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News November 2007   (Taipei / Taiwan, November 16, 2007)

 
Website statistics: In October we were able to welcome on our website 44'102 visitors who did 1'485'393 hits.
                                           (September = 33'726 visitors 937'422 hits)
                                The visitors are coming from about 100 to 118 different countries!
                                Record day since 12/17/1998 - the birthday of our website: 2/19/2007 = 13'407 visitors and 787'456 hits
 
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Since 1 months, we are in Taiwan and believe to have discovered one of the friendliest countries. Actually there is
nearly no unpleasantness, except a little the weather, which isn't everyday the nicest. Probably, we didn't choose the best
time for a visit as winter is now approaching. It can cool down considerably at night, at least at higher elevations. Also
Taiwan's landscape has much to offer – apart from the overpopulated West. But even there, the many temples are a feast
for the eyes. Visiting the mountainous East, one is amazed how much stunning pure nature can be found. Taiwan is
therefore almost a perfect travel destination – a little on the costlier side than the surrounding and better known holiday
locations, but on the other hand it is really genuine Chinese! That we enjoy the island, can be seen also from the many
pictures we have taken along the road: 1st part = Kaohsiung-Taitung, 2nd part = Taitung-Taipei, 3rd part = Taipei-
Kaohsiung. In any case, we also find all the technical achievements enormous (e.g. road constructions and maintenance,
high speed railway, towers), without neglecting the environment (creation of National- and many other parks, etc.),
although the country has constantly to fight natural disasters like earthquakes and cyclones.
 
But our planned two months' stay inTaiwan is ending soon. On November 27th, our LandCruiser will be caged once
more and sent on his 11th container voyage to Hong Kong, our 158th destination, while we shall fly on the budget carrier
"JetstarAsia" via Singapore to the former British Crown Colony, which is today administered – like neighboring Macao
by China as a "SAR-Zone" (Special Administrative Region). That means that an entrance is possible without a visa, and
we hope simultaneously to get our car easier out of the port than in China proper (any visit with an own car is there only
possible with a compulsory guide at inflated prices and restricted conditions). A propos China: Due to the recent media
bustle during our arrival in Kaohsiung, mentioned already in the previous News, the governmental Chinese news agency
Xinhua has reprinted this "event" but suppressed the name of Taiwan. Like that, the impression emerged that we would
currently drive around continental China. This again was obviously such a sensation and enough reason that more than
150 other websites in the PDR of China covered the story – a few of them we saved on our media webpage. However,
we found it rather unhelpful that the Taiwanese Taipei Times tried to generate political profit with our interview in its
English edition in focusing on Taiwan's smoldering independence affair.
 
 

Jiasian (Highway 20)/Taiwan: "Holy Glory Temple"      

 
If  beginning of December there is no possibility in sight to visit China to "normal" conditions, we shall containerize our
Toyota on 12/17/07 for the 12th time and send it to our first place in the Pacific: Lae in the Morobe Province of Papua
New Guinea – thus starting 2008 with a real adventure in our epic world trip.
 
Please follow meanwhile the continuation of the trip in 'Taiwan Part 3' on our website, though 'Part 1' and 'Part 2' are
worthwhile too.

New Reports/Pictures

SOUTHEAST ASIA:                                      mouse over picture shows comments
                     click a picture to see details

 

 
Timor-Leste (Mainland)
(May 2007)
 
Com/Timor-Leste: Traditional Fataluku house
Oecussi/Timor-Leste
(May 2007)

Oecussi/Timor-Leste: Landscape East of Oecussi-'Town'

 
Sarawak/East-Malaysia
(Island of Borneo), Part 2
(Nov. 2006)
 
Kuching/Sarawak/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Proboscis monkey in Bako National Park
Sabah/East-Malaysia
(Island of Borneo)
(Oct. 2006)

Mount Kinabalu/Sabah/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Early Morning View

Brunei
(Sept. 2006)
 
Brunei (Borneo): ’The 'Ali Saifuddien'-Mosque at sunset in Bandar Seri Begawan
Sarawak/East-Malaysia
(Island of Borneo), Part 1
(June - Aug. 2006)

Miri/Sarawak/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Traditional stilt houses reflecting in the water of the Miri River

Myanmar
(May 2006)
 
Myanmar: Waiting for customers in Kawthoung
Thailand
Temples, Pagodas, Shrines 

Thailand
People, Beaches, Nature

(Nov. 1993 - Jan. 1994)
(Nov. - Dec. 2005)
(Febr. - April 2006)
Thailand: Ho Phra I-Suan Temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Laos

(February 2006)

Laos: The ’Patuxai’, the Laotian replica of the French ’Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris

Vietnam

(January 2006)
Vietnam: Two women cultivating a rice field

Cambodia

(December 2005)

Cambodia: The main temple of Angkor Wat with its five towers viewed from the hill of the ’Phnom Bakheng’ - Temple

Malaysia

(Oct. - Nov. 2005)
Malaysia: The four minarets of the ’Sultan Salahuddin’ State Mosque in Shah Alam are visible already from far

Singapore

(September 2005)

Singapore: High-rise buildings pop up everywhere - here behind the Parliament House

Macao

(September 2005)

Macao: The ’St. Paul’ ruin is an inspiring sight also at night

Hong Kong

(September 2005)

 

Hong Kong:From ’Hong Kong Peak’ we get an excellent view of the ’skyscraper jungle’
+ our Taiwan Trip, 3rd part
Taipei-Taitung-Kaohsiung – Nov. 2007
+ our Taiwan Trip, 2nd part
Taitung-Southern Cross-Island Highway-
Siraya National Scenic Area (Zengwun Reservoir)-
Alishan NSA-Sun Moon Lake NSA-Taroko National Park-
Suao-Hualien Highway-Taipei – Oct.+Nov. 2007
+ our Taiwan Trip, 1st part

Kaohsiung-Kenting-Taitung – Oct. 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 6th part

Kalimantan – July 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, within the 5th part

Tana Toraja (Toraja-Land) – June+July 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 5th part

Sulawesi – June+July 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 4th part

Sumba, West Timor – May+June 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 3rd part

Lombok, Sumabawa, Flores – April 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 2nd part

Bali – Jan.-March 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 1st part

Sumatra, Java – Dec. 2006

+ our Borneo Trip

Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, Kalimantan – Sept.-Nov. 2006

+ our LandCruiser on a "Rejuvenation Cure"

in Miri/Sarawak - the East Malaysian province on Borneo Engine/Body: June-Aug. 2006/Transmission: Sept. 2007

+ added from a earlier visit to the USA:

Las Vegas    (Millennium change)

+ added from our Arabian Peninsula round trip:

Pictures from Yemen (May-June 1996)

+ Flashbacks of our Worldrecordtour:

Pictures from "all the continents" (Oct. 1984 - April 1997)

+ Follow-ups about Toyota-Experiences:
Encounters resp. "Ups + Downs" with
Toyota Companies since 1982
On July 7th, 2005, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 150 countries the car's
600'000th Kilometer - very prosaic in front of the post office in Cayenne/French Guiana.
Are you interested into the LandCruiser History, prepared by Toyota Motor Sales USA and taken over by
Toyota Motor United Kingdom? (after some loading-time please klick "IN LEGEND" and afterwards "HAIR TO MAGELLAN
- and you will see that we already belong to it too!)

 

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