Time just rolling by… A Taiwan To-Do List!
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Time just rolling by… A Taiwan To-Do List!

After 6 months abroad, Luke and I have made a good dent in our exploration of Taiwan. We’ve hiked Taroko’s majestic gorges, once on death-defying scooter-back along the East Coast Mountain Highway, eaten sticky bamboo rice in the aboriginal Wulai, bathed in Jiaoxi’s hotsprings, released sky lanterns at Pingxi festival, ambled Daxi in the west, … Continue reading

The Old Streets of Jiufen
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The Old Streets of Jiufen

Up in the emerald green mountains of Taiwan’s north-east coast sits Jiufen, a small gold-mining village so prosperous back in the Japanese era it became known as ‘Little Shanghai.’ After the decline of the gold-mining industry, Jiufen became a forgotten spot but its old flame has recently been rekindled. So enchanting are the twisted old … Continue reading

Lighting up the night sky: Pingxi Lantern Festival
Arts / Calligraphy / Chinese Lanterns / Culture / Drawing/Painting / Festivals / Pingxi / Taiwan

Lighting up the night sky: Pingxi Lantern Festival

Thousands of sky lanterns light up the sky over the remote hillside town of Pingxi for their annual festival which marks the end of Chinese New Year. Traditionally, the lanterns were used by farmers who worked in the mountains to send a signal to their families that they were safe. In modern times the lanterns … Continue reading