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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Maokong Gondola, Taipei

Taipei’s Maokong Gondola and Muzha Tea Plantations

Taiwan is a powerhouse when it comes to tea production and you don’t have to even leave Taipei to learn about the importance of tea in Taiwanese culture. Taiwan is home to many noted tea production regions, one of which is Maokong, once the powerhouse of tea production in Taipei.

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March 10, 2014 by
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Taipei’s High-End Dining Scene

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Taiwan’s food scene continues to gain notoriety around the world – and for good reason. From famed outlets like Din Tai Fung, to Taipei’s legendary night markets, to the birth of the bubble tea phenomenon, Taiwan continues to carve its own mark on the global culinary scene. More chefs are recognizing the importance of food […]

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February 10, 2014 by
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Taiwan Lantern Festivals

Taiwan Lantern Festival, Taiwan

Each year, Taiwan celebrates the first full moon of the lunar new year with the always-colorful Taiwan Lantern Festival. What was originally a simple tradition of carrying hand-held lanterns through the streets after dark has transformed into a major international event featuring high-tech lantern displays and a myriad of cultural performances staged over a two-week period.

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January 27, 2014 by
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Chinese New Year in Taiwan

Lantern Festival

The Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year in Taiwan is its most important and longest holiday. Spending time in Taiwan during the two-week holiday offers insight into the Taiwanese culture that you wouldn’t get otherwise.

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January 13, 2014 by
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Danshui (Tamsui) Old Street

Iron Eggs originated in Tamsui (Danshui), Taiwan (photo: Flickr, user hochit)

Known by a variety of names, including Tamsui, Danshuei, and Tamshui, the city of Danshui is a district located within New Taipei City in the northern part of Taiwan. The confusion regarding the variety of names dates back to 2011 when Taiwan decided the English name would be Tamsui, but street and public transportation signs […]

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December 2, 2013 by
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New Year’s Eve Events in Taipei

Taipei 101 Fireworks (photo: Grottenolm42, Wikimedia)

While Asian New Year’s Eve destinations like Hong Kong are more popular, don’t discount Taipei for throwing some massive celebrations to ring in the new year. From all night parties to an impressive pyrotechnics off Taipei 101, Taipei is a great spot to celebrate the arrival of 2014. If you are looking New Year’s events […]

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November 27, 2013 by
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What to See and Do in New Taipei City

Danshui Waterfront (photo: Wikimedia, L. Chang)

Like many large cities in other parts of the world, Taipei has a number of suburbs or districts. For Taipei, these suburbs are collectively incorporated as New Taipei City.  It can be a bit confusing because there is already a Taipei City, but its name in Chinese means “new north city.” New Taipei accounts for […]

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November 18, 2013 by
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Taiwan’s Scenic East Coast: Hualien

Hualien Taiwan

Travelers visiting Taiwan should carve out some time to visit the country’s scenic east coast, which includes the city of Hualien. Pretty much the “gateway” to popular tourist spots, Hualien provides easy access to Taroko National Park, East Coast National Scenic Area, East Rift Valley Scenic Area, and Yushan National Park. Getting to Hualien While […]

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November 13, 2013 by
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Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake. (Photo courtesy of Enid Yu via Flickr)

One of the most popular destinations in Taiwan is Sun Moon Lake, located in the central part of the island in Nantou County. This scenic spot draws both locals and a number of international visitors to its shores. Before you grab your swimsuit and start planning a lakeside picnic, take note that swimming is not […]

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October 21, 2013 by
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