regions north of Taipei

Keelung-not as gloomy and dreary as everyone says, but you do need to invest in a full-body poncho

Jiufen-touristy, but for good reason

Yangmingshan National Park-not the most spectacular park in Taiwan, but its proximity to Taipei makes it well worth a visit

Pingshi-home of the annual lantern festival (too crowded for me to go again, but I'd recommend it to any first-timer)