This picture update is more than four months delayed due to lack of blog storage and a pending forgetfulness. When people ask me what place I like best in Asia the answer is Taiwan. If you have not been there, go there. And if you have been there, go there again. That is at least what I will do. Below pictures are from Wulai, Taipei City, and Taipei Zoo, all during the time of Chinese New Year.
The blogging year of 2011 has sadly declined into permanent stagnation but a new exciting year is slowly rising and it will (hopefully) bring lots of new posts. Let me briefly explain what happened in 2011, a year when I moved from Japan, to Sweden, to Taiwan, to Korea, and finally back to Taiwan.
A fantastic summer ended 10 days ago when I had to fly to Seoul, Korea to start my next semester. The last days in Taiwan I finally made myself up to the Taipei 101, the world biggest building some years ago. The view is nice and there is an even more nice food court in the basement that is worth visiting. I also did some small trips outside Taipei plus hiking around in the mountains in the city. My Chinese pronunciation slightly improved the last month and I learned some nice Chinese songs that we practiced in the karaoke room in the school.
I felt it was time to get myself some bloging today after having an awesome dinner. We actually found a steak restaurant just outside NCCU that turned out to be very good. 250 grams of very ok quality steak with a free salad, fruit AND cookie and ice cream bar!!! The price was of course no problem because it is Taiwan, but I felt a bit upset I did not find this restaurant until now.
A couple of weeks ago me and some friends rent a car and went to the Taroko Gorge National Park in the mid east of Taiwan. The national park about 40 minutes away from Hualien and it is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. The gorge is a massive 19 km long canyon surrounded by steep mountains that are covered by subtropical forests. There are about 10 different hikes you can chose to walk/climb around but not all of them are open depending on the safety on the current day.
After a small blog break I will try to upload a few posts this week. Taiwan has treated me well so far but the downside is that I’ve had no time for the blog. Below are some pictures from the seaside district Danshui in the north of Taipei plus pictures from the Maokong Gondola. I will give a brief guide about the two beautiful places in Taipei.
This weekend NCCU Summer School arranged a day trip to the north east cost of Taiwan. So far I had not been outside Taipei and did not know much about what was waiting outside the city. The first stop was Bitou Cape Park, meaning Tip of the nose in Chinese. The park is characterized with towering cliffs shaped by the sea waves for thousands of years and with stiff rocks next to the seaside. You could walk to the top of the rocks and welcome a delightful view over the coastline with surrounding mountains and picturesque fishing villages.
I am in the middle of the second week in Taipei. There is a Chinese session every weekday except Friday. Each session is about 3 hours and we have now started to write and read in Chinese characters which could be useful. I now also have a Chinese name “Gão Li Kuãn” and it means something like “very reasonable”, not very supercool but okay.
This completely irrelevant post is for those who are not very satisfied with blood sucking flying insects named mosquitos that tries their best to keep you awake as long as they can in the night. I now have had some hardcore experience with my new unwanted room mates and gladly share a tiny tutorial of how to get rid of the mosquitos.
The first week in Taiwan and Taipei has now passed and it is time for a short summary. I had my first Chinese class last monday and it was I quite intense start of learning the new language. The teacher rushed through how to count from 0 to 100 in the first 30 minutes and then we had to learn how to present ourselves. Rough start but the tempo slowed town over the next three days. Chinese grammar is very simple, the most difficult thing is how to pronounce the words.