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The Metal Door Art of Guangming Road 光明路的金屬門: A Different Canvas

Close your shop in style with some art!  You can see many colorful metal doors on Guangming Road in Taipei.

Close your shop in style with some art! You can see many colorful metal doors on Guangming Road in Taipei.

Though Taipei has many interesting places that are open late (including a 24 hour bookstore), stores do indeed close.  Stores seem to fade into anonymity when the owners pack up shop and bring down those big metal gates.  On Guangming Road in the Beitou District of Taipei, you may find something unexpected on these slabs of steel: art!  Several stores on Guangming Road have their metal doors decorated with elaborate drawings from a host of different topics.  Check out more photos after the jump.

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Junjianyan Hiking Trail 軍艦岩親山步道: A Brief Trek

A funky bench on the Junjianyan Hiking Trail 軍艦岩親山步道.

A funky bench on the Junjianyan Hiking Trail 軍艦岩親山步道.

Close to hot spring attractions of Xinbeitou lies the Junjianyan Hiking Trail 軍艦岩親山步道.  The often-visited Battleship Rock is actually part of the trail, which has many alternate routes for the adventurous.  I decided to walk the main path, which treats hikers with diverse sights.  I’ve been up here twice and neither time was crowded at all, so hikers who want to avoid people may enjoy this trail.  Check out some pictures from my walk.

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Beitou Museum 北投文物館: A Walk Through History

The interior of the Beitou Museum is the real treat.

The interior of the Beitou Museum is the real treat.

Watching over Xinbeitou is the Beitou Museum 北投文物館, a beautiful Japanese hotel turned Taiwanese cultural hub.  Though small, the traditional Japanese architecture and fascinating exhibits make this museum a must-see.  I do think the best time to visit would be in summer or spring when the flowers around the grounds are in full bloom, but either way I doubt you’ll leave disappointed.  Check out some pictures from my visit.

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Guizikeng 貴子坑: A Green Walk

A lot of vegetation and algae cover the stream leading to Guizikeng 貴子坑

A lot of vegetation and algae cover the stream leading to Guizikeng 貴子坑

I accidentally found the overwhelming green Guizikeng 貴子坑 by taking the wrong bus.  I took it all the way to the end of the bus depot, but fortunately it lead to a nice walk and a place that I found so enchanting that I’ve visited it multiple times.  With various hiking trails, a camping ground, a concrete river, and a 30 million year old mountain, it’s worth finding.  Check out some of my pictures from my first visit.

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Tales of Getting Lost: Shanguang Temple 善光寺 and Misread Maps

Shanguang Temple 善光寺 on a clear day.

Shanguang Temple 善光寺 on a clear day.

Even with the internet, GPS on phones, and tourist-friendly maps, I often find myself getting completely lost.  Maybe it is something innate within me, or maybe I don’t clearly pay attention to directions.  Either way, I often find that getting lost can lead to amazing experiences and take you to places you may have never found on your own.  Today’s “getting lost” story is about underestimating distance, Shanguang Temple善光寺, and Jeremy Lin.

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