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Monday, July 31, 2006

On reading Chinese

A couple of months ago I wrote about the beginnings of my efforts to learn to read Chinese. It's time for an update. [more...]

Saturday, July 29, 2006

The view from Banqiao

The windy weather this afternoon blew away all the pollution creating one of those rare days with crystal clear views of the mountains surrounding Taipei. Late in the afternoon, as the sun was about to set, I went [more...]

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Learning Mandarin in Taiwan

Today's Taipei Times has an article by Dan Bloom about learning Mandarin in Taiwan. The article was written in response to a a recent issue of Time magazine about the growing popularity of learning Mandarin and studying the language in China. [more...]

Monday, July 24, 2006

206cc in Yilan

My friend 亮亮 is a dedicated member of 206cc and she has long promised to take me on one of their trips. I finally had the chance on Sunday, joining the trip to Yilan. [more...]

Friday, July 21, 2006

Cycling to Manyue Yuan

This morning I cycled out to the entrance of the Manyue Yuan Forest Park (滿月圓森林遊樂區). The last time I rode out here was over three years ago. Not much has changed [more...]

Human trafficking in Taiwan

I blogged about the problems with human trafficking in Taiwan back in June. David at jujuflop has just posted an analysis of the report.

He makes the conclusion that [more...]

Sunday, July 16, 2006

A-yue live at the Living Mall

I caught Taiwanese rock musician Zhang Zhen-yue (張震嶽) performing live at the Living Mall in Taipei last night. He played about half a dozen songs [more...]

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Urban spaces, hidden places

The geography of Taipei combines dense urban living with forest clad mountain slopes. I have previously blogged about some of my hikes around Tucheng. While none of the places I have hiked could be described as wilderness, they are a stark contrast to the pollution and chaos of the nearby city.

I lament the failure of imagination that is evident in the new development in the Xinyi and Neihu districts of Taipei. [more...]

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Wonderful Wulai

With the weather having been so hot recently I decided to abandon my usual plans for a Saturday morning hike. I still headed for the mountains though, but with the intention of swimming and bathing in the hot springs.

I took the MRT to Xindian Station and then [more...]

Friday, July 07, 2006

More updates for Taiwan website

David's Guide to Taiwan has finally had some major and much needed updates. All the travel related pages have had lots of new information and photos added. Have a look at the Taipei, Taipei day trips and Banqiao & Tucheng pages to see what's new. [more...]

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Discovering more of Taipei

A few days ago I spread out a map of Taipei on the table and looked at all the places I had visited. I noticed that there are still many places in Taipei that I have hardly visited, let alone explored.

This morning I took the MRT to Xiaonanmen Station [more...] rel="nofollow"