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  • Taipei Confucius Temple
    Two Days in Taipei: Day 2: Confucius Temple to Fine Art Museum to Night Market
    Our two days in Taipei bookend a six-day trip spent mostly out of Taiwan's capital city, mostly in smaller villages and towns and what can be called the countryside.Just as on our first day in Taipei, when we had the opportunity to delve into...
  • Dining on Xiaolongbao at DinTaiFung at Taipei 101, Taiwan
    Dining on Xiaolongbao at DinTaiFung at Taipei 101 is savory experience
    One of the highlights of visiting Taipei City has to be experiencing the delectable xiaolongbao - Shanghai-style dumplings - at DinTaiFung, the flagship restaurant of a 99-branch chain that began in Taipei and is located in the Taiwan's...
  • Taiwan's National Palace Museum, Taipei
    2 Days in Taipei: Hitting the highlights and the highpoints in Taiwan's Capital
    Day 1: A Visit to National Palace Museum Lays Foundation for Understanding Culture, History of TaiwanOur two days in Taipei bookend a six-day trip spent mostly out of Taiwan's capital city, mostly in smaller villages and towns and what can be...
  • Lucy
    'Lucy' Movie Review
    What if a human was able to tap into 100 percent of their brain capacity rather than 10 percent? That is the main idea that drives French director Luc Besson’s new action thriller ‘Lucy.’ Besson is a master at showcasing strong...
  • Taipei, Taiwan's famous night markets
    Taking a trip to Taipei, Taiwan night markets
    When someone mentions Taiwan, the word “night markets” surely comes to mind. All parts of the country have their own distinctive night markets that literally crop up out of nowhere before or after sunset. These markets are an important...
  • Top Taipei restaurant discoveries
    Top Taipei restaurant discoveries
    Standing under the shadow of skyscrapers on a busy Taipei street corner I find it impossible to stop eating the steaming-hot green onion pancake.Lifted from the street-seller’s iron griddle, one bite made it crystal clear why these flaky...
  • Novotel TPE
    Room Report: Novotel Hotel Taipei, Taiwan Taoyuan Airport
    Arrival Experience: With a convenient shuttle that operates on a regular schedule, the free trip from the main terminal to the hotel is never very long. Once at the property, bellmen are on hand to assist, but are not intrusive. Guests can...
  • Keelung Bike Rental
    Taiwan, the perfect choice for biking, cuisine and natural wonders
    I had the good fortune to visit Taiwan in 2011 and I’m back again for 10 days. Follow along as we search for some of their most beautiful biking and sightseeing areas. Hit the subscribe button and get all the posts for the next week with...
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    Baisha: Camping on the beach in Taiwan
    Visiting Baisha is one of the best ways to ensure a tropical experience while on the island of Taiwan complete with aquatic adventure activities, hammocks for lazy afternoons, fresh coconut water to keep you super hydrated and coconut tree lined...
  • Baisha:  Taiwan's secret paradise
    Baisha: Taiwan's secret paradise
    In a secluded corner of tropical Taiwan there is a place where you can really find some rest and relaxation. There is no hustle, nor bustle. There are no deadlines to meet. You are forced to take a breath and relax.The Happy Panda is its secret....
  • Beitou Hot Springs Museum
    Taiwan, a hot spring hot spot
    Taiwan is a hot spot for hot springs. This compact island off the coast of mainland China boasts more than 100 mineral springs. Grab your bathing suit and get ready for a soothing soak.Natural springs (hot and cold) are scattered throughout Taiwan...
  • Rail travel in Taiwan
    Taiwan on track
    When you think of an island vacation, Taiwan probably isn’t the first place to pop into your mind. Maybe it should be.Taiwan, a.k.a. the Republic of China, is exceptionally scenic. It’s semi-tropical with palm trees and sandy beaches....
  • Hello Kitty airplane
    Hello Taiwan, Hello Kitty
    What do Taiwan and Hello Kitty have in common? How about an airline and a Ferris wheel.First, the airline.EVA Air is Taiwan’s first privately owned international airline, formed in 1989. You can fly EVA from San Francisco (or Los Angeles) to...
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    Around the World with NYVGC - Gaming in Taipei (Part 4 - Conclusion)
    << Part 3Overall, Taipei was a great experience. Gaming culture here in a way is a reflection of Taiwanese culture in general. The society here is open, easy-going, and excited to wonder at the marvels of new technologies, taking after...
  • Jubeat Gameplay Snapshot
    Around the World with NYVGC - Gaming in Taipei (Part 3 - Arcades)
    << Part 2 | Part 4 >>The last thing I would like to note is the lively arcade life in Taipei. In Western markets, arcades are disappearing and attendance is declining, but I found little indication of this in Taipei during my trip. I...