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Out in the Riverside Wilderness in Taipei

The grassy banks of the Tamsui River on the western edge of Taipei.

My first full day of wandering around Taipei 台北 back in March 2013 brought me to the wild lands of the riverside park on the southern edge of Dàtóng District 大同區. I knew nothing of the city at the time and was very surprised to walk through one of the gates in the massive riverside wall and find myself lost in the long grass along the eastern bank of the Tamsui River 淡水河. On the horizon you can make out some of the towers of Sānchóng 三重 and what might be Guanyinshan in the distance, both places I still haven’t visited. Looking the other way you would see a city of millions.

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