Lantern Festivals, Rice Dumplings, and Other Taiwanese Traditions

Yuanxiao Jie, or Lantern Festival, commemorates the end of the Lunar New Year Holidays. The festival falls on the fifteenth day of the first month of the new year according to the lunar calendar, on the night of the full moon. On the night of Yuanxiao Jie, parades and festivals are held around Taiwan, and…

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Eight Taiwan Lantern Festivals (that aren’t the one you think)

In Chinese, Yuánxiāo jié means Lantern Festival, and while most visitors associate the term with the town of Pingxi (which has turned the annual event into a year-long cottage industry), in fact the festival is a specific happening meant to denote the end of the annual Lunar New Year’s festival.

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2019 Travel Tips: Experiencing Taiwan in the Year of the Pig

2019 is the year of the pig, we’ll be centering our recommended experiences for 2019 around the themes of abundance, indulgence, getting in touch with nature, and coming full circle.

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Interview with Hey Taipei Author Kathy Cheng

Taiwan Scene spoke to Kathy about her blog, Tricky Taipei, her new book Hey Taipei, and about traveling in Taiwan with a baby.

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A Perfect Day in Taipei’s Xinyi District

Home to artist hangouts, tons of amazing restaurants, trendy clubs, luxury malls, Taipei 101, the Xinyi District is more than just the Commercial hub of Taipei. It’s also a spot worth spending at least a full day exploring on any visit to Taiwan.

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In Defense of Andrew Zimmern

While Zimmern could have chosen his words (for which he’s apologized publicly) more carefully, taken in the context of the overall conversation it’s clear none of his comments were meant to disparage Chinese cuisine in America, or Chinese-Americans (in or out of the food industry). Zimmern’s respect for culinary culture and the people who work in the food industry is well-documented. As a journalist who has spent most of his adult life living in Taiwan and China and promoting their shared culinary and cultural heritage, I believe the social-media uproar over his comments are quite unjustified, and that his knee-jerk demotion should be overturned.

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Finding Local Flavor at Taipei’s Beer Cafes

I’ve lived in Taipei for twelve years, not as long as some scions of the expatriate community, but long enough to have sunk into a groove running comfortably between my apartment and a few favorite cafes and restaurants.

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