5 things to do at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan


If you pointed to the middle of a map of Taiwan then your finger would point to the largest lake in Taiwan sitting 748 metres above sea level. The emerald green water is engulfed with mountains circling the east  side of the lake which resembles the sun while the west side resembles a crescent shaped moon. Continue reading “5 things to do at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan”

Wulai’s Yun Hsien amusement park

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Wulai is a small town located about 25 kilometres from Taipei that is famous for its hot springs and the towns Atayal people, the indigenous people that live in the area. After a soak in the hot springs people venture to Wulai’s waterfall that drops from 80 metres high. Continue reading “Wulai’s Yun Hsien amusement park”

Hot spring experience in Wulai near Taipei

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Pause Landis hot spring

Hot Springs play a very important part in our holidays, having a Japanese wife and having lived in Japan for the last fifteen years, the soothing hot water makes you want to experience it in other countries which are rich in volcanic soil perfect for forming hot Springs. Continue reading “Hot spring experience in Wulai near Taipei”

On top of the former tallest building in the world Taipei 101

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Taipei 101

Like many things in history, things change from the first car, electricity, computers to even the buildings that we live in to the towering skyscrapers that now rise above everything else in the cities that we live, work and play in.

Skyscrapers never existed until the 19th century as anything built over six stories were built by the wealthy for defense and status, but that all changed with the invention of an elevator and the materials used to construct buildings. From the 1930’s skyscrapers began to appear throughout the world. Continue reading “On top of the former tallest building in the world Taipei 101”

Eating Yum Cha in the Grand Hotel in Taipei


Grand Hotel, Taipei

What’s the one thing you have to do when you visit Taipei? Eat yum cha, of course. Earlier we had tried to eat at Din Tai Fung. Taipei’s most famous yum cha restaurant which its Hong Kong branch has been awarded a Michelin star since 2010. Continue reading “Eating Yum Cha in the Grand Hotel in Taipei”

In the footsteps of Chiang Kai Shek, Taiwan

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial

I could see why the Portuguese in 1554 named Taiwan the ilha formossa ‘beautiful island’ when they  first spotted what is today known as Taiwan. Green mountainous terrain flourished as we drove towards Taipei the capital city surrounding the highrise buildings in a blanket of forests.
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Shilin night market, the king of Taipei’s markets


Taipei a city of nearly 4 million people is home to 6 night markets catering to everyone’s needs from electrical appliances, toys, clothes and of course street food.Taipei’s Shilin market is the oldest and largest market. It first started in 1899 when people came to sell produce and fish in the Shilin area. Now locals and tourist each  night flock to check out the market. Continue reading “Shilin night market, the king of Taipei’s markets”