Monday, April 04, 2011

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Trip to Nantou, Central Taiwan, 2011

4/04/2011 Taiwan Explorer
Discovering the beauties of the Sun Moon Lake



Discovering Central Taiwan, 2011


My lady and I have just returned from a 2 days trip to Central Taiwan, precisely to Nantou County. We wanted to see the famous Sun Moon Lake and all the beautiful sceneries in the region. I've been to Taiwan's very north and very south, but I've never been to the very center before, that's why I was very excited to go on this trip. And I have to say my excitement was totally justified, because central Taiwan is really beautiful. The traveling was very intense, because we were on the road a lot, taking several trains and buses. We wanted to make the best of it and I think we've really managed to do so. Let me show you few things we've seen these two days.


DAY 1: ERSHUEI 二水, SHUEILI 水里, JIJI 集集



Discovering Central Taiwan, 2011
We've taken a train along Taiwan's beautiful west coast.



Discovering Central Taiwan, 2011
We've seen remains of the Cold War, that reminded us of Taiwan's uncertain future.



Discovering Central Taiwan, 2011
We've been asked to watch a religious parade in Ershuei and a tipsy monk blessed me.



Discovering Central Taiwan, 2011
We've stayed overnight in a picturesque small town named Shueili.



Discovering Central Taiwan, 2011
We visited Jiji, the epicenter of the devastating 1999 earthquake.



DAY 2: SUN MOON LAKE 日月潭, PULI 埔里, NANTOU 南投, TAICHUNG 台中



Discovering Central Taiwan, 2011
We've seen the most beautiful lake in Taiwan and shared a very precious moment here.



Discovering Central Taiwan, 2011
We've walked around Puli, the most central town in Taiwan.



Discovering Central Taiwan, 2011
We've had lunch at one of the most popular restaurants in town.



Discovering Central Taiwan, 2011
We've seen a historic gem from the Qing Dinasty in Nantou City.



Discovering Central Taiwan, 2011
We've probably been stuck in the biggest traffic jam in Taiwan's history.



Discovering Central Taiwan, 2011
We've seen the biggest and most crowded night market in Taiwan.



We've seen all that and much more in only two days (can you imagine?). In my post you can read about all the places we've seen, recommend some good food, give you tips on traveling and share with you my best photos. I will tell you about how a monk blessed me at a religious parade and how creepy a girl behaved in Nantou City, when she saw me. I will tell you about a very special moment at the Sun Moon Lake, that made my girl weak in her knees and I will tell you how we nearly got killed amid the huge crowds at the Fengjia Night Market, the biggest night market in Taiwan. Read all that by clicking on the links below:


Continue my Central Taiwan Tour 2011 here: Riding along Taiwan's West coast>>


[My CENTRAL TAIWAN tour intro][All photos by MKL, 2011]