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 [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Much like its northern neighbor Japan, traveling Taiwan via train is not only scenic, it is the most practical way to tour the island. Train travel in Taiwan is very practical and nowhere near as daunting as navigating the system in Japan. Taiwan offers everything from local metro trains, called the MRT system, to high-speed [...]
Located in Taipei’s Ruifang District near Keelung City, the village of Chiufen, also known as Jiufen or Jioufen, is an ideal day trip option for travelers looking to explore more of Taiwan’s cultural history. Part of the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area, the village of Jiufen once served as the gold mining center of Taiwan. [...]