Jiufen Old Street: A Fulfilling Day Trip from Taipei

A guide to Jiufen Old Street, Taiwan

Jiufen (Jioufen), a mountaintop former gold mining town on the northeast coast of Taiwan, is one of the most popular day trips from Taipei. Visitors flock to Jiufen Old Street because it encapsulates the best of Taiwan in one small package: rich history, atmospheric lanes and teahouses, breathtaking views, and distinctly Taiwanese snacks at every …

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15 Best Night Markets in Taipei: Everything You Need to Know

Best Taipei night markets

If you are reading this, then I probably don’t have to convince you to include a Taipei night market when making your itinerary for Taipei. You already know that night markets are one of the things you HAVE to do in Taiwan (I hope!) And obviously, Taipei’s night markets make it onto my list of …

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A Food Tour of Burma Street in Zhonghe, New Taipei City

Burma Street (Mandarin: 緬甸街) goes by many names. Myanmar Street is derived from the country’s official name today, while many still prefer the Southeast Asian nation’s former name, Burma. The actual street in Zhonghe, a crowded district of New Taipei City, is called Huaxin Street (華新街), while the New Taipei City government officially goes with …

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Tea in Thailand: An Interview with John Bickel, Thailand-based Tea Blogger

Tea in Thailand

When most people think of tea in Thailand, they envision sweet, milky, bizarrely orange-colored “Thai iced tea.” But there’s more to Thai tea than that.     Curious to learn more, and wanting to move beyond this website’s usual focus on tea in Taiwan, I asked my friend John Bickel, prolific tea blogger at Tea …

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Sun Moon Lake Tea: Why is it so good?

Sun Moon Lake Tea

When it comes to Taiwanese tea, oolongs like Alishan High Mountain Tea, Dong Ding, and Oriental Beauty are internationally renowned, but fewer people are aware that the country also produces some excellent black teas. While many of Taiwan’s tea growing regions do produce a limited amount of black tea, Sun Moon Lake is practically synonymous …

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Ximending Food: Best Street Eats, Drinks and Restaurants

Where to eat in Ximending Taipei

Wondering where to eat in Ximending, the funkiest neighborhood in Taipei? You’ve come to the right place! While researching my article on weird things to do in Ximen, I found there were so many awesome Ximending restaurants, street foods, and drinks that they deserve their own guide. Ximending is also considered one of the best …

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