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My Second Trip to Taiwan

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My Second Trip to Taiwan

Postby BeachBoy » 03 Jun 2016, 05:05

I just bought a round trip ticket to Taiwan arriving in Taipei October 18 and departing November 3 (I had a delightful visit in 2012, but my plans for a second visit 2013-2015 were "overtaken by events"). As a stamp collector, I will be delighted to attend the PHILATAIPEI stamp show 10/21-10/26, and catch some sights I missed in Northern Taiwan if I can, including Fulong Beach, Tsaoling Trail on the Pacific, Wulai, Atayal, and the Maokong Gondolas/Tea Gardens. I would like to try an overnight in Juifen as well. Around 10/28, I plan to head down to Tainan (perfect for a "culture vulture" like me) and Sun Moon Lake (including a visit to tribal locations), and meet a number of friends of friends in Kaohsuing, returning to Taipei to catch my flight out 11/3.

In Taipei I will be staying at a hotel across from Da'an Park - I would be glad to meet list members at any of the restaurants on Xinyi. Let me know!

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Re: My Second Trip to Taiwan

Postby hannes » 03 Jun 2016, 07:35

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Re: My Second Trip to Taiwan

Postby hansioux » 03 Jun 2016, 10:08

you are going to need to come back for the East Coast.
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Re: My Second Trip to Taiwan

Postby Icon » 03 Jun 2016, 10:19

hansioux wrote:you are going to need to come back for the East Coast.


I was thinking about that. Though I love Taidong, wouldn't it be better to leave that say, for a cooler season?

I'd love, love to stay overnight in Jiufen. I have been meaning to hike all the way to the Golden Falls and I think they have a cute lighthouse in the vicinity.

But basically I'd stick to the mountains. I am planing a summer trip with some friends and their kids to the Wuling Farm area to escape from the heat. Normally, I'd frown on a trip to Sun Moon lake, but it should be cooler there -try the new bike lanes around the lake. They say they are lovely. There are many other amenities in nantou -the traditional kilns, for example.

Tsaoiling trail hike in this heat...mmm... and there won't be silver grass. :(

Please remember Wulai is still recuperating from last typhoon. Down South there are a lot more aboriginal settlements. Sandimen in Pingdong for instance is a favorite of an artist friend.

I must look for the card of this place we usually went in Maokong -tea place restaurant. Moon something something, with a cat on the logo. Very traditional, and the view was absolutely mesmerizing.
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Re: My Second Trip to Taiwan

Postby hansioux » 03 Jun 2016, 14:29

Icon wrote:
hansioux wrote:you are going to need to come back for the East Coast.


I was thinking about that. Though I love Taidong, wouldn't it be better to leave that say, for a cooler season?


Taidong has a series of amazing beaches, so for those who enjoy hanging out by the sea, the heat might be manageable.

Icon wrote:But basically I'd stick to the mountains. I am planing a summer trip with some friends and their kids to the Wuling Farm area to escape from the heat. Normally, I'd frown on a trip to Sun Moon lake, but it should be cooler there -try the new bike lanes around the lake. They say they are lovely. There are many other amenities in nantou -the traditional kilns, for example.


Or do Lala mountain and the Northern Cross-island Highway.
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Re: My Second Trip to Taiwan

Postby BeachBoy » 05 Jun 2016, 11:34

Heat is not a problem for me! I grew up in Miami, Florida where it regularly hits 100 fahrenheit in the summer. The same in northern Florida, where I live now. On my last trip, I was there in late September and early October - nothing struck me as very hot....

I hope to make a few more trips: 1) Kinmen (Jinmen) and Mazu out of Taipei; 2) A direct flight into Kaohsiung, then Penghu Islands, Kending; 3) Another trip to Kaohsuing, then Alishan Forest, more of Central Taiwan. Make sense?
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Re: My Second Trip to Taiwan

Postby StevenCrook » 08 Jun 2016, 09:42

My books, available from Amazon.com or directly from me:
TAIWAN: THE BRADT TRAVEL GUIDE (2nd ed coming soon!)
DOS AND DON'TS IN TAIWAN
KEEPING UP WITH THE WAR GOD (1st ed)

Available via Amazon.com:
KEEPING UP WITH THE WAR GOD (2nd ed, Kindle only)
DOS AND DON'TS IN TAIWAN (Kindle edition)
TAIWAN FOR CULTURE VULTURES
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Re: My Second Trip to Taiwan

Postby BeachBoy » 09 Jun 2016, 01:59

Thanks from a culture vulture! (I may buy your guide!)
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