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Five Dime Driftwood House Restaurant, Taipei by Adventurocity

Five Dime Driftwood House is one of a chain of Taiwanese restaurants designed by Sigang artist, Hsieh Li-Shiang, who owns four other such establishments with business partner, Chen Wei-yi. This property has been the most ambitious, costing US$6 million to construct. It may be Hsieh's last restaurant project.

Hsieh grew up on a farm where her parents grew sweet potatoes and peanuts. Living close to nature was a key influence on her artistic principles. Her work is reminiscent of Dali and Gaudi. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

Five Dime Driftwood House
No. 8, Lane 32, Sec. 1, Neihu Road, Taipei
Tel: +886 (02) 8502-5567
www.five-dime.com.tw

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Yoho Sunset, Hengchun by Adventurocity

Sunset in front of the Yoho Landis Beach Resort, Hengchun (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

Yoho Landis Beach Resort
No. 27-8, Wan-Li Road, Hengchun Township
Tel: +886 (08) 886-9999
kenting.landishotelsresorts.com

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Dapo Pond Bicycle Route, Chihshang by Adventurocity

Cyclists enjoy a leisurely ride through the rural scenery of the Dapo Pond bicycle route in Chihshang. Chihshang is famed throughout the country for its award-winning rice, which is Taitung County's most important crop. Farmers are increasingly turning to organic rice production. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

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Kinkaseki Copper Mine, Jinguashi by Adventurocity

Now abandoned, Kinkaseki was the largest copper mine in the Japanese empire. During World War II, it was Taiwan's most notorious prisoner of war camp where Commonwealth soldiers from the surrender of Singapore (February 1942) were sent to work as slave labour for the Japanese Imperial Army. Most of the prisoners died from a combination of accidents, beatings, disease, improper medical care, malnutrition, and overwork. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

For more information about Kinkaseki, visit Never Forgotten or watch A War Story by Anne Wheeler, a 1981 docudrama based on the diaries of her father, Ben Wheeler, the camp doctor.

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Farmer weeding Chishang rice field by Adventurocity

A Chihshang farmer uses a sickle to weed her rice field. Irrigated by the Hsiuwulu River flowing through Taiwan's East Rift Valley, Chihshang is famed throughout the country for its award-winning rice, which is Taitung County's most important crop. Farmers are increasingly turning to organic rice production.

Chihshang rice also forms the basis for the renowned local specialty, the Chihshang Lunch Box, which includes carrot, lean meat, fried pork, pork liver, and a preserved plum. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

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Lunch box at the Wu Tao Chishang Lunch Box Cultural History Museum by Adventurocity

A Chihshang lunch box consisting of pressed tofu, sausage, roast pork, Bu Rou, hind leg, tender ginger, vegetable, preserved plum, and pickles over a bed of famous organic Chihshang rice. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

Wu Tao Chishang Lunch Box Cultural History Museum
悟饕池上飯包文化故事館
259 Zhongxiao Road
Chihshang Township, Taitung County
Tel: (089) 862-326
www.wu-tau.com

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Kenting Night Market by Adventurocity

Kenting's night market gets underway on the town's main street even with a bit of rain. A variety of food and dry goods vendors line the streets to satisfy those looking for something to eat or a good deal. For visitors to Taiwan, experiencing the lively atmosphere of a night market is a must. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

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Jialeshui Fisherman, Pingtung County by Adventurocity

Fisherman angling at Jialeshui on the Hengchun Peninsula in southern Taiwan. Located at the mouth of the Gangkou River, the long sandy beach of Jialeshui is a popular destination for surfers, having some of the best waves in Taiwan. There is an annual surfing competition here. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

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A freshly-picked lotus floats on a reflecting pool at the Lalu Hotel, Sun Moon Lake. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

The Lalu Hotel
142 Jungshing Road, Yuchr Shiang, Nantou
Tel: +886 (049) 285-6888
www.thelalu.com.tw

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Budai, Hall of Four Heavenly Kings, Chung Tai Chan Monastery

A statue of the monk, Budai (布袋) -- an incarnation of the Maitreya Buddha (future Buddha of this world) -- in the Hall of Four Heavenly Kings of the Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Puli.

Budai represents contentment, generosity, wisdom, and open kindheartedness. It is a popular belief that rubbing his belly brings wealth, good luck, and prosperity, which is why you may see a statue of him with a worn stomach. (Brian K. Smith photo | View slideshow)

Chung Tai Chan Monastery
No. 2, Chung Tai Road, Puli, Nantou
Tel: +886 (049) 293-0215
www.ctworld.org/

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Tunnel of Nine Turns (九曲洞, Jiucyudong)

Jiucyudong (Tunnel of Nine Turns or Nine Turns of the Coiled Dragon) was completed in 1996 for visitors to view the spectacular marble landscape. Here, at its narrowest point, the gorge is only 10 metres wide. However, this was the most difficult section of road to construct because of the intense winds that result from the narrowing of the valley.

Taroko Gorge is also called "The Marble Gorge" because of the area's abundant deposits. These began as marine sediments more than 200 million years ago that were gradually transformed into limestone. Over the last 100 million years, additional pressure from a tectonic collision between the Eurasian Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate metamorphosed the limestone into marble. This collision also forced the crust above sea level to where it is today. In fact, the land is still rising 0.5cm per year. (Brian K. Smith photo | View slideshow)

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Taiwan Taiwan is an interesting dichotomy of modernity and tradition. It's a young democracy with a vibrant, export-oriented economy, but also maintains Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist customs. It fuses influences from aborigines, Mainland Chinese immigrants, and Japanese colonists which makes for a fascinating cuisine.

Geographically small, Ilha Formosa is surprisingly diverse — densely populated western plains, rugged throughout most of the interior and east coast, tropical in the south. Thus, a range of experiences are conveniently available within a small radius.

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