An old street sign in Tainan
Taiwan is a developed nation that has managed to maintain its historic charm, especially outside of Taipei. These are some of the things that I saw and liked.
Jiufen is a good example of that old world charm. A former gold mine in the mountains just outside of Taipei (technically still part of the city), it takes two buses to get up there – one to the mid point, and then sanctioned shuttle buses that ferry visitors to the top. This is because the roads are narrow and there are very limited parking spots at the top.
What can you do up there? Eat!
This is a noodle shop.
And the interior looks like this.
A steaming vat of tea eggs.
This is a street scene in Tainan, the oldest city in Taiwan. What gives the entire place character is that most buildings appears to be no higher than 10 floors, allowing plenty of sunshine and views of the sky.
Of course, there are parts of Taiwan that are REALLY old. The Taroko National Park is truly magnificent.
Nature is awesome like that.
I intend to visit Taiwan again, and the plan is to focus more on the old stuff because I can’t get enough of it. 🙂