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Underwater Paradise of Taiwan’s Green Island

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Taiwan boasts over a dozen of its own unique offshore getaways, which thanks to their quiet landscapes and low-key lifestyle, often go unnoticed by most visitors to the country.

One of the best among these is Green Island. Situated in the tropical seas of Taiwan’s southeast coast – while it used to be better-known as a former penal colony (the sardonically named former prison, Paradise Villa), today it’s arguably one of Asia’s best dive destinations.

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Small Wonder: Taiwan’s Little Liuqiu Island

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Located about 14km off the southwest coast of Pingtung County, Xiao Liu Qiu (or Little Liuqiu) is a small coral island that’s known for its geological formations, coral beaches, and an abundance of green turtles. Visit during the quieter weekdays, and the island is a perfect getaway where you can swim with sea turtles, explore the coral reefs, visit various temples, stroll through coral caves, or simply relax on the beaches to enjoy a picturesque sunset. While you can visit this island on a day trip, you can also spend a night here at one of the few themed B&Bs or camp by the beach.

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Kaohsiung and Taiwan’s south

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s southern metropolis – once relegated as an industrial city – is now a bustling city that is known for its hipster culture, particularly around the Love River and Pier 2. As the main city in the south, with its gleaming skyscrapers and wide open boulevards, the pace is much slower than in Taipei.

Kaohsiung is also a convenient base if you’re visiting some natural gems like the Maolin Valley and Tianliao Moon World.

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Taipei’s Taoyuan Int’l Airport MRT is offering 25,000 passengers free rides

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As some of you would know, there’s finally an MRT that connects Taoyuan Airport to Taipei City. Even though the 51km-long Taoyuan International Airport MRT line stops at 21 stations, it still cuts commute time to the airport to 35 minutes, a journey that usually takes more than one hour to drive due to traffic.

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Need ideas for next year’s Valentine’s Day?

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While romance can often bloom in the most unlikely of places, here are some locations that may be ideal to spend that quality time together.

 

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Taiwan: Lottery for Travellers

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Travelling is all about the little things, and when you’re in Taiwan, it’s the little things that not only make travelling there an amazing experience – think of amazingly friendly locals or the incredibly cheap food – but also a fruitful one.

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Typhoon Meranti Destroys Big Mushroom

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Typhoon Meranti was the strongest super-typhoon in 21 years to hit Taiwan, and one of its casualties was a popular dive site near Green Island known simply as “Big Mushroom”. This 10m-high mushroom-shaped pore coral tower – a landmark for divers from around the world – stood no chance against the mighty force of Meranti.

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Head into Taiwan’s mountains [VIDEO]

For many, the mountains of Taiwan are hard to resist. Some go for the scenery (and cooler temperatures), while others like to challenge themselves on the windy mountain roads. Whatever the reason, there’s more to see and experience – from steaming fumaroles to ancient mountain temples and wildlife experiences, the mountains of Taiwan has something different to offer no matter how many times you go.

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Taiwan: Aboriginal Experience

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Taiwan is a popular holiday destination for many reasons – food and mountains seem to top the list. Those who are willing to venture a little further will find that the country is also home to an aboriginal population that still maintain some aspects of their traditional culture.

Check out our latest video which features the Saisyat tribe, whose stronghold is the mountains near Nanzhuang in central Taiwan.

Urban Adventures from Taipei

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Taipei has long been a go-to place for foodies and those taking advantage of long weekends. However, the city’s attractions aren’t the only things visitors can cram into a long weekend, as many Taipei-ites can attest to. Check out our short video of our Urban Adventures in Taiwan!

Thanks to its relatively small size, Taiwan’s beautiful mountains and coastline are easily accessible on a day trip from Taipei; the dramatic northeast coast and the Yangmingshan mountains are within an hour’s drive from the capital, and are great places to go hiking, mountain biking, diving or rock climbing. And at the end of the day, soak away your aches at a hot spring.