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e northern coast of Taiwan offer plentiful natural phenomena. When you head out from Taipei City by train to Ruifang, you only have a transfer to a shuttle bus that runs along the northeastern coast. You can buy a one-day ticket for 50 taiwan dollars (approx. CZK 36) directly at the driver and you can get off at any of the stops. At the train station, do not forget to pick up information and bus timetables at the Infocenter.
The Taroko National Park is one of the most popular places in Taiwan. It lies on the eastern side of the island where the mountains of the national park rise up to a height of more than 3,000 meters from the Philippine Sea beaches.
Close to the capital of Taiwan - Taipei - there is the Yangmingshan National Park. This area is volcanic in origin and underground there are magmatic deposits, which make it a great number of hot springs. The highest mountain is Qixingshan (1,120 m above sea level), and if you have a good physique, you can take it.
Taiwan is a relatively small island on the southeast coast of China. In spite of its turbulent history, when the island fought Japan and China, the status of Taiwan is not yet clear. The People's Republic of China (PRC) considers it to be a failed province. Taiwan itself is called the Republic of China and keeps its distance from the Communist PRC, but it claims to be part of it, despite the fact that it has never gained its territory.
I wish I could see the Great Wall of China once in my life at least! Have you ever had this thought? When I was little and listed through encyclopedias over the pictures of an infinitely long wall that was dragging the Chinese mountains like a snake. A few years later, my wish was fulfilled. And believe that going through this magical wall is nothing unattainable!
China's largest city has been attracting attention of foreign visitors. In Shanghai you may get a non-visa allowance to enter the city for 144 hours. If you have a transfer flight there, you may visit the city during that. I spend there 17 hours on my way to New Zealand. I don't regret the time spent there.
I have already shown you Hong Kong and its hundreds of skyscrapers, and riches. However, there is much more than modern architecture. If you are watchful enough you notice many details inspired by Asian more than our Western culture.
When I asked some people if the liked Hong Kong nobody could tell me anything particular. They said it was amazing, strong experience, intensive, or wierd. After a wekek spent in one of world's most important harbors. My experience is similar. I can only say that there are many contrasts, paradoxes in Hong Kong and is truly worth visiting.
It was only couple of minutes before the departure. T and P were about to fly back to the Czech Republic. Me and B were ready to travel to Vietnam for another adventure. There was much to remember. T and P looked pretty tired. It is no easy thing to travel across China in one month. Many say they haven’t experienced cultural shock but still China is much different from Europe.
I was much more smarter on my second turn in China. And before my first stay in China I had heard many advice by my class mates. “Try not to use handkerchiefs often.” “Don’t stick your chopsticks into the food”.
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