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    Taiwan 2006

    Taiwan is such a small island. nothing much to see, but plenty of freedom. just one huge concrete jungle on the west side

    you can't take pictures like this in China


    Changing of the guard


    Ami tribe girl, and the resturant

    Yehliu National Park, just outside Taipei

    the 'Q'ueen'. rock formations carved by the sea, wind and rain


    Taipei 101

    its built to look ike square bamboo

    Taroko Gorge, east side. valley carved out of solid marble by the chinese


    its the 3rd time its been built as it used to be built of the fault line


    take a closer look

    saw this sunset on a train

    9 dragons immortals bridge

    volcanic gas vents

    snow in 30' temperture?

    salt fields

    green Island

    green island - spot the sleeping woman and the dog


    would you like tea?


    collapsed bridge which was made from rice. its true, i read it in a guide book!


    i didnt see much Chinlish in Taiwan, not compared to China anyway.


    i love a soak in a hot bath, but in this? sheesh!


    this is HER shop! its pink for a reason!


    i found this in a nightclub. thought someone had gashed themselves with a knife. i found out it was a Betal seed. as i was pretty paralytic i tried some, and within a few secs, i woke up. And so you spit out the red liquid


    although i have seen hill tribes munch on it in Thailand, Laos etc, i never was given a chance to try it

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    nice
    missus is trying to get me to go next year
    may well consider it

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    Good pics interesting. Never been there but have been contemplating a look see trip for a while.

    Thanks for the heads up.

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    love the place !!
    Lived there for about 5 years .

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    Quote Originally Posted by WujouMao
    nothing much to see,
    Au contraire . . . as your pictures prove. Taiwan used to be called Formosa, the Portuguese for 'beautifull', and it really is a beautiful place.

    Taipei, Taiping, Tiachung are uuuugly . . . but the countryside is very, very pretty. Spent quite a bit of time working with Chunghwa telecom . . . not crazy about the food, though.



    Taiwan 2006? It took you two years to upload the photos? Excellent photos,!

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by WujouMao
    nothing much to see,
    Au contraire . . . as your pictures prove. Taiwan used to be called Formosa, the Portuguese for 'beautifull', and it really is a beautiful place.

    Taipei, Taiping, Tiachung are uuuugly . . . but the countryside is very, very pretty. Spent quite a bit of time working with Chunghwa telecom . . . not crazy about the food, though.



    Taiwan 2006? It took you two years to upload the photos? Excellent photos,!
    Taroko Gorge was awsome, as is anything on the east side. but the west side, concrete jungle, apart from Alishan National park of course.

    it took 2 years to upload cos i have only been back a year and i have only found out about this forum

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    ^ Just poking fun, they are excellent pictures. So, what is your connection to Thailand?

    (A green for you! )

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    I love Taiwan! I was there for almost 3-weeks around 5 years ago. This thread made me want to go back even more.

    Good stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    ^ Just poking fun, they are excellent pictures. So, what is your connection to Thailand?

    (A green for you! )
    its a country that iv visted about 5 times in 3 years. love the culture, the people, getting off the beaten track, festivals and of course the food!

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    Nice to see. It is much nicer there than I thought.

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    great thread. interesting pics mate.

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    Great trip report again and as usual with some nice pics! Its nice to see that you take your time and get out of the big cities to see something more of each country you visit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman View Post
    love the place !!
    Lived there for about 5 years .
    What were you doing there, Happy?

    Teaching?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milkman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman View Post
    love the place !!
    Lived there for about 5 years .
    What were you doing there, Happy?

    Teaching?
    Working as an Engineering Consultant for insurance companies.
    Went out from a job (just running down) in Peru to assess the damage to a steelworks following a Typhoon flood - 2 week job they told me!
    Massive job - took 9 months and by that time I grew to love the place ( and a little Taiwanese lady http://teakdoor.com/Gallery/displayi...110&pos=-39267) - was offered a job with a Loss Adjusting company out there and stopped on !

    We moved on to Malaysia for a few years and then I retired and we came to the LOS!!

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    Yang Min Shan - The national park, just outside Taipei, is good as well .
    Could leave the office in the concrete jungle at 5 - home by 5:15 ( on motor bike - traffic was horrendous) pick up lady and we could be up in the mountains in another 20 mins. Total silence- little "tea house" by a stream in a pine wood - Cold beer- "Three cup Chicken" or "Sugar vinegar fish" with flash fried stream shrimps for nibbles while you were waiting - absolute bloody bliss !
    If you get the chance - try it !!

    Recipies and location of "Tea House"available on request

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    Shit Mr WujouMao !
    You have disturbed the 2 remaining functional brain cells - if any TDers are contemplating a trip there post a request and I will give you a list, and directions to , NON "touristy" places that we used to enjoy - cultural and historical !
    There are some amazing "tucked away" places there !
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    Such a small island can get so many kind of picture its worthy to travel

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    Nice pics! I lived in Hsinchu for three years, and I really liked it.

    No Betel Nut girls? I was always shy to take pictures of them as well. The next guy from Teak Door who goes has a mission. Most scantily clad Betel Nut girl wins.

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    Lovely pics Wujou....I always loved Taiwan. So much to experience. Interesting that you might consider it a 'smallish' island. Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skettios View Post
    Nice pics! I lived in Hsinchu for three years, and I really liked it.

    No Betel Nut girls? I was always shy to take pictures of them as well. The next guy from Teak Door who goes has a mission. Most scantily clad Betel Nut girl wins.
    Now you are talking !!!

    Our office cleaner was a Mamasan for Wufu 4th Road Kaohsuing , betel nut girls - she apparently used to be one herself !
    Her 2 daughters carry on the family tradition - real "eye candy" !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skettios View Post
    Nice pics! I lived in Hsinchu for three years, and I really liked it.

    No Betel Nut girls? I was always shy to take pictures of them as well. The next guy from Teak Door who goes has a mission. Most scantily clad Betel Nut girl wins.
    you know mate, thats what i was hoping to find in Taiwan. i'v seen some half naked totties behind purspex before on the net but i didnt find anything of the sort. of course, riding a scooter, speaking chinese or finding some white bloke teaching English there with the same tastes as you would improve the hunting, plus a nice camera with a telephoto lense.

    i was just on my todd, with a guide book in hand, and the locals only just understand my posh English public school boy accent. As for the girls selling Betal, i saw lots of boxes, and girls waring clothes. nothing reveling enough like you would expect if you were in a gogo bar in Pattaya.

    still, going to vietnam soon so the only betel nut girls i'll find are Akha hill tribe

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    They are banned in Taipei, and not as common on the east coast.
    I actually found the further south you got, the more extreme the Betel nut girls are.

    As I mentioned I was in Hsinchu, and we had a street with several hot ones. I would actually stop and buy from them, it was great once I figured out the hand signals.

    You could also buy beer and cigarettes from them.

    Some of them would allow you to feel them up for 100 NTD, if you were a gangster and riding shotgun in a car.

    I didn't get any great pics either. Thanks for the pics, actually missing Taiwan right now.

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    pretty place... and what the hell are betel nut girls? And Where can I get one?

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    Betel Nut girls are scantily clad girls that sit in clear booths on the side of the road and sell betel nut (bin lang), beer and cigs. They are almost always hot, and many of them freelance as prostitutes, although this is hard to confirm unless you speak chinese.


    You want one, you gotta go to Taiwan, they're everywhere.

    Here's a flickr link I found from a GIS. Flickr: bignosetw's Photostream
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    Super Pics.. i hope you will make Burma soon.. your photos are a good reason to check out teakdoors oftern.. Thanks!!

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