20+ Awe-Inspiring Temples in Tainan, Taiwan

The best Taoist and Buddhist temples in Tainan City, Taiwan

Tainan is the original capital city of Taiwan, before it was moved to Taipei. Today, it is known for its historical sights and night markets – it is even considered by many to be the country’s food capital. Tainan’s temples feature prominently on my list of things to do in Tainan. In fact, the city has …

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25 Unique Things to Do in Taichung, Taiwan

The best things to do in Taichung Taiwan

When I first moved to Taiwan in 2008, the most recent edition of Lonely Planet Taiwan described Taichung as “hardly a must-see for the short-term visitor.” A lot has changed since then, and in recent years more and more travelers have been coming to Taiwan with Taichung in a top spot on their Taiwan itinerary! …

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A Guide to Dihua Street in Dadaocheng, Taipei’s Oldest Street

Dadaocheng (大稻埕) is undoubtedly one of Taipei’s most compelling neighborhoods and best places to explore on foot. While Wanhua, the historical Old City to the south, is a magnet for tourists, serious history, food & culture fans can’t miss Dadaocheng. Twatutia, as Dadaocheng is pronounced in the Hokkien (Taiwanese) language, was once the second largest …

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Orchid Island, Taiwan: A Detailed 2024 Guide

A guide to Orchid Island (Lanyu) Taiwan

Orchid Island (Lanyu or 蘭嶼) is a small volcanic island located 64km off the southeast corner of Taiwan, directly east of Kenting. It is a volcanic island of breathtaking natural beauty and is home to the country’s most isolated aboriginal tribe, the Tao, who are famous for their annual Flying Fish Festival. Planning a trip …

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20+ Fun Things to Do in Keelung, Northern Taiwan’s Port City

A guide the best things to do in Keelung City, Taiwan

Keelung (基隆 or Jilong in Mandarin, but pronounced more like Keelung in the Taiwanese language) is a city on the northeast coast of Taiwan and part of the Greater Taipei-Keelung Metropolitan Area. It is built around Northern Taiwan’s largest port, and second largest in the country after Kaohsiung Port. Keelung is a relatively small city …

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A 2024 Guide to Taroko Gorge and Taroko National Park

Taroko Gorge Taiwan

Taroko Gorge, named after the Truku or Taroko aboriginal tribe, is arguably Taiwan’s top scenic attractions. Few people visit without being blown away by its sheer magnificence and raw natural beauty. It is the star attraction of Hualien, Taiwan’s largest county (see my Hualien guide and other places to visit in Hualien), on the wild …

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A Guide to Pier 2 Art Center in Kaohsiung City’s Harbor

Pier-2 Arts Center in Kaohsiung

Pier-2 Art Center (駁二藝術特區) is my personal favorite of the many things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s largest port city. The center features several collection of abandoned shipping warehouses on the Kaohsiung Port, near the entrance to the port and opposite the northern end of Qijin Island. Most of the current warehouses date to the …

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50+ Things to Do in Kaohsiung, Southern Taiwan

Fun things to do in Kaohsiung City Taiwan

Kaohsiung, nicknamed Harbor City, is Taiwan’s third largest city and home to the country’s largest port. Once primarily an industrial hub, the city has grown infinitely more alluring in recent years. In 2018, the city even made Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 cities to visit in the world. With the best street art in …

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