The Mazu Pilgrimage Experience

Named by the Discovery Channel as one of the top three religious festivals in the world, the Dajia Mazu holy pilgrimage attracts large numbers of people of Chinese descent from abroad and foreign travelers alike. What makes the Mazu pilgrimage so special and fascinating that participants keep walking, determined to never look back, even when they have painful blisters on their feet?

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Baosheng Cultural Festival: A Festive Event Full of History, Religion and Community

The Baosheng Cultural Festival (保生文化祭) is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Taiwanese culture. Originally a birthday party for Baosheng Emperor (保生大帝), the god of medicine, the festivities have grown into a two month-long celebration of Taiwan’s history and culture. At the center of it all is Dalongdong Baoan Temple (大龍峒保安宮) in Taipei, where the deity Baosheng Emperor celebrates his birthday during the third lunar month.

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Things Every Drinker Should Know about Taipei’s Bar and Nightlife Scene

Nightlife in Taipei is so busy and bustling that the city is almost livelier after dark than during the day! Here are 6 popular bars in Taipei. Check it out!

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Taiwan or Thailand? A Mostly-Objective Travel Comparison

Answering the following questions:

How are Taiwan and Thailand different? How are they similar? Which place is better for what kinds of travel?

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Throwing Away the Floral Design Rulebook: An Interview with Florist Takako Mine

Japanese florist Takako Mine recalls. To Ms. Mine, flowers have long been a tool to explore the world and a very important part of her life. This did not change after she relocated from Tokyo to Taipei. In fact, her life has never been so bright thanks to the inspiration of Taipei, a city filled with colorful flowers.

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Literature Is Alive and Well in Taiwan!

Though it’s become fashionable to declare the death of print media, visitors to this year’s Taipei International Book Exhibition would probably disagree with the sentiment. According to Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, 580,000 people attended the 2019 event, which ran from February twelfth through the seventeenth. It’s an impressive number, but not totally shocking. Taiwan is…

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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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Taiwan votes against LGBT equality, but all is not lost

This weekend saw Taiwanese citizens go to the polls to vote on five referendums of great historical significance to the global fight for LGBT equality.Three of these referendums were worded in opposition to LGBT equality, while two were worded in support.

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Gods Rush In at the King Boat Festival

A swath of fireworks exploded simultaneously. The drums began banging together, joined by gongs and cymbals. A thousand balloons were suddenly released from a spot on the southern end of the beach as people clapped. The drumming stopped. Those still possessed began to come out of their trances, all at once, and reverted to being human. Red sashes were shed.

The Thousand Year Grandfather had arrived!

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Holy Conflagrations: Boat Burnings at Taiwan’s King Boat Festival

Pingtung County’s Donggang Township will be the scene of the King Boat Festival, held every three years, from October 28 to November 4 this autumn, 2018.

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