Visiting Taipei & Taiwan in October 2022

A detailed Taipei itinerary for 5 days, which also serves as a Taiwan itinerary for 5 days

Mark your calendars. After 938 days of being closed, Taiwan is fully opening its borders to all tourists, with no quarantine, on October 13, 2022! Do you want to be one of the first tourists back in Taiwan after almost three years? October is generally considered the first month of autumn in Taipei and Taiwan; …

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What to Eat at Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei’s Seafood Mecca

A guide to Taipei's Addiction Aquatic Development, which has the best sushi in Taipei

While their English name might be a little awkward, one thing is certain: anyone who is “addicted” to seafood will surely love Addiction Aquatic Development (上引水產) in Taipei. AAD is part luxury supermarket and part high-end fish market, plus about half a dozen dining options, from ultra gourmet meals suitable for a date to budget-friendly …

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A 2022 Travel Guide to Xiaoliuqiu Island in Southern Taiwan

Things to do in Xiaoliuqiu Island Taiwan

Xiaoliuqiu is one of the gems of southern Taiwan. This small island off the coast of Pingtung and Kaohsiung tempts visitors with its fine beaches, coral caves, island vibes, and guaranteed opportunity to see giant sea turtles. Taiwan’s “Little Okinawa” lies a mere 12.5 km (7.8 mi) off the coast, much closer than other popular …

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66 Unmissable Things to Do in Taiwan in 2022

Hot air ballooning, one of the best things to do in in Taiwan!

Welcome to the ultimate Taiwan bucket list! Taiwan is a small country that packs in a seemingly unlimited number of awe-inspiring attractions, from the towering skyscrapers of Taipei to the isolated aboriginal tribes on offshore islands. Here I’ve compiled my favorite things to do in Taiwan, all things I’ve personally done in my 10+ years …

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A Travel Guide to Cijin, Kaohsiung’s Port Island District

A guide to Qijin Island in Kaohsiung city, Taiwan

Look at a map of central Kaohsiung in Taiwan and you’ll see a long skinny island protecting the country’s largest port. The island is called Cijin (旗津 or Qijin, pronounced ‘chee-jeen’), and it is the second-smallest district in Kaohsiung. Spending a half or even full day on Cijin is one of my top recommended things …

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50 Things to Do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s Artsy Port City

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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A Guide to Pier 2 Art Center, Kaohsiung’s Coolest Hangout

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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Gaomei Wetlands in Taichung: A Detailed Visitor’s Guide

Things to do at Gaomei Wetlands Taichung

Gaomei Wetlands (高美溼地 or Gaomei Shidi) is a large mud tidal flat on the coast of Taichung City in central Taiwan. It is one of the most popular things to do in Taichung for visiting tourists and locals alike. The main reason to visit Gaomei is to stroll along the 800-meter dock, and out onto …

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Lukang Old Street (& other Things to Do in Lukang, Taiwan)

A guide to things to do on Lukang Old Street in Changhua, Taiwan

Lukang (鹿港 or lugang) is one of the best places to visit in Taiwan to experience the old way of life. This historic city has over 200 temples (from ancient ones to the ultra-modern Glass Temple), a thriving handicraft industry, some unbelievably narrow lanes, and numerous traditional foods on offer. A typical visit revolves around …

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