Shei-pa National Park, Taiwan

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Shei-pa National Park

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By ExploreTraveler.com: Shei-pa National Park is the wonderland of trails for hikers of all abilities and is located just slightly north of central Taiwan. There are more than 100 peaks that challenges those who come to Taiwan to climb each year and 19 of Taiwan’s best are located in Shei-pa National Park. In total, this climbers paradise boosts 51 major peaks located within this majestic park ,which is also home to more than 1,135 species of plant life. Shei-pa has something for everyone in terms of the length of the trail, the difficulty of the climb, the time allotted, and the desired accommodations . One of the most basic accommodations is the camping site seen in the above photo, requiring only a simple tent and a light sleeping bag. The park campground provides basic platforms for simple camping, a shelter for your gear, and all this in the midst of beautiful groves of fantastic Oak Trees and other native foliage. You can enjoy these majestic oaks, endless soft fluffy clouds that linger in the air, and the light breezes as you rest from an active day of strenuous climbing.

Shei-pa National Park provides a web site where all the safety rules can be found together with a complete description of each trail. There is also a list of different shelters available in addition to the camping facility. The web site also provides you with the rules for using the park, what to bring, and the needed instructions on how to register for the climb. There is a limit to the number of climbers allowed on the trails at one time, so registration is required. Safety is a priority and the park requests that you read and understand the safety rules.

Safety should always be your number one concern and it is good to be aware of the altitude changes within the park. Always ascend gradually when hiking within the park allowing your body time to fully acclimate. If you should show any signs of altitude illness descend in elevation quickly. Altitude sickness is the result of the reduced atmospheric pressure as you ascend the mountain and the lower oxygen levels that accompany it. Prevention is always your best goal, so ascend slowly and allow your body time to acclimatize to the higher mountain altitude.

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The perfect pairing: Matching France festivals with self-guided bike tours

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NEW YORK CITY – As summer takes its final bow, we can’t be sad. All we can think about is how lovely France is in autumn, with the colors changing, cooler climes and sparse crowds. If you can’t squeeze in another adventure before winter, that’s ok. Dream about the perfect journey for that other glorious shoulder season, spring. Any of the Discover France bike tours can be customized to fit a desired itinerary and travelers choose the dates! Here are some great ideas to get the wheels turning:

Shellfish & Crustacean Festival
Normandy: October 4-5, 2014
Granville, the most important shellfish port in France, fêtes their oceanic bounty of scallops and other shellfish prepared by some of the region’s most renowned chefs.
PAIRING: Brittany to Normandy Tour
Bicycle through green pastures and seaside towns with beautiful coastline, discovering the history that has made this area so famous. Stop at Mont St. Michel, St. Mere Eglise and the D-Day beaches among other notable sites. On Day 3, wander through Granville, smelling and tasting all the fresh seafood your taste buds desire.

Le Festival du Périgord Noir
Dordogne: Through October 3, 2014
The region’s largest musical festival features classical music concerts in the truly unique architectural and natural settings in Sarlat and Chavagnac.
PAIRING: Best of Bordeaux & Dordogne
Discover this countryside mixed with vineyards, chateaux and the grottos of prehistory. Explore St. Emilion, filled with Romanesque churches and fascinating ruins stretching along the narrow streets. Travel through the forests and through small villages to Les Eyzies, home of the Font de Gaume, then end your journey in the charming, medieval town of Sarlat.

Festivities for the 154th Hospices de Beaune

Burgundy: November 14-16, 2014
During this three-day festival, merchant houses and family wine estates open their cellars and their bottles. Popular entertainment, both free and for a fee, fill the days, from a half marathon to street theater, wine tastings, bottle-opening contests and a carnival. The high point is the most famous charity wine sale in the world.
PAIRING: Burgundy Gastronomy and Wine
This cycling tour is the perfect combination of Burgundy’s most important treasured assets: wine and cuisine. Starting in historic Dijon, make your way across the most famous vignobles. Stop for tastings at your leisure and explore the wine country villages along this route. The last two nights will be in Beaune, allowing for plenty of time to enjoy the festivities.

