12 Reasons why Taiwan is a good place to call Home
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12 Reasons why Taiwan is a good place to call Home

Taiwan really is overlooked both as a tourist destination and as a place to call home. This little known island in the Pacific Ocean is rarely recognised as independent from China but it is an entirely different place and environment. So here’s our run-down of 10 excellent reasons why moving to Taiwan could improve your … Continue reading

Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival 2013
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Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival 2013

The International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival (ICFF) at Dongshan River Park is an eclectic medley of art, culture, and fun that celebrates childhood. An ideal place to take a family, but worthy of a visit by everyone who was once a child. It is held for 44 days every year in July and August. … Continue reading

Sand in your Pants: Memories of Childhood at Fulong’s Sand Sculpture Festival
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Sand in your Pants: Memories of Childhood at Fulong’s Sand Sculpture Festival

Earlier this summer, the golden sands of Fulong beach hosted an International Sand Sculpture Art Festival. Combining art, culture and the beach, families flocked to see the sandy pyramid wonders adorned with the sculptor’s personal conception of this year’s theme: memories of childhood. The diversity of the sand sculptures and the nationality of their sculptors … Continue reading

Museum in the Sky: Luodong’s Cultural Working House
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Museum in the Sky: Luodong’s Cultural Working House

Luodong continues to surprise me. Charlie and I moved to Taiwan in November 2012 partly due to our shared enjoyment of Taiwanese cinema. In the early stages of our relationship, back in the UK, we bonded over Wong Kar-Wai’s My Blueberry Nights and Tsai Ming-Liang’s Rebels of the Neon God. Months later, we were seemingly randomly allocated to … Continue reading

Sticky Fingers and Lucky Dragons: It’s Dragon Boat Day at School!
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Sticky Fingers and Lucky Dragons: It’s Dragon Boat Day at School!

I like dragons, what about you? Lucky, lucky, lucky dragons… No festival in Taiwan is complete without an in-school celebration, and Dragon Boat is no exception. This morning was all about making triangle rice, telling stories, singing songs, beating hand drums for and racing paper dragon boats on string. After a 30-second master class from … Continue reading

Devotion, Drums & Mangoes: Dragon Boat Festival
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Devotion, Drums & Mangoes: Dragon Boat Festival

After a stagnation of time with no public holidays since Tomb-Sweeping Day back in April,  Dragon Boat Festival is finally upon us! The origins of the festival are rooted in ancient Chinese culture when the seven states of China were at war. Dragon Boat commemorates Cyu Yuan, a poet and scholar, who threw himself into … 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