Two weeks in Taiwan, a year ago…

 

It’s summer 2013, and I’m preparing (mentally, and with a suitcase) to spend two weeks in China. Proper China; not Hong Kong China-lite.

So, just the time to rewind to summer 2012 and find photos that I’ve been meaning to upload for months and months. I spent a couple of weeks travelling down the west coast of Taiwan, taking in 4 stops. Taipei – capital, metropolis, home of multitude night markets and the world’s second tallest building. Sun Moon Lake – a blue, blue, blue lake surrounded by blue mountains and blue sky. Tainan – ancient capital and home of temples-a-plenty. And Kaohsiung, port city and gateway to the beaches of the south. The weather ranged from headaching humidity, to bucketing rain, to a typhoon that turned cars over, to 43 degrees! The food ranged from gorgeous dumplings, to insects on sticks.

Given that it was a year ago, I can’t remember many of the tiny details and memorable moments that you get on a holiday. But the pictures should give a good idea of the country as a whole.

I do remember having one thought as we traveled around – that Taiwan was the spoiled child of Japan and China. Stay with me and picture this: Japan and China as a rich, power couple. They can’t stand each other, and routinely take lumps out of each other, but never in front of the kid. Instead, Taiwan gets the best of both worlds: the food, the architecture, the cultures, Japanese technology and pin-point organisation, Chinese hospitality and confidence, and grows up pretty sure of itself. This is meant in a positive way, mind, as I really did enjoy it there.

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