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Time For Taiwan

I’m on the move again next week! My last two trips took me to familiar and favoured places; I caught up with friends in Australia and saw a new side to South Africa. But as a blogger on a mission to discover new places I realised it was time I went somewhere new. Somewhere I had no prior expectations of. Somewhere I could see with fresh eyes; awaking every morning with the exhilarating (and slightly scary) thought of ‘what’s next?’ I wanted to go somewhere none of my close friends had been (a tough thing to do amongst such a jet-setting crew.) I felt the pull of Asia as I always do and had some conversations with my travel industry friends to see what I could do.

taiwan

(It’s a sign! Spotted on London Underground)

Time For Taiwan?

Until very recently the only thing I knew about Taiwan was that everything I held dear as a child was made there.  Although this was reason alone to pique my interest, the unexpected images of winding, green coastal roads and giant marble gorges that turned up in my research were the scenes that had me most tempted.

I am, at heart, a city girl, and a confessed shopaholic, so Taipei is going to be my playground. (This Christmas everyone in my family is getting something Made in Taiwan.) But my reading taught me there is lots more to Taiwan than Taipei; the capital will be just the start of my journey.

 (Taipei 101 and skyline, Taipei, Taiwan)

I’ll be spending a week in Taiwan in total. I’m going to hike the gorgeous Taroko Gorge and circle the vast Sun Moon Lake. I’ll be staying with a local family in Hualien and taking a ride on a historical Japanese train in Alishan. I’ll try the local food (even the bits I’m unsure of) and attempt to barter in Taipei’s famous night markets. I’ll also be paying my respect at the temples and gingerly taking in the view from the top of Taipei 101 – a staggering 509 metres high!

sun moon lake

I will, as always, be sharing the experience live on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and will report on my first and lasting impressions of Taiwan on this blog. I’m also reporting live for the Taiwan UK Facebook page, head to their page to see the top tips and trip highlights I uncover along the way.

What would you like to know?

If anyone has been to Taiwan I would love to hear your thoughts on things I should do or look out for. And if you haven’t, let me know if there is anything you would like me to look into.

When do I go?

I’m flying with Cathay Pacific to Taipei via Hong Kong this Saturday 23rd November. I’m trying out their Premium Economy product for the first time so can let you know how it compares to my usual place in Economy! I’ll be online throughout the week whenever I get the chance but you can catch up with all the action at any time by searching for #TaiwanTour.

I can’t wait to see what Taiwan has in store…

Many thanks to Taiwan Tourism and Cathay Pacific for partnering with me on this project. All thoughts, advice, experiences, opinions etc. are mine alone.

*Thanks to Taiwan Tourism for the 2nd and 3rd photos – I look forward to taking my own!

 

7 Comments

  • Reply
    Char
    November 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Sounds so exciting, especially as I don’t know too much about Taiwan either. I spotted their advert on the underground as well – the pic looks stunning! Really looking forward to reading your posts on this trip. X

  • Reply
    Diana
    November 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Definitely go to the night markets while in Taiwan! The street food is amazing! And this isn’t a shameless plug I swear but I recently posted about my time there with my family! U should def check out my blog for some ideas!! Go to Ice Monster in Taipei for a modern take on shaved ice (a classic Taiwan delicacy)!!!

    http://withoutlicense.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Jayne
      November 21, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Diana, thanks so much! I’d love to read about your experiences in Taiwan – thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply
    Verena
    November 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Hello!

    If you like shopping you will love the nightmarkets. For clothes shopping my favourites are in this order:
    – Zhonghua Nightmarket in Taichung
    – Shilin Nightmarket in Taipei
    – Rueifong Nightmarket in Kaohsiung
    For food the best one is FengChia Nightmarket in Taichung.

    I just recently spend two weeks in Taiwan. I went to Alishan and I have been to Taroko twice before. Both are wonderful places.

    Circling sun moon lake by bike is really lovely. I suggest renting an electric bike (at least for a not so sporty person like me that really made the trip much more relaxing).

    Enjoy!

    • Reply
      Jayne
      November 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Verena, thanks so much for your fantastic advice, I really look forward to checking out these markets and will take up your advice regarding the electric bike 🙂

      Thanks again J

  • Reply
    Jamie S.
    November 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    This must exciting for you. I can´t even imagine. Asia has to offer some of the most spectacular places to see. I hope you are going to keep us posted. Take care!

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