This isn’t going to be a long post. Whilst the Golden Waterfall is a beautiful and fascinating little spot, you’d struggle to spend more than 30 minutes there. And I’d struggle to spend more than 30 minutes writing about it. Read More

Let’s start this post with a disclaimer. All of these photos were taken on an overcast, hazy, smoggy, cloudy kind of day. To get better photos, go when the sun is out. That is all. Anyway…

As I’ve mentioned previously, Elephant Mountain is undoubtably Taipei’s Popular hike. Google ‘Taipei’ or read any travel guide or blog, and it’s that view of Taipei 101, taken from one of Elephant Mountain’s mant viewing platforms, that will appear thousands of times.

And with good reason – Taipei 101 is an incredible building. Tallest building in the world until 2010 with an elevator that travels over 60km/hr. Built to withstand typhoon winds and earthquake tremors, it’s been called one of the most stable buildings ever constructed. It’s even got a 660 ton ball hanging within it which sways to offset strong gusts. This is before we even get into all of the symbolism involved in the design – but that’s probably better saved for another blog. Read More

Whilst Longshan Temple is undoubtably Taiwan’s top tourist draw, at least as far as temples are concerned, the Taipei Confucius Temple is also one of the most culturally significant. Located in Da-Tong district, it’s a few metres walk from Dalongdong Boan temple – which is also one of the best temples in Taiwan. Read More

Without a doubt, one of the best things about living in Taipei is that you can find a near endless supply of hiking trails within minutes of the city – many of which are reachable by public transport. This is just another one of those trails.

At about 18km‘s long, this route starts at Huilong MRT Station – ending a short walk from Yingge Train Station at the other end. It’s by no means a difficult hike, but it is defintiely an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. Whilst this blog is mainly for the photos I took along the way, I will include a bit of basic info on the route, but it’s not my forte / interest. For more comprehensive information a quick google search should help. Cool. Let’s go. Read More

A few months ago I decided to cycle from Xindian to Tamsui on YouBike. Why? I’m not particularly sure. 

Maybe because it’s about the furthest south you can get (on the metro), to the furthest north you can get back from (on the metro). And you can effectively follow the riverside bike path the whole way – which sounds quite nice. Or maybe it’s because I was bored. It was likely a combination of the two.  Read More

Dihua Street is a charming traditional area of Dadaocheng, which according to some, is the oldest street in Taipei. Some sections of the street have existed since the period of Dutch rule (1624 – 1661) and a lot of the architecture has been preserved by the city – albeit this is mainly from the 1850s. Interestingly, Dadaocheng was once the second largest city in Taiwan, after Tainan, the country’s traditional capital.

The varied and colourful history of Dihua Street means that you have traditional Qing Dynasty style-homes, alongside the modernist Baroque flavours brought to Taiwan during the Japanese occupation. Almost every building tells a story too – and I’m happy to share a couple of my favourites below. Read More

I read somewhere that Taipei is the kind of city that people love to leave – not because there’s anything wrong with it (it’s a fantastic place to live and explore) – but because it’s so well-connected to wonderful places all over the north of Taiwan. Hell, if you get up early enough you could even do a day trip to the south of the island thanks to the High Speed Rail.

Whilst I’m sure I’ll eventually get around to writing blogs on some of the most popular day-trips to the likes of Jiufen, Shifen, Wulai and Yamingshan National Park, this blog will focus on one of the lesser-taken options – a day (or half day) trip to Keelung. Read More

Climbing Elephant Mountain was the first thing I did on my first morning-off during my first business trip to Taiwan. Why?

Well, if you’ve read pretty much any review site, blog or guide to Taipei, you’ll find a hike up Elephant Mountain is usually in the top 3 things people recommend you to do – often taking the top spot.

Once you take a look at the views this short hike rewards you with, I’m sure you’ll understand why.  Read More

Taiwan is FULL of temples – over 4,000 of them. I think I even read somewhere that it has the highest number of temples per square mile anywhere in the world. This post is about one of the most famous of these – Longshan Temple in Taipei.

Built in 1738 by settlers from Fujian during the Qing rule, this temple is visited by thousands of people everyday; some of them worshippers, many of them tourists. This does mean it is almost impossible to take a photo of the temple without a lot of people in it. Thankfully, even this doesn’t detract from the beautiful architecture, incredibly intricate wood carvings and atmospheric feel of the place. Read More

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is one of the most spectacular landmarks in Taipei. It’s also one of the most visited, with thousands of tourists descending onto the site every day.

However, for a lot of the people of Taiwan, this landmark is extremely contentious. It serves as a reminder of the Chiang Kai-shek’s White Terror, a time when political dissidents were suppressed as Taiwan was held under martial law (for what was, at the time, the longest period of martial law in history). Read More