5 ways to experience Tainan, Taiwan’s Ancient Capital

Tainan is an Taiwan’s oldest city, and (some say) Taiwan’s most “Chinese” city.  Without getting too political, we think it’s safe to say that visitors looking for either a true taste of Taiwanese Culture or something approaching the classic Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon vibe of ancient China (the two intersect many places) will find what…

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Five Questions asked on Quora by the Taiwan-Curious

Tons of people are using the popular crowdsourced Q&A website Quora to ask questions about Taiwan. Since many of these questions concern travel in Taiwan, we’ve recently taken to Quora to offer tips & suggestions for first time visitors and the merely Taiwan curious. Below are five (of a dozen or so) questions we answered…

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Exploring Tainan’s natural side and a brief trip to Hell

“This area is famous for its fireflies,” Chen-hui said, “but of course, they come out closer to dark.” Though we saw no fireflies as we hiked, we could hear the melodic chirping of cicadas. And as we climbed higher, the views became  more impressive.

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Exploring the History, Handicrafts and Culture of Tainan City

Not long ago my partner Stephanie and I were invited to take part in a two day tour of Tainan by the Tainan City Tourism Bureau. They offered us a few suggestions for places to check out, but were also genuinely interested in customizing the tour to fit our desires.

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10 Ways to Evade and Escape Taiwan’s Summer Heat

In a recent article on Summer in Taiwan, we made a few suggestions on how to embrace and enjoy Taiwan’s summer heat.

But for some people, embracing the heat isn’t always the best option, and this is nothing to be ashamed of. (Most Taiwanese people feel the same way!)

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12 Ways to Embrace and Enjoy Taiwan’s Summer Heat

Summer is at our doorstep here in Taiwan, meaning two things.

It’s hot, and getting hotter, so make sure and stay hydrated! (Have you tried fresh watermelon juice?)
There are tons of things to do everywhere on the island, both to beat the heat and to embrace it.

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Fresh Off the Bloat: Comedy Legend Margaret Cho Comes To Taiwan

It isn’t everyday that Taiwan gets to play host to a comedy legend (let alone one whose ideals are so near and dear) like Margaret Cho.

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10 reasons to visit Xiao Liuqiu, Taiwan’s Hidden Island Gem

Unlike well-trammeled Taiwan scenic spots like Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge and Alishan, Xiao Liuqiu hasn’t gotten much international press. Indeed, outside of a few intrepid international travelers who find their way to the island, most westerner visitors to Xiao Liuqiu are local expats who’d likely prefer that the island remain a secret.

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The Family that Rides Together: Around the world with Céline and Xavier Pasche

When Céline and Xavier Pasche left Switzerland by bicycle in 2010, they had no real fixed route in mind. Their goal was merely to begin cycling, and their only agenda was to go where their bicycles took them and to trust the road completely.

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