Category Archives: Asia

Asia is full of tradition and people. 60% of the world population lives in Asia, a continent that covers under 30% of the Earth’s land area. Even if there’s no clear geographical separation from Europe, there are significant cultural boundaries between these two continents.

Jiufen, Taiwan’s gold rush mining city

A significant part of the Asian culture is made by small towns packed with history and old architecture, like Jiufen, one of Taiwan’s last gold mining cities. It became a tourist attraction in the 90’s, mostly because of its mix of Japanese architecture, Chinese style retro-cafes, tea houses and souvenir shops. And the proximity to Taipei City also helped shape Jiufen as a tourist destination. Continue reading

Queen Nefertiti’s Rock in Yehliu, Taiwan: natural art

If you try to reduce a country to just a couple of famous images Taiwan has the Taipei 101 skyscraper and probably the Queen Nefertiti’s Rock in Yehliu. In short, it’s a rock formation in Yehliu Geopark, known also as Yehliu Promontory, a part of Daliao Miocene Formation of rocks that stretches over 1700 meters into the Pacific ocean. Continue reading

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Taipei 101: my first skyscraper

As I’ve probably mentioned when writing about the CN Tower, I really love tall buildings. The one about CN Tower may have been the first one written for Travelue, but my first really tall building was Taipei 101, once the tallest skyscraper in the world, since its completion in 2004 until the opening of Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. It doesn’t mean it was the tallest man made building in the world, since CN Tower topped it by more than 50 meters, but the latter wasn’t a skyscraper.  Continue reading