Beautiful Taiwan

In Aboriginal Culture, Ancient trees, Chiayi County, Cultural relics, Geological curiosities, Hsinchu County, Kaohsiung City, Miaoli County, Mountains, Nantou County, New Taipei City, Photo Collections, Taichung City, Treks and long walks, Waterfalls by Richard4 Comments

Husband and Wife Trees, New Central Cross-island Highway

Husband and Wife
Trees, New Central Cross-island Highway

Maliguang Waterfall, Hsinchu Conty

Maliguang Waterfall, Hsinchu County

Above the aboriginal village of Laiji, Chiayi County

Above the aboriginal village of Laiji, Chiayi County

It’s been so long since I’ve been hiking that I’ve started putting on weight and seem to be entering a mild depression.  The plum rains seem – hopefully – to be loosening their grip on the island and there are hopes that we might have a good weekend exploring coming up (our last attempt, a scooter trip around the mountains of Chiayi three weeks ago turned into a soggy disaster). Meanwhile, partly as a little self therapy, and to replace my last, angry, post from top position where its been for the last couple of weeks, here’s a couple of photos from recent and not-so-recent trips around the main island of Taiwan. Thanks to Oksana for the ancient tree photo – much better than any of the ones I took myself!

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On the road up to Luchang, an aboriginal village in magnificent countryside in Miaoli County

Jiaming Lake, a rare example of a meteor-created lake, in the mountains of Kaohsiung County and now a very popular trekking destination (scanned print photo from my only trip there, way back in 2001)

Jiaming Lake, a rare example of a meteor-created lake, in the mountains of Kaohsiung County and now a very popular trekking destination (scanned print photo from my only trip there, way back in 2001)

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Another rare natural phenomenon occurring in several places around Taiwan; an Eternal Flame, where methane seeps up through the shale below and ignites upon reaching the surface. This one is in a hard-to-find spot in Kaohsiung County and took some tracking-down!

The so-called "Grand Canyon" on the border between Taichung and MIaoli Counties, created in just days by typhoon rains cutting through cracks in the soft mudstone opened up by the great earthquake of 1999. THis photo (and the one below) was taken six or seven years ago - the gorge probably looks very different now.

The so-called “Grand Canyon” on the border between Taichung and Miaoli Counties, created in just days by typhoon rains cutting through cracks in the soft mudstone opened up by the great earthquake of 1999. This photo (and the one below) was taken six or seven years ago – the gorge probably looks very different now.

The "Grand Canyon," just a few meters wide at this point but about 40 meters deep

The “Grand Canyon,”
just a few meters wide at this point but about 40 meters deep

Tower Mountain (Tashan), below Alishan in Chiayi County, centrepiece of one the most majestic landscapes reachable by road in the whole of Taiwan

Tower Mountain (Tashan), below Alishan in Chiayi County, centrepiece of one the most majestic landscapes reachable by road in the whole of Taiwan

The Titanic Rock, an impressive rock formation jutting out over a great gorge below Tower Mountain, near Laiji village, Chiayi County

The Titanic Rock, an impressive rock formation jutting out over a great gorge below Tower Mountain, near Laiji village, Chiayi County

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Bitan Suspension Bridge at Xindian, near Taipei

The magnificent Granddaddy Tree at Simakushi (Smagus), a remote but now extremely popular destination ion Hsinchu County (a very old photo, taken in the late 1990s!)

The magnificent Granddaddy Tree at Simakushi (Smagus), a remote but now extremely popular destination ion Hsinchu County (a very old photo, taken in the late 1990s!)

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Cloud Forest Waterfall near Sanxia, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Taipei area

Little Forest Mountain Falls, above Cloud Forest Falls near Sanxia

Little Forest Mountain Falls, above Cloud Forest Falls near Sanxia

On the trail up Yushan (Jade Mountain), the highest mountain in Northeast Asia

On the trail up Yushan (Jade Mountain), the highest mountain in Northeast Asia

The 'cage' near the summit of Yushan

The ‘cage’ near the summit of Yushan

Magnificent scenery (and weather) near the summit of Yushan

Magnificent scenery (and weather) near the summit of Yushan

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…and at the summit (the second ascent, 2008)

Yanshui Beehive firework festival, a crazy, crazy event

Yanshui Beehive firework festival, a crazy, crazy event

At Yanshui (the protection is absolutely necessary...)

At Yanshui (the protection is absolutely necessary…)

Aboriginal sculpture at Daban, Chiayi County

Aboriginal sculpture at Daban, Chiayi County

The temple that famously collapsed at Jiji, in Nantou County, during the great earthquake of 1999

The temple that famously collapsed at Jiji, in Nantou County, during the great earthquake of 1999

The beautiful, strange landscape of the Xiaonian Stream on the South Cross-island Highway in Kaohsiung County, sadly destroyed by Typhoon Morakot, four years ago

The beautiful, strange landscape of the Xiaonian Stream on the South Cross-island Highway in Kaohsiung County, apparently sadly destroyed by Typhoon Morakot, four years ago

Sleeping Dragon Gorge, a tricky-to-find landform near the Alishan Forest railway in Chiayi County

Sleeping Dragon Gorge, a tricky-to-find landform near the Alishan Forest railway in Chiayi County

One of the Beidelaman Ancient Trees in Hsinchu County (photo by Oksana)

Ruitai Old Trail, Chiayi County

Ruitai Old Trail, Chiayi County

Comments

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    Thanks Linda! Taiwan will never cease to amaze me, and I don’t think any of us will ever discover every last amazing place on this remarkable island (and its satellites)- there’s simply too many!!!

  2. Nice photos! And I feel the same way about being hike-deprived.

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