So much packed into such a small island, it is a wonder. Retreating from the hills and lakes of central Taiwan, we took the high speed rail from Taichung and headed for the capital Taipei, though we intended to travel further north to the coast. Two hundred kilometres traversed in 40 minutes, yes, thats the equivalent of Delhi to Agra or Mumbai to Pune in less than an hour. No wonder we had lots of people commuting to work, totally possible to make it back home for dinner by evening.
Taiwan has beautiful coasts on the north as you can see from the pics below. Some of the resorts provide beautiful venues for marriages, with churches and bells in blue & white settings. And if you are already married, a great place to renew your vows.
Yehliu geological park is unlike anything else. Nature has thrown up rocks from under the seabed, rocks with various shapes like a Queen’s head, mushrooms, a human foot etc. One can’t wonder how nature tries to relate to us here.
And the last stop was at a Gold mining site, which used to be a huge mining area under the Japanese occupation, and is now a tourist spot to view a 200 kg block of solid yellow piece of gold.
Inside the high speed rail from Taichung to Taipei
‘Aum’ at a restaurant at the food plaza at Taipei central station’Aum’ at a restaurant at the food plaza at Taipei central station
Taipei central – a station, mall and food plaza all into one complex
Catching up on notes while waiting for a train!
Taipei museum has the largest collection of Chinese artefacts in the world
A sunset infront of the Guanghua electronics market in Taiepei
Street art at the Guanghua electronics market in Taipei
A resort + church + wedding destination at Yilan county in north Taiwan
Ring your wedding bells here
A picture perfect postcard beach
Yehlui geological park, a 1.7 km long island cutting into the sea, with amazing natural rock formations
Mushroom rocks at Yehlui geological park
And the most popular Queens head rock, where people queue up to get photographed
A 360 degree view from the driver’s seat, is it.
Jingquashi, a former mining county under Japanese occupation of Taiwan, is now converted into a popular tourist destination
A Japanese house on display at the Jingquashi mining park
The 200 kg slab of gold, slide your hand through the hole to touch and feel it
In Taiwan, you are never far from a Buddhist temple or the sea
Narrow shopping alleys, a shoppers paradise
A rooftop restaurant with a view
The proud restaurant manager poses for a pic