A weekend visit to Taroko allows you to travel from rugged coastal cliffs, through a maze of sub-tropical forested canyons, to high elevation sub-alpine coniferous forests.
Lanterns are released sporatically as well as en masse at certain times
Simple Squid and Basil was one of my favourites while dining in Yangmingshan
Taroko Gorge is a treat for the outdoorsy visitors. Several trail paths will lead you around the winding cliffs and forests. Cyclists and hikers however, sometimes share narrow roads with motor vehicles, so be careful!
Due to post-volcanic activity in the area, Yangmingshan plays host to a plethora of flora and fauna.
In case you missed it, it’s Peter Pan.
The Grounds of National Taiwan University – Taipei
A retro cafe perched on the face of the mountain overlooking the Northeast coast
I like to think this man is listening to bird calls – at Songde Park
Taipei 101 was the world’s tallest building until 2004
A quainter impression of Pingxi
Tea Time @ National Palace Museum’s Sanxitang Teahouse. Visitors can enjoy a live guzheng show while dining.
The ever famous red lantern teahouse which inspired the ‘bathhouse’ in Spirited Away
Tea time @ National Palace Museum
Hopes and desires in the new year
As soon as you exit Jiufen Old Street, it is not difficult to find a piece of nature to yourself
Panda Transformer…random but it was huge.
The name “Taroko” means “magnificent and beautiful” in the Aborigine language Truku, which is also the name of the local tribe which resides in the area.
He was so engrossed in eating his nuts, he let me come really close for this special capture
Red lanterns line the Old Street making this Jiufen’s iconic image
Preparing for the tea ceremony in Maokong
Bicycles take over the campus
Around the back streets of Xinyi
Driving the East Rift Valley along Highway 9 makes a scenic journey to south Taiwan
Lanterns of Jingtong on 21 February 2015
Plenty of shops offering a variety of things I wouldn’t get back home
A sunny day out with the family in the mountains – Yangmingshan.
Azalea – The flower symbol of NTU – which also happens to be my Chinese name!
A culinary institution, Ay-Chung noodles is another must-eat when visiting Ximending, Taipei.
Maokong – Tea Country
Otoro (high grade tuna). Thanks to the long-standing influence of Japanese culture, Taiwan houses some of the best Japanese food outside Japan.