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... Taichung/Tainan to the Taiwan Strait and heading to China. We will have to wait for the damage caused in the southern mountains around Tainan, Kaoshiung and Pintung, an area which was devastated and killed over 600 people by biblical floods caused by Typhoon Morakot.
My photos are just the tip of the real damage and taken ...
... about getting to Taipei and settling in, assign rooms, and setting the scene for the coming week.
We had a very full schedule of events, and the days started at 7 am.
On Day 2 we went to the Presidential Palace and Taiwan University before lunch, followed by Sun Yet San Memorial for the changing of the guard, and a visit to Taipei 101 to look out over the city.
It was ...
... the way this path (the original highway) was just hewn out of the mountainside. Drove a little further, the daylight version of where we had driven last night and it became clear we'd driven through the steep gorge and its crazy tunnels on the final part of last night's journey. Quick photo stop at a bridge, and got out of the car at Wenshan Natural Hot Springs to walk down to the river bed, where there were hot springs in the river ...
... interest in going out. Not that there was anybody in the hostel I could have gone out with anyway, but that's beside the point. I don't recall seeing one bar during my time in Taiwan. I know they do exist, I just hadn't spotted one despite covering most of the city on foot. Ximending is supposedly a party hotspot, but I had no intentions of heading over there, so hopped into my sweaty ****-sack instead for an early night.
On the Sunday I managed to sleep ...
... The other route there is through Shuili (水理) which is a 1.5 hour bus ride from Taichung (台中).
The first time I applied for a permit was for a group of 5 people (myself included). Our names didn't get drawn and I couldn't find another suitable date for everyone. The second time I applied for a permit was for myself and my 2010 Taiwan travel buddy (and Texan chick): Jimmie Collins. Our permit was approved and we made it to ...