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    Taipei photo diary

    I have the feeling this is going to be a picture heavy post, sorry about that… But I feel like this is the only way to show all the different faces of Taipei. I was honestly so amazed and I still am. Every city in Asia I have visited so far was equally dirty, overpopulated, chaotic, somehow not very livable from my perspective. But when I went outside of my hostel in Taipei (the crazy one with the capsules!!) to explore the area, I had a totally different experience. Obviously there were no sidewalks, but in front of every store and every apartment they had all these lovely pot plants. It…

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    Overnight in a buddhist monastery

    This place blew my mind. I am having a very hard time to find words for this extraordinary experience. Randomly I read about this mountain in the shape of a lion’s head (-> lion’s head mountain), which is supposed to have plenty of temples inside its caves. Apparently one can even stay overnight in one of them, no website, no telephone number though. I instantly thought: this is a great alternative to Jiufen, another holy place with thousands of visitors literally pushing each other through the temples, which I wanted to avoid. And I’m 100% sure we made the right decision here. With the help of a Taiwanese friend we…

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    Sun moon lake

    At first I assessed the photos of sun moon lake to be fake, lavishly edited. A lake can’t have that very color. Apparently it does. Sun moon lake got its name because it’s got the shape of the two Chinese ideographs for sun and moon from above. As soon as the sun comes out, the water appears in that beautiful shade I already talked about. Situated in the middle of mountains, the whole place feels so quaint. With a taiwanese oolong milk tea in the hand and my beloved guava sun moon lake was just perfect. Yuchi (the town of the waterfront) definitely is a popular tourist destination even though we…

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    Taroko Gorge

    First up: Taroko national park. Meanwhile equipped with down jacket and beanie, we set foot in the enormous national park expecting a long day of trekking ahead. The trails turned out to be 2k long maximum though. By early afternoon we’ve been to almost every trail there is. Unbelievable 😀 Looking at the other visitors we could easily explain why. The Chinese don’t seem to be a trekking nation. All of them arrived via tour bus, dropping them of at the start of a trail. They then walked slow-paced with their walking sticks, taking selfies every few meters or even taking a nap on a bench; so funny to watch.…

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    Pingxi Lantern Festival

    I heard about the festival of thousand lanterns in the night sky a few years ago. I knew I had to go some time but I rather wrote it on the bottom of the long list. I would have never thought, I would be able to go so soon! During the last months, I heard a lot of amazing things about Taiwan. As it is really close from Manila I decided to go. And once I’m going why not arrange my trip around the festival? Best idea I had in a while 🙂 The days before the big event I looked at all these lovely photos and videos from past years…