A Guide to Luye and the Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival 2020

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Luye is a gorgeous, rural town in Taitung county, in the southeast corner of Taiwan. It is famous for the International Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival, which takes place there every summer in Taiwan, but I think it’s a fabulously scenic and laid-back place to stay any time of year, especially if you are looking …

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Kata Noi: The Best Place to Stay in Phuket for Families (on a budget)

Best place to stay in Phuket for families

Before I took my parents, wife, and one-year-old son on a trip to Phuket, Thailand, I was on a mission to find the best place to stay in Phuket for families. Most importantly, we wanted to be very close to the beach, but spend less than $100 a night. People told me that would be …

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Visiting the Cemetery of Confucius and Temple of Confucius, Qufu, China

The Qufu Temple of Confucius and Confucius Forest

Qufu, China is a small but ancient town 550 kilometers south of Beijing in Shandong. This province is famous for three things: Qingdao beer, Tai Shan (Mount Tai), and Qufu, the hometown of Confucius. The Temple of Confucius Qufu is the largest and most important Confucius temple in the world, and together with the adjoining …

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The Stunning East Coast of Taiwan Pt. 2: Hualien to Taitung and Kenting

The East Coast of Taiwan is a remote region of unparalleled beauty and perfect place for a Taiwan road trip. In Part 1 of this guide, I covered the popular Yilan and Hualien region. In this post, we will continue southward along the Hualien and Taitung County coasts from Hualien to Taitung, including the parallel …

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Yingge: Taiwan’s Ceramics Capital (including Yingge Ceramics Museum and Yingge Old Street)

Yingge, Taiwan is the country’s undisputed center of pottery and ceramics, and one of the most interesting day trips from Taipei for anyone interested in ceramics and the arts. Taiwanese ceramics range from perfect renditions of ancient Chinese styles to creative, modern innovations. For a country that is one of the world’s great producers of …

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