Category: Explore

Steam train CK124

Steam Train CK124 at Shanjia Station

There is something about a steam train that seems to fire the imagination regardless of where it’s being stoked. This is definitely the case in Taiwan where there is an avid following. Despite this, it…

Urban Hiker Redux: Fuyang Park to Hsin Hai MRT

One of the interesting things about moving abroad is the newness of everything–the mundane, everyday tasks we take for granted back home, say dropping off dry cleaning or calling someone to fix a leaky toilet,…

The Northeast Coast by Motorbike

I hope you like seafood.  Or, at the very least, the taste of sea salt spraying in your face because very little compares to the thrill of a coastal ride in Taiwan.  Starting from Keelung,…

Motorcycles: The Best Way to Experience Taiwan

Shortly after your first mile, you’ll realize motorcycling is one of the most rewarding ways to explore Taiwan.  Dirt on the face, bugs on the teeth, and burns on the legs are reminders of unforgettable…

Matsu: Pirates, Birds and Guns

Photo by Prince Roy, licensed under the Creative Commons Matsu is an archipelago of 19 islands and islets in the Taiwan Strait, very close to China. In fact, on a clear day you can see…

Urban Hiker Redux: Elephant Mountain

Note: The Urban Hiker contributed this article to Taiwan Ho! in 2003. While some things may have changed (please see endnotes), Elephant Mountain remains a wonderful urban hiking destination a decade later. Arguably, July is…