5 things to do at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

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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

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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

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

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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