The Spiritual Art of Knife Massage in Ximen, Taipei

Chinese knife massage in Taipei, Taiwan

I’m navigating my way though Ximending, a shopping paradise for the young and trendy, to find Light Project Ximending. Olivia Wu, an acquaintance of mine and also certified practitioner of knife massage (dao liao or刀療) and I Ching (yi jing or 易經) divination, has invited me to experience an ancient Chinese knife massage in Taipei, …

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25 Awesome (and weird) Things to Do in Ximending Taipei

Things to do in Ximending Taiwan (a Ximending guide)

Step foot in Ximending Taipei and you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve been teleported to Japan. That’s why people call Ximen, officially the “Ximending Youth Shopping District,” the Shinjuku of Taipei. GoogleMaps calls it ‘Ximending Night Market’, but it’s not exactly a night market. (These are Taipei’s proper night markets).   Rather, Ximen is a …

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How to get to Alishan (from anywhere in Taiwan!)

How to get to Alishan Taiwan

Alishan is one of Taiwan’s most popular natural attractions, along with Sun Moon Lake and Taroko Gorge. It is famous for its sunrises over seas of clouds, misty forests, and high mountain teas. Getting there is not super complicated, but does require some planning. While researching this complete guide to Alishan, I found very little …

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Alishan, Taiwan: Best Sunrise Spots, Hiking Trails and Tea Farms

Alishan Taiwan sunrises

Alishan (Mt. Ali) is one of Taiwan’s top scenic attractions, along with Sun Moon Lake and Taroko Gorge. The Alishan National Scenic Area is renowned for its famed Alishan sunrises over seas of clouds, small gauge Alishan Forest Railway, and Taiwan’s most sought after teas (here’s my full post on Alishan High Mountain Tea).   …

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A Guide to Luye, Taiwan, Luye Tea, and the Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival

Luye Taiwan and the Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival

In my East Coast Taiwan article I recommend Luye as one of the best places to stay in Taitung/Hualien if you traveling down Highway 11 in Taiwan’s beautiful East Rift Valley (along with Yuli and Guanshan). However, I only recently actually stayed in Luye for the first time, to take my kids to the incredible …

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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 you must! Taipei’s night markets offer the quintessential Taiwanese eating experience and are the embodiment of Taiwanese popular modern culture. Snacking and walking is truly a …

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