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…

Something’s Up — Down in Kaohsiung and Tainan: A Cultural-Creative Bloom

Text: Rick Charette Photos: Jen Guo-Chen Insight Guides: Taiwan says that Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s “industrial showcase,” and that the city of “Tainan is to Taiwan what Kyoto is to Japan, and Kyongju to Korea.” These are proud legacies, but both cities are now hard at work comprehensively enhancing their citizens’ quality of life with an eye to the future – and the tourist experience. One key area in this endeavor is the cultural-creative realm; both cities are systematically saving and preserving individual old structures and, in some cases, entire areas, prettying them up and giving them new life and self-supporting function as bases for cultural-creative expression. Both cities have their fair share of first-rate attractions that have long been drawing international tourists. The Michelin Green Guide Taiwan, which uses Michelin’s famed 3-star rating system, gives Tainan three stars, Kaohsiung two. In this article our focus is on the key new…