Like Slovenia, I realized I had a ton of pictures from Taiwan that I never shared.  Or probably even edited.  Sometimes I like to go back and look at pictures from past trips because I’ll see some and think why didn’t I do anything with this yet?  So, these are those pictures.  The ones I never did anything with or didn’t have anything to write about them or didn’t know what they were.  A little collection of the odd ones out.

I’ve found out what a few of these places are, there is the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, that’s all the stuff with the Buddha, and the Xuan Xang Temple, that’s the first picture and a few others.  There are some from Taroko Gorge near Hualien and the Dragon Bridge in Taitung.  There’s Jiufen, Sun Moon Lake, and Kaohsiung.  And you can’t forget Xiao Yehliu, Kenting, and Jiji.

Tips for visiting Taiwan:

  • Give yourself more than a day or long layover.  I met a few people doing this, and it’s a great way to see Taipei if you’re limited on time, but there is so much more in Taiwan that should be seen.
  • Definitely go to the East Coast.  Spend some time in Hualien, an awesome base for exploring Taroko Gorge.  Taitung is another cool city on the east coast, not too far from Hualien.
  • If you are going to Taroko Gorge, do a little research and planning on how to get there, how to get around there, and what to do there.  I went as part of a full island tour, so I didn’t have to plan anything.  Ask at your hostel if they have any recommendations on how to visit most efficiently.  Colorful Taiwan is a fun hostel in Hualien.
  • Just know, if you go to the south, like Kenting, in the winter, it will probably be extremely windy.  It’s still really pretty, though, so don’t just not go because of this.
  • If you have a lot of time and are feeling really ambitious, visit one of the small islands off the coast like Lanyu, Green Island, Xiao LiuChiu, or Penghu.  Definitely research them before you go, things like transportation, how you get there, accommodation, food, things to do, all that stuff.
  • Go to as many night markets around the island as you can and try as many things as possible.
  • Be respectful at temples and other religious sites.
  • Taiwan is an awesome place to work on street photography, especially in Taipei and night markets.  That was part of why I loved both so much.

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Have you been to Taiwan?  Where did you go?  What was your favorite place?  Favorite thing to do?  Would you go back?

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