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In search of the elusive Formosan black bear

Hualien from the airplane window was lovely enough to warrant a full day’s exploration, but on that day we would only be passing through. We were headed further down south in search of the elusive Formosan black bear (台灣黑熊). Without even stopping for coffee, we left the city by train, bound for the town of Yuli. In addition to our group from MyTaiwanTour, we were traveling with Amy and Rocky, a journalist and photograph team from Alive Magazine. Like us, they were looking to learn more about the shy and reclusive creature which has, in recent years, become a symbol of Taiwan. After checking into our guesthouse, we were met by Ranger Kuo. The ranger was one of those rare people combining the boundless enthusiasm of a young man with the demonstrated life experiences of someone much older. Kuo’s passion was bears, and he’d traveled the world studying all things…

Seven Star Mountain, a Hike You Cannot Miss While in Taipei

Though I’ve lived in Taipei over 20 years, I’d never made it to the top of the city’s iconic Mt. Qixing, or Seven Star Mountain, known for its riveting views of Taipei, the mountains beyond, and of the rugged, whitecap-washed north coast. Today was the day, the scenic Mt. Qixing Trail my path into the north Taiwan sky.   I was a short distance from the Taipei Main Station launch-point for my group on a MyTaiwanTour guided hike to the Seven star mountain’s main and east peaks (9am departure, return 6~8 hours later). However my own launch-point was a symbolic one, Taipei’s historic North Gate a popular tourist site. The gate points directly at the main peak of Seven Star Mountain to the north, supposedly aligning the area’s positive natural energies, allowing good feng shui energy pour in. I peered through the archway tunnel from the south side and, sure enough,…

Gorge Soaring – The Views of Eagles along Taroko Gorge’s Trails

Text: Rick Charette Photos: Chen Cheng-kuo Taroko Gorge’s (太魯閣峽谷) wonderful trails give you thrilling all-natural highs – up high on mountainsides and cliffsides, and with soaring spirits just as high. On Zhuilu Historic Trail in Taroko Gorge One trail, the Zhuilu Historic Trail, brings you up so high on a sheer cliff face that you must almost look down at your feet to see the gorge-bottom highway. The narrow path between cliff-face and sky leaves you feeling as though you’re soaring like an eagle, peering down far, far below at colorful tour buses and motorcycles that appear far smaller than if you had Hot Wheels cars – just by chance – placed at your feet at the precipice edge. Of course, if not looking for thrills quite so high, the wide selection of Taroko Gorge trails lets you mix to precisely match your desired intensity level. Whichever you choose, thrilling…