Instagram Weekly Challenge #3: ‪#‎rtrWater‬

It was a blast going through all your #rtrWater entries.You people sure know how to stay cool and have fun under the scorching Taiwanese sun! Now, let our winners of the week take you on a round island trip, from the west to the east, from the north to the south:

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Instagram Weekly Challenge #2: ‪#‎rtrMountain

So obviously there are quite a lot of diehard hikers out there. This week, we’ve been treated to some beautiful shots of #rtrMountain. A big shout out to everyone for participating in our second Instagram Weekly Challenge, especially the winners of the week:

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Things to Do in Taiwan in October

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October is no doubt the best time of the year for traveling around Taiwan. You get to avoid the huge crowd but still have fairly pleasant weather, cheaper prices and access to still-open attractions. It is also the best time to visit outer islands such as Penghu, Xiaoliuqiu and Lanyu. The northeast monsoon lasts about six months from October to late March and brings wet weather to the northeast side of the island, while central and southern regions stay relatively dry. In October, average low and high temperatures are 23 °C (74 °F) and 26 °C (79 °F), cooling a bit from the scorching summer heat, especially in the north. We have put together a Forrest Gump-type list of all the wonderful things to do in Taiwan in October. If you are already tempted by those good discounts on accommodation and flights, why not take a look at it?

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Things to Do in Taiwan in September

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In Taiwan, the sweltering hot summer is officially over in September when the breezy autumn becomes our mate. The humidity can still be outrageous though, but the southwest monsoon (associated with typhoons) ends in late September. As kids return to school in early September, attraction sites are a lot less hectic after the summer vacation, which means September is a good time of the year to travel around Taiwan without being bombarded by heavy traffic jams and huge crowds. Traveling in shoulder also get you a far nicer hotel room at a lower price if you know what to look for. Just because it’s autumn in Taiwan doesn’t mean your stay would be chilly and full of rain. Weather is still fair, sun is still bright, and the notorious subtropical heat is still here but way less intimidating. Tempting enough? Check out some of the cool things to do in Taiwan to have a blast in September!

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Things to Do in Taiwan in August

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August is a festive month in Taiwan, both in this world and the afterworld. There are an array of events dedicated to Mother Nature as well as hungry ghosts, where convivial festivities and sombre celebrations can be expected all around the island. It is also the “ghost month.” Wandering spirits are believed to search for substitutes — you or me — to take their places in hell and entice the living into water, to drown, so tourism takes a hit as locals avoid the beach. The high temperatures and frequent rains in midsummer can be overwhelming sometimes, so make sure you pack wisely for the subtropical climate of Taiwan (see how to pack for heat and humidity here). 

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Brunch has become increasingly popular in Taiwan in recent years, especially in the major centers. But in the land of convenience with 24/7 FamilyMart and 7/11 stores, the traditional sit-down brunch restaurants can be hard to find if you don’t know where to look. Check out our list of the top 10 brunch spots in Taiwan to save you some time and ensure you have the best experience possible finding mid-morning eateries in yummy Taiwan!

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Top 10 Mountains to Climb in Taiwan

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Home to Northeast Asia’s tallest summit, Taiwan is a mountainous country where 70% of the landmass is occupied by mountains, making it a paradise for hikers and nature lovers alike. There are more than 240 peaks soaring over 3,000 meters, and local enthusiasts spend their whole lives trying to climb over the 100 iconic peaks in Taiwan (yes, there’s even a list for that). But for you overseas visitors who either don’t have any clue if the trail you plan on taking is beyond your physical limits or simply don’t have an extravagant amount of vacation time to explore everything, we couldn’t understand better how difficult it can be to choose the hiking route to suit you best. Never fear, roundTAIWANround is always here for you, and we have made a list of top 10 mountains to climb in Taiwan. Now read on, find your destination, and pack your hiking boots!

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