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?Read More
As a writer who lives in Taiwan and has traveled extensively in Thailand (most recently on an eight-day trip to Chiang Mai and the surrounding area), I thought it would be useful to compare and contrast these two countries from a travel perspective, answering the following questions:
How are Taiwan and Thailand different?
How are they similar?
Which place is better for what kinds of travel?
In Chinese, Yuánxiāo jié means Lantern Festival, and while most visitors associate the term with the town of Pingxi (which has turned the annual event into a year-long cottage industry), in fact the festival is a specific happening meant to denote the end of the annual Lunar New Year’s festival.Read More
Taiwan Scene spoke to Kathy about her blog, Tricky Taipei, her new book Hey Taipei, and about traveling in Taiwan with a baby.Read More
Hot pot is extremely popular in Taiwan, especially in the cooler months. It’s an interactive dining method comparable to Western fondue.Read More
Winter is the perfect time of the year to do a deep exploration of Taiwan’s hot springs. Here are a few of our favorite hot spring spots around Taiwan.Read More
Euromonitor came out with its ranking of the Top 100 City Destinations in the world in 2018. Taipei was ranked 10th in Asia and 17th overall.Read More
Getting slightly less attention were the 36 establishments awarded Bib Gourmand distinction, ten of which are humble stalls from several of Taipei’s famous night markets.Read More
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 bestRead More
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.Read More