Exploring Riverside Bike Trails in Hsinchu County with YouBike
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1h ago
Author Cat Thomas Photographer Cat Thomas Hsinchu County(新竹) has been busy extending its YouBike public bicycle sharing scheme, including EBikes, which is not only great news for getting around local towns but also opens up some lovely options for riverside bike trails for visitors.  It’s now possible to ride all the way from the Hakka market town of Zhudong(竹東), at the foothills of the Wufeng mountains(吳鳳山), out to the coastal village of Nanliao(南寮), just past Hsinchu city (around 25KM), or various shorter options all using public bikes. The paths take you through a range of scenery, fro ..read more
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Tower runners descend on Taipei to summit the 101
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5d ago
Author Chris van Laak Photographer Chris van Laak When the athletes arrived at the start of the TAIPEI 101 Run Up 2024, early in the morning on May 4, they couldn’t even see the top of the building. Its upper floors, including the observation deck on the 91st, where the finish line would be, were shrouded in low hanging clouds.  Taipei 101 before the start of the race. “A bit crazy, wasn’t it?” Rudolf Reitberger asked his fellow Austrian tower runner Marlies Penker at the medal ceremony a few hours later. The event had just ended; Reitberger had just finished his sixth tower run at the ic ..read more
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Spontaneous Symphony: Exploring Improv in Taiwan
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1w ago
Author Jeffrey Schwab Photographer Jeffrey Schwab One of Taiwan’s most exciting secrets in the entertainment world is its exploding improv theater scene.  In a country that balances its own identity in an evolving state of improvisational political ambiguity, it’s only fitting that improv has taken off with the electric vibe most akin to start-up culture.  Below are some of Taiwan’s improv performance teams and venues for audiences to check out:  #Improv in Taipei Formosa Improv Group (FIG) (福爾摩沙即興組合) Founded in 2018, FIG is Taiwan’s first fully bilingual team in Taiwan.  B ..read more
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Labor Day: Reflections of an Expat Woman in Taiwan
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2w ago
Author:Jenna Lynn Cody Photographer:Etienne Girardet, Ma Joseph, Mihai Surdu, Brooke Cagle, Christin-Hume, ZSun Fu On the first day of my foundational teacher training courses, we do an icebreaker during which new trainees have to guess how the number 13 relates to me. “How long you’ve lived in Taiwan,” they often say. But no, that number is 18. “How long you’ve been a teacher,” most reply. Wrong again: that’s somewhere over 20, depending on how you calculate it.  “Your child is 13 years old,” I occasionally hear. This is both a reasonable guess — I’m old enough to have a child that age ..read more
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Kinmen at the Oscars
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3w ago
Author Chris van Laak Photographer The Centural News Agency, Classic Kimen Travel, New York Times YouTube Channel, Chelsea Chen It begins with a scene that looks unreal—so unreal that you might suspect it was created by an AI that’s not yet fully up to the task of fooling you into believing what you see. A wrecked tank is partly submerged in a sandy beach. Forever trapped, it can no longer move, but its rusty, dilapidated cannon still aims at a target beyond the shoreline. In the warm evening light, the scene is eerily beautiful and, maybe to the surprise of the uninitiated, it is real. S. Leo ..read more
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6 Good-Value Hotels in Keelung! Let’s Enjoy Breathtaking Harbor Views!
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1M ago
Author Yuci Photographer KEEBE Hotel, Spanle Inn, Ezo House, Hotel Drizzle, Harbor View Hotel, chu_reds, lovecage_7 Editor Chih Yi Chen (Chelsea) KEEBE Hotel 集好旅店 Nestled in the heart of Keelung’s Temple Street Night Market, KEEBE Hotel boasts a convenient location, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the local vibrancy just a step outside the hotel. The proximity to Keelung Railway Station, reachable in approximately 10 minutes on foot, makes it easily accessible even for those without private transportation. The comfortable rooms provide a restful night’s sleep, ensuring travelers are r ..read more
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Humbled but unperturbed – how Taiwan earthquake-proofed itself 
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1M ago
Author Chris van Laak Photographer Chris van Laak, Reuters, Shufu Liu, Wikipedia, Taipei 101 “Where were you on day X at Y o’clock?” This is a common question among Taiwanese in the days after a strong earthquake hits the island, as frequently as every few months or so. Taiwanese being Taiwanese, which means seemingly nothing can stir them, the answer to this question is usually mundane, such as “I was still in bed. I knew immediately it’s a big one, but I just stayed put and waited it out. Luckily nothing happened.” ▼▲The impact of the 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan. (Upper Photo・Reuters ..read more
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Why Taiwan Continues to Be My Chosen Home?
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1M ago
Author Jenna Lynn Cody Photographer Lisanto Lee, Love Boat People often ask why I moved to Taiwan. The story isn’t all that captivating. After studying in India, my interest in Asia grew. Although I spent a year in China and didn’t find it fulfilling, I felt there was much more to explore. Intrigued by the vibrant pace of life in large Asian cities, I arrived in Taipei out of curiosity, despite knowing little about it. But why do I stay? Maybe that’s worth discussing. I’ve been here for 18 years now. The pay isn’t that good. Career opportunities are middling at best. I do have a fantastic ..read more
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2024 TAIPEI 101 Run Up Sign-up to Start
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1M ago
Editor Chih Yi Chen (Chelsea) Photographer Taipei 101 A ceremony to mark the start of sign-up for the TAIPEI 101 Run Up 2024 Towerrunning World Championships was held on March 14, 2024. This event officially announced the holding of this international vertical marathon race yet again this year; online registration will begin at noon on March 15, and the race will be held on May 4. The theme of this year’s Taipei 101 Run Up is “We are the Champions.” (Photo: Taipei 101) Ranking among the world’s most difficult vertical marathons, the TAIPEI 101 Run Up is famous worldwide for its formidable 91 f ..read more
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6 Must-See Secret Spots of Bald Cypress
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1M ago
Author JA Editor ChihYi Chen(Chelsea) Are you ready? Let’s explore the beauty of attractions in Taiwan – the secret realms of cypress trees. One of the most captivating autumnal landscapes that always attracts many tourists is the cypress trees. When the sunlight falls upon them, they appear like a masterpiece of nature. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, photographer, or just seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, this guide to Taiwan’s cypress trees will take you on a deep dive into the enchanting secret spots of cypress trees across the island. 6 Must-See Secret Attractions i ..read more
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