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Gong Xi Fa Cai ! How to Spend Chinese New Year in Taiwan?

 CNY holidays start from Jan 27th to Feb 1st, and 2017 is the year of rooster in chinese lunar calendar. During this time, there’re going to be many different kind of chinese traditional activities around Taiwan. If you happened to be in Taiwan these days, here are tips for you to be more like locals to enojoy Chinese New Year holiday! 1.Year-end Clean Up Before Chinese New Year, Taiwanese will spend days for year-end clean up. It means we get rid off all the bad luck during the past year and welcome a fresh new year. 2.New Year’s Shopping If you’re in Taiwan, do not miss markets for new year’s shopping in Dadaocheng! Not just food, but also candies and new year decoration. For foreigners, they are the perfect places for you to enjoy CNY atmosphere! 3.Gambling Taiwanese are crazy about gambling at CNY. Pokers, dice, and mahjong are the most common choices. Some…

Celebrating a Bountiful Millet Crop Amis Tribe – Harvest Festival in Hualien and Taitung

Once a year the Amis tribe, in vivid fashion, celebrates the annual harvest. The harvest festival’s events, staged in many indigenous villages of Hualien and Taitung, are characterized by singing, dancing, and feasting on indigenous specialties. Text: Cheryl Robbins Photos: Vision Int’l There are currently 16 officially recognized indigenous tribes in Taiwan. Among them, the largest is the Amis (阿美族). According to statistics published by the Council of Indigenous Peoples, the population of this tribe is nearly 190,000, mainly distributed in Hualien and Taitung counties in eastern Taiwan. Similar to many of Taiwan’s other indigenous tribes, millet was once a staple grain of the Amis, and many rites and ceremonies were held in association with millet-growing activities. For example, after the millet was harvested the crop was placed in granaries for storage, and following this the Harvest Festival (豐年祭) was held. The festival is a celebration of the year’s…

Text: Rick Charette Photos: Chen Cheng-kuo The east coast is often described as “isolated,” kept locked away from the rest of the island by the soaring, rugged, thick…

Coastal Hualien – Taiwan’s “Secret” Backyard Garden

Text: Rick Charette Photos: Chen Cheng-kuo Sun, surf, thriving tribal cultures, stupendous geological artwork, and… well, read on. Hualien County is a powerful place. Nature is master, man mere spectator, despite oft thinking otherwise. Though just a few score kilometers away from the west coast as the eagle flies, Taiwan’s Hawaii-like coastal Hualien “secret garden” could not be further away from its industrial side. Island Taiwan’s thick back of soaring mountains allows just two narrow, long strips of flat land to exist on the east coast, stretching from Hualien into Taitung County and being separated by the Coastal Mountain Range. One, the East Rift Valley (花東縱谷), is carpeted with neat, bright-vegetation farms. The other, the exceedingly narrow sea strip, tirelessly serenaded by the pounding chant of Pacific breakers, is the subject of this article. We’re headed on a 3-day sampler trip for you from the north point where the central…