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8 Taiwanese foods that you don’t even know you need to try (yet)!

OK, We know what you’re thinking! “Oh no, not another one “must try Taiwan” food lists! Those are so lao geng (老梗,cliché).” But stick with us, because we’re going in a bit of different direction here. You’ve already read about Taiwan’s amazing beef noodle soup, and if you haven’t already crossed stinky tofu off your foodie bucket list by this point, you’ve probably made the conscious choice to stay away from the stuff. So with this list, we’re not going to be mentioning any of those dishes. In fact, to avoid falling into cliche territory, we’ve established some ground rules. (Read more: Food, Glorious Food!) To make this list, an item needs fit at least three of the following four categories: Only found in Taiwan (or at least primarily found in Taiwan). Currently trending in Taiwan, I.e., things we’re seeing in night markets in 2017 that we weren’t seeing 5…

Waterfalls and Sky Lanterns: A day tour to Shifen and Pingxi

Today’s excursion brings us to the charming towns of Pingxi (平溪) and Shifen (十份). Located in Taiwan’s Northeast about an hour from Taipei, both are former Japanese era coal mining towns that today offer rich histories, quaint streets offering a good feel for old Taiwan, and of course, great street food.  We start our journey in Shifen, a pretty little town surrounded by mountains and bisected by train tracks. Like Pingxi, Shifen is known for lanterns, and souvenir shops selling lanterns of all varieties abound among buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Shifen’s most famous attraction (outside of the town itself) is the Shifen Waterfall (十份大瀑布). It’s an easy and lovely hike from the town to the falls on a well-trodden path passing over an old bridge and past train tracks dating back to the days when trains were used to transport coal in the…

Sky High-Climbing Up to the Roof of Taiwan: A Wushe to Mt. Hehuan Excursion

Text: Rick Charette Photos: Chen Cheng-kuo Mountain scenery of Mt. Hehuan On a three-day adventure along the Central Cross-Island Highway in the Nantou County section of the soaring Central Mountain Range, I visit Wushe, an indigenous town best known for being at the center of the last great uprising against the Japanese during the 1895-1945 Japanese colonial period; enjoy the eagle-view scenery and ranch experience at mountainside-hugging Qingjing Farm; revel in the grand experience of being at eye level with scores of peaks above 3,000 meters at Wuling, Taiwan’s highest paved-road point; hike and walk high-mountain trails; lose myself in a sunrise perched on a spot over 3,200 meters up; feast on the culinary inventions of mainland China’s Baiyi people; visit a Baiyi settlement; watch Taiwan’s Sediq tribe members weave cloth the traditional way; watch thrilling horse-riding acrobatics performed by an outer Mongolian troupe; visit local museums, … Let’s be…

Visiting Taipei with Children (Summertime Edition)

Taipei is a year-round kid-friendly city, and finding places that will keep the little ones cool and entertained isn’t difficult. The trick, of course, is finding a few kid friendly spots that the grownups will enjoy – or at least be able to endure without too much difficulty.   MyTaiwanTour offers six spots for your summertime fun: 1. Taipei Zoo (臺北市立動物園) Kids love zoos, and there’s a lot to love about the Taipei Zoo. It’s big, built over 165 hectares sprawling up the side of a hill, there are plenty of animals to look at and interact with from every corner of the globe, including indigenous residents like Formosan Sika Deer, Rock Macaques and Black Bears to obvious transplants like Chinese Pandas and Antarctic Penguins. There’s a great reptile and amphibian house, a petting zoo, an aquarium, an insectarium, a butterfly house and more. The zoo is well-laid out…

Summertime City Cycling and Unstable Weather

Summer seems to be peaking here on the Beautiful Island, though perhaps this is wishful thinking on my part. Daytime temperatures have hovered in the low 30s°C or in the mid-90s°F (for readers who don’t do Celsius). No matter what scale you use it’s hot, the sort of heat that makes wise people stay indoors or head out to the beach or into the mountains. But wisdom has never been my strong suit and having just discovered a newly installed Youbike station around the corner from my new apartment in Taipei’s Muzha district, my main form of outdoor activity this week has taken the form of short, intense rides through the streets of Taipei. An explanation may be in order for readers unfamiliar with our fair city’s public bike share program. What began as a collaborative program between Taipei city and global bicycle giant Giant (sorry, couldn’t resist) has…