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Taipei Celebrates Our Pride

There’s never been a better time for GLBTQ travelers to come to Taiwan. Arguably Asia’s most progressive country (Taiwan’s military struck down sexuality-based discrimination way back in 2002), just this year our highest court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, clearing the way for full marriage equality. And if there’s never been a better time to visit Taiwan, there’s no better time of year than late October. For starters, the weather is great, with the hot summer behind and wet winter yet to come. More importantly, October is when Taipei’s Pride festival, the largest Gay event in Taiwan and a major global pride event occurs. The 2017 Taipei Pride Parade Though you can expect Taipei to be even more festive than its usual baseline hyper-festive throughout October, the parade itself is definitely the peak event. This year’s parade will kick off at 1:30 PM on October 28th with a massive gathering…

Three Great Ways to Spend the 2017 Moon Festival in Taipei

Also known as the Moon Festival, the Mid-Autumn festival is traditionally a time to celebrate a successful harvest with barbecue, beer and of course, the traditional holiday snack of Mooncakes beneath the light of the autumn moon. As with most traditional Chinese holidays, the Moon Festival is rooted in ancient myth and legend, most notably that of Chang’e, AKA The Moon Goddess of Immortality, whose celestial domain includes not just the physical manifestation of the moon but also menstruation, pregnancy and renewal. The Mid-Autumn festival is a joyous occasion, a time when friends and family get together in Taiwan for nighttime partying, and if you happen to be visiting Taipei during the festival, you may find yourself being invited by strangers to drink beer and eat barbecue (and mooncakes) while wandering through various riverside parks in Taiwan (many of which have the rules prohibiting open fire cooking waived for the…

The ghosts were out in Keelung

We heard it before we saw it, the fireworks, chanting and singing. Before we’d even left the highway tunnel marking where the jungle-filled mountains between Taipei city abruptly becomes the bustling harbor city of Keelung we were being greeted by cacophony. It was well past sundown, but the festival was only starting to heat up as we walked the crowded sidewalks. Floats from various temples and neighborhood associations paraded through the streets. It was crowded despite the fact that we were still several blocks from the Keelung Miaokou Night Market (which is, even on a slow night, crowded by Western standards). My partner Stephanie and I were traveling with Chelsea Pearl, a blogger from San Francisco on assignment in Taiwan. MyTaiwanTour had arranged most of her tour around the island, but having not experienced the Keelung Ghost Festival before, Stephanie and I decided to tag along.    Some background…

Food, Glorious Food!

Food is the subject of this week’s post, for a number of reasons beyond the fact that I live in Taipei, a city well known for having some of the world’s best cuisine. HK|Couple(@mr_mrs.food)分享的貼文 於 2017 年 8月 月 17 7:48下午 PDT 張貼 First off, there’s been a bit of what my Canadian friends might call a kerfuffle in the media recently about arguably Taiwan’s most well known culinary gift to the world, bubble tea. The New York Times ran an innocent enough article about the drink which had a few good points, and acknowledged Taiwan’s role in starting the craze with the line “After becoming a hit in Taiwan, bubble tea was embraced throughout Asia.” But the writer kind of lost some street cred by not being aware of the fact that the drink has been popular for years throughout the States, instead spinning bubble tea as if it…

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…