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... with friends for my good friend who had left her job in Hualien. So it was a bitter sweet final weekend as again I was a little sad to leave but I have left with some great memories, and good friends. A long bus ride followed, back to Taichung for the short hop ( should've been short.....) over to Hong Kong for a few days. Even my final bus ride had a twist as I was guided to the bus stop firstly by a good friend in Taipei to buy the ticket (she basically bought ...
... very nice.
The Lonely Planet gave us a suggested walking tour of temples and local sights in the centre of Tainan, near where we were staying. As we had limited time, we thought this was a great idea and on Sunday 13th, did a long walk around lots and lots of temples. The walking tour took in 12 different temples (Confucius, Great South Gate, Wufei, Fahua, Koxinga's Shrine, Lady Linshui, Dongyue, City God, Altar of ...
... around Taiwan, taking advantage of the rail network. Lots of the things we wanted to see require private transportation to get to, so we’ll have to come back some time and rent a car in order to really see the country! We also decided to try for permits to hike Yushan (Jade Mountain), the highest peak in Taiwan – after the typhoon blows through.
So south we went, and our next stop was Hualien. There really ...
... Buddha. One of the three Buddha tooth relics are housed here and worshiped by the locals. Taiwanese Buddhists are the "orthodox" version (Mahayana), where all desires are given up- meat, alcohol, marriage etc, and you devote your life to though and helping the community. We then saw the Love River in Kaoshiung and the night market. A lively city, much like ...
We took the high speed rail to Tainan, going between stops at 280 Kph! Then it's a 40 min ride on a slow train to the city.
We took the walking tour by Lonely Planet to see some historic temples and one of the old forts. Managed to not get too lost. The map we have certainly was not to scale. The temples are all very elaborate and most of the ones we visited were ...