My parents have just spent the past week in Taiwan. This was their second visit to Taiwan following their first visit in 2008. The week long visit was just enough time to see a few of Taiwan’s highlights.
The first day was spent relaxing and enjoying some of the good things in Taichung. We drank Taichung’s best coffee at Orsir. Then we had lunch at Hotel One with a great view of the city. In the evening we visited the Fengjia Night Market. Thankfully it wasn’t too busy and crowded on a Monday night.
The next day we travelled to Hsinchu and then into the mountains. In the afternoon we reached our destination Smangus. This was a great place to escape the summer heat. We hiked to the Yaya Qparung on the second day. Mum and Dad completed the 12 kilometre hike in good time enjoying the magnificent forest and mountain views along the way. I was really glad that I had the chance to take my parents to Smangus so they could know and understand more about this special place.
After Smangus we headed to Jiufen on Taiwan’s northeast coast. Jiufen was the ideal place to relax and ease back into urban life after the peace and isolation of Smangus. We enjoyed the beautiful views and some nice tea and snacks.
After spending a night in Jiufen we went to Taipei. Last time Mum and Dad visited they weren’t able to go up Taipei 101 because the weather was so poor. This time they had a clear view and were able to check out the view of the Taipei Basin. We travelled on the high speed train back to Taichung for the final leg of the journey. Mum and Dad flew out from Taichung Airport to Hong Kong where they caught another flight back to Australia.