a bike ride in Jiaoxi

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We’re spending the month of August on the east coast of Taiwan, and today was a bike ride through Jiaoxi in Yilan County… This town is a major tourist spot because of its hot springs – and its easy access from Taipei (less than an hour’s drive through a remarkable mountain tunnel).

Another popular spot? The roast chicken at 甕窯雞:

They provide you with gloves, as you’re meant to rip the whole chicken apart with your hands… finger lickin’ good.

Heavy Taste Dr. Fish… in Jiaoxi, Taiwan

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When in Jiaoxi, do as the Taiwanese do: the “fish spa”, whereby tiny fish eat the dead skin off your feet…

Heavy taste Dr. fish, anyone? Anyone?

礁溪 重口味溫泉魚

Okay, actually, we didn’t have the guts (feet?) to try this one — we opted for the normal version (with smaller fish) in Tangweigou Hot Spring Park, just down the street.

淺水灣 Qianshuiwan Beach

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October is perfect #beachweather in #Taiwan, when temperatures are in the I’m-not-dying-of-heat range. This is 淺水灣 (“shallow water” bay), about a 20-minute drive from Tamshui MRT. #latergram #taipeilife #failedsandcastle

Waiao Beach

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Spotted this poor dead puffer fish on the beach today… And lots of people learning to surf at Wai’ao. You can see Turtle Mountain Island in the background. #blacksandbeach #taiwan

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