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

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

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