Applications are open for Spend a Night @ Taiwan’s Presidential Office Building

Mark the Taiwan’s Presidential Office building’s centenary by spending a night under its roof

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72 Hours in Taitung County: Culture, Sightseeing & Touring in the Taitung City & Zhiben Hot Spring Region

Rick Charette Oh, the things you can do That are good for you! With 72 hours to use In Taitung/Zhiben, wandering footloose Isolated from the more heavily populated areas of Taiwan by the towering central mountains, the East Coast region is fondly referred to as Taiwan’s “backyard garden.” Here is a sampler buffet of the…

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An End to Loneliness: One String to Entwine Destinies

WORDS BY Tu Hsinyi TRANSLATION BY Joe HenleyPHOTOS BY Huaug Jianbin, Liang Zhongxian The well-known Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple (台北霞海城隍廟), Longshan Temple (艋舺龍山寺), and Zhaomingjing Temple (照明淨寺) in Taipei are meccas for people looking for love or marriage, attracting not only Taiwanese but also foreign tourists.  Are you still seeking your significant other? The romantic Qixi (Chinese…

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8 Things To Do When Traveling With Kids in Kaohsiung

Named one of the best cities to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, Kaohsiung is fast becoming one of Taiwan’s leading travel destinations. But is the city a good place to visit with children? You bet! Taiwan Scene explores eight kid friendly activities that are fun for the entire family. 1. Visiting Nature and Animals…

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Cool dip: a quick guide to cold springs in Taiwan

You’ve heard of hot springs, but did you know Taiwan also has springs you can cool off in when the mercury is rising?

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Traveling to Taipei During Ghost Month

You’ve landed in Taiwan during Ghost Month (鬼月), observed during the seventh month of the lunar calendar. Don’t worry. It’s a good idea, however, to have some knowledge of why and how Ghost Month is celebrated, as well as what actions you may want to avoid.

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Belle of the Zhiben Hot-Spring Ball The Hotel Royal Chihpen

Words by Rick Charette Let’s spend a little time getting to know a place with a legitimate claim to being Taiwan’s premier hot-spring resort hotel. When the Japanese controlled Taiwan as a colony from 1895 to 1945, they transplanted their love of genteel mineral-spring soaking to the island. A distinctive Taiwanese hot-spring culture then bubbled…

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Taiwan Seen: Henry Gerard of Dida Creamery

For the first installment of Taiwan Seen, we spoke to Henry Gerard, a Taichung-based cheese maker from Los Angeles, who has been making cheese in Taiwan with his wife Brenda at Dida Creamery for the past four years

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Pursue Your Happiness: How You Can Pay Respects to Yue Lao, the God of Marriage and Love

According to Taiwanese folk tales, Zhinu, also known as the Seven Star Maiden (七娘), will reveal a book listing all the unmarried men and women on Qixi (the day of July 7 of the lunar calendar) each year

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