Fun things to do in Taipei: The ultimate Taipei bucket list!

Fun things to do in Taipei: The ultimate Taipei bucket list!

Taiwan is a country which is only just starting to get noticed on the tourist trail. A legacy of the Chinese anti-communist movement (the Kuomintan government under Chang Kai-Shek escaped here when Mao Tse-Tung took over on the mainland) and a lengthy period of Japanese occupation, not to mention a Taiwanese heritage all its own, the country was seen as less advanced than some of its Asian neighbours until all that changed with the advent of the technology industry. These days, Taipei is a busy, Read more [...]
Taipei to Taroko Gorge: Taiwan’s marble mountains

Taipei to Taroko Gorge: Taiwan’s marble mountains

I set out from Taipei early in the morning. My base in Taiwan's capital city was in the far north of the country, but Taiwan is absurdly easy to get around. An extensive rail network takes you all over the country, but I had a specific destination in mind that morning: I was going on a day trip from Taipei to Taroko Gorge.Taroko Gorge is one of Taiwan's highlights, and with just cause. Located close to the city of Hualien, a couple of hours south of Taipei by train and close to the east coast Read more [...]
5 Reasons you will love Taiwan…

5 Reasons you will love Taiwan…

Taiwan is a country I have long been fascinated with the idea of visiting. Independent but not, culturally part of China but not, it doesn’t quite fit neatly anywhere. I finally ticked it off my bucket list in March 2017, and it was almost inevitable – I loved the place. Here are 5 reasons why I love Taiwan.1. The stunning landscape Let’s start with Taiwan’s biggest selling point: its landscape. A long, reasonably thin teardrop off the south-east corner of China, Taiwan is a largely Read more [...]
The coffee seller of Tainan

The coffee seller of Tainan

I arrived in Tainan on a Wednesday. Dropped off by bus in the city centre, I meandered through exotic local streets on the way to my hotel, absorbing the hustle and bustle of this very Chinese city. Taiwan has its own unique culture... Read more [...]