The Tunnel of Nine Turns impressed me a lot. It is actually the old central highway which cuts through several tunnels. The side of the tunnels open up to deep gorges: the river flowing across them several hundred feet below. Looking up above are cathedral high rocks, turned into mountains, borne by the natural uplifting of earth’s crust which took several millenia to reach that high. Continue reading Taroko Drifts and Rifts
It was sunny and very humid, typical of a Vietnamese summer. The day before that, we arrived in Hue, the old capital of Vietnam, particularly of the Nguyen dynastic rule. The rest of the day we spent exploring the old forbidden city, the imperial city. It was nearest to where we stayed. This day, since we did not have an itinerary in mind, we went … Continue reading Hue, Nguyen Country
One of the most memorable experiences in travels are those that were unplanned, rushed or unexpected. It was on another visit to Taipei and on the first day, it rained so hard that my friend and I ran out of options what to do. So, my friend suggested that we go to Jiufen. Continue reading A Rainy Night in Jiufen
The last day was a bit slow-paced. I was just strolling around Causeway Bay area, then decided to check out some museums to visit. They were all closed when I got there or the featured exhibits were closed already. I had no other options what to do next. After an hour with nowhere to go so I just decided to go back to my hotel. … Continue reading Best Mountain View in Hong Kong
It was cloudy when I had my start. Around 9:30AM, I arrived at Pier 4 in the Central Ferry Terminal just in front of IFC tower in Central Hong Kong island. Pier 4 is the terminal for ferries going to two towns in Lamma Island: Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. Around 11AM, the ferry docked on Yung Shue Wan. As soon as I … Continue reading Hong Kong : Beyond the Skyscrapers
These stone formation have fancy names like “The Fairy Shoe”, “The Bee Hive”, “The Ginger Rocks” and “The Sea Candles”. The most famous formation according to the brochure is the “Queen’s Head” which is shaped like the bust of the Egyptian queen, Nefertiti and this shape has been the town’s logo and iconic landmark. Continue reading Yeliu’s Rocky Alien World
I mentioned in my trip to Jiufen that I boarded the wrong train and arrived in Yilan. The train left the northern coast and veered southward with the Pacific ocean on the side. The train passed by a town with an eccentric looking structure erected near the coast. It looked like a dilapidated fallen building, washed by some rouge tidal waves. Fast forward, before my recent trip to Continue reading Architectural Wonder in Toucheng
This was my first time travelling alone in Taipei. On the first day, after a quick breakfast, I wormed my way to the nearest MRT station, went straight to TRA ticketing in the Main Station to buy a ticket going to Ruifang 瑞芳. Continue reading Spirited Away in Jiufen… Maybe Not?