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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]