I have been lucky enough to spend part of the last 3 years traveling around Taiwan with Richard Saunders while he researched his latest book. I like to consider myself resourceful when it comes to finding unknown places but Richard frequently took us somewhere not even on my radar. And every time it would be an incredible experience. The book is now complete and everyone can experience the places that Richard has shown his group of Taipei Hikers.
Update (July 27th) – I don’t have any copies left to sell. To get your books you can try Eslite (supposed to be there) or contact Richard in September when he returns
Richard Saunders is best known for leading hikes with the Taipei Hikers FB group and his previous hiking guides. He currently has four additional guidebooks for sale. Taipei Escapes Vol 1 and Vol 2 each include 20 day hikes and 10 day trips that can be done from the Taipei Area. Yangmingshan – The Guide contains 41 hikes (not duplicated in Taipei Escapes) all over Yangmingshan. And in 2013 he completed his Islands of Taiwan book. This is THE BOOK that you want if you are traveling to any of Taiwan’s outlying islands. It not only contains all of the travel information that you want but a countless amount of history and little known facts about the islands.
Taiwan 101 Essential Sights, Hikes and Experiences on Ilha Formosa is a departure from his previous guides that focused more on hiking. Overall the two volumes contain 101 different chapters about Taiwan. Volume One contains Northern and Eastern Taiwan while Volume Two focuses on Southern and Central Taiwan. They contain information on the unusual cultural experiences like the Mazu Pilgrimage, the Wang Ye Boat Burning and Foguangshan. There are several chapters devoted to historical cities like Keelung and Tainan. Some readers might not be as interested in travel themselves so they will focus on the extensive Taiwan history that is presented in the book in addition to the best museums on the island. Hikers will of course not be disappointed with the information on Taiwan’s National Parks, high mountain hiking and other famous hiking trails in the book.
If anyone wants to make a bucket list of places to visit while in Taiwan or if the want to learn about Taiwan then this is your guidebook. I haven’t even been to half of the places (I counted about 40) that Richard wrote about and I am sure that some think I have been everywhere. My to do list just got a lot longer.
Richard will be distributing the books at Daan Park in Taipei personally on Saturday, May 28th. You will also be able to meet Richard in Taipei (usually at an MRT station) and buy books if you cannot meet this weekend. For those living elsewhere in Taiwan you can email Richard (firstname.lastname@example.org – that is a zerofourtwoeight in the email) and arrange shipping (for a small additional fee). Richard will be off on his next adventure (an awesome trip) in a couple of weeks so you won’t be able to buy direct from him during the summer and will instead have to try to find it at Caves or Eslite (possibly in stock there in mid-June).
I will be getting a box of books shipped to Kaohsiung for those that reserve books and distributing them for Richard (at no profit for me). I am planning on distributing books at
Aozidi Park (near the MRT) on Sunday 5/29 (no books available 5/29) from 2pm-4pm and Saturday 6/4 from 2pm-4pm. I will get a few extra copies for those that don’t reserve books but please reserve books if you think you want them. If you are unable to meet at Aozidi Park then you can also meet at my apartment (near the Art Museum). Contact me through the Taiwan Waterfall FB page, my personal contact info if you have that or leave a comment and I can email you.
Let me know immediately if you want to pick up some books from myself in Kaohsiung. Contact Richard about books for all other places.
How to get the books:
In Taipei – contact Richard (email@example.com – that is a zerofourtwoeight in the email)
In Kaohsiung and can meet Kirk – contact me (Taiwan’s Waterfalls FB – or leave a comment)
Elsewhere in Taiwan or cannot meet me – contact Richard and arrange postal delivery (a little extra cost) or wait for the books to be sold in Eslite or Caves
Outside of Taiwan – contact Richard
Taiwan 101 Essentials – 700/each volume or 1200 if you buy both volumes
The Islands of Taiwan – 450/each (sale price) (also available as an ebook online at Camphor Press)
Taipei Escapes Vol 1 and Vol 2 – 450/each (sale price)
Yangmingshan The Guide – 450/each (sale price)
Here is a photo gallery of some of the trips that I have been on with Richard in the past 3 years. These trips have been an unforgettable part of my Taiwan experience (6 years with many more planned).
Wang Ye Boat Burning Festival, Donggang
Qufengbi Coastal Trail, Pingtung (note the giant shipwreck has been removed)
The giant trees at Jianxibao, Hsinchu
Guifu Canyon, Kaohsiung
Alanyi Coastal Trail, Pingtung
Maliguang Waterfall, Hsinchu
This is one of the Chiang Kai-Shek vacation homes that Richard visited and gives directions to in the book. Chiang Kai-Shek may be controversial but this is an interesting part of history and some of the homes are really cool. This one is now a hotel in Lishan, Taichung.
Lianyun Waterfall, Chaiyi