Mucha Man wrote:according to Green Tours of the UK Taiwan is probably the best place in the world for seeing flying squirrels. I have never seen one but if you go out at night with a light they are everywhere in some places. The giants have a metre wing span.
Half a dozen of us were on a night walk watching the brilliant glowing eyes and torch-lit form of a Red and White Giant Flying Squirrel peering back at us from the highest branch of a massive dead cypress reaching into the starlit sky on the ridge above us. I assured all that they never jump when illuminated by powerful flashlights. Animals always like to prove tour leaders wrong so it launched itself into the night sky and the beam picked it out perfectly as it glided down towards us before banking smoothly to the left and disappearing out of sight behind some epiphyte-clad oaks, still going after eighty metres. There were some sharp intakes of breath and then whoops of delight. It had been an impressive show by one of the world’s largest squirrels, its gliding area measuring nearly a square metre, and what a striking red and white pelage too!
Mucha Man wrote:Jesus, that looks great. Wow. Reminds me a bit of a place I found in Taian a few months ago.
Mucha Man wrote:They find themselves on aboriginal tables very often.Half a dozen of us were on a night walk watching the brilliant glowing eyes and torch-lit form of a Red and White Giant Flying Squirrel peering back at
There was only one of this species noted in the Guangzhou Chao Tou food market during this brief trip but it was an amazing animal. Apparently from central China, it had very similar markings to red pandas and was only slightly smaller in size.
cranky laowai wrote:Mucha Man wrote:Jesus, that looks great. Wow. Reminds me a bit of a place I found in Taian a few months ago.
I may be in Tai'an tomorrow night. (It's a last-minute trip.) Do you happen to have info on the place you found there?
The last time I was in Tai'an I stayed at the Sunrise. My parents were with me, so I went more upscale than I usually would (NT$6,400 for a four-person room, including dinner and breakfast, as well as entry to the nice hot spring pools there).
But this time it will be me, my wife, my mother-in-law, and my 3-year-old nephew.
I've heard about a Japanese-era inn that supposedly one has to walk (not drive) across a long bridge to get to. Ring any bells? It sounds like the kind of place that would be either horribly run down or pleasantly rustic.
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