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Customizing travel, or Infinite diversity in infinite combination

As an exceptionally warm and eventful September gives way to a (presumably) cooler October, I find myself reflecting on two important events of the past month, events that are on the surface unrelated but that I, in true gonzo journalist tradition, plan to not merely connect, but to do so in a way that makes sense. The first of the two events is that September has seen MyTaiwanTour busily creating customized tours for a series of bloggers, journalists and other influencers visiting Taiwan as part of an ongoing program sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. The program, called Live Like a Local, differs from standard FAM trips (of which I’ve done plenty as a travel writer) in a few ways. Rather than coming as a group, the influencers are all visiting individually. And Instead of being carted around on group tours, they’re traveling independently, charting their own courses based on…

10 Questions about the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei, Taiwan

For the past several months there’s been a buzz around Taiwan about The Universiade.Saturday, August 19th marks the first day of the event. But what is The Universiade about?And what’s the deal with “Chinese Taipei”? Hui-Hsun Lin(@fashion0403)分享的貼文 於 2017 年 8月 月 13 9:56下午 PDT 張貼 Q1. What is “The Universiade”? The Universiade is a biannual international sporting event organized for university level athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). It’s kind of like the Olympics, but for university level athletes. Q2. Where does the word “Universiade” come from? Universiade is a combination of the words “University" and “Olympiad". It’s also known as the the World University Games or World Student Games. Q3. What are the events? Ranging from Archery to Wushu, Universiade competitions include a number of aquatic events, basketball, fencing, football, gymnastics and more. Martial arts include Wushu, Taekwondo and Judo. There will…

Eight Secret Spots in Taiwan (Part II)

Taiwan is overflowing with beautiful, exciting and magical places. Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Alishan, to name just three well known spots. But in this article we’ll take you to a few secret spots, true gems known mostly to locals (and in few cases, not many of those). Want to experience something truly unique? Check out a few of these spots on your next Taiwan trip!   No.4 – Bayien village 8008(@m8008art)分享的貼文 於 2017 年 6月 月 26 2:02上午 PDT 張貼 Located in picturesque Yangmingshan National Park, This pretty village was originally on a route fishermen and farmers trekked on the way to Taipei city to trade their wares. Now it provides visitors a quiet spot from the ever buzzing metropolis. Enjoy the rolling farms as you stroll through this relaxing area. When the fog rolls in, Bayien village is particularly picturesque. No.3 – Li Song wild hot spring 走走池上(@zhouzhoutw)分享的貼文 於 2017…

2016 Top 30 Moments of MyTaiwanTour

This year we’ve hosted more than 10,000 guests all over the world and received 400+ 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor. On the last day of 2016, we want to review these memorable moments we’ve been through, hoping to meet all of you again here in Taiwan!

The Nature Moments

Recalling the trip in Taiwan, you would find it amazing that a small island could possibly possess all the incredible nature beauty. And it’s all here just waiting for you to discover.

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NO1.Do the handstand at Brown Avenue: Travel around Taiwan with folded bike.2016年度最佳旅客照片_2

NO2.Hiking in Taiwan: hiking is definitely one of the most popular activities in Taiwan for foreign tourists!2016年度最佳旅客照片_3

NO3. Enjoy the amazing city view while hiking in Elephant Mt.

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NO4. The facial expression means: I enjoyed the mountain views in Taiwan!

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…