Taiwan 101: Part 1. The North

The Candleholder Rocks, Jinshan

The Candleholder Rocks, Jinshan, New Taipei City

Disused logging railway tracks at Taipingshan, Yilan County

Disused logging railway tracks at Taipingshan, Yilan County

The Buddha's Tongue, Stegosaurus Ridge, New Taipei City

The Buddha’s Tongue, Stegosaurus Ridge, New Taipei City

Cave of Foreign Words, Keelung

Cave of Foreign Words, Keelung

I’ve started exploring new places again, and should start getting back to regular blog posts in the next couple of week. Meanwhile, I thought I’d make a few posts giving a short overview (in photos) of my latest book, Taiwan 101, which aims to show the incredible variety of sights around Taiwan (and the ROC-controlled islands). It really is an amazing place, and I’ve come to realize this even more during the several years I’ve spent researching and writing the new books (there are two volumes), during which I’ve seen loads of places, attended a number of amazing festivals, and done quite a few things that I’ve never done here before. Hopefully I’ll get out six posts, one for each of the six main sections into which the two volumes of the book are dvivided.

 

First up: the north: Taipei, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Keelung City and Yilan County. Here’s a taste of the many, many places to see and things to do within day-trip distance of Taipei city.

Scholar Huang’s Residence, Lodong, Yilan County

Scholar Huang’s Residence, Lodong, Yilan County

Way down to the wonderful natural Xinxing Hot Springs, Yilan County

Way down to the wonderful natural Xinxing Hot Springs, Yilan County

Sisters' Waterfall, Sanxia, New Taipei City

Sisters’ Waterfall, Sanxia, New Taipei City

Loving Mother Mountain, New Taipei City

Loving Mother Mountain, New Taipei City

Pinglin, New Taipei City

Pinglin, New Taipei City

Dayoukeng Fumaroles, Yangmingshan, New Taipei City

Dayoukeng Fumaroles, Yangmingshan, New Taipei City

Lovers' Bridge, Jingtong, New Taipei City

Lovers’ Bridge, Jingtong, New Taipei City

Tunnel at Fuxing Mine, Houtong, New Taipei City

Tunnel at Fuxing Mine, Houtong, New Taipei City

Teapot Mountain, Jinguashi, New Taipei City

Teapot Mountain, Jinguashi, New Taipei City

Sileng Hot Springs, Taoyuan City

Sileng Hot Springs, Taoyuan City

Natural rock pillars at Nanya, Northeast Coast, New Taipei City

Natural rock pillars at Nanya, Northeast Coast, New Taipei City

Sulfur Lake, Yangmingshan, Taipei City

Sulfur Lake, Yangmingshan, Taipei City

Historic Coal Transporting Bridge, Houtong, New Taipei City

Historic Coal Transporting Bridge, Houtong, New Taipei City

River TRacing on the Masu Stream, Yangmingshan, New Taipei City

River TRacing on the Masu Stream, Yangmingshan, New Taipei City

Main Gate of Huwei Fort, Tamsui, New Taipei City

Main Gate of Huwei Fort, Tamsui, New Taipei City

Taoyuan Valley, Yilan County

Taoyuan Valley, Yilan County

Silver Stream Cave, Xindian, New Taipei City

Silver Stream Cave, Xindian, New Taipei City

Mysterious Coast, Jinshan, New Taipei City

Mysterious Coast, Jinshan, New Taipei City

Zhou Family Monument, Jingtong, New Taipei City

Zhou Family Monument, Jingtong, New Taipei City

Wanggu Waterfall, Shifen, New Taipei City

Wanggu Waterfall, Shifen, New Taipei City

Sheliao East Fort, Keelung City

Sheliao East Fort, Keelung City

Cuifeng Lake, Taipingshan, Yilan County

Cuifeng Lake, Taipingshan, Yilan County

River Tracing at Jiaoxi, Yilan County

River Tracing at Jiaoxi, Yilan County

Longdong, Northeast Coast, New Taipei City

Longdong, Northeast Coast, New Taipei City

Paigu Stream Hot Spring, Yilan County

Paigu Stream Hot Spring, Yilan County

Houshan Hot Spring, Yangmingshan, New Taipei City

Houshan Hot Spring, Yangmingshan, New Taipei City

 

4 thoughts on “Taiwan 101: Part 1. The North

  1. Hi Richard, Really enjoy your posts. I like to buy a copy of your new book. Where can I get them? Are they being sold in any bookstores in Kaohisung by any chance?

    • Thanks Theresa! The books are still in layout, and won’t be out until May, I’m afraid, but hopefully they’ll be on sale in branches of Eslite and Caves Bookstore in Kaohsiung and elsewhere when they do come out.

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