Friendly Taiwan!

Trip Start Sep 06, 2011
Trip End Aug 31, 2012

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Hello everyone!

I'm now in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan! I've been here for three days and have lots of fun things planned. We've already explored this city, and seen the second tallest building in the world (the 101 Tower, which I'll post a picture of later), and lots of markets and temples, and eaten lots of yummy food.

Tomorrow we're going to another small town called Hualien by train. There's a big gorge near Hualien called the Taroko Gorge, where we're going to do some hiking. We're also going whale-watching there! Soon I'll have lots of cool pictures for you!

Talk to you soon!

Friday October 14th

Hello again to my Limehouse friends!

I really, really love Taiwan! It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to, with the friendliest people! If you ever get lost, and take a map out of your pocket to look at, lots of people will all stop and offer to help you find where you're going to. Lovely. We should do this more in Canada I think!

The weather has been wonderful in Taiwan. It's quite hot - about 27 degrees celsius, but usually cloudy, so it's comfortable to walk around in. It's humid like Ontario in the summer! Yesterday we went white-water rafting on the Xiuguluan River (I think you pronounce it 'chee-oo-goo-loo-an'!) and the skies were beautifully blue, the sun was was a wonderful day to get soaked! I'll put up some pictures of the rafting for you too, it was awesome!

Two days ago we went to the Taroko Gorge, which is a really beautiful place. We hired a man named Mr Lee to drive us there and stay with us all day, as it was about an hour from our hostel. The first thing we did was hike about two hours along a beautiful blue river, which runs along the bottom of the gorge. While we were walking we saw 50 or more macaque monkeys climbing the cliffs! We were all really surprised because we didn't know that there were wild monkeys in Taiwan! I tried to get good pictures of them but they were a little too small for my camera to capture them properly.

At the end of the day hiking we went into a hot spring, which is like a natural hot tub on the mountain, except the water is heated far underground by the earth!  The water comes pouring out of a crack in the mountain, and is about 48 degrees celsius. It's almost too hot to touch! We had to splash the water over ourselves to get used to it, then get in very, very slowly. It was very relaxing!

We're in Hualien now, and are going to another city tonight called 'Taitung', which is about three hours south of here. We're taking a train to get there, and our ticket cost 266 New Taiwan Dollars, which is just over 8 Canadian Dollars. I'll write more from there so you can learn more about Taiwan!

Ooh one more quick thing. I think it was Lily that asked what language they speak's Mandarin Chinese! Just like in China. Which is good because in China we had learned how to say things like hello (nee-how) and thank you (sheh-sheh) so we didn't have to learn anything new for Taiwan!

I hope you like the new pictures, I'll put up more for you soon!

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Lilly on

What language is spoken in Taiwan? What is the temperature there in Taiwan?

Lilly on

Thank you Becca for the gift.

beccadonohoe on

Hi Lilly! You may have seen that I answered your questions in my latest post but just in case you didn't, the language spoken in Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese! Very useful for us because we had already learned how to say hello and thank you in Chinese!

The temperature is about 27 degrees celsius, and it's very humid, like in Ontario in the summer. I like it!

Thank you for your questions!

kira grade 4 on

Where is Taiwan?

Leah Bechtel on

Hi Becca. I am in your mom's class this year. My dad and Aunt were both in Taipei. My aunt was a missionary when she was there and my dad went on business. They both had an earth quake when they were there. Have you had any yet?

Melissa Qu Suessman on

Ni Hao Becca! I love your travel stories! Thank you for the blog and pictures. I like them a lot. Happy travel!!!

Jonathon on

How is the food? Did you like your train ride? We travelled on a train that went up and around a mountain when we were in the Kuranda Rainforest in Australia. You should try and go on that train tour if you go to Australia.
If you go there you could visit my Aunt.

Christopher on

My brother says your going to Hong Kong is that true? If so what area are going to? I'm in grade 5 but last year we had pen pals in Hong Kong is there any chance you may see them?
Enjoy your travels,

beccadonohoe on

Hi Kira,

Do you have a world map or a globe you can look at? Taiwan is just off the south east coast of China. Can you find it? There's also a map on this blog that you can look at.

Let me know if you find it!


beccadonohoe on

I haven't had any earthquakes but I hear they have a lot here! I'm hoping we don't have any, it would be really scary! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

beccadonohoe on

Ni Hao and thank you so much Melissa! I'm glad you're enjoying the blog!

beccadonohoe on

The food is wonderful Jonathon. It's very similar to Chinese food, lots of rice and noodles, and veggies and meat. Yum! Our favourite snack here is an ice cream wrap with peanut brittle. I'll take a picture for you guys!

I liked taking the train very much. It's nice to see the countryside going by! I don't think we're going to australia on this trip, but if I do I'll try to visit your aunt!

beccadonohoe on

Hi Christoper, I am going to Hong Kong - tomorrow! I don't know what area I'll be staying in yet, maybe you can recommend an area for me? Which area do your pen pals live in?

Christopher on

Hi it's Christopher again. The school that our pen pals are at is German Swiss International school it is near Aberdeen Country Parck in a location called the Peak.
Happy travels,

Leah Bechtel on

Have fun in Hong kong! We can't wait to see some of the pictures!
from Leah.

kira grade 4 on

I found it.

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