Set like a jewel among the green hills and mountains of central Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) is glorious.
Every year in the spring, thousands of religious pilgrims make the long trek from Taichung (台中) County to Chiayi (嘉義) County--and back again--in honor of the goddess Matsu (媽祖).
At the heart of Chung Cheng University's (中正大學) leafy 132-hectare campus is a large and picturesque lake.
Taiwan's Yushan National Park (玉山國家公園) is a place of immense beauty. With panoramic views, overlapping mountains and deep, plunging valleys, Yushan has some of the most stunning mountain scenery anywhere in Taiwan.
As I sped across the countryside en route to Taichung (台中), my attention suddenly shifted from the vast stretch of farmland to a beautiful landscaped garden, viewed only partly through the open gate.
Geographically speaking, Taiwan is an ancient land mass marked by enormous uplifting forces millions of years ago that formed the rocky Central Mountain Range peaks and valleys from north to south along the current island's spine.
The Guguan Hot Spring Festival begins in November at Taichung County's Guguan﹝谷關﹞, celebrating the 100th year of the discovery of these remarkable hot springs.