Category Archives: Taiwan

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Si fen-wei / Dajian Mountain(s)

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We started at the Xizhi (汐止) train station, from there it was about a thirty minute walk to the trail-head. At the start it was a steep climb. Later we stopped at a few points along the trail to rehydrate. … Continue reading

SBL (超級籃球聯賽)

Video I took at a recent Taiwanese Pro Basketball doubleheader

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Taipei 101 Views

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The following are a collection of cityscape photos that I took from the top of Taipei 101, in the fall of 2010. I have been to the top on several occasions and have been blessed with some spectacular views each … Continue reading

Super Basketball League

SBL stands for Super Basketball League (超級籃球聯賽). The league began in 2003 after a period of about four years where Taiwan had no pro basketball.

I went to watch part of two games in Taipei. There were three games and one ticket is good for all three. Tickets cost $300NT which is equivalent to $9USD. Each team can have one import player, most likely from the U.S. The level of play is similar to Division II basketball in the States. Games are held in arenas all over the island.

Just as in Taiwanese baseball, there are no home teams. Each team has a main sponsor and is not linked to a specific city although some teams are more popular in certain areas of the island than others.

Here is the list of teams: Bank of Taiwan, Dacin Tigers, Kinmen Kaoliang Liqour, Pure Youth Construction, Taiwan Beer, Taiwan Mobile Clouded Leopards, Yulon Loxen Dinos.

Tainan, Taiwan

If you want to see temples, this is the place, it has more Taoist and Buddhist temples than any city in Taiwan.

Tainan is the fourth largest city on the island. It is located in the southwestern corner and used to be the capital under the Qing Dynasty until 1887.

I did the historic walking tour from the Lonely Planet and stopped at least 12 or so temples before we called it a day and went to get dinner. The city itself takes up a very wide land mass because very few buildings are built over six stories. Taxi drivers here do not know any English so I had to put my little Chinese into full use. Only high school and university students will know English. The older generation, just like in most Taiwanese cities will speak Japanese due to the imperial rule.

Getting to Tainan is not as convenient as other cities along the High Speed Rail corridor. The station is about a 45 minute bus ride to get to downtown Tainan.

Tainan has several famous items for those interested in local cuisine. Those worth a try include: Oysters and Noodles (蚵仔麵線 kèzǎi miànxiàn), Dan Dan Noodle (擔仔麵 dānzǎi miàn), and the Oyster Omelette (蚵仔煎 kèzǎijiān).

Historic Caoling Trail

Caoling Historic Trail (草嶺古道) was once an important trail that linked Yilan and Danshui. Today, it is a great place to take a weekend afternoon and enjoy a long hike while basking in some of the great views on Taiwan’s northeast coast.

The path to the trail has a lot of small rice farms and scenery to enjoy. The trail itself is primitive in some parts and rather easy to hike in others. The day that we hiked it was rather muddy in certain areas as it had just rained. After the hike, we took the train a few stops down to Fulong Beach to eat and watch a couple surfers brave the cold water. In total the hike lasted about five hours.

Qixing Mountain

Qixing Mountain (七星山) is translated into English as “Seven Star Mountain.” It is located just outside Taipei, in Yangmingshan National Park. The mountain is part of the Datun Volcano Group and is listed at 3,675 ft.

At the top of this extinct volcano sat one large crater which has since been split into seven smaller peaks due to heavy erosion. On our hike, several paved roads and bridges were completely washed out from recent typhoon Megi, 10/24/10. The mountain is rather steep, with little undergrowth to stop quick landslides that occur with heavy rains.

The main draw to this area is the gas fumaroles that emit large quantities of sulfur. The smell is just as intense as the flourescent yellow colors. Natural hot springs form in areas that have adequate rock to trap the water into small pools. This was a great place to enjoy a half-day hike, eat lunch by the hot springs and also get in some photos.