Sun Moon Lake Pass: Is it Worth the Money?

Sun Moon Lake Pass

If you are going to Sun Moon Lake, one of the best places to visit in Taiwan, you can save some money by getting the Sun Moon Lake Pass, or “Sun Moon Lake Package.” The Sun Moon Lake pass has many different options, including connections with Taichung, Alishan and the Xitou Monster Village. I’ll explain … Read more Sun Moon Lake Pass: Is it Worth the Money?

An Insider’s Taipei Itinerary: 3 Days

Taipei in 3 days, Taipei 3 day itinerary

So you’ve booked your trip to Taiwan, decided on the best time to travel to Taipei, and now you’re wondering how to plan your Taipei 3 day itinerary? Well, you’ve come to the right spot! Spending three days in Taipei is just the right amount of time if you’re visiting Taiwan for 1-2 weeks. It’s … Read more An Insider’s Taipei Itinerary: 3 Days

How to get to Alishan (from anywhere in Taiwan!)

Alishan, Taiwan

Alishan is one of Taiwan’s most popular attractions, along with Sun Moon Lake and Taroko Gorge. It is famous for its sunrises over seas of clouds, misty forests, and high mountain teas. Getting to Alishan is not super complicated, but does require some extra thought when thinking about how to plan your Taiwan itinerary. While … Read more How to get to Alishan (from anywhere in Taiwan!)

Visiting Global Tea Hut: Zen and the Art of Cha Dao

Global Tea Hut Taiwan

After I wrote an article introducing tea in Taiwan in 2016, I was contacted by representatives from several Taiwanese tea-related companies and organizations. One of these was Sam, one of three permanent residents at Global Tea Hut (國際茶亭)’s headquarters Tea Sage Hut (通聖亭) in Miaoli (苗栗), a small county capital in Central-Western Taiwan. At first … Read more Visiting Global Tea Hut: Zen and the Art of Cha Dao

Wenshan Hot Spring: Taroko Gorge’s Spectacular Secret

Wenshan Hot Spring, Taroko Gorge, Taiwan

One of the great secrets of Taiwan in past years was 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, Hualien County. The awe-inspiring scenery, hidden location within a famous national park, and relative inaccessibility of this Hualien hot spring made it, … Read more Wenshan Hot Spring: Taroko Gorge’s Spectacular Secret

Jiufen Old Street: A Fulfilling Day Trip from Taipei

A guide to Jiufen Old Street, Taiwan

Jiufen (Jioufen), a mountaintop former gold mining town on the northeast coast of Taiwan, is one of the most popular day trips from Taipei. Visitors flock to Jiufen Old Street because it encapsulates the best of Taiwan in one small package: rich history, atmospheric lanes and teahouses, breathtaking views, and distinctly Taiwanese snacks at every … Read more Jiufen Old Street: A Fulfilling Day Trip from Taipei

Getting from Taipei to Jiufen and Shifen (with pictures and times)

How to get to Jiufen, Jinguashi, Shifen watefall from Taipei

Jiufen (Jioufen) is one of the most popular day trips from Taipei and one of the top things to do in Taiwan. To learn more about why everyone loves this charming little mountaintop village so much, see my detailed guide to Jiufen Old Street. Getting to Jiufen is very easy, but there are quite a … Read more Getting from Taipei to Jiufen and Shifen (with pictures and times)