Monthly Archives: August 2014
If you go a bit outside of Taichung, you may find yourself in Europe. At least it looks that way at first glance, as Xinshe Castle 新社莊園 (also known as Summit Resort or 新社古堡) looks like it an old European castle was transplanted right into the Taiwanese countryside. Though an odd sight, it is a beautiful local and a unique place to visit. Check out more info after the jump.
High in the mountains hides Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林, an aromatic recreation area outside of Taichung. You can walk through rows of lavender flowers, dance with the butterflies, make lavender soap, and eat some much-needed ice cream (guess what flavor it is). It’s a serene and beautiful local that is just ripe for photos. Check out more info after the jump.
Several weeks ago, I visited Japan’s Kansai region for vacation. Kansai is home to the urban centers Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and more. The area is mostly known for its traditional culture and laid back atmosphere when compared to the megalopolis Tokyo. But how does it compare to Taipei? There are some interesting similarities and surprising differences. Check out my knee jerk analysis after the jump.
Yangmingshan is one of my favorite places to visit in Taipei. It is hard to believe that an expansive national park with mountains, hot springs, volcanoes, and dozens of hiking trails can be so accessible from the city. Even though I have been here several times, there is always something new to see and experience. This time I decided to check out the steaming fumaroles of Xiaoyoukeng 小油坑 and make my way through Seven Star Mountain 七星山, which has Taipei’s tallest peak. Check out more info and pictures after the jump.