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Shanghai and the Ferry to Osaka, Japan

After a hectic few months through Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and then the whirlwind visit to Australia, Di and I needed a rest. As we had been to Shanghai before we opted for a few lazy days there whilst we waited for our ferry to Japan. We did, though,…
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Jhiben Hot Springs and the Amazing Alishan, Taiwan

We left Hualian Train Station bright and early the next morning by High Speed Rail (HSR) for the five hour trip to Taitung – the cost was TWD$343 each (AUD$15). On arriving at Taitung we exited the train station and turned left and waddled along the road for about 500…
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The Spectacular Taroko Gorge and National Park, Taiwan

We left Taipei from Taipei Main Station by train for the coastal town of Hualien. The train we caught was a High Speed Rail (HSR), it took 5 and a half hours and cost NT$550 each (AUD$27). We booked our seats a few days in advance. The trains are comfortable…
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Taipei, Juifen and Shifen- Hidden Gems in Taiwan

At Taipei airport Di and I purchased sim cards for our two week stay in Taiwan. We find this is a better option than relying on trying to use free wi-fi at hotels, Starbucks, etc.  We caught a taxi to our hotel in the centre of the city. If we…
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