The Mother Goddess of Taiwan

Mazu worship is concentrated along China’s southeast coast, in Taiwan, and amongst the Chinese diaspora of Southeast Asia. According to legend, back in the late 10th century a mortal lass living along China’s southeast coast, named Lin Mo-niang (林默娘), went into a trance and magically saved seafaring male family members who’d been caught out at sea in a storm. Soon thereafter she ascended to heaven, becoming an immortal. (There are many legend variations; learn more in the “Mazu” Wikipedia entry.)

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Stepping on the Stage of Dreams: Three Artists Share Their Taipei Dreams with the World

Artful autumn is coming! We have invited three groups of stars to share their stories about how to make their dreams come true in Taipei.

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The Unique Tradition of the Eight Generals and the Highlights of Taipei Qingshan King Festival

Kombucha has become the new star when it comes to healthy drinks in Europe and the United States, and is gradually becoming popular in Taiwan as well. It can easily be made with quality Taiwanese tea, herbs, and fruits nourished by the local terroir, giving birth to kombucha flavors unique to the country.

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The Modern Soul of Traditional Atayal Indigenous Weaving 

The beauty of traditional Atayal weaving is passed down by a passionate city girl.

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Summer Roaming with the Taipei City God

Taipei Xia-Hai City God Cultural Festival (台北霞海城隍文化節), a one-month celebration is kicking off from June!

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Ancient Gold in Modern Taipei: The Golden Lion Group Ta-Long-Tong

Golden Lion Group Ta-Long-Tong has been presenting the most eye-riveting lion dance performances since 200 years ago. Here’s their legacy.

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8 Things You Didn’t Know about the Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage

You might already know that the Dajia Mazu pilgrimage is a huge deal in Taiwan. Here’s what else you sho knowing.

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5 Ways to Make the Most of the Qingming Festival Weekend 

The Qingming festival weekend, and two days off work, is around the corner. Here’s where to go and what to do to make the most of the break.

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Gone but Not Forgotten: 7 Historic Sites to Learn More About the White Terror

February 28th is a reminder of Taiwan’s authoritarian past. Here’s what you can go to learn about this dark chapter of history.

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A Handy Guide to the Year of the Tiger

With Lunar New Year ready to pounce upon us, we walk you through the this feline phase of the Chinese zodiac.

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