Question for those of the social media age: If a tree falls in a forest and you didn’t take a pic of it and filter it through VSCOCam and post it to Instagram with the tag #natureporn, did it really fall? Taiwan isn’t known for harboring the crunchiest* of citizens, and even for outdoors-inclined visitors – is known more for its tropical-island vibe and proximity to the water than its woods and mountains. But much of central Taiwan is mountainous, boasting stunning forests (such as Xitou) that make suitable escapes from Taiwan’s humidity and hustle, particularly in the summer months.
Recently stumbled upon a beautiful site created by general goods retailer Friday Lifestyle. Strange that this site is austerely beautiful, while the main Friday.tw site is a typical Asian e-retail horror. Friday Lifestyle is written all in Chinese, but the photos – and the unending loop of the Beatles’ Here Comes The Sun – say it all, for those naysayers who feel like moving to Taiwan means giving up Portland.
Friday Lifestyle (and I would say, the outdoors lifestyle in Taiwan, generally) has more in common with Kinfolk than Outside magazine. On their modus operandi: 大部分的人以為我們攀爬瀑布或跳入急流是為了追求刺激。但我覺得其實是為了追求經歷過一切後的完全的平靜。Essentially: the outdoors life in Taiwan, for this particular set isn’t about scaling waterfalls or dodging rapids or one-upmanship in summiting peaks. It’s about searching for peace – 平靜 – leaving behind the constant noise of the city, especially relevant for those living in the general chaos that is a Taiwanese city: waking up every day to a cacophony of honking horns, year-round construction, and the clanking of pans from the 便當 store across the way. The site’s current usefulness as a directory seems quite limited – only a few listings at the moment – but the photos alone inspire.
* Crunchy, according to millennial Bible urbandictionary.com: Adjective. Used to describe persons who have adjusted or altered their lifestyle for environmental reasons. Crunchy persons tend to be politically strongly left-leaning and may be additionally but not exclusively categorized as vegetarians, vegans, eco-tarians, conservationists, environmentalists, neo-hippies, tree huggers, nature enthusiasts, etc. Usage: “I need more crunchy guys in my life. I’m so tired of dating preppy metrosexual assholes.”
Images c/o Friday Lifestyle