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Pingtung: Expect the Unexpected (Part one of two)

One of these days the good folks in the Taiwan Motto Making & Sloganeering Bureau will listen to me and adopt Taiwan: Expect the Unexpected as the official slogan of Taiwan tourism. For now I’ll just have to appropriate it as the title for this story about three surprise-filled days I spent in Pingtung, Taiwan’s southernmost county. I’d come with a group of Internet Media professionals from Malaysia and Hong Kong. Like me, my fellow journalists knew Pingtung primarily as that part of Taiwan where Kenting is, and as such were mostly expecting beach oriented activities. I’ll get to the sea kayaking in a bit, after listing a few of the activities that I didn’t expect to encounter out of the way: I did not expect to find myself riding a four wheel ATV across sand dunes in a chunk of Taiwan so remote it might well have been the…

Eight Secret Spots in Taiwan (Part I)

Taiwan is overflowing with beautiful, exciting and magical places. Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Alishan, to name just three well known spots. But in this article we’ll take you to a few secret spots, true gems known mostly to locals (and in few cases, not many of those). Want to experience something truly unique? Check out a few of these spots on your next Taiwan trip!   No.8 -Jiguopai Old Church (基國派老教堂) Located in Sanmin Village in the Fuxing District of Taoyuan City, the Jiguopai Old Church was built by a local Atayal people and a a Presbyterian priest in 1964. The walls were constructed from rocks excavated from the nearby bat cave and carried up the mountain by locals. The church’s most distinctive feature is it’s round entrance (similar to the one in Bilbo Baggins house in Lord of the Rings). The areas is a beautiful spot for day…

2015 Top 30 photos of MyTaiwanTour

Before we say goodbye to 2015, don’t forget to review the memorable moments we’ve been through again! This year, families around the world came to Taiwan and created many precious & loving memories! Let’s share the love and wishing a Happy 2016! “THE LOVING MOMENTS" No 1.  The sunrise at Alishan with happiness: Dad and daughter’s dating moments No 2.   Had a wonderful day visiting the magnificent Shifen Waterfall No 3.  Last photo shoot before my wishes flies into sky… No 4.   Look what I found! A huge jade bigger than my head!!! No 5.  Enjoying our great trip with MyTaiwanTour No 6.  Wish all the best for our love and dear   " THE WOW MOMENTS" Woohoo~ 2016 is on the doorstep, but the exciting moments of 2015 cannot be forgotten! This year, friends around the world experienced the wildest adventures & unique culture in Taiwan! We…

Alishan: Where the Sun Starts Its Day – A Journey into High-Mountain Alishan National Scenic Area

Text: Rick Charette Photos: Chen Cheng-kuo This Alishan three-day adventure begins on the island’s Western flatlands with visits to attractions located just before the gap in the mountain wall at the town of Chukou that gives access to the rugged, ever-higher peaks hiding beyond. Provincial Highway No. 18 takes you there, and we head upward and skyward along its dramatic twists to the area around the small settlement of Fenqihu, a place of great character whose original reason for being was to serve as a halfway station and timber-loading point on the Alishan Forest Railway, one of the world’s highest and most picturesque lines. The adventure ends far, far higher still, in the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, the jewel in the Alishan crown. At the Alishan Forest Recreation Area Located in Chiayi County, Alishan National Scenic Area (阿里山國家風景區) is a well-developed tourist resort and recreation area that brings countless…

Guandu, Bali, Tamsui – An Arcadia for the City Folk of Taipei

Text: Owain Mckimm Photos: Maggie Song Unlike many rivers that cut through big urban areas, the Tamsui River (淡水河) has a pretty good life. In the early days of Taipei, the river provided the industry and access to international trade that facilitated the rapid development of what are today inner-city districts such as Wanhua and Dadaocheng, which could have led it to a polluted present sandwiched between gray high-rises and factories. Fortunately, however, the river enjoys a rather more pleasant existence, flanked as it is by long stretches of riverside parks. And this doesn’t stop when it leaves the city center. As the Tamsui travels on towards the sea, it enters a land of nature conservation areas and charming estuary settlements. Three settlements, Tamsui (淡水) and Guandu (關渡) on the river’s eastern bank and Bali (八里) on the western bank, form something of an Arcadia for Taipei folk, who flock…