After a week in rural Sumbawa we got ready to hit our next destination: Bali. One of the most renowned tourist spots in all of Indonesia. Known for its beautiful beaches, its colorful culture, its amazing landscapes and its wide range of fun activities depending on where you go on the island: surfing, diving, yoga'ing, hiking & partying.Read More
Like most holidays, this week of fun, chill, beach, bingtangs, surf & yoga missions, awesome Indo food and celebrating Kaj's 30th went so fast. I completely forgot that I had famous Bali to look forward to - I just wanted to stay in this interesting rural paradise forever.Read More
I want to share this little spot we will stay at for some of our time in Indonesia - a little secret get-away opened by some young cool people my BF knows. Living the dream: moving to Indo and opening a chilled guesthouse surrounded by ocean, nature & all the time in the world... (how I imagine it must feel to live in a place so close to my definition of paradise).Read More
So I finally got a little taste of Hong Kong... That cool spot everyone in Shanghai loves and that several people have told me I will absolutely love to.
The city-life, the out-of-city-life, the night-life, the convenience, the food, the people & especially the-much-less-hassle-than-Shanghai factor.
My little hike on Lamma Island reminded me of such a mix of things. I mean, I wouldn't know how to describe this little nature's pearl in one sentence. Some parts reminds me so much of my grandmothers little fishing village Årø in Denmark, some of the steeper hike parts reminds me of what I imagine parts of New Zeland looks like (yes after watching Lord of the Rings that is) and some parts reminds me of the beauty of China which I know after my travels to the more rural areas of China (for example Shengsi Island).Read More
I'm in Hong Kong la! Finally made it to this cool spot known for exciting metropol life balanced with the magnificent surrounding nature in form of islands and mountains. First thing on our list: A Hike to The Peak!Read More
One of our major stops a long Taiwan's East-coast was the renowned Taroko Gorge which is located outside the City Hualien. I have long heard it's a must-visit as well as heard lots of colorful descriptions about the wonder of this Gorge.
Taroko means "magnificent and beautiful" in Truku which is the traditional language of the Truku Tribe in Taiwan. It's nickname is the Marble Gorge due to the massive amount of shiny Marble present everywhere here - you walk through marble caves and you just see piece after piece that you want to take home.
Today Taroko Gorge is considered a National Park and you can still get in and explore its many sights for free, though we read that they would start charging an entrance fee this year. And they should. Despite the unavoidable crowds Taroko Gorge is amazing. You can explore trails & tracks, temples, waterfalls, caves and not least and as already mentioned lots of marble.
We arrived at the entrance of Taroko Gorge early in the morning as recommended by The Lonely Planet and did one day of exploration. If you want to see everything 2-3 days are necessary but from my point of view it's really not a must.
After a long, happy and active day in the Gorge we continued to our final stop: Dulan. Here we had rented the same house as we stayed in a couple of nights last year. This house is located not far from Dulan Mountain and the renowned Water-Running-Uphill stream.
It's jungle'ish surroundings and ruralnesss makes this place such a sweet spot for rejuvenating and finding some peace of mind. It's in the mountains but only a 15 minutes drive from the beach. This year we were so lucky to see those wild monkeys we always hear near the house but unfortunately they were faster then my iphone could load my camera.
We stayed in Dulan 3 days filled with yoga, surfing, chiling, feasting and getting ready to go back to busy Shanghai. My boyfriends parents continued to the far south part of Taiwan - the famous Kenting National Park and from here they drove back to Taipei taking a more western route. They stopped by Taiwan's old capital Tainan on the West-coast which I highly recommended them as I had such a lovely stay here last year - this was also where I did my Yoga Cleanse Retreat.
I'm so in love with Taiwan. In my opinion it shares a lot of the best things with Mainland China but is less crowded, easier to get around without Chinese (but it is definitely so much easier with some Chinese skills), easier to get help by the locals and another plus is that Taiwan is super super cheap.
If you like China you will love Taiwan, I already can't wait to go back!
In Taipei we rented a car and drove down Taiwan's East coast. This side of Taiwan is the least populated and also said to be the most beautiful. From my trip last year where we did the coast by train I knew that this coastline is absolutely breathtaking! So I was super excited to go by car and be able to drive even closer to the sea as well as do as many (coffee) stops as we wanted.
We visited the the old mining town Jiufen which literally is located in the middle of a beautiful lush mountainous landscape. The town went into sharp decline when mining was discontinued which might be why the Jiufen we found was almost like a ghost town. According to the official tourism Jiufen never really turned into a real ghost town as some had feared only because of its charming streets, tea houses and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean which make it a popular visit for both Taiwanese and foreign tourists like us.
From here we stopped at Bitou Cape's paved footpath which gives access to the most picturesque views of the Taiwanese sea and sky. After a beautiful walk we stopped for a swim at Fulong Beach, found a seafood place to eat lunch (sashimi is big in Taiwan, probably due to the Japanese influence on the country's history and it is so fresh & yummy).
We spent the evening in a small beach town where we visited another night market (must-do in Taiwan) and found our beds not too late. Hualien & the famous Taroko National Park also known as Tarok Gorge.