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A gourmand's visit to Meinong
The lepidopteran inhabitants of the Yellow Butterfly Valley have yet to emerge, you already have a hand-painted oil-paper parasol, and disused tobacco-curing barns hold no interest for you.
2009/1/8
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.
2008/12/25
 > Taipei
Dulishan and its amazing spiral railway
Just like that newer arrival on the scene in Taiwan, the High Speed Railway, Alishan(阿里山) Mountain Railway is as much a tourist attraction as a practical method of transport.
2008/12/25
 > Chiayi
Bizitou: A botanical garden in Chiayi's backstreets
Bizitou Botanical Garden (埤仔頭植物園) isn't the only botanical garden in Chiayi City (嘉義市). There's another in the city's sprawling and eponymous park, some kilometers to the southeast.
2008/12/18
 > Chiayi
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.
2008/12/18
 > Taipei
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.
2008/12/11
 > Taipei
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.
2008/12/11
 > Taoyuan
The vast, bucolic East Rift Valley and environs
Having spent two months in the jungles of Thailand and Indonesia this summer, I recently felt the urge to be in a quiet corner of Taiwan that offered waterfalls, high mountains, few people, and the chance to be near wildlife.
2008/12/4
 > Hualien
Jiayou Bike Path the best way to downtown Chiayi
The Jiayou Bicycle Trail (嘉油鐵馬道) is a worthy addition to Taiwan's fast-growing network of bike paths and tourist cycling routes.
2008/12/4
 > Chiayi
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Small is beautiful at Meishan Grand Canyon1
Ever since seeing it marked one day on a local map, Meishan Da Xiagu (梅山大峽谷), nestling in a secluded corner in the far north of Chiayi (嘉義) County, has been high on my list of places to visit, for the simple reason that the Chinese name means 'grand canyon,' a name which conjures up images of awe inspiring cliffs and plunging precipices.
2008/12/4
 > Chiayi
The monster trees of Taguanshan
Taguanshan (塔關山) is one of Taiwan's most accessible 3,000-plus-meter-high peaks. Located right beside the highest stretch of the Southern Cross-Island Highway (南部橫貫公路), it can be scaled in just under two hours.
2008/11/27
Take a fishing raft to tour the Cigu Lagoon
I have had many boat tour experiences in Taiwan, but it was a new experience for me to have an educational and ecological raft tour in Cigu Lagoon (七股潟湖) in Tainan (台南), southern Taiwan.
2008/11/27
 > Tainan
Hidden treasure: Shengmaoshu Waterfall
Taiwan's mountains aren't just extremely scenic, they're also a great natural rain maker. Triggering rain-bearing clouds to drop their load as they blow in from the east and rise on updrafts caused by the mountains, residents of Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung have the Central Mountain Range partly to thank for the excellent, relatively dry climate they enjoy year-round.
2008/11/27
 > Yunlin
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.
2008/11/20
 > Taoyuan
Caoling Geopark — Nature at her most terrifying
Caoling Geopark is the kind of place that receives only the briefest of stops from most visitors, who pull into the car park, take a quick look at the destroyed hillside in front (now somewhat softened as Nature begins to reclaim the area), read the several short info boards nearby, and then leap back in the car in search of Caoling's more visually compelling attractions, of which there are a number.
2008/11/20
 > Yunlin
Cycling to Caoling Tunnel
Fulong (福隆) has been well established as a weekend destination for both locals and expats for years, if not decades.
2008/11/20
 > Taipei
In the cradle of baseball
The Olympic Games in Beijing once again proved how popular baseball is on the island of Taiwan. The heartbreaking loss to the Chinese team was almost equal to a national tragedy, and the exit from the tournament brought tears to many eyes.
2008/11/13
 > Taitung
Hiking to Yangmingshan National Park to see Silvergrass in full bloom
When the first northeast seasonal wind blows to the northern part of the island, it tells us of the coming of autumn. Autumn usually arrives in northern Taiwan in late September or early October.
2008/11/13
 > Taipei
Hiking up to Plum Blossom Hill
When most people mention Yangmingshan, Taipei City's magnificent natural playground, it seems they're usually talking about the area around the main bus terminal on the mountain, or maybe Seven Star Mountain, the grasslands of Buffalo Meadow (擎天岡), or perhaps even the calla lily fields and rustic eateries of Zhuzihhu (竹子湖).
2008/11/13
 > Taipei
Nature at its most awesome in Fengshan
Emerging from the long tunnel through which the main road to the mountain resort of Caoling (草嶺) in Yunlin County (雲林縣) passes, we brake sharply.
2008/11/6
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