When I’m not living in Taipei studying Chinese, I’m an ecologist, so being outside and otherwise surrounded by nature is kind of my thing. Whenever I move to a new city, my first goal is to find my favorite parks so that I know exactly where to go when I want to sit and relax, go on a run, or have a change of scenery while I’m doing my homework. While I haven’t visited all of Taipei’s green spaces (there are at least a hundred…Continue Reading “The Outdoor Enthusiast’s Guide to Taipei”

I don’t know about you, but one of my greatest difficulties while traveling is finding a good way to get a work out in. Often, I’m caught in the dilemma of whether I even should work out… On one hand, I’m on vacation and thus deserve a chance to relax, but on the other hand, I’m often eating so much food that my body starts to crave physical activity. When you’re in a new city, however, it can be hard to find good options to…Continue Reading “How to Work Out in Taipei Without Having To Pay”

I’ve already said that the Riverside Park system is one of my favorite things about Taipei, but with a Riverside this extensive, it can be hard to decide which is the best portion to hit up if you only have a little bit of time. In this post, I’ll offer you 12 interesting suggestions of where to go and what to do along the Riverside. Starting from the south end of the Riverside… 1. Taipei Zoo and the Maokong Gondola Located at the southern terminus…Continue Reading “Raving About Taipei’s Riverside Part 2: Where to Go and What to Do”

Words cannot describe how in love I am with Taipei’s system of Riverside Parks. In the past two months that I’ve been living in Taipei, the Riverside system has become my favorite part of the city – and where I try to spend as much of my time as possible. Every time I hit the Riverside, I discover something new, and I am thoroughly convinced it’s the best way to be outdoors without having to go too far away from Taipei. Here are a few…Continue Reading “Raving About Taipei’s Riverside”

1.Walarmi, 1 day (Nan-an – Walarmi – Nan-an)   瓦拉米線,建議1天(南安-瓦拉米-南安) 2. Walarmi, 2 days (Nan-an – Walarmi – Nan-an)   瓦拉米線,建議2天(南安-瓦拉米-南安)3 .Walarmi, 3 days (Nan-an – Walarmi – Nan-an)   瓦拉米線,建議3天(南安-瓦拉米-南安) *suggested Walarmi Routes 4.Yushan Main Peak, 2 days (Tataka – Yushan Main Peak – Tataka)   玉山主峰,建議2天 (塔塔加-玉山主峰-塔塔加)5. Yushan Front Peak, 1 day (Tataka – Yushan Front Peak – Tataka)   玉山前峰,建議1天 (塔塔加-玉山前峰-塔塔加) 6. Yushan Mountains, 2 days (Tataka – Yushan Hiking Route – Tataka)   玉山群峰,建議2天 (塔塔加-玉山群峰-塔塔加)7. Yushan Mountains, 3 days (Tataka – Yushan Hiking Route – Tataka)   玉山群峰,建議3天…Continue Reading “Route Map-Yushan National Park”

1. Mt. Qilai (奇萊主峰線)2. Qilai Mountains Area (奇萊連峰) 3. East side of Qilai (奇萊東稜) 4. Zhuilu Old Road (錐麓古道) 5. Mt. Nanhu (南湖大山線) 6. Nanhu-Zhongyangjian (南湖中央尖”北一段”) 7. Mt. Qingshui Trail (清水山) 8. Quemenguan Fault (北二段”鬼門關斷崖) 9. Mt. Shuan – Mt. Lingming (閂山鈴鳴山) 10. Mt. Shuan single attack (閂山單攻)11. Mt. Bilu single attack (畢祿山單攻)12. Mt. Yangtou (羊頭山)13. Mt. Bilu to Mt. Yangtou Longitudinal Line  (畢祿縱走羊頭)

Yushan Main Peak 玉山主峰 3Days2Nights   FactYushan Nation Park is well known for its magnificent scenery, sunrises, sunsets, geological features, and views of the clouds from above. Sea of clouds often fill the valleys. Yushan Main Peak (3952m)is the tallest peak in Taiwan and northeast Asia. Itinerary      Day 1      10:00~12:00  Taipei Main Station 台北火 車站 (gathering and have gears checked)      12:00~18:00  Taipei 台北 →Shuili水里 (dinner along the road) →Tataka 塔塔加      18:30~19:00  Setting up the tent      19:00~20:30  Dessert time      21:00~           …Continue Reading “Hiking on Yushan Main Peak”

Snow Mountain East Peak 雪山主東峰  3Days2Nights   Fact Snow Mountain is the 2nd highest peak in Taiwan. The specialty of snow mountain is that it is extremely beautiful when it is capped with snow in winter time. Also, the unique topography such as glacial cirque is an intriguing scenery for hiker. Itineray        Day 1        11:00~11:30  Meet at Chiaohsi 礁溪 Train Station/ Chiaohsi Bus Station        11:30~12:30  Lunch at your own expense (or you can chose to meet us after lunch)        13:00~17:30  Meeting point→Trailhead of Xue Mountain 雪山登山口                                (dinner…Continue Reading “Hiking on Snow Mountain East Peak”

Jiaming Meteor Lake 嘉明湖  3Days2Nights Fact It is the 2nd highest lake in Taiwan. The lake is ellipse-shaped and the water color is deep ruby blue. There is no river flows into this lake, but it never dries out in whole year.  Because it is close to sky and shape like a drop, many Taiwanese people call it “angle’s tear”. Recently it becomes a famous scenery in deep mountain side.      Itinerary        Day 1        07:10~09:55  Taipei Train Main Station→Hualien Train Station 花蓮火車站        10:00~12:00  Hualien→Chihshang…Continue Reading “Hiking on Jiaming Meteor Lake”