Richard Saunders has been researching every corner of Taiwan for his new book (due out in the fall or winter). I have been very lucky to tag along on several of his trips in the last year and a few weeks ago we visited several of Chiang Kai-Shek vacation homes in Lishan. It hadn’t occurred to me but of course Chiang Kai-Shek would have had vacation homes built all over Taiwan. Richard has identified and visited about 20 of Chiang Kai-Shek’s vacation homes scattered throughout Taiwan. This particular house must have entertained important guests during Chiang Kai-Shek’s time but it is a fancy hotel and tourist attraction now. I don’t know many of the details but Richard’s new book (101 must see places in Taiwan or something like that) will be a must own for those traveling in Taiwan. It won’t be out until the fall or winter but I will have it (actually it will be two volumes).
Richard is also the go to resource for English hiking guides in Taiwan. They cover northern Taiwan really well and his latest book comprehensively detailed Taiwan’s many islands. His other books can be bought at Caves, Eslite or Page One bookstores (Taipei branches). Caves in Kaohsiung only carries the Islands of Taiwan book. You can also contact Richard directly at email@example.com (that is a zero after the d in the email address) and he can meet you in Taipei to hand deliver the books. I was able to order the books through the Community Services Center a few years ago but their website doesn’t have order information anymore.
Additionally his Islands of Taiwan book is available as an e-book from Camphor Press. Camphor Press is an intriguing and relatively knew expat business. They are functioning as a small time e-book publisher with 10 interesting books available. The books are written by expats and cover a mix of historical and current topics about Taiwan (and a little about China). Their first paperbook (Barbarian at the Gate – an American becomes a Taiwanese citizen and must serve his compulsory service in the Army) is currently available and my copy should be arriving in the mail soon.