TAIPEI (The China Post) — Canadian YouTuber, Eileen Aldis, sold everything she owned and embarked on a trip around the world with her boyfriend, Marc. This was the beginning of a three-year adventure. As of today, she is traveling in Finland and Norway. Eileen’s YouTube video, “Falling in love with Taiwan” documents her journey from Taipei to Tainan to eastern parts of the island, and even further on to offshore islands surrounding Taiwan, such as Liuqiu Island. Through the use of a drone, her video highlights the beauty of Taiwan’s sceneries.
Eileen loves to travel, and to take a trip around the world has always been a dream. More importantly, she met her boyfriend during her travels and they have decided to continue their journey together. Initially, they had planned to travel for a year, but when the year had come and gone, they didn’t want to stop. The decision has led to their present three-year travel.
In all their videos, they have multiple language captions, including Mandarin. Eileen said, “We transcribed our videos personally in English and then use Google to translate them into other languages. We work hard to try and make our videos as accessible as possible. We also really appreciate viewers helping us with some translations.”
They stayed in Taiwan for three weeks during which they visited Taipei 101(台北101), Fulong Beach(福隆海水浴場), Anping Tree House(安平樹屋), Formosa Boulevard Metro Station(高雄美麗島捷運站), Liuqiu Island(小琉球), Kaohsiung Lotus Pond(高雄蓮池潭), National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall(台北中正紀念堂), and Lungshan Temple(龍山寺). They used camera drones to capture Taiwan’s amazing scenery and showcased the diversity of Taiwan. Let’s take a look at how Taiwan captured her heart!
Due to an invitation from Canada Airlines, Eileen decided to embark on this Taiwan journey. On the plane, after someone overheard them talking about this being their first trip to Taiwan, a person loudly and enthusiastically exclaimed, “Welcome to Taipei”, warming Eileen toward this country and the passion of its people.
Let’s explore the beauty of Taiwan with Eileen!
The first destination for Eileen was the once tallest building in the world, Taipei 101. By standing on the viewing area, one can overlook the entire city in one glance.
New Taipei City’s Fulong Beach was holding their annual Fulong International Sand Sculpture Art Festival, and artists from around the world demonstrated their talents, showcasing sand sculptures from mermaids, castles, to deities and many others.
Old Caoling Tunnel (舊草嶺隧道) used to be an important passageway between New Taipei City and Yilan, but has become a popular tourist attraction today. Eileen rode her bike through the tunnel, experiencing the connection between old and new. Eileen mentioned that many places in Taiwan had been abandoned over time, but transformation in the tourism field had brought back its original population and attracted many others to those destinations.
Another successful, transformed destination is the Anping Tree House. It was originally a warehouse but trees and plants had grown around and within it, molding the house into plant-building hybrid.
After taking a small boat to Liuqiu Island, Eileen rode around the area on a scooter, expressing that it brought along a fresh sense of freedom. Liuqiu Island’s famous landmark, “Vase Rock”, got its unique shapes as a result of years of erosion. On the other hand, Liuqiu Island’s “Beauty Cave” also has a very interesting origin story. It was said that years ago, several beautiful women had gone to cave to wash their heads. A young man saw them by chance and decided to name the place, “Beauty Cave”.
Let’s see the beauty of Taiwan through Eileen’s eyes!
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