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10 reasons to visit Xiao Liuqiu, Taiwan’s Hidden Island Gem

Located off the coast of Southern Taiwan’s Pingtung county, Xiao Liuqiu (also known as Little Okinawa) exists in that perfect mid-point of “known to locals” and “largely overlooked by international travelers.” Unlike well-trammeled Taiwan scenic spots like Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge and Alishan, Xiao Liuqiu hasn’t gotten much international press. Indeed, outside of a few intrepid international travelers who find their way to the island, most westerner visitors to Xiao Liuqiu are local expats who’d likely prefer that the island remain a secret. ( Xiao Liuqiu Island 3- Day Free & Easy Package) To the aforementioned group, apologies: Awesome destinations never stay secret for long, so take solace in having found the place first. For everyone else, it’s time to let the cat out of the bag (so to speak). Here are 10 reasons to visit Taiwan’s (mostly) hidden Island Gem. 1. Xiao Liuqiu easy to reach… Liuqiu is by…

Eight Unforgettable Taiwan Cycling Routes

Over the past twenty years Taiwan has become a major destination for bicycle tourists (as well as the go-to spot for expats looking to live someplace offering second-to-none cycling). A big part of this is due to the sheer variety of cycling experiences offered by our fair island. From hardcore climbs and descents to long, winding coastal roads to gorgeous paths stretching through valleys, Taiwan’s got enough road variety to make getting bored nearly impossible. So with so many roads, paths and trails to choose from, picking out the best is sort of a fool’s errand, and a largely subjective one at that. But in the name of steering readers towards the best of everything Taiwan has to offer, we’ve created a list of roads that we think you’ll find very ride-worthy indeed! Some of these are standalone rides, while others are best done as segments of multi-day cycling trips.…

Up, Up and Away in Taitung – Taiwan International Balloon Festival

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…not Superman? Nope, even better, because while the caped Kryptonian flies solo, the hot air balloons flying the friendly skies of Taitung county are carrying people. And they’ll carry you, too, for a view of Taiwan’s magnificent East Rift Valley Scenic Area that you’ll never forget. Though hot air ballooning came late to Taiwan (our first recreational flight only occurred in 2011) we’ve taken to the sport enthusiastically! Less than a decade after our first hot air balloon flight and Taiwan is considered a major destination for international ballooning aficionados, with Taitung county’s Luye Township being the epicenter of Taiwan’s ballooning balloon culture. Flying happens year-round over the valley (weather permitting, of course), but the event that draws close to a million hot air balloon enthusiasts annually is the Taiwan International Balloon Festival, a 38-day long event that runs…