Taiwan (2007-2018)

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Details of exuberantly colorful Taoist temples, ubiquitous throughout Taiwan.

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I have traveled a dozen times to Taiwan since 2007, both for work and pleasure. On my first couple of visits I was not overwhelmed by Taiwan. Unlike in some other countries I did not immediately see stunning monuments, awesome scenery, or beautiful towns. But the more I visited Taiwan, the more I liked it. It is full of subtle charm and raw beauty, like the old temples of Tainan and Lukang, the manicured tea plantations of Rueili and the Wuling valley, the atmospheric teahouses of the Maokong hills, the scenic rice fields of the eastern rift valley, the slow pace of Taitung, the ruggedness of the central mountains, the remoteness of the Penghu and Matsu islands, the beautifully decorated Fujianese houses of Kinmen, the elegant former residences in Taichung, the plunging cliffs of the east coast, and the majestic Taroko gorge. My experience has been that the charms and beauty of Taiwan reveal themselves slowly, but they eventually become addictive. This is one of the reasons why I have returned often to Taiwan. In addition, its people are incredibly friendly and welcoming. I particularly admire their independent spirit and resilience in the face of frequent earthquakes and typhoons and of the permanent threats of their powerful bullying neighbor.

 

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This site contains a collection of photos from some of my trips to Taiwan, organized by regions (shown in the two maps above):

- North: 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018.

- Center-West: 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

- South-West: 2009, 2016, 2017.

- East: 2009, 2015, 2016.

- Shei-Pa and Yushan NP′s: 2015.

- Penghu Islands: 2015.

- Great Kinmen: 2017.

- Lanyu: 2017.

- Matsu Islands: 2018.

 

To see these photos click on the links below.

 

Taipei

 

North (without Taipei)

 

Taichung (1/2)

 

Taichung (2/2, only temples)

 

Center-West (without Taichung)

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South-West

 

East

 

Penghu Islands

 

Great Kinmen

 

Lanyu

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Matsu Islands

 

Treks in Shei-Pa and Yushan NP

 

Hiking around Rueili

 

 

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