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Into the Mountains – Exploring Taipei City’s Outskirts

Text: Dallas Waldie Photos: Maggie Song On a trip to Taiwan, you are almost certain to make a stop in the bustling capital of Taipei. Itʼs a beautiful city, with a little of something for everyone – shopping, fine cuisine, sightseeing, and much else. Another great thing about Taipei is how quickly you can leave the city center and spend a day with Mother Nature. Hiking trails, hot springs, and mountain scenery are just a short bus ride away. Thermal Valley in Beitou If you want to explore the mountains just to the north of central Taipei, you can first visit the urban Beitou (北投) area and then head into the mountains of Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山國家公園), where you can visit places like Yangming Park, especially popular during the winter flower season, defined by cherry and azalea blossoms, and Zhuzihu, a farm area best known for its fields of ivory-white…

The Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area – An Experience Wholly Different Every Few Hours

Text: Rick Charette Photos: Ray Chang Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) has been a lodestar Taiwan tourist destination for many decades. Yet up to just 15 years ago the visitor experience here was largely restricted to a narrow range of options – static views of the pretty body of water from the shore, tour-boat rides, and visits to a limited array of cultural attractions. Today the options menu is far deeper and richer, calling for repeated visits to the lake and surrounding area and making each an experience wholly different from those prior, and those yet to come. This area was the epicenter of Taiwan’s great 921 Earthquake in 1999, which left the people reeling. The Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area was established soon after, and today the local economy, in which tourism has been given the leading role, is abloom just as the thousands of local cherry trees engage…

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…