Jiufen Old Street: Things to Do on this Classic Taipei Day Trip

Red lanterns on Jiufen Old Street at night

Jiufen (九份 or Jioufen), a mountaintop former gold mining town on the northeast coast of Taiwan, is one of the most popular day trips from Taipei. Visitors and people who live in Taipei flock to Jiufen Old Street because it encapsulates the best of Taiwan in one small package: rich history, atmospheric lanes and teahouses, …

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Pilgrimage Travel: Inspiring Sacred Walks around the World

Pilgrimage is act of devotion. In many religions, these sacred walks are prescribed, even considered a must in one’s lifetime, and followers from all of world’s major faiths make holy pilgrimages. For most, non-believers are accepted or even welcome. Pilgrimage travel can be a meaningful, moving experience in which travelers can enrich their understanding of …

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Taroko Gorge: The Grand Canyon of Taiwan

Taroko Gorge Taiwan

Taroko Gorge, named after the Truku or Taroko aboriginal tribe, is one of Taiwan’s premier scenic attractions. Few visit without being blown away by its sheer magnificence and raw natural beauty. It is the star attraction of Hualien, Taiwan’s largest county, on the wild visually stunning east coast. For many visitors to Taiwan with little …

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A Guide to Dinosaur Provincial Park’s Hiking Trails & Tours

The best dinosaur provincial park tour and dinosaur provincial park hikes

Dinosaur Provincial Park is one of the most compelling and family-friendly attractions in southern Alberta. Besides the incredible badlands landscapes, a great campground, and the chance to find dinosaur fossils, there are also some great hikes and tours available in the park. In this article, I’m going to introduce the five main Dinosaur Provincial Park …

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Alishan, Taiwan: A Super Detailed 2021 Guide

A guide to Alishan National Scenic Area in Alishan Taiwan

Alishan (阿里山 or Mt. Ali) is one of Taiwan’s top scenic attractions. The Alishan National Scenic Area in Chiayi County in Central Taiwan is renowned for its famed Alishan sunrise over a sea of clouds, small gauge Alishan Forest Railway, cherry blossom viewing, and Taiwan’s most sought after teas (here’s my full post on Alishan …

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13 Unmissable European Pilgrimages

A guide to the best pilgrimages in Europe

by Anna from Camino Adventures. Though the pilgrimages started as journeys of moral or spiritual significance, modern ones are not necessarily confined to the most faithful. Whether you are interested in learning about history, culture, and admiring spectacular landscapes, you want to test your physical aptitudes, or you are on your own spiritual journey, walking …

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Wenshan Hot Spring: Taroko Gorge’s Spectacular Secret

Wenshan Hot Spring, Taroko Gorge, Taiwan

One of Taiwan’s hidden gems is Taroko Gorge‘s Wenshan Hot Spring (文山溫泉, also sometimes spelled Wunshan Hot Spring or Taroko National Park Hot Springs), located in Xiulin township of visually stunning Hualien County. The awe-inspiring scenery, hidden location within a famous national park, and relative inaccessibility of this Hualien hot spring make it, in my …

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Seokbulsa Temple: A Rewarding Temple Hike in Busan, South Korea

Seokbulsa Temple in Busan, South Korea

Temple lovers, hiking fans, and anyone looking to get a little off-the-beaten-path in Busan, you have to add Seokbulsa Temple (Seokbul Temple, more correctly, since “–sa” means “temple”) to your Busan bucket list. This is no ordinary Korean temple; Seokbulsa is built into the sides of sandstone cliffs on Geumjeongsan (Mt. Geumjeong), the highest mountain …

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