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 considered one of the best …

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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 Night Market Taipei

Step foot in Ximending Taipei (西門町台北) 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, with Huaxi being …

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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). Below …

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A Guide to Luye and the Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival

50 things to do in Taiwan

Luye is a gorgeous, rural town in Taitung county, in the southeast corner of Taiwan. It is famous for the International Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival, which takes place there every summer, but I think it’s a fabulously scenic place to stay any time of year, especially if you are looking to get a taste …

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