Taipei Celebrates Our Pride

There’s never been a better time for GLBTQ travelers to come to Taiwan. Arguably Asia’s most progressive country (Taiwan’s military struck down sexuality-based discrimination way back in 2002), just this year our highest court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, clearing the way for full marriage equality. And if there’s never been a better time to visit Taiwan, there’s no better time of year than late October. For starters, the weather is great, with the hot summer behind and wet winter yet to come. More importantly, October is when Taipei’s Pride festival, the largest Gay event in Taiwan and a major global pride event occurs.

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Eight More Questions asked on Quora by the Taiwan-Curious

Does Taipei 101 have base isolators to prevent from earthquakes? What are some good gluten free options at Chinese restaurants? Taiwan Scene replied eight common asked questions on Quora by the Taiwan-Curious.

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An insider’s guide to Taipei: Afternoon Tea in 5 Unlikely Places

If you’re in central Taipei, afternoon tea is easy to find. From Da’an to the East District (anywhere from Zhongxiao Fuxing to Xinyi), most hotels, department stores and cafes will have something on offer, whether it’s British-style ‘high tea’ with three-tiered plate sets or waffles and coffee. Step outside that golden zone, however, and afternoon…

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Five Best Places to Get a Foot Massage in Taipei

Spend the day wandering around Taipei City, and you’ll soon begin to notice a very interesting cultural sight: signs for “腳底按摩” (foot massage) lined up every few blocks you go. In today’s article, TaiwanScene is going to try out five different foot massage spas in Taipei to give you the lowdown on what to expect and which might be more fitting for a busy, trotting traveler like yourself.

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An ancient Chinese tradition made modern: Taiwan’s 2019 Kaohsiung Neimen Song Jiang Battle Array

Taiwan is rich in festivals celebrating local folk religions, community and cultural pride. Visitors lucky enough to find themselves in Kaohsiung’s Neimen district during the week of March 29th- April 6 were in for a rare spectacle indeed as the normally quiet town well north of Taiwan’s bustling southern metropolis played host to the annual Song Jiang Battle Array.

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Why Dadaocheng should be your first stop in Taipei

Why Dadaocheng should be your first stop in Taipei? This charming neighborhood, sometimes referred to as Old Taipei, is smaller, quieter, and way more manageable. Filled with tea shops, traditional apothecaries, artist’s boutiques, temples big and small, and of course, the area’s most pronounced feature of Japanese colonial-era buildings (and a few homes and shops dating back to the Qing dynasty), you’ll find no more charming a neighborhood in which to base yourself in Taipei than the Dadaocheng neighborhood.
Though there are plenty of hotels in the Dadaocheng neighborhood, if it’s history and local charm you’re after, you can’t do better than the DG, a quirky boutique hotel on the northern end of Dihua Street in a restored Japanese-era Colonial building.
What’s more, there are no shortage of places to eat, drink and be merry in Dadaocheng, with the majority of these being along the main drag (Dihua Street). From traditional Taiwanese noodle and rice dishes to fried chicken and thick squid soup, Dadaocheng is definitely a spot where locals come for comfort food.

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From Classic to Fusion: Five Taipei Restaurants Worth Visiting

Dining in Taipei means never wanting for choices. In this article, we’ll be visiting five restaurants in Taipei ranging from classic Chinese cuisine to hipster fusion to straight-up Taiwanese flavor. Enjoy!

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Lantern Festivals, Rice Dumplings, and Other Taiwanese Traditions

Yuanxiao Jie, or Lantern Festival, commemorates the end of the Lunar New Year Holidays. At this time, parades and festivals are held around Taiwan.

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