It's pouring rain as you step out of the National Palace Museum. On Yangmingshan, the clouds are so low you can't see treetops, let alone mountain peaks. This isn't the Taiwan you imagined. Whatever happened to the semitropical island of blue skies and sunshine you saw in the pages of Travel in Taiwan before you left home?
Not to worry. If the sometimes more finicky weather in northern Taiwan isn't to your liking, get on a southbound train - high-speed or conventional - and don't get off until you're past the city of Taichung. South Taiwan, even born-and-bred Taipei folk agree, has better weather and a slower pace of life. Just what you want if you're on vacation!
Perhaps the best reason for detraining at Chiayi, the smallest of south Taiwan's three major cities, is that it's the main gateway to the long-established mountain resort Alishan...
If you want to read the rest of this article, go to the magazine's website, then type my name into the search function. A list of the articles I've done for them since 2005 then comes up. The photo above is of Kaohsiung City, and dates from when I worked for COMPASS Media Group, 2003 to 2007.
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