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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Alishan Tea: The Champagne of Taiwan Oolongs

A worker on a field where Alishan tea is grown

Taiwan’s oolong teas are so good that they have been described as the “champagne of tea.” In recent decades, Alishan High Mountain tea has stood out from the crowd as the most sought after of Taiwan’s impressive array of teas. In fact, my (Taiwanese) father-in-law, an avid tea drinker, turns his nose up at anything …

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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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Sun Moon Lake Tours: How to Choose the Best One for You

Sun Moon Lake Pass

Sun Moon Lake is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Taiwan and should definitely be included on your Taiwan itinerary if you hope to spend some time in stunningly beautiful surroundings on your Taiwan trip. Below I will compare Sun Moon Lake tour options provided by two different popular tour websites, GetYourGuide and …

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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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An Insider’s Taipei Itinerary: 2 Days

So you’ve booked your trip to Taiwan, figured out the best time to go to Taipei, and you’ve set aside two days for the capital city. Good! Two full days is really the bare minimum you need to squeeze in the best of this mesmerizing, food-obsessed, traditional-meets-modern capital. I’ve been living in Taipei for over …

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A Taiwan Dong Ding Oolong Tea Review

In order to put one of my new favorite oolong/wulong teas, Ai-Want Formosa Tea‘s 2015 Winter Dong Ding oonlong tea, to the ultimate test, I’ve decided to take extreme measures. I am going to carry out a trial on the pickiest, most captious food and drink critic that I know: my Taiwanese father-in-law. You’ll have …

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Ruby Red #18 Tea (台灣紅玉紅茶)

Ruby Red 18

Ruby Red 18 was the first tea sample that I received as a part of my subscription to Global Tea Hut‘s monthly Tea and Tao Magazine. Read more about my visit to Global Tea Hut and my full guide to Miaoli, where the international organization is based. When I first started writing about the amazing …

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