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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Exotic Food in Taipei: Spring in the Plates

With spring’s arrival, the table is decorated with some fresh greenness, such as French cuisine embellished with newly sprouted flowers and plants or floral wagashi enjoyed with fragrant matcha, all of which comprise a symphony of vision and taste.

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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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Finding Local Flavor at Taipei’s Beer Cafes

I’ve lived in Taipei for twelve years, not as long as some scions of the expatriate community, but long enough to have sunk into a groove running comfortably between my apartment and a few favorite cafes and restaurants.

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Five Great Taipei Restaurants for New Year’s Eve Dining

New Year’s Eve is easily the most festive time to be in Taiwan, and if you’ve come all this way for the holiday, you might as well stick as closely as possible to Taipei 101 for the annual fireworks show. We selected five great restaurants chosen for their great food, awesome holiday ambiance and proximity to Taipei 101.

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Taiwan’s Top 10 Soup Dumplings

Xiao long bao, or little dragon dumplings, generally top anyone’s must-try in Taiwan food list. Though there are many places to get great soup dumplings around Taiwan, we think these are the ten best

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Goats and Gas Masks at Taiwan’s Hell Kitchen

Taiwan Scene Editor in Chief accompanies German TV company Maximus to Uncle Sheep Restaurant in Chiayi to watch it’s own make the world’s best goat hot pot!

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Celebrating Michelin Gastromonth in Taipei

Gastromonth offered Taipei foodies the chance to eat their way through 20 Michelin Starred and Plated restaurants, some of whom had created a special menu just for the occasion. I ate my way through five of these.  Here’s what I found.

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Eight Great Taipei Hole-in-the-wall eateries

The late Anthony Bourdain was a huge fan of tiny, hard to find eateries located in hard to find places, and so are we. #Taiwan Scene visited eight completely unpretentious hole-in-the-wall restaurants totally worth exploring.

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