A Dadaocheng & Dihua Street Walking Tour

Dadaocheng (大稻埕) is undoubtedly one of Taipei’s most compelling neighborhoods and best places to explore on foot. While Wanhua, the historical Old City to the south, is a magnet for tourists, serious history & culture fans can’t miss Dadaocheng. Twatutia, as Dadaocheng is pronounced in the Hokkien (Taiwanese) language, was once the second largest city …

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Tea in Thailand: An Interview with John Bickel, Thailand-based Tea Blogger

Tea in Thailand

When most people think of tea in Thailand, they envision sweet, milky, bizarrely orange-colored “Thai iced tea.” But there’s more to Thai tea than that.     Curious to learn more, and wanting to move beyond this website’s usual focus on tea in Taiwan, I asked my friend John Bickel, prolific tea blogger at Tea …

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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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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 and laid-back place to stay any time of year, especially if you are looking to get …

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Yingge: Taiwan’s Ceramics Capital (including Yingge Ceramics Museum and Yingge Old Street)

Yingge, Taiwan is the country’s undisputed center of pottery and ceramics. Taiwanese ceramics range from perfect renditions of ancient Chinese styles to creative, modern innovations. For a country that is one of the world’s great producers of quality, artisanal teas, that makes Yingge a sort of Mecca for tea enthusiasts who are searching for ideal …

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Visiting Global Tea Hut: Zen and the Art of Cha Dao

Global Tea Hut Taiwan

After I wrote an article introducing tea in Taiwan in 2016, I was contacted by representatives from several Taiwanese tea-related companies and organizations. One of these was Sam, one of three permanent residents at Global Tea Hut (國際茶亭)’s headquarters, “Tea Sage Hut (通聖亭),” in Miaoli (苗栗), a small county capital in Central-Western Taiwan. At first …

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