National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan

National Palace Museum in Taipei

A visit to Taipei would be incomplete without spending an afternoon at the National Palace Museum. The museum houses what is said to be the world’s largest collection of ancient Chinese artifacts and works of art. With more than 650,000 items on display, the collection encompasses over 10,000 years of Chinese history. The Song, Yuan, […]

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December 1, 2014 by
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Hualien Taiwan

Day Trips from Taipei: Northeast Coast

If you’re planning a trip to Taiwan, you need to carve out time to visit the Northeast Coast, an easy day trip from the capital city of Taipei. The area is best explored by vehicle as you wind along the scenic coastline, filled with some of the most beautiful landscapes on the island. Consider a private Taiwan Northeast Coast tour that includes Nanya, Longdong, and Jiaoshi Hot Springs.

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November 3, 2014 by
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Din Tai Fung in Taipei

Xiaolongbao Din Tai Fung

From its meager beginnings in Taipei, the now global brand of Din Tai Fung has helped share the culinary art of xialongbao, or “soup dumplings,” with the world. Din Tai Fung’s dumplings are literally legendary and branches in Hong Kong have even been awarded Michelin stars.

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October 6, 2014 by
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Exploring Taipei’s Ningxia Night Market

Taipei Night Market

Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to explore Taiwan culture is through its night markets. Night markets are an important aspects of Taiwanese culture and there is no shortage of ones to explore in Taipei. While Taipei night markets like Shilin are amongst the most popular, they are often so crowded it’s hard to have an enjoyable experience, especially on a weekend. Look to other more traditional, and less touristy, night markets like Ningxia to really enjoy a number of Taipei’s best street foods.

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September 8, 2014 by
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Mid-Autumn Festival in Taiwan

Also called Moon Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important holidays in Taiwan. It’s held during the Fall, just after harvest, and people make offerings and thank the gods for the harvest of the year. Mid-Autumn Festival coincides with the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. This tends to be around late August or into the month of September some years.

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August 11, 2014 by
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Taiwan Balloon Festival in Taitung County

Darth Vader is among balloons at 2014 Taiwan Balloon Festival in Taitung County.

The Balloon Festival in Taiwan’s Southeast Taitung County is one of the more popular annual events in the country. Balloonists from around the world converge each summer to take to the skies around Luye Gaotai. Also called the Taiwan International Balloon Fiesta, the event started in 2011 and has seen increasingly popularity. Pilots from the […]

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July 27, 2014 by
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Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival

Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival

For the last seven years, Taiwan has had the distinction of holding one of the best sand sculpture festivals in the world. The annual event takes place in May and June on the east coast area of Fulong Beach. Hosted jointly by the Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area Administration, Tourism Bureau, MOTC, and […]

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June 2, 2014 by
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Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Races, Taipei

Along with Chinese New Year and the Moon Festival, Dragon Boat Festival is one of the most important events in Taiwan. The annual celebration takes place on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which tends to fall in late May or early June. Qu-Yuan and History of the Dragon […]

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May 5, 2014 by
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Mazu (Matsu), the Chinese Goddess of the Sea

Mazu Temple Taiwan

Mazu, or Matsu (even Matzu), is the Chinese goddess of the sea, said to protect fishermen and sailors returning from a day at sea. Part of the Taoist and Chinese Buddhist religions, she is an extremely important deity in China and Taiwan. The Legend of Mazu Legend has it that Mazu was born during the […]

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April 21, 2014 by
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Penghu Fireworks Festival

Penghu Fireworks Festival

The chain of islands known as Penghu is a magical archipelago just off the west coast of Taiwan. It’s the secret place many locals escape to during holiday periods and its windy landscape makes Penghu a windsurfer’s paradise. And, this time of year sees a lot more activity in the region as visitors flock to the islands for the Penghu Fireworks Festival.

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April 7, 2014 by
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