Miaoli Taiwan: Hakka Culture & Off-the-Beaten-Track Travels

Things to do in Miaoli Taiwan

Miaoli is a mountainous county in northern central Taiwan. Foreign tourists seldom visit it because none of the things to do in Miaoli ever make it onto “must-do in Taiwan” lists (although I put three Miaoli attractions on my list of best things to do in Taiwan). The Taiwanese are certainly aware of Miaoli’s rural …

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Finding Peace at the Museum of World Religions Taipei

Museum of World Religions Taipei

Museums have never really been my thing. I lived in Taipei for five years before I ever stepped foot in the National Palace Museum, one of the most important museums in the Chinese-speaking world. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the comparatively small Museum of World Religions Taipei (世界宗教博物館), the only …

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Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival: Taiwan’s Most Dangerous Festival

The Yanshui Fireworks Festival in Tainan, Taiwan

Every year on the 15th day of the first lunar calendar month, a sleepy town in southern Taiwan called Yanshui (鹽水) lights up from what has been called “the world’s most dangerous festival.” The notorious Taiwanese folk festival goes by many names: Yanshui Fireworks Festival, Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival, or Yanshui Beehive Rockets Festival, while …

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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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Rainbow Village Taichung: A Paradise for Instagrammers

Rainbow Village Taichung Taiwan

If you were to make a list of the top “instagrammable” spots in Taiwan, the Rainbow Village Taichung (彩虹眷村) might just be first on the list, and it is quickly becoming one of the hottest new things to do on a visit to Taiwan. While the colorful walls of this small collection of dilapidated houses …

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Visiting Xitou Monster Village in Nantou, Taiwan

Xitou Monster Village Nantou Taiwan

Quirky Japanese theme park? Cultural-historical oddity? Full-on tourist trap? Awesomely freaky place to spend the night? It’s hard to sum up the Xitou Monster Village (aka Nantou Monster Village) in just a few words, so you’ll have to read on below to find out exactly what on Earth it is.     While difficult to …

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