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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…

Old Industry, Natural Wetland, Strong Liquor, Religious Center-Riding the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Dashu Line

Text: Owain Mckimm Photos: Aska Chi “Drink the water of Dashu,” goes an old Taiwanese saying, “and you’ll ever be thin and beautiful” – a fine reason, if any were needed, to visit this pleasant riverside Kaohsiung City suburban area in southern Taiwan. Most visitors to Dashu are, however, not concerned with such cosmetic foibles, and instead flock to the area with a more spiritual motive – to pay homage to a Buddhist holy relic held at the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center. Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center Stop I – San-He Tile Kiln Our first stop on our trip to Dashu (大樹) is the San-He Tile Kiln (三和瓦窯), a near century-old ceramics factory nestled in the Old Railroad Bridge Education Wetland Zone (舊鐵橋溼地教育園區). The factory’s three imposing brick kilns, one of only two sets of large-scale traditional kilns in Taiwan still in use, are the last remnants…

A Bit of Hawaii in the West Pacific – Places to Go in and around Taitung City

Text: Steven Crook Photos: Rich Matheson With a population of just 107,000, Taitung City doesn’t come close to being a major urban center. What it is: an excellent base from which to explore the east coast and the East Rift Valley. Indigenous sculpture in Taitung Key to Taitung City’s appeal – and one reason why this part of Taiwan is sometimes compared to multiracial Hawaii – is its unique blend of people. In addition to substantial numbers of Minnanren (Taiwanese whose ancestors moved to the island from mainland China’s Fujian province two or three centuries ago), Waishengren (individuals who arrived from mainland China since World War II, and their progeny), and Hakka (many of whose forefathers came from mainland China’s Guangdong province), one in five city residents is a member of an indigenous Austronesian tribe. Beinan, Not Beinan If you’ve arrived in Taitung City by train, a logical place to…