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Treasure Manor 確幸莊園: Manor in the Mountains

A fake white piano serves as one of the many photo ops at Treasure Manor 確幸莊園 in New Taipei City.

A fake white piano serves as one of the many photo ops at Treasure Manor 確幸莊園 in New Taipei City.

I’m not dead, but my computer was.  Everything’s sorted out now, so I should post updates more regularly.  I’ve got quite the backlog to share! Number one in the backlog file is Treasure Manor 確幸莊園 in New Taipei City.  Continuing the Taiwanese trend of not having accurate English names, it’s more of a lake than a manor.  Despite the poor naming, it does offer some scenic views and some cutesy photo spots if you’re into that kind of thing.  Not to mention some great waffles.  Check out more info after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

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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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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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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The Top 屋頂上: Relax Above the City

The Top 屋頂上 is overflowing with atmosphere.

The Top 屋頂上 is overflowing with atmosphere.

Nestled right under Chinese Culture University in Taipei is The Top 屋頂上, an island-themed restaurant with an impressive view.  On a cool night, it’s easy to let hours pass by as you relax on a comfy couch with your stomach full of food and a clear view of the city.  Though you’ll undoubtedly wait for your turn, the atmosphere alone merits a visit.  Check out some photos from my visit.

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