Category Archives: Nature

Thousand Island Lake 千島湖: Tea Time with a View

Though there are no islands or lakes, Thousand Island Lake 千島湖 in New Taipei City offers some great visuals.

Though there are no islands or lakes, Thousand Island Lake 千島湖 in New Taipei City offers some great visuals.

When you hear the name “Thousand Island Lake” you would probably expect some islands.  Or at least a lake.  Not so here.  Though you won’t find any of the titular sights, you will still experience some amazing views which including endless rows of mountains, terraced tea fields, and cerulean water.  Though there aren’t many activities at this destination, it’s still worth checking out for fans of scenic outposts and tea junkies.  Check out more info after the jump.

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Mt. Miantian 面天山: Facing Heaven

Mt. Miantian 面天山 is a great place to see silver grass, mountains, and even the sea!

Mt. Miantian 面天山 is a great place to see silver grass, mountains, and even the sea!

I think I’ve used the cliche “commanding view” a few times on this blog.  This time, I really mean it!  It is hard to top the amazing atmosphere and vantage point Mt. Miantian 面天山 offers.  Not only is it a prime destination to watch silver grass dancing in the wind, but you can also see some unparalleled views of Taipei, the surrounding mountains, and even the ocean.  Did you know you can see the ocean from Yangminshan?  Well now you know!  Check out more info after the jump.

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Erziping 二子坪: Magnificent Meadow

Erziping 二子坪 on Yangmingshan is a very accessible and relaxing destination.

Erziping 二子坪 on Yangmingshan is a very accessible and relaxing destination.

For me, my go-to activity for when I have no plan is to visit Yangmingshan.  I have been up there countless times, and yet I always find something new.  One of the first places I visited in the national park was Erziping 二子坪 (also may be spelled as Erzihping).  Not only is it one of the easiest places to trot around in on Yangmingshan, it is especially beautiful in the fall when the silver grass grows.  Check out more info after the jump.

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Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地: Walk on Water

Windmills watch over you at the Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地 in Taichung.

Windmills watch over you at the Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地 in Taichung.

Spanning 750 acres (or 300 hectares if you prefer those), the Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地 in Taichung is probably the best place to dig your feet into the mud.  It also has a nice array of wildlife, including crabs and everyone’s favorite fish out of water, the mudskipper.  Though famed for its sunset views, I came on a rather grey morning.  It’s no fun if you get the perfect view the first time, then you have no reason to go back!  Check out more pictures and information after the jump.

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Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林: Purple Mountain

Rows and rows of lavender await at Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林 in Taichung.

Rows and rows of lavender await at Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林 in Taichung.

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.

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Xiaoyoukeng 小油坑 and Seven Star Mountain 七星山: A Steamy Hike

A somewhat clear view from one of Seven Star Mountain's 七星山 peaks.

A somewhat clear view from one of Seven Star Mountain’s 七星山 peaks.

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.

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Neidong National Forest Recreation Area 內洞國家森林遊樂區: Nature’s Omnibus

Just one of the many waterfalls at Neidong National Forest Recreation Area 內洞國家森林遊樂區 in New Taipei City.

Just one of the many waterfalls at Neidong National Forest Recreation Area 內洞國家森林遊樂區 in New Taipei City.

I have been to Wulai several times to enjoy the sites, but little did I know that there was a stunning “forest recreation area” nearby.  The moniker of “forest recreation area” seems a bit ambiguous at first.  It is somewhat between a forest and a national park.  There are about twenty of them across Taiwan, with the most famous being Alishan (I promise to make a post on that!).  Neidong National Forest Recreation Area 內洞國家森林遊樂區 is the closest of these to Taipei.  The highlight of the area is not actually the forest, but the impressive three tier waterfall and abundance of insect life.  Check out some photos after the jump.

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Wulai 烏來: A Mountainous Sausage Paradise

The 80m tall waterfall at Wulai 烏來 is just one of the many sights to see.

The 80m tall waterfall at Wulai 烏來 is just one of the many sights to see.

Wulai 烏來 in New Taipei City attracts visitors for a host of reasons.  Some come for the old street, some come for the scenery, some come for the hot springs, and some come to learn about aboriginal culture and chow down on traditional food.  You can dabble in whatever you like, and I doubt you’ll be disappointed.  Check out some photos from my visit after the jump.

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Yehliu 野柳: The Queendom of Taiwan

Yehliu 野柳 has a very distinctive landscape.

Yehliu 野柳 has a very distinctive landscape.

One of the most striking places I’ve visited in Taiwan, or perhaps visited ever, is Yehliu 野柳, a cape in New Taipei City.  The area is a geological marvel filled with unusually shaped rocks formed by erosion and tectonics.  It is most famously known as the location of the Queen’s Head, a rock that has a very feminine visage.  Most people come to visit Yehliu Geopark and take pictures with the charmingly named rocks, but if you come on a clear day you can see some beautiful scenery.  Check out some photos after the jump.

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Heping Island Park 和平島公園: A Whole Island for a Playground

Walk among some interesting rock formations on the coast at Heping Island Park 和平島公園.

Walk among some interesting rock formations on the coast at Heping Island Park 和平島公園.

I always found Taiwan’s coasts to be mysterious and almost alien.  With bizarre rock formations and creepy silverfish crawling around, it’s hard to believe you’re on earth.  The most famous coastal scenic area is probably Yehliu, famous for the Queen’s Head rock formation.  Heping Island Park 和平島公園 (also known as Peace Island Park) in Keelung reminds me a lot of that area, yet is interesting in its own right.  Check out more info after the jump.

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