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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Adagio hotel, Jinguashi: Experience the five senses with slow travel

For the environmentally-conscious traveler, slow travel has become the new way to see the world. With a belief that travel should be sustainable and leave a positive impact on the environment and surrounding communities, globe trekkers are now choosing to visit places that practice environmental conservation, sustainable development, and the preservation of local culture and traditions.
For the founders of the Adagio hotel in Jinguashi, Taiwan, (“Adagio” meaning “in a slow tempo”) slow travel is also an art meant to be experienced leisurely with all five senses. Throughout the month of March, Adagio holds a series of events that allow guests to enjoy a sensory experience for the ears (musical performances), the eyes (art classes), the nose (fragrance and incense workshops), the mouth (wine tasting, for example), and the hands (plant designing classes).
The hotel is located high up in the mountainous roads, not far from the Golden Waterfall. A cozy vicinity with no cable, Adagio is a hotel that creates a sense of community, with a limited number of rooms and group activities that allow you to meet other guests.

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The Taiwanese Spa Hour: Taipei’s Best Health and Beauty Spas

Everything from massages, facials, detox, and collagen treatments can be found in the smallest yet most luxurious of spas. Here I explore some of the best spas around Taipei, each with their own unique offerings.

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Some Rest and Relaxation in Taipei

Taipei has a history of providing relaxing haven to weary Americans dating back to the days of the Vietnam war, when American troops visited Taiwan for R&R tours between combat tours. While some of this R&R was certainly of the more sordid variety, this element of mid-twentieth century Taiwan Tourism is already pretty well documented.…

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The Hot Springs of Beitou – A Place of Warmth, History, and Mist-ery

The Beitou (北投) hot-spring district, now long enclosed within the borders of Taipei City, was voted one of Taiwan’s “Top 10 Tourist Towns” in a nationwide poll and expert survey concluded in 2012. Travel in Taiwan recently spent an afternoon with Yang Yeh, well-known Taiwan mapmaker, resident of Beitou since childhood, and expert on its history and culture.

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