Posted in guide, Hiking, Hotspring, tagged accommodation, addresses, app, Danshui, Guide, guide book, guidebook, Hiking, hot springs, hotels, info, information, ipad, iphone, ipod, itunes, maps, mobile guide, online, online guide, Outdoors, taibei, Taipei, Taiwan, Taiwan Adventures, tamsui, transport, Travel, Traveling, Travelling on September 14, 2011 |
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It’s been a hectic and crazy year for us, but finally our comprehensive online guides to Taiwan are finally ready. Myself, Neil Wade, Ross Tweedie and my brother, Phil Dawson have spent the last 8 months or so building the two guides. There is one in English and one that we have had translated into Chinese.
It’s been hard work to say the least. Working full time jobs and then spending the evenings writing and the weekends travelling and visiting places, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. It gave me a real kick up the arse to get out there and visit some of the places that I had been meaning to go to for a long time but had never gotten round to.
Some of my personal highlights include Guguan which I knew nothing about but absolutely loved, especially the hiking, getting the car stuck in snow at the top of Hehuanshan, and motorcycling up and down the east coast between Hualien and Taidong with Neil this summer.
Each guide is divided up into 5 main areas, Taipei, north, east, south and central and then each area is divided up into specific places, such as Kending, the North East Coast or Danshui/Bali. You can use the site to search for what’s near you or to plan a trip to another part of Taiwan or simply browse through the categories for things that interest you.
We have some 900 places listed including hotels, hikes, hot springs, transport etc. Each place is listed on a google map and the address is in Chinese and English to make it easier to find.
Hopefully next week the mobile app version will be released in the itunes store and each area will be available for download to your iphone, ipad, or ipod. The app version will have online and offline maps so getting directions will be even easier and there are some 2000 photographs included. We will continuously update the app and so, unlike a guide book, you won’t have to wait 3 years to pay for a new version., the update be available for free!
We hope that people find these guides useful and we’d love to hear some feedback about how we can improve them – info at taiwan-adventures dot com
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Posted in Hiking, Hotspring, tagged Hiking, hot spring, Hotspring, mountains, River, swim, Taipei, Taiwan, taoyuan, trail, valley, xinxing, xinxing hotspring on January 19, 2010 |
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The Xinxing Wild Hotsprings 新興溫泉 are another wonderfully remote hotspring set in the bottom of a steep valley in Taoyuan county. It takes a while to get there, about 3 hours by motorbike from Taipei but if you like riding, you’ll love the drive out on the number 7.
The Xinxing Hotsprings
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Posted in Hiking, Hotspring, tagged Ba Yan Wild Springs, Hiking, Hotsprings, Outdoors, Springs, Taipei, Taiwan, Yangmingshan, 八煙野溪溫泉 on December 13, 2009 |
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NOTE – I’VE HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF PEOPLE RECENTLY THAT THE POLICE ARE CRACKING DOWN ON PEOPLE VISITING THESE HOT SPRINGS. THE BRIDGE LEADING TO THE SPRINGS HAS BEEN DESTROYED (STILL PASSABLE) AND PEOPLE ARE BEING FINED FOR GOING TO THERE.
Sitting on the pacific ring of fire has many disadvantages, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes to name a few but as is often the case there’s always a flip-side and Taiwan’s hotsprings are one.
The Ba Yan springs 八煙野溪溫泉, located in Yangmingshan national park, have to be one of the best wild hotsprings I’ve been to and with your own transport, they’re relatively easy to get to.
Relaxing at the Ba Yan springs
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