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,…

Sandiaoling Waterfall Trail (三貂嶺瀑布步道)

This weekend 5 of us walked the Sandiaoling Waterfall Trail – There was water, 2 kinds of falls and a long ol’ trail. Difficulty: Easy peasy.. to begin with. Pain: Only when you fall Views: Waterfalls were great Worth it? Yeaaah, if you have the time. We began in Taipei Main Station and caught a…

Teapot Mountain (茶壺山) Hike

On Saturday a few of us tea enthusiasts headed to Ruifang District to conquer Teapot Mountain! Representing the Netherlands, Scotland and Wales, Adele, Cher and I (my friends are such celebrities) made the hike and then walked back to Jiufen to explore. Difficulty: 3/5 – steep to start, a bit of rock climbing, but flat…

Wuliaojian (五寮尖) Hike

We came, we climbed, we conquered. This weekend a group of 7 of us headed out to the Sanxia district (三峽區) for the Wu Liao Jian hike (although it was definitely a climb!)

Hualien to Taitung, Tour de Taiwan. Day #3

Day 3: It’s our last day, only 30km away! We kicked off our day with lunch at a local noodle place. Then my main gal’ Speedy Adele and I visited the local beach on our bikes! It was so beautiful. We’d cycled so much of the coastline but not spent much time actually sitting on…

Hualien to Taitung, Tour de Taiwan. Day #1

This weekend me and 7 exchange students cycled 180km of the East Coast of Taiwan, from Hualien to Taitung. We endured torrential rain, peeling sunburn, dieing leg muscles, multiple 7-Eleven’s, and a sink hole along the way; it was a long journey. But so much fun! Day 1: pedal!