufen and Jinguashih – boomed through the 1960s, when the region's ores were depleted and inhabitants moved away.
 > Taipei
 
Taste the island's original flavors
Start your engines and drop in on Yilan, the place with rare activities on offer, from hot springs to whale-watching. With the Hsuehshan Tunnel -- the Snow Mountain Tunnel -- easing travel, you must go there and discover its splendors for yourself!
 > Ilan
 
On the Hunt for Southern Beauties -- Cherish every stunning moment at the Phuket of Taiwan
Kenting has long been famous for its Phuket-esque atmosphere, with alluring beaches and even more alluring teeny weeny bikinis.
 
Beitou's backdoor on Yangmingshan
It's not a very well-known fact that the Chinese name given to the northern Taipei suburb of Beitou is a corruption of an old aboriginal word meaning something like "witch's den," but it's easy enough to work out why the area's original inhabitants gave it this unusual name.
 > Taipei
 
A second look at Sanxia
Just over a decade ago I went to Sanxia (三峽) in Taipei County (臺北縣) for the first time. I wrote about that trip for this newspaper, and I don't need to refer to my old article to recall what struck me during that visit: the rainy, blustery weather; the magnificence of the town's major temple; and the dilapidated yet picturesque redbrick houses along what was then called Minquan Street (民權街).
 > Taipei
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Windmills and tiny crabs at the Kaomei Wetlands
Some of the best travel experiences may come as a surprise, when one does not know quite what to expect. My encounter with the Kaomei (高美) Wetlands, near Taichung (台中), came as just such an experience.
 
Jung Yuan Pu Du
Pu Du (universal salvation) are sacrificial rites with the intention of appeasing ghosts with no heirs to care for them. Jung Yuan Pu Du falls on the fifteenth day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.
 > Tainan
 
Taroko Gorge –A wonderland of natural beauty
Without a doubt one of the most spectacular natural areas in Taiwan must be the majestic Taroko Gorge.
 > Hualien
 
Ilan's secret natural wonder: Yuemeikang Waterfall
It's still early (not even 9 am) when we arrive, yet the car park at the entrance to Wufengchi Waterfalls (五峰旗瀑布) is packed with cars this fine Saturday morning in June, and we're forced to find an empty roadside place to leave the car.
 > Ilan
 
Three-day cycling on Taiwan's mountain trails
Taiwan is often referred to as one of the most underrated adventure sport destinations in Asia if not the world. With a large portion of the island covered in huge mountains filled with hidden lakes, thousand year old forests, cascading waterfalls, and memorizing scenery it's hard to see why.
 > Taipei
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