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Yue Mei Keng Waterfall, Yilan

The Yue Mei Keng Waterfall in full flow

Richard Saunders let me know about the Yuemeikeng Waterfall sometime ago and he mentioned that it was a relatively unknown and hidden place and so when I visited last year, I decided not to write about it to try and keep it that way.  But now it has been discovered by the masses and the trail is well tagged and well beaten, I think it’s OK to write a quick post. (more…)

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Sun moon lake

Sun moon lake

It doesn’t quite feel like it, but summer is almost here. Every year there are a number of open water swim events and swimming competitions held so here’s a list and some information about each one.

Wisdom Action Cup
First up is the Wisdom Action Cup. Held every year in Taipei, the location is always different and this year it’s at the Science and Technology University 科技大學 on Keelung Road. The competition is runs over two days with the adults competing in the morning and kids in the afternoon. You can take part in 2 races and one relay. Deadline for entries is April 8th. More info here (in English).

The first open water swim is on April 24th in Nanwan 南灣 just a bit north of Kending 墾丁. It’s supposed to be 3km but I’d say it’s more like 2. Swimmers head directly out to sea and, at the end of a string of boats, turn around and come back on the other side. More info here (Chinese only). Applications need to be in by April 8th so get your skates on!

Next in the north of Taiwan is the Lanyang Swim. This one is held on the beach by Wushigang 烏石港, near Toucheng 頭成 in Yilan 宜蘭. Unlike the Nanwan swim, you follow the coastline along and this one actually is 3km long. Though most people start to get out a few hundreds short of the finish as the surfers are usually in the water by mid-morning. More info here (Chinese only). Applications must be in by April 30th and the event is held on June 12th.

Shimen Reservoir
Normally around July there is a swim held in the Shimen Reservoir but it would appear that complaints about swimmers affecting the cleanliness of the water seem to have led to the event being cancelled. Apparently no-one is bothered about the dozens of boats that cruise around the reservoir daily. If anything changes, I’ll add it here.

On July 30th there’s a swim held on Jiinmen 金門. It’s the only one I haven’t done and so I don’t much about it, other than it’s also a 3km swim. The info for the swim can be found here

Sun Moon Lake
The final open water swim of the summer is the Sun Moon Lake Swim 日月潭and this year it will be held on September 4th. It’s the most popular swim and last year attracted over 27,000 participants. It’s a gorgeous place to swim, but with that many people entering, it’s impossible to really get going in the water. It’s also reported to be 3km but is more like 1.5. UPDATE – The swim can be found here

For all of the open water swims, you need to take with you a torpedo buoy with you. It’s annoying to swim with but there are a lot of people who take part in these events despite being unable to swim so the organisers deem it necessary. They are usually available at the event for around 600NT or alternatively a lot of swimming shops/hiking shops sell them too.

You need to get insurance before entering the open water swims and that is a real pain in the arse. Get a Taiwanese friend to help out. You just need the basic travel insurance and it shouldn’t cost much more than $100.


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I recently took another trip to the remote mountain lake, Jialuohu 加羅湖 with Neil again.  This was our second trip here and both times have been fantastic.  Won’t write too much about the actual hike.  Anyone looking for details can find them on my original post – Jialuohu

Here’s a few photos from the trip. 

More photos from Neil here.


Jialuohu early morning


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For this four day weekend we had originally planned to hike some of the bigger mountains of Taiwan but getting a permit proved difficult and so we settled on going to Jia Luo lake in Yilan. (more…)

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