Rainbow Village Taichung: A Paradise for Instagrammers

Rainbow Village Taichung Taiwan

Rainbow Village Taichung (彩虹眷村) easily tops the list of most “Instagrammable” places in Taichung, 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 are indeed a veritable paradise for selfies seekers, Taiwan’s Rainbow Village actually …

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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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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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Sun Moon Lake Taiwan: A Comprehensive Guide

Sun Moon Lake Taiwan

Sun Moon Lake‭, Nantou ‬is Taiwan’s largest lake‭ ‬and‭,‬‭ ‬with 6‭ ‬million visitors a year‭, ‬also‭ ‬one of Taiwan’s‭ ‬most popular scenic attractions‭, ‬along with Alishan and Taroko Gorge‭. ‬ Sun Moon Lake‭ ‬attractions‭, ‬which include‭ ‬Wenwu Temple‭, ‬the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway‭, ‬and scenic views around the lake‭,‬‭ ‬draw in tour group masses‭, ‬but …

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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 on my lists of 50 …

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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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