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Happy Birthday, Red Room!

As Northern Taiwan cools down, sun-seeking Taipei-ren head down South for the weekend, and that was my plan for this one. It was a great plan, one which included snorkeling with sea turtles down on Xiao Liuqiu island off the coast of Pingtung. But as the old Chinese saying goes, Jì huà gǎn bu shàng biàn huà (計劃趕不上變化), or “plans cannot keep up with change” (special thanks to Business Development Specialist Ann Lee who sits across from me in the office for providing that one – I was originally going to go with the Mexican saying “if you want to make god laugh, tell him your plans). To make a long story short, my partner Stephanie wound up having a crucial university exam rescheduled for the weekend, so out the window went our southern trip. But spending the weekend in Taipei isn’t a bad thing, and especially not the coming one,…

10 Questions about the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei, Taiwan

For the past several months there’s been a buzz around Taiwan about The Universiade.Saturday, August 19th marks the first day of the event. But what is The Universiade about?And what’s the deal with “Chinese Taipei”? Hui-Hsun Lin(@fashion0403)分享的貼文 於 2017 年 8月 月 13 9:56下午 PDT 張貼 Q1. What is “The Universiade”? The Universiade is a biannual international sporting event organized for university level athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). It’s kind of like the Olympics, but for university level athletes. Q2. Where does the word “Universiade” come from? Universiade is a combination of the words “University” and “Olympiad”. It’s also known as the the World University Games or World Student Games. Q3. What are the events? Ranging from Archery to Wushu, Universiade competitions include a number of aquatic events, basketball, fencing, football, gymnastics and more. Martial arts include Wushu, Taekwondo and Judo. There will…

Maokong – A Location for Tea-for-Two

Text: Mark Caltonhill Photos: Vision The Taiwanese are fond of their tea and love to climb hills overlooking their hometowns to take in a “night view.” Put these two together, stipulate that you do not want to drive more than one hour, and Taipei residents still have a large number of choices. One of the most popular is the historic tea-growing area around Maokong in the southwestern part of the city. Tea plantation at Maokong The Taipei basin is surrounded by hills – many of which offer excellent hiking opportunities – and Maokong (貓空) in the hills above Muzha would be just another of these, were it not that at the end of the 19th century immigrants, most famously Zhang Nai-miao (張廼妙) from the tea-growing region of Anxi in mainland China’s Fujian Province, discovered that this particular mountain area’s moist climate and good soil perfectly suited the strains of tea…

Theme Restaurants in Taipei

If you like food AND funny things, there are restaurants in Taipei you must absolutely try. First because it is an occasion to travel to different parts of the city in search for food, and second, because you might never see restaurants like this in your home country! Taiwan is one of those countries that made themed restaurants popular so it would be a shame not to have a look while you stay in Taipei. It was the first time I tried it, and I thought it was quite funny, so here is a selection of three restaurants that you can visit either alone or with kids! Modern Toilets You might wonder, what the hell is that thing? Well, it is a restaurant that has toilets and, in a certain extent, poop as a theme. While certain people might avoid the topic of toilets when possible, some people actually decided…