Backpacking in Typhoon Season: Kaohsiung Part 1

Backpacking in Typhoon Season: Kaohsiung Part 1

Kaohsiung Part I

News of Tan Mei Typhoon approaching Taiwan was all over the headlines in August of 2013. Yet, after a brief planning session during an afternoon date at a coffee shop with my best friend, we still hitched on our backpacks, hopped onto the High Speed Rail train the next day and hurtled ourselves to Kaohsiung at around 300 miles per hour.

Within 18 hours, I was in Kaohsiung. Tan Mei Typhoon had just swept into northern Taiwan. Our plan was to backpack in Kaohsiung and Peng-Hu. We stayed in both Kaoshiung and Peng-Hu for two and a half days, making it a trip of five days in total.

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Memories Taken in the Fog

Memories Taken in the Fog

→Submitted to P.S Magazine of FuJen Catholic University English Department

Memories Taken in the Fog

Mt. Qixing, the highest mountain in Taipei City, stands at one thousand one hundred and twenty feet. Located in Yangmingshan National Park, Qixing Mountain is known for its fields of silvergrass. Our impression of what we know of Qixing Mountain is often derived from our textbooks, the Internet, books, and so on. Seldom have we actually seen the scenery with our own eyes. Such was also my initial impression before I went hiking up Qixing with FuJen’s Hiking Club, however all it took was a one-day trip and the descent from the peak to Menghuan Pond that changed my perspective forever more.

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