DB, the Red Castle is lovely as you say but from my experience the food is sub-par. At least the chinese. Thanks for the heads up on Danshui. I was thinking about going up there tomorrow.
Have you been to Maokong yet for tea? Chris and I and our spouses were up on Monday when the sky was clear. We could see right across the city to Yangmingshan. Gorgeous evening and night sky too. You can’t believe how beautiful Taipei looks from this side. But only go when it’s clear. Chris and I were hiking yesterday and it just isn’t the same when it’s overcast.
BTW, found a really great new place in Maokong for sitting in the daytime. You get both a garden setting and a wide open mountain view. pm if you want the address.