Taiwan Vegan Travel Guide Maps, Updates, Feedback

Important Links

Please visit this post for more information about the guide itself. This page contains more detailed information, mostly for people using the guidebook.

Please visit Amazon to purchase the guide, download a free sample or to write reviews (please!).

These links stay in the page.


Updates

Both books have been updated in November, 2016. 

Unfortunately there's no way to update copies of the book which have already been purchased. So if you purchased your book before significantly going to Taiwan (or return to Taiwan with an older version) please email me to check for any significant changes.


Book / Chapter Date Added Update
Central / Southern Taipei Jan 1st, 2017 Tragically, Bio @Peace Cafe, a pioneer vegan cafe in Taipei has permanently closed (at the end of 2016). I now recommend making the Central & Southern Taipei a half-day outing. I will update the book to reflect this change in the next few days. 
Eastern Taipei (both books) November 17th, 2016 Tofunia (international cuisine) has been added.
Jiaoxi (full book only)November 17th, 2016Sadly Vegan Heaven has closed its Jiaoxi branch. This makes Jiaoxi much less appealing as a stop between Taipei and Taroko Gorge. It's worth, however, considering spending a night if you have to stay somewhere along the east coast.






Maps

Maps are made using Google Maps Engine. Unfortunately the Kindle system compresses images (to save space) to the point that maps can be difficult to read. I have re-made them (narrower) to take this into account as much as possible. Map images in the book provide a good overview, and it's always possible to follow directions to the nearest station, show a passerby the Chinese address (listed for every location) and ask them to point you in the right direction. Chances are they'll be happy to help, and practise their English. But if you'd like an interactive map there are three options.

Best: Mymaps or Google Maps

It's becoming possible to open shared maps in  Mymaps (Android, iOS), however this functionality is being built into the Google Maps, which will make it all much simpler. Not surprisingly, Android is ahead of iOS, especially with free apps, but there are options available for both.

Simplest: Browser

These links will by default open in a browser (eg Firefox, Safari), which works but it's slower and less smooth than a separate app.

Offline

I highly recommend purchasing a local SIM card so that you have your own  data connection (instructions in the book). Taipei was also the world's first city to offer public free and usually functional Wifi. However, if this is too much trouble for a short visit then all locations in the guide can be found in this KML file (based on this map) which can be downloaded and opened on Android devices using Osmand. Locations only show as points, and show their name when clicked on, but because it also shows your location. It works well for finding where you want to go.

It's currently necessary to open the 'osmand' folder on your device, make a new folder called 'tracks' and then save the Formosa (Taiwan) complete map.kmz file there. Hopefully this process will become easier in the future; check back for updates.

Complete List of Maps

Northern Taiwan Overview (all destinations covered in this guide at a glance)
TAIPEI
Northern Taipei (overview)
Miscellaneous
Yuanshan Station
(Baoan and Confucius Temples)

Northeast Taiwan
Eastern Taiwan

Lion Head Mountain (central Taiwan)


Feedback

Amazon Reviews

Even if you haven't yet been to Taiwan, I would greatly appreciate a few words to let new readers know a little about the book from the perspective of an independent reader.I'm not sending out complementary books for "independent" reviews because they're not, well, independent. I hope vegan travellers will share their honest opinions - good or bad - about this book with other travellers, and of course I will take them seriously in deciding whether or how to update this book or publish more.

Update Information

I do my best to keep this book updated, but if you find that information in the guide is out-of-date or you would like to suggest new recommendations, please email me at jesse.duffield@gmail.com. Alternatively please leave a comment below.Thank you very much.

General Survey

I would greatly appreciate feedback from anyone who has found this page and read to this point to help me get to know more about my audience.

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