Taipei 101: The other way down

In a recent post, I talked about my visit to Taipei 101, which currently holds the record for the tallest building in the world, not to mention the fastest elevator in the world. Well, I found out there is a faster way to get down from the top. In December 2007, base jumper Felix BaumgartnerRead more

Panda-monium at the Taipei Zoo

The Taipei Zoo is already the largest zoo in Asia, but Monday it got an attendance boost when 100,000 people came to see the debut of two giant panda bears that China gave to Taiwan as a symbol of friendship. The four-year-old pandas, Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan went on display Jan. 26, the firstRead more

The Most Famous Lunar New Year Song

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Gong Xi Fa Chai (Happy Lunar New Year)! If you’ve celebrated the new year in Asia, you can’t escape hearing this famous song everywhere. It will have you singing a different tune in no time.Read more

When two cultures collide at dinnertime

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We had the honor of being invited to a Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner at the Wu family home. The “reunion dinner” is a grand feast, usually held in the home of the senior most member of the family, but not in this case. Photo at right, back row: Wu, Ching-wen (the middle brother) ;Read more

Lunar New Year traditions: out with the old, in with the new

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On the eve of the Chinese lunar new year, Chinese folks are busy cleaning their houses and getting rid of all the broken down appliances, ill-fitting clothes and other things that they don’t want. Doing this invites fresh new energy into the home and attracts good luck in the year to come. It’s early inRead more

Hot Spots in Taiwan

I bet you didn’t know Taiwan was such a hot spot. In fact, it is…literally. Taiwan is ranked among the top 15 hot spring sites in the world, according to The country lies on a fault line where two tectonic plates meet in the Pacific Ocean. As a result, there are tons of places–moreRead more

This little piggie went to the market

If you’re ever planning to go to the Dihua Street Market in Taipei, make sure you go hungry. By the time you’ve walked the length of the market, you’ll have a full stomach without ever having emptied your wallet. This week, the street was packed with people–if not the entire population of Taiwan–all sampling whatRead more

Count your blessings

There’s a god for everything at Longshan Temple–the largest buddhist temple in Taipei, which dates back to 1738. So, depending on what’s on your mind, you might want to get a blessing from the patron of pregnant women, the god of scholarly pursuits or the god of business people. But the gods getting the mostRead more

On Top of the World

In 2004, Tapei 101 became the the tallest building in the world at 1,670.60 feet high, but that’s going to change soon. I just read that the top piece of the Burj Dubai was just put into place on January 17, making it the tallest free-standing structure ever built at a whopping 2,684 feet. However,Read more

How to eat steamed dumplings and other food adventures

I can’t think of a better way to put my limited Mandarin to use than to order my first meal in Taiwan. The only problem is I don’t know what to order! Chris and I followed our noses to a small hole-in-the-wall place, where someone was grilling what appeared to be tofu and rolled omelettes.Read more

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