Reach for the Sky: Tea & Hiking at Maokong
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Reach for the Sky: Tea & Hiking at Maokong

Maokong sits majestically on the edge of the Taipei basin, looking out over the city. In the past, Maokong was the largest tea-growing area in the capital, but these days it’s a hotspot for tea culture and hikers. Maokong is tipped as one of the things to do whilst in Taiwan, but despite that opinion … Continue reading

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

Longtan Lake
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Longtan Lake

Last weekend, exhausted from a heavy week of work, decided against a full-on hiking adventure and opted for a more leisurly jaunt in the bright sunshine around Longtan Lake. Sitting just outside of Jiaoxi, Longtan is a small village with a large lake, surrounded by mountains on three sides. How exactly you’d get out there … Continue reading

Lighting up the night sky: Pingxi Lantern Festival
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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

The Art of our Apartment
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The Art of our Apartment

With the traditional white walls and white-tiled floors of Taiwan apartments being the dominate aesthetic, we are perhaps the luckiest people to have moved into an apartment in which our awesome predecessors were pretty arty types and left some of the art behind! Our favourite is this gorgeous canvas painting by Nicky, which she left … Continue reading