Backpacking in Taiwan: Touring Changhua City and Baguashan

Changhua City. Its a big city in Taiwan. I had never heard of it before yet I found myself with some spare time towards the end of our time in Taiwan. We had bunged in a lot, having basically toured the entire island as much as we could in 2 weeks. On a free Friday Read more about Backpacking in Taiwan: Touring Changhua City and Baguashan[…]

Watching Czech Republic 0-0 Northern Ireland…in Shinying, Taiwan

It was the first time I would ever attempt to watch a Northern Ireland match on the internet, and the first time I would be in Asia when we have a match. I gave up travelling to Northern Ireland away matches back in February 2009, when life changed forever. It is a pleasing aspect in Read more about Watching Czech Republic 0-0 Northern Ireland…in Shinying, Taiwan[…]

Jonny Blair in Kwan Tzu Ling Taiwan a lifestyle of travel

Backpacking in Taiwan: Kuan Tzu Ling – Hot Springs Mountain Village

Again you’ll have to bear with the English prononciation of this wee mountain village – signposts read “Guanshiling”, local signs in the village read “Kuan Tzu Ling” and the entrance gate to the mountain road reads “Guanzihling.” Natalja and I did a day trip there, because the mountain village is famous for its “hot springs.” Read more about Backpacking in Taiwan: Kuan Tzu Ling – Hot Springs Mountain Village[…]

Jonny Blair at Tiansiang mountain village in Taiwan

Backpacking in Taiwan: Tiansiang. Special.

Before we even went to Tailuga, I had read and heard about “Tiansiang”, what appeared to me to be the “heart of Taroko Gorge”, situated bang in the middle of the massive National Park, this enclave put to shame previous wee villages I’d been in. Vaduz, Serravalle and Groomsport won’t last quite as long in Read more about Backpacking in Taiwan: Tiansiang. Special.[…]

Jonny Blair Don't Stop Living at Taroko Gorge

Backpacking in Taiwan: Touring Taroko Gorge, Tailuga

It’s a mystery how this place isn’t called “Taroko Gorge” or even “Taroko”, as the signs on the roads clearly say (in English) and as the entrance wall obviously states. But I’m sorry don’t say “Taroko Gorge” to any Taiwanese person. They’ll have a blank look on their faces and they’ll not have a clue Read more about Backpacking in Taiwan: Touring Taroko Gorge, Tailuga[…]

Backpacking in Taiwan: Taidong, Hualien and bus tripping up the East Coast

It was an early start, or a late start depending on how you look at life. We stayed up all night until a 5 am sleepy bus left the south western city of Kaohsiung for a trek across the island to the eastern city of Taidong. It was part of our trip up the East Read more about Backpacking in Taiwan: Taidong, Hualien and bus tripping up the East Coast[…]

Jonny Blair the travelling northern irishman in Kenting

Backpacking in Taiwan: Kenn Ding/Kenting

The day trip to Kenting was planned for our second Sunday in Taiwan. Kenting is a massive national park on the south coast of the island, which includes nature trails, beaches and a small village, called Kenting. Yet pronounced “Kenn Ding”, somehow once again the Chinese Mandarin was slightly lost in translation when it got Read more about Backpacking in Taiwan: Kenn Ding/Kenting[…]

southern most tip of Taiwan - Jonny Blair in Eluanbi

The Lighthouse Family – Eluanbi and The Southern Most Tip of Taiwan…

The trip to Eluanbi started from the town centre of Kenting. We wanted to go and visit the Lighthouse in Eluanbi and also go to the furthest southern tip of Taiwan while we had the chance. The chance was seized as we hopped on till a 17 or an 88 bus (for 22 dollars), which Read more about The Lighthouse Family – Eluanbi and The Southern Most Tip of Taiwan…[…]