2017 / April
Lung Pei-ning /photos courtesy of Lin Min-hsuan /tr. by Jonathan Barnard
Unlike the high-speed rail or regular trains, which enable travel throughout Taiwan, mass rapid transit (MRT) systems are most useful for journeys within dense metropolitan areas. It doesn’t take long to get from historic Fort San Domingo in Tamsui to Taipei 101 on the bustling east side of Taipei City, or from the hillside tea gardens of Maokong to the open expanses of water at the mouth of the Danshui River. On the Taipei Metro, you move rapidly from the mountains to the sea, from the historic to the modern.