15 Things I’ll miss in Taipei

   6 months in Taipei (almost) done and I’ve finally settled in and adapted to the Taiwan life of noodles, rice, stares and awkward 你好’s, and now I’m going to miss it all. I have had some weird and wonderful experiences, and now that I’ve found my feet and embraced standing taller and whiter than…

Wulai (烏來) Falls & Jiajiuliao (加九寮) Trail

Waterfallers are waterballers! The Wulai Waterfall is such a popular place to visit for loads of tourists in Taipei, and we were no exception! We hit up Wulai on a Saturday, caught a dodgy bus, hiked Jiajiuliao trail and went swimming. Bring some beers! Wulai (烏來) is a popular village in the mountains in New Taipei…

Old Caoling Tunnel Cycle (舊草嶺隧道)

Last weekend 5 of us cycled through the Old Coaling Tunnel (舊草嶺隧道) and along the coastline. Sporting 80’s headbands we cycled 27km, visited a lighthouse and swam at Fulong Beach. Go get your bike!  Our 5 representatives from Spain, Scotland, Wales, Germany and the Netherlands (#representEurope), started and ended at Fulong station and cycled for about 2-3…

Battleship Rock Hike (軍艦岩)

This weekend we battled onto Battleship Rock (軍艦岩) in Beitou! Through the drizzle and clouds my friend and I made it from Qilian (唭哩岸) to XinBeitou (新北投), saw abandoned houses, Buddist temples and views over Keelung and Tamsui River. #battleon Difficulty: Nahh, but prepare for some steps Pain: Pain free, happy! Views: Great city views (but…

Maokong, Taipei (貓空)

    My friend and I (both welshies – c’mon Wales) visited Maokong (貓空) last weekend. If you like amazing views, cheap transport, local walks, temples and gondola rides 纜車, this is the perfect Taipei day-trip.       Maokong used to be the biggest tea growing area in Taipei, but now it’s renown for it’s city…

JianMianShan Hike (金面山)

Fancy a little hike and uphill walk today? Something easy but with smashing views? Good thing you found the JianMianShan Trail. Difficulty: Easy peasy, but uphill Pain: Nope Views: Great city views Worth it? Yeah! Head on up Me and my friend, representing Wales and the Netherlands, met at Xihu Metro station (西湖站) on the…

Tiny Top Taipei Trips

My favourite 5 little places and things I’ve done in Taipei, perfect for some city exploring!  1. Taipei Expo Dome One of my top finds was in Taipei Expo Dome, where you can fall, bruise, embarrass yourself to your hearts content trying to ice skate ! Just next door to Yuanshan Park there’s often a small ice…

Thirty hours in Tainan

1 weekend, 2x 5 hour buses, 3 Europeans and a whole lot of Tainan to see. Thirty hours in Tainan for a Taipei Trio? Doable. Taipei to Tainan, it’s Tai-me (sorry) We started early, but not early enough. We got to the Taipei Bus Station at 6:45am but only managed to get 8am bus tickets,…

Taroko Gorge (太魯閣) Day#2

Day 2: Lets hike! We filled up our water bottles, laced up our boots, ate too much breakfast and sun-creamed up. Today was our hiking day! Shakadang Trail (砂卡噹步道) The hike we did was the Shakadang Trail (砂卡噹步道). We didn’t realise that so may hikes in and around the gorge required permits. We knew that…

Taroko Gorge (太魯閣) Day #1

This weekend 2 friends and I headed to Hualien County to explore Taroko National Park. We explored some towns, saw a cave, waterfalls, a temple, we hitchhiked, paddled, and we made it through a steep hike. All in all, we’d say Taroko was gorge-ous. Taroko National Park is one of nine National Parks in Taiwan,…