Exploring island gems around Taiwan
Imagery and promotion showcasing Taiwan's beauty. During this 3-week adventure circling the island, Wendy road tripped around her native homeland and explored the more remote areas from north to south and everything in between. From stumbling upon tea fields in the mountains, following friendly strangers into magical forests and being invited to dinner by multiple new friends, she discovered a side of the island very few experience.
While driving through Nantou, a lush mountainous region in central Taiwan, we saw hundreds of these betel nut trees from afar. After awhile, we decide to pull over to get some shots. That's when a local abei ("uncle") on a moped drove by and said he would lead us to see more. A few minutes later, we were transported into this tropical wonderland.
One of my favorite coastal cities in Taiwan is Hualien, about 3 hours south of Taipei, on the east coast of the country. Surrounded by the sea on one side and the mountains on the other, every time I come, I manage to discover another ridiculous view like this.
Dahu is a town in central Taiwan that specializes in growing strawberries and certain farms offer strawberry picking for visitors. Initially, we picked a farm because it looked the most photogenic but ended up meeting the farmers and quickly became good friends. The Su family have been in the strawberry business for over 60 years, initially starting in the strawberry jam business and now harvest a variety of strawberry types.