International Garden Festival
Loire: April-October
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The perfect pairing: Matching France festivals with self-guided bike tours

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NEW YORK CITY – As summer takes its final bow, we can’t be sad. All we can think about is how lovely France is in autumn, with the colors changing, cooler climes and sparse crowds. If you can’t squeeze in another adventure before winter, that’s ok. Dream about the perfect journey for that other glorious shoulder season, spring. Any of the Discover France bike tours can be customized to fit a desired itinerary and travelers choose the dates! Here are some great ideas to get the wheels turning:

Shellfish & Crustacean Festival
Normandy: October 4-5, 2014
Granville, the most important shellfish port in France, fêtes their oceanic bounty of scallops and other shellfish prepared by some of the region’s most renowned chefs.
PAIRING: Brittany to Normandy Tour
Bicycle through green pastures and seaside towns with beautiful coastline, discovering the history that has made this area so famous. Stop at Mont St. Michel, St. Mere Eglise and the D-Day beaches among other notable sites. On Day 3, wander through Granville, smelling and tasting all the fresh seafood your taste buds desire.

Le Festival du Périgord Noir
Dordogne: Through October 3, 2014
The region’s largest musical festival features classical music concerts in the truly unique architectural and natural settings in Sarlat and Chavagnac.
PAIRING: Best of Bordeaux & Dordogne
Discover this countryside mixed with vineyards, chateaux and the grottos of prehistory. Explore St. Emilion, filled with Romanesque churches and fascinating ruins stretching along the narrow streets. Travel through the forests and through small villages to Les Eyzies, home of the Font de Gaume, then end your journey in the charming, medieval town of Sarlat.

Festivities for the 154th Hospices de Beaune

Burgundy: November 14-16, 2014
During this three-day festival, merchant houses and family wine estates open their cellars and their bottles. Popular entertainment, both free and for a fee, fill the days, from a half marathon to street theater, wine tastings, bottle-opening contests and a carnival. The high point is the most famous charity wine sale in the world.
PAIRING: Burgundy Gastronomy and Wine
This cycling tour is the perfect combination of Burgundy’s most important treasured assets: wine and cuisine. Starting in historic Dijon, make your way across the most famous vignobles. Stop for tastings at your leisure and explore the wine country villages along this route. The last two nights will be in Beaune, allowing for plenty of time to enjoy the festivities.

International Garden Festival
Loire: April-October
The former home of Catherine …read more

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The Top 5 Things You Need to Know about Pu’er Tea

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1. Pu’er is the traveler’s tea Pu’er tea has been traveling by pack animal along mountain trade routes, into China’s borderlands and beyond for more than a centruy. Its pressed block form makes it easy to transport. And tea-lovers like our very own Jeff Fuchs have continued this tradition into the 21st century, always […]

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Yehlin Cape, Taiwan

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Yehliu

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Yehlin Cape, Taiwan, what an awesome day of discovery! In your wildest dreams did you ever think you would see a mountain that was forced out of the sea? Welcome to Yehliu Promontory, a wild and beautiful cape on the northern coast of Taiwan, in Yehliu village in Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan. Yehliu stretches its majestic beauty approximately 1,700 meters into the ocean. That is over a mile of rugged beauty, formed when geological forces pushed Datun Mountain out of the sea.

Yehliu cape has a very interesting shape, almost resembling a turtle and is also called “Yehliu Turtle” by the locals. In the past, Yehliu was a key channel of the trade route between mainland China and Keelung harbor. These awesome formations were known to cause many shipwrecks and loss of life. Some of these geographical formations have such unusual shapes that they have been given a variety of unique names to fit the shape. One of the most famous is called “Queen’s Head” and has become the unofficial emblem for the town of Wanli.

Yehliu Geopark is operated by the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area administration and is open daily from 7:30-5:00. Yehliu is a short drive from Taipei and is served by two buses:

Keelung Bus

http://www.klbus.com.tw/

Tel: 0800-588-010、886-2- 2432-3185、886-2-2433-6111

Danshui Bus(Tansui Bus)

http://www.csgroup-bus.com.tw/english/index.htm

Tel: 0800-002-277、886-2- 2621-3340

If you are traveling in the area of Taipei, I urge you to take some time and discover Yehliu cape, read about the legend of the Turtle Elf, and find peace in the beauty of this modern oasis.

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