Hey, I'm Nick!
I first left home with a backpack in 2001, and I've been living in Taiwan for the last 10 years. I am especially drawn to religious centers, spiritual sights, and natural attractions.
I started this website to share the things I learn on the road and to inspire YOU to travel MORE!
Shandong: a Sage, a Sacred Peak, and a Beer
Azure Clouds Temple, one of several temples on the peak of sacred Mount Tai
A Night on the Peak of Tai Shan, China's Holiest Mountain
Hiking up Tai Shan (Mount Tai)
monuments to centuries of devotion cover the peak of Tai Shan. Tai Shan is the stuff of classical Chinese legends and art
cold cold cold me on the summit of Tai Shan
Spending the Night on the Peak of Tai Shan
Chinese New Year festivities in Tai An town and Dai Temple (bottom left)
Hiking Down Tai Shan
breathtaking sunset from the peak of Tai Shan
Qingdi Taoist Palace, Tai Shan Summit
I started my hike where most people finish it. Left: Heavenly Road. Center: the South Gate of Heaven, just below the peak. Right: Stairs going down, down down the mountain.
so. many. Chinese. people. And crazy big sticks of incense!
the traditional starting point of the western route, with Tai Shan in the background
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I never travel without a good guidebook. These are my favorite. E-book version available!