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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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Macau, the Las Vegas of Asia

We caught the MRT (subway), on Kowloon, to the Macau ferry terminal on Hong Kong Island. It was a Sunday morning and the terminal was quite busy. There are several different ferry companies selling tickets for the sixty minute ferry ride to Macau. We chose the ticket office nearest the…
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Hong Kong and the Race to Get our Chinese Visa

Our problem on arrival in Hong Kong  was that we were only staying three nights, we would then head for three nights in Macau, then on to Taiwan before heading to Shanghai, China. As we arrived Thursday 1pm in Hong Kong we basically had four hours to get to the…
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