Alishan, April 12 - 13, 2010. Click pic for album

Taroko to Kending

Taroko Gorge to Kending, Feb 14 - 19, 2010.

Northern Cross Island Highway

Northern Cross Island Highway, May 19 - 21, 2008. Click pic for album
16th September, 2008

Typhoon Sinlaku II

sinlaku.jpgTyphoon Sinlaku has come and gone, but look at how she kept hovering around the northern parts of Taiwan before she finally took off. Two loops, one down by Ilan and another north of Danshui. I’ve seen typhoons doing one loop before, but never two.
The central parts of Taiwan received enormous amounts of rain, with several places exceeding 1.5 meters in three days.Whole hotel buildings were swept away at the Lushan hot spring resort in Nantou’s Renai Township, and four jiaxian.jpgbridges collapsed completely or partially. The freeway administration estimates that over 200 bridges in Taiwan need to be strengthened or rebuilt according to the Liberty Times this morning.
Collapsed bridges and roads swept away by landslides mean that biking around the island, and particularly in central Taiwan, will require some extra research. houfeng.jpgChecking a map may not be enough, since some of the roads or bridges simply may not exist anymore, or may be closed for repairs. There is very good information in Chinese about closed and open roads at a government agency that translates into something like the road disaster prevention and rescue management system (公路防救災管理系統) which is part of the Institute of Transportation under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. I haven’t been able to find anything useful in English, though, so if someone has a good place for such info, please send me a link and I’ll post it here.
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