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Taiwan

Post by strife » Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:20 pm

I've been to Taipei for a couple of days, but didn't leave the city because I was busy eating All The Food.

Is there good outdoorsy stuff to do in Taiwan before the monsoon? The mountains look gorgeous. I'm thinking a week in early spring, since my airfare porn habit tells me Taipei flights are cheap.
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Re: Taiwan

Post by Homerj » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:42 pm

East coast is beautiful as are most of the cross island highways.
before you go PM me and I will get marge to give you a list ofplaces to stop/eat.
I'm going to the back seat of my car, with the woman I love, and I won't be back for ten minutes!

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Re: Taiwan

Post by cuchulainn » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:14 am

Fulung Beach is nice. You can hike in the mountains around Taipei too.
I’ve heard Taroko Gorge is worth a trip.

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Re: Taiwan

Post by simon_in_exile » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:45 am

Taroko gorge is excellent, as is the east coast. We got the train to Hualien and hired a car.
Didn't go properly into the 3,000 m mountains or Sun Moon Lake, but if I had a bicycle, some hiking boots and a few weeks to spare, it would come near the top of my east Asia outdoor wish list.
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Re: Taiwan

Post by matt_melb » Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:37 am

I rented a motorbike and rode up the Taroko Gorge Road, went for a hike, came back. Spectacular. (Wasn’t easy renting the motorbike as they didn’t want to rent to foreigners, but the guy running my guest house helped me.)

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Re: Taiwan

Post by kotagiri_tea_planter » Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:45 pm

Taroko is great. I stayed in Hualien and explored Taroko for a couple days. I didn't have my own transport but there are several shuttle buses that travel through the area, taking people around for free including between Hualien and Taroko. I'd get off the shuttle, hike for several hours to some other spot that had a shuttle stop. Don't know about the interior of the island, but the coast of Taiwan is easy to travel around using trains. Tickets are easy to purchase as well. I didn't do this, but a few friends loved taking several days to cycle the east coast of the island.

I got to Taiwan by taking the ferry from Xiamen on the mainland to Kinmen Island, which is Taiwanese controlled but just off the mainland. I spent a couple days cycling around there. On its own, it's pretty boring and suburban but there are some rural bits to explore and you come across old remnants of the heavy militarization of the island, as well as seeing a lot of current Taiwanese soldiers hanging around. Flights to Taipei from the island are frequently, the airport is almost like a bus or train station, you show up and see the schedule of flights and can pretty much get a ticket for the next one to Taipei or a few other Taiwanese cities. A lot of people on the ferry from Xiamen did just that, with air tickets being sold at the ferry terminal when you get off.

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Re: Taiwan

Post by cuchulainn » Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:22 pm

The seafood available at the Keelung Night Market is amazing.

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