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Treasure Hill

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN

Treasure hill is an art village situated nearby the Tamsui river in the middle of the city. It used to be a residence for retreated veteran solders of the Chinese Civil War and housed about 200 families. After renovations as part of a beautification campaign, it’s become a cool art village with a art studios, galleries, cafes and living spaces for artists. However, only about 20 of those original families were able to move back in causing the need for the others to move elsewhere.

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Taipei City

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN

My auntie had received a visit up the Taipei 101 tower as a gift from her children. Unfortunately they could have not foreseen the weather of the pre-booked day of entrance, preventing us from seeing much more than the inside of the viewing deck. After having returned from the mountains we decided to try again, this time being able to see a little more than the colour grey outside.

Being in time for the sunset, the outdoor observation deck provides a full view of the city at an elevation of 391.8 m.

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Sea of Clouds Almost

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ALISHAN, TAIWAN

If there was one thing that stood out in Taiwan, it was the hospitality from their locals. Some spoke very little English but did whatever they could to help us. When we arrived in Alishan, it was no different. It was already late in the evening and the place seemed quite remotely located. The hotel host asked (well.. hand signalled) whether we had eaten already. After finding out that we hadn’t, she took us in her car and drove us down to a restaurant in the village. There she waited until we were done. At the previous hotel, the owner drove us to the bus stop after we checked out and helped us with buying bus tickets. After making sure we safely got on the right bus, he went back to the hotel. We sat in the bus for a while, waiting for the bus to leave, until the same hotel owner rushingly came into our bus out of breath, with a pair of glasses in his hand. He thought we had forgotten these glasses in the hotel.. but we had to regretfully tell them that they weren’t ours.

Alishan is famous for its morning sea of clouds. However, making it in time for the sunrise meant leaving at 3am, which meant that the day after was likely to become a little less productive – to the displeasure of my mum and auntie. So I had to make do with a day hike and I was still slightly rewarded with a kindof almost sea of clouds underneath the evening sun from a very challenging position.

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Ladybrella

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XITOU, TAIWAN

One of the first destinations in the south of Nantou was the Xitou Nature Eduction Area. Inside this park, there is an elevated walking path amongst the tree tops which also functions as a bridge in some places.

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Taipei 101

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My mum usually tries to find time each year to visit me wherever I may be. This year, I had to be in Taiwan for a wedding of one of my best friends. My auntie (her sister) asked if she could come along too. Here I was, exploring and hiking the mountains with two enthusiastic ladies who were eventually classified as officially inexhaustible. Initially with the guidance of a hospitable friend of my sister, we would explore the mountainous area around Nantou County in the middle of the island. But before we left for the mountains, we had a day to explore the capital.

The Taipei 101 tower has 101 floors and was – until the Burj Khalifa in Dubai came along – in 2010 the tallest building in the world.

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