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8 Taiwanese foods that you don’t even know you need to try (yet)!

OK, We know what you’re thinking! “Oh no, not another one “must try Taiwan” food lists! Those are so lao geng (老梗,cliché).” But stick with us, because we’re going in a bit of different direction here. You’ve already read about Taiwan’s amazing beef noodle soup, and if you haven’t already crossed stinky tofu off your foodie bucket list by this point, you’ve probably made the conscious choice to stay away from the stuff. So with this list, we’re not going to be mentioning any of those dishes. In fact, to avoid falling into cliche territory, we’ve established some ground rules. (Read more: Food, Glorious Food!) To make this list, an item needs fit at least three of the following four categories: Only found in Taiwan (or at least primarily found in Taiwan). Currently trending in Taiwan, I.e., things we’re seeing in night markets in 2017 that we weren’t seeing 5…

An Island of Festivals – Exciting Music Events Around Taiwan

Taiwan might not yet have the summer open-air music-festival culture of Europe, nor do its major cities yet boast the 24/7, all-genres-all-the-time live-music culture of aural hubs such as New York, London, or Berlin. However, recent years have witnessed a surge in the number of fests, which are being put on all over the island.  Text: Joe Henley Photos: Vision Int’l Being in a band is tough for young Taiwanese if they hope to keep playing music beyond their high-school or college days. Opportunities to earn a living strictly through music are sparse, and parental expectations that they buckle down and get a “real job" loom large in a culture in which filial piety plays such a major role. For men, the mandatory military service can be a band killer as well. Yet step into any rehearsal studio in the country on a weekday night and you’ll find it packed…

2015 Top 30 photos of MyTaiwanTour

Before we say goodbye to 2015, don’t forget to review the memorable moments we’ve been through again! This year, families around the world came to Taiwan and created many precious & loving memories! Let’s share the love and wishing a Happy 2016! “THE LOVING MOMENTS" No 1.  The sunrise at Alishan with happiness: Dad and daughter’s dating moments No 2.   Had a wonderful day visiting the magnificent Shifen Waterfall No 3.  Last photo shoot before my wishes flies into sky… No 4.   Look what I found! A huge jade bigger than my head!!! No 5.  Enjoying our great trip with MyTaiwanTour No 6.  Wish all the best for our love and dear   " THE WOW MOMENTS" Woohoo~ 2016 is on the doorstep, but the exciting moments of 2015 cannot be forgotten! This year, friends around the world experienced the wildest adventures & unique culture in Taiwan! We…

A Fine Pair – Siraya National Scenic Area and Chiayi City

A few days spent exploring Siraya National Scenic Area, one of Taiwan’s newest NSA creations, matched with a day in the quiet, history-rich city of Chiayi, is time wisely spent.   Text: Rick Charette Photos: Chen Cheng-kuo Hot-spring bathing at Guanziling Are there certain sounds that set off a wave of happiness in you? When I was a boy, two of my favorites were the jingles of the “chip man” and “ice-cream man” as they drove truck and bike, respectively, up the street where I lived. One of my favorite Taiwan sounds is the recorded chime you hear on High Speed Rail trains before stops are announced. To me this is the sound of adventure, and an HSR ride is a bit of a miracle: You hop on a train in a big, busy city (Taipei for me), and have just closed your eyes for a nap when the chime…

Text: Rick Charette Photos: Chen Cheng-kuo The east coast is often described as “isolated,” kept locked away from the rest of the island by the soaring, rugged, thick…

Kending? Ken Do! – Surf and Turf Eco-Fun in Taiwan’s Deep Tropical South

Text: Rick Charette Photos: Jen Guo-Chen When the cool of late autumn/early winter settles in around Taipei and the seasonal rains come, and I find my skin looking ever more pasty-white, Kenting National Park (墾丁國家公園; short “Kending”) beckons. It takes up much of the southern tip of the island, is in the tropics – the rest of Taiwan island is subtropical – and always seems to be drenched in sunshine. Day 1 It’s also easy to get to, so on a recent moody day of drizzling rain and high humidity in north Taiwan I hopped aboard a High Speed Rail (HSR) train with a few friends for a 3-day DIY Kending eco-tour. The trip from Taipei to Kaohsiung took just 90 minutes, and as usual once we popped out from the north’s hills/mountains onto the central plains near Taichung the sun also obligingly came out to play. Right outside HSR…