Places

Houtong Cat Village: Taiwan’s Cat-Themed Coal Mining Village

Houtong Cat Village (猴洞貓村) is one of Taiwan’s quirkiest attractions. This formerly prosperous coal mining village is now home to ...
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How to Visit Taipingshan, Northern Taiwan’s Top Mountain Resort

Taipingshan (太平山 or Taiping Mountain) National Forest Recreation Area in Yilan county is one of Taiwan’s most popular and appealing ...
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A Maokong Gondola Guide: Best Teahouses, Hikes, and Taipei Views

Makong Gondola (貓空纜車) is the only gondola/cable car in Taipei City. Located at the southeastern edge of the city, it ...
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How to Hike Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan) for Epic Taipei Views

Elephant Mountain (象山 or Xiangshan) is a mountain in eastern Taipei City. The relatively short trail up the 184-meter mountain ...
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Gaze at Seas of Flowers in Zhongshe Flower Market Taichung

Zhongshe Flower Market (中社觀光花市, also spelled Chungshe Flower Market) in Taichung city is one of the best places to see ...
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Is Rainbow Village in Taichung Still Worth Visiting in 2024?

In 2018, I wrote my first guide to Rainbow Village (彩虹村) after visiting with my wife and kids. In it, ...
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A Guide to Kenting National Park at the Southern Tip of Taiwan

Kenting National Park is Taiwan’s oldest national park. For Taiwanese, Kenting (墾丁, pronounced ken ding) is synonymous with beaches, water ...
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Eryanping & Tea Mist Trail: Two Amazing Hikes En Route to Alishan

Although the tourist masses flock to Alishan, there are several other crowd-free places to witness breathtaking sunrises, sunsets, and seas ...
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Shizhuo’s Stunning Bamboo Forests, Tea Farms, Sunsets, and Hikes

Shizhuo (石桌) is one of my favorite places in all of Taiwan. This small mountain village on the route between ...
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Staying at Songsyue Lodge, Hehuanshan (and how to book it)

Songsyue Lodge (松雪樓 or songxue lou, see official site) is the highest hotel in Taiwan (3150 m/10,335 ft!) and the ...
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How to Visit Hehuanshan for Epic Sunrises, Hiking, and Snow

Hehuanshan (合歡山 / Hehuan Mountain or Mt. Joy) is one of the most appealing high mountain areas in Taiwan. Imagine ...
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How to Visit Shifen Waterfall, Taiwan’s Most Famous Waterfall

There are many superlatives to describe Shifen Waterfall (十分瀑布). It is the widest waterfall in Taiwan, the largest waterfall in ...
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