Dragon Boat Festival

Food always comes first for Taiwanese people. The must-eat food during the festival is sticky rice buns or some people might call them sticky rice dumplings.

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People put sticky rice, pork belly, salted egg yolk, boiled peanuts and all kinds of other delicious ingredients inside bamboo leaves, and wrap up with a string.

You can be creative with different sauces when you eat them!

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If you happen to have some friends visiting Taiwan during the festival, you will have to take them to the dragon boat race, since it’s what this annual celebration is mostly known for.

The dragon boat is simply a big boat designed to look like a dragon. The first boat that gets the flag wins the race. Competitors from all over the world come here just for the race and take part in the celebration.

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Spring, Happiness, Love 花朵盛開在Taipei City

The cold winter is about to end, and it’s getting warmer everyday. The blooming of flowers all over Taipei City celebrates the arrival of spring. Starting with the Yangmingshan Flower Festival (陽明山花季), and followed by the Taipei City Azalea Festival (台北杜鵑花季) and Zhuzihu Calla Lily Festival (竹子湖海芋季), everyone can enjoy the colorful sea of flowers that greets springtime.

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Yangmingshan Flower Festival (陽明山花季)

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Taipei City Azalea Festival (台北杜鵑花季)

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Zhuzihu Calla Lily Festival (竹子湖海芋季)

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Something about Taipei 101 you don’t know

Inverted image of TAIPEI 101

The eastern side 17:00~18:00

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During this period of time, visitors can ascend to the observatory on the 89th floor and see the inverted image of TAIPEI 101 leaning on Elephant Mountain.

 

Infinity Sky

The heavens and earth are reflected and mirrored in a massive kaleidoscope surrounding our visitors, allowing them to enjoy a visual experience that seems to place the very heavens and earth directly into their hands.

*Reminder: for visitors wearing miniskirts, please be aware that the glass floor may be reflective.

 

Outdoor landscapes on the 91st floor

Taipei Skyline

On the highest outdoor observatory, visitors can temporarily experience the strength of the wind and take the closer look at the 508-meter peak on the top of Taipei 101.

 

Taipei 101 Run Up

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There are 2,046 stairs from the 1st to 91st floor. We would like to invite you to run for the finish line resembling TAIPEI 101’s highest glory.

2018 TAIPEI 101 New Year Show

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Crowd of a Million Gathered in front of City Hall for the Count Down
Fireworks Show Combined with Multimedia Display for the First Time
Full 360 Seconds of Excitement

 

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That’s How Do Taiwanese Celebrate Lantern Festival?

In Taiwan, there are various ways of celebrating Lantern Festival. In the early stage, Taiwanese used to hold lanterns on this holiday. Several local temples even organize lantern fairs to attract visitors and believers. Nowadays, these fairs become a national activity.

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“Hold Lanterns & Enjoy Colorful Lanterns”

Lanterns are made of thin bamboo and steel wire as framework. After completing the framework, they will be stuck and covered by paper, plastic or gauze. Inside them, candles will be put to lighten the lanterns. Every year, a few days before and after this holiday, houses, buildings and temples will be decorated with various lanterns, which is gorgeous.

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“Guess Riddles”

People write riddles on the lanterns and let people to guess the answers. Whenever the participants guess right, they will be given presents.

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“Eat Rice Dumplings”

Rice dumpling is a famous delicacy in Taiwan. It’s round, soft and chewy, which also represents gathering and happiness.

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          “Lantern Festival”

Lantern Festival is a national holiday. Every year, there are lots of beautiful lanterns that attracts visitors. Lantern Festival this year will take place at Southern Branch of National Palace Museum in Chiayi from Mar. 3rd to Mar. 11th.

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Top 5 Night View Spots from Yangmingshan

Where should people go in Taipei in the middle of the night?  Yangmingshan is known for its gorgeous Taipei’s night view. In the darkness, the lights of the Taipei city and the bright stars illuminate the faces of the visitors. It’s quite chilly in Yangmingshan at night. It will be agreeable and comfortable to taste scrumptious meals or enjoy a cup of hot coffee at this moment.

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1. Caoshan Yeweimian 草山夜未眠

Caoshan Yeweimian is a night view restaurant, which gets 4.5-star reviews from the visitors. Aside from the amazing night view, one of the reasons that touches the reviewers’ heart is its heart-shape tables for the lovers. Fish in sweet and sour sauce served by Caoshan Yeweimian is highly recommended as well.

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2. The Top 屋頂上

The best place to pop the question will definitely be The Top. The design of the restaurant makes people feel like being in the romantic Bali Island. The romantic atmosphere and the fabulous night view fascinate the couples. There are a lot of couples decide to pop the question here as well.

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3. Couple Hill at the Back of Chinese Culture University

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One of the most famous spot for viewing the night view is at the back of Chinese Culture University. Because it’s near Taipei city and also the location is relatively high, it seems like you are falling into the sparkling and sweet dreams all of a sudden.

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4. Qingtiangang 擎天崗

Owing to the extensive view from Qingtiangang and Erzihping (二子坪), it’s suitable for viewing the stars and the moon.

5. Zhuzihu Observatory 竹子湖觀景台

At the moment of sunset, Zhuzihu is really a perfect place for watching the sunset and experiencing the lights of Taipei city. Even though sometimes the mountain or the view is blanketed by the sea of clouds, you can still experience a different look of Taipei.

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Beitou, the Best Taipei’s Hot Springs Spot!

How do Taiwanese relax themselves in winter? It’s hot spring! A soak in hot springs has been a vital part of Taiwanese culture for a long time. Due to Taiwan’s abundant volcanoes, there are several hot springs spots in Taiwan, one of which is Beitou. You don’t have to travel far to experience a refreshing dip since Beitou is only 30 minutes away from the downtown, making it easier for people to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. There’s nothing like taking a dip in hot springs to relax your muscle and clear your head after an intense day.

