River Tracing in Taiwan

Probably the number one destination for river tracing groups is Hualien, which is home to the Shakadang river, the Sanzhan River and the Feicui valley.  But no matter where you go, if you’re new to the sport, you’ll definitely want to hire the services of a local guide.

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Follow Alana to Taiwan and Beyond

  Alana Nichols and I are about to meet up at a vegetarian restaurant in Taipei’s Da An District. Though we’d worked together on an episode of her show, Follow Alana, a few weeks earlier (we’d explored coastal Hsinchu by bicycle, learned the finer points of rice noodle making and gotten in a kite-flying session)…

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Firewalking in Taiwan for Beginners

Six years ago, I walked over a bed of hot coals. While I didn’t burn myself that night, I’ve been raking myself over the coals since.

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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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Lord of Formosa: A Traveler’s Review

Taiwan Scene reviews Joyce Bergvelt’s Lord of Formosa, a sweeping historical novel about Taiwan’s Dutch colonial period and the life of Admiral Koxinga.

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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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From Hip Hop Icon to Tech Entrepreneur

At the age of 20, Jeffrey Huang was the oldest member of L.A. Boyz, a hugely popular trio that took Taiwan by storm with their American-style hip hop, rap, and dancing. Now in his mid-40s, Huang has become a serial crossover business entrepreneur. From performing on stage to founding businesses behind the scenes, how has Huang adjusted?

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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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