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HsinPu Persimmons, Golden Pearls of Wisdom

It takes the right time, the right place, and the right relationships for the mouth-watering traditional dessert to be passed down from generation to generation. Each pallet of light gold on the drying rack is a gift from the intertwining relationship between the winds and the mountains, men and land. The Winds of September, which are peculiar to HsinPu, HsinChu, have filled the village with fragrance of persimmons. Down the sinuous path, in front of a traditional Hakka dwelling, the mistress of Wei Wei Jia Tourist Farm was raking leaves. “Persimmons are highly connected to the Hakka’s history and lifestyle,” she told us. In the early years, continuous wars, migration, and food preservation problems, have led the diligent Hakkas to learn to dry or cure their fruits and food to make them easier to carry and preserve. “Dried persimmons used to be our provisions during escape. So what you’re eating now is…

The Living History of Dadaocheng

Modern Taipei is a massive city overlaid by a spider web of intercrossing metro lines on which you can spend 90 minutes getting from one end of town to the other. But Old Taipei, which sprang alongside the eastern bank of the Danshui river, was a smaller place, and much of it fit neatly inside the confines of a city wall, among the last built in the waning days of the Qing dynasty. Like the Qing dynasty, the wall itself is no more, but remnants of it (and its era) live on in Modern Taipei. This historical footprint of late 19th and early 20th century Taipei is especially well preserved in Dadaocheng. Our exploration began on Dihua Street, which is best known as the place where Taipei-ren flock to in the weeks preceding the lunar new year festival to stock up on all manner of traditional – and often pricey…

Jiufen and Jinguashi: Taiwan’s Golden Getaways

The story of Jiufen is in many ways a riches to rags (and back to riches, but of a different sort) tale. The small town about an hour away north of Taipei was built just outside of an active gold mine during the Japanese occupation, and it’s said that gold was plentiful during the good days. But the town is also remembered for a darker history during the later days of occupation when it was the site of a POW camp whose prisoners were made to labor under hard conditions. Go Ahead And Find It(@filmoviebelongstoyou)分享的貼文 於 2017 年 5月 月 16 8:41上午 PDT 張貼 Jiufen became associated with historical darkness of a different sort when Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao Hsien used the scenic mountain town as setting for much of the action in 1989’s “A City of Sadness”. The film focused on the then still taboo topic of Taiwan’s 228…

Headin’ East – Into Greater Taipei’s Tea Country

Text by Rick Charette About In the great jumbled mass of high hills and low mountains between the city of Taipei and the northeast coast are the quaint, timeless towns of Pinglin (坪林) and Shiding (石碇). The word “towns” is now officially a misnomer – each is at the center of what is termed a “district” of the same name in sprawling New Taipei City, inaugurated in 2010, which encircles Taipei. The waters of the small, twisting, shallow rivers that meander through the towns run down into the Taipei Basin, where the urban cores of Taipei/New Taipei City are found, then off to sea at Tamsui port on the north coast. The waters are pristine. The area’s long, serpentine Feicui Reservoir (翡翠水庫), inaugurated in 1987, is source of the majority of Taipei/New Taipei City treated water. To ensure water quality, pig farms, rice-paddy farms, and other polluting industries in…

Into the Mountains – Exploring Taipei City’s Outskirts

Text: Dallas Waldie Photos: Maggie Song On a trip to Taiwan, you are almost certain to make a stop in the bustling capital of Taipei. Itʼs a beautiful city, with a little of something for everyone – shopping, fine cuisine, sightseeing, and much else. Another great thing about Taipei is how quickly you can leave the city center and spend a day with Mother Nature. Hiking trails, hot springs, and mountain scenery are just a short bus ride away. Thermal Valley in Beitou If you want to explore the mountains just to the north of central Taipei, you can first visit the urban Beitou (北投) area and then head into the mountains of Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山國家公園), where you can visit places like Yangming Park, especially popular during the winter flower season, defined by cherry and azalea blossoms, and Zhuzihu, a farm area best known for its fields of ivory-white…