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“ Beitou Thermal Valley(Hell Valley) ”

Taiwan’s hot springs are all over the places in Taiwan, including sulfur spring in Yangminshan and Beitou, sodium bicarbonate spring in Wu-lai and Jiaoxi, volcanic mud spring in the southern Taiwan, etc. There are even around 400 duly-registered hot spring hotels in Taiwan. The relaxing feeling as well as the effect of maintaining beauty makes Taiwan a great spot for hot spring culture.

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“ Yangmingshan National Park ”

What’s the difference between different types of hot springs? First of all, sulfur spring in Yangminshan and Beitou is either yellowish-brown or turbid, which will sooth your muscles well. Secondly, sodium bicarbonate spring in Wu-lai and Jiaoxi is
colorless and tasteless. Since it’s good for skin, it is also called beauty hot spring. As for volcanic mud spring in the southern Taiwan, it will clean off the cuticle.

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Aside from soaking in hot water, you have the chance to experience various activities relating to hot springs. Boil eggs in hot spring! You eat eggs every day, but we bet you’ve never tried eggs with hot spring flavor! Threw eggs into the hot spring, wait for 8 to 10 minutes, rinse the eggs with cold water, and then you can taste your hot spring eggs! Isn’t it intriguing?

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Taiwanese Temple Culture

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When you’re in Taiwan, you may see temples almost everywhere. There are more than 15,000 official temples in Taiwan. Isn’t it crazy? Temples play an important role in Taiwanese religious culture. We see temples not only a place to worship gods and goddesses but also a community center to interact with others.

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Once in a while, there will be temple fairs for celebration of gods’ or goddesses’ birthday. At this moment, you will see a bunch of people walking on the street, playing Chinese instruments, and dressed in puppets of gods. All kinds of decorated trucks follow this parade, and sometimes there will be hot girls dancing and singing on the trucks to invigorate the party. Temple fairs are full of colorful and interesting things to explore. But you got to have luck to witness temple fairs, because it’s not held very often.

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Top 10 Traditional Breakfasts in Taiwan

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Top 10 Traditional Breakfasts in Taiwan

“There are lots of breakfasts here, in our favorite breakfast store.”(From a famous Taiwanese song called “Morning, Beautiful Day” 早安晨之美)

In Taiwan, there are so many choices of Taiwanese breakfasts. In the early morning, around 6 am, you will see breakfast stores have already been open for a while. The store owners might be busy preparing the mouth-watering breakfasts for the customers. Following are top 10 delicious breakfasts in Taiwan. Let’s check it out.

  1. Egg Pancakes 蛋餅
  2. Soy Milk/ Rice & Peanut Milk 豆漿/米漿
  3. Congee 粥
  4. Steamed Dumplings 小籠包
  5. Potstickers 鍋貼
  6. Radish Cake蘿蔔糕
  7. Clay oven rolls with an Fried Bread Stick inside 燒餅夾油條
  8. Rice and Vegetable Roll 飯糰
  9. Spring Onion Pancake 蔥油餅
  10. Steamed Bun 饅頭

 

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10 Keywords of Taiwan

  1. Capital City

Taipei city gather all kinds of activities, people, cultures.

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  1. Time Difference

UTC/GMT(Greenwich Mean Time): +8 ; Taiwan is 12 hours ahead of USA.
That means when it is 8:00 am in Washington DC USA, it is 8:00 pm in Taiwan; Taiwan is 6 hours ahead of Europe.

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  1. Population

Population in Taiwan is approximately 23.5 million people in 2016, which is similar to the population in Australia, 24.1 million people.

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  1. Weather

Temperature average(Taipei): Spring: 22℃, Summer: 29℃, Autumn: 24℃, Winter: 17℃

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  1. Religious

Taiwan features a diversity of religious beliefs. According to the census of 2005, 35% of the population is composed of Buddhists, 33% of Taoists, 3.9% of Christians, 18.7% of people who identify as not religious.

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  1. Tips

Tipping in Taiwan is generally not expected. Sometimes tips have already been added to the fee, such as restaurant.

067. Food

You can find all kinds of food whenever and whatever you want.

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8. Transportation

In order to save money or avoid traffic, Taiwanese usually take the MRT. The massive amounts of scooters can also be seen on the road.

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9. Quality of Water

Actually most of the people are afraid of drinking untreated tap water. Normally, local people just boil the water and that’s fine with them. Some use the filters at home.

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10. Spirit

People are warm-hearted and welcome every visitor from all over the world.

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Moon Festival Is Coming Soon

What is Moon Festival?

Moon Festival is also called Mid-Autumn Festival, which is one of the most famous festivals in Taiwan. On this day, families and relatives gather, eat moon cakes, and barbecue together.

Actually, long time ago, there was a time people couldn’t bear the rule of the government. A brave man, Zhu Yuanzhang, came up with a brilliant idea and stuffed hiding notes with “Uprise on the night of August 15th” in mooncakes, which made it easier to pass messages and successfully staged an uprising. Since then, eating moon cakes has been a custom on Mid-Autumn Festival. What really interesting is that typical moon cakes are round, and round sounds similar to gathering and reunion in Mandarin.

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On last Saturday, to celebrate the up-coming festival, we organized a day tour for foreign visitors from all over the world. The bakers at Guo Yuanyi Museum of Cake and Pastry taught them how to knead the dough, stuff the sweet fillings in the moon cakes.

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After that, they also enjoy their tea time and pastry. They mentioned that they had so much fun there.

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What’s more, they put on traditional Chinese costumes, acting like the brides and grooms. It seemed like they travel back in time, which is so cool.

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