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The coral formations of Xiao Liuqiu
Xiao Liuqiu (小琉球), the solitary little island off the coast of Taiwan's southernmost Pingtung(屏東) County, has been a popular tourist destination for many years, thanks both to its beauty, and to the fast and efficient yacht service which connects the island with mainland Taiwan in just 25 minutes.
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Pondering history at the Martyrs Shrine
The National Revolutionary Martyrs Shrine(忠烈祠) isn't near the top of any list of Taipei's finest tourist attractions. Indeed, some Taiwanese people dislike this place for the same reason many shun Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.
 > Taipei
 
A jaunt along the coast of southern Chiayi and northern Tainan
Take a quick jaunt along the coast of southern Chiayi (嘉義) and northern Tainan (台南) counties and it soon becomes apparent what the major industry is (or rather was) in this part of Taiwan: salt.
 > Tainan
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Sitou restores its dynamic attractions
Sitou is a forest recreation area, with ancient trees reaching for the sky, a good climate, and a number of other attractions including Shenmu (giant trees), dense forests, University Pond, gingko groves, and stands of bamboo.
 > Nantou
 
Siangyang National Forest Recreation Area
Siangyang National Forest Recreation Area (SNFRA向陽國家森林遊樂區) is a mountain-style recreation area developed by the Taiwan Forest Bureau (林務局).
 > Taitung
 
The 'Lazy Dog' Trail: An enchanting slice of Yangmingshan
Zhulin ('bamboo forest') Trail (竹林步道), Jingxue Brook Path (青礐溪步道), and Gouyingchin Old Trail (狗殷勤古道). These three names all refer to a favorite short walk of mine in the southern foothills of Yangmingshan, connecting the valley of the Waishuangsi (外雙溪) and the farming community of Pingdeng Li (平等里) high above.
 > Taipei
 
Seeing the face of Matsu in Kaohsiung County
In 1994, a lady in Florida made herself a grilled cheese sandwich. She took a few bites, but before finishing it she noticed what appeared to be the face of the Virgin Mary imbedded in the toast.
 
Walking the ridge: The Mount Bijia Trail
It's been over six hours of rough walking since we left the trailhead, and we finally meet the first road since the start of the hike.
 > Taipei
 
Yuan Tung Temple: An oasis in a big city
It's hard at first glance to see anything remotely outstanding about the Taipei suburb of Zhonghe (中和), across the Xindian River to the southwest of Taipei city center.
 > Taipei
 
Hiking the Jhongjhihguan Historic Trail
Jhongjhihguan Historic Trail (中之關步道) is a must-see trail for visitors to the South Cross Island Highway. It is only three and half kilometers long and is a small part of the Guanshan Historic Trail (關山越嶺道).
 
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