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Pinglin: Where Tea is Everything

Located on Highway 9 between Taipei and Yilan (宜蘭 / yi lan) is the humble district of Pinglin (坪林 / ping lin). Due to the terrain and climate, much of the area is dedicated towards the production of tea. With…

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Making Waves Across Taiwan: Claw Machines

Wandering around the streets of Taiwan, you don’t have to walk very far before you find a bubble tea shop. Like Starbucks in the United States, they’re everywhere. Recently, claw machine (抓物機 / zhua wu ji) shops have been popping…

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Stopping to Smell the Roses: Taichung Flower Market

Located a 30 minute drive north of Taichung right before the Miaoli county border is a humble but scenic tourist attraction, Taichung Flower Market (中社觀光花市 / zhong she guan guan hua shi). As I was around during the early summer,…

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What it’s like to Visit the Dongdamen Night Market

Located a couple hundred feet away from the Pacific Ocean on the eastern shore of Taiwan, sits Dongdamen Night Market (東大門夜市 / dong da men ye shi). I visited the night market on a somewhat rainy evening during the week….

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Making Pineapple Cake in Taipei

Whenever I come back stateside, one thing I have to bring back is pineapple cake (鳳梨酥 / feng li su). Pineapple cake, is about as ubiquitous in Taiwanese gift shops as boba shops across the island. Various gift shops and…

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A Little Taste of Japan in Taichung

I’m a sucker for cute, Japanese-dessert places, even if they’re not located in Japan—case in point, Croquant Chou ZakuZaku (棒棒泡芙 / bang bang pao fu) located in the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi mall in Taichung. I was recently wandering around the mall…

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