Green Island: It’s Really Green
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Green Island: It’s Really Green

Green Island (Lǜ Dǎo) certainly lives up to its name, it is hugely lush, covered in dense green forest and surrounded by gleaming ocean. The small volcanic island sits off the east coast of Taiwan, so is of course accessible by ferry, or as its been termed elsewhere “a vomit boat.” Armed with motion sickness … Continue reading

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

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

Shuanglienpi: Here bee Rivers and Mountains…
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Shuanglienpi: Here bee Rivers and Mountains…

In Taiwan, there are days where getting out of the sun is essential, and today was one of those days. Our language-exchange took us to Shuanglienpi; a streamy-mountainous area west of Yilan. A Google search (in English) will tell you very little, and you won’t find it in Lonely Planet either. To the locals, however, … Continue reading

Vegetarianism in Taiwan: Eating Out
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Vegetarianism in Taiwan: Eating Out

As vegetarians, we often get asked the same question by incredulous meat-eaters: Is that not really difficult in Taiwan? Irrevocably followed by: What do you eat? In Taiwan, vegetarianism isn’t a strange concept at all. Buddhism is deeply rooted in Taiwanese culture and all Mahayana Buddhists refrain from meat-eating. Sometimes, they also omit foods including … Continue reading