Exploring the Wenhua Night Market

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I previously took you along a journey of one day in Chiayi. This is a continuation of that journey, at night. Wenhua Road Night Market (文化路夜市 / wen hua lu ye shi) is one of the many night markets I visited while in Taiwan. Located in the downtown center of Chiayi City, the market is more humble in size. It…

Exploring Taiwan’s Peach City

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Three hours south of Taipei is a city rich in culture and history, Chiayi City (嘉義市 / jia yi shi). Known by some as Taiwan’s Peach City, because of its shape, much of Chiayi feels like how Taiwan may have felt years ago. The pace of life here seems a little slower with less distractions overall. People still take as much…

Pizza with an Asian Flair

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Even some 6,500 miles away, Taiwan hosts many familiar brands including 7-Eleven (7-Eleven 便利店 / bian li dian), McDonald’s (麥當勞 / mai dang lao), and KFC (肯德基 / ken de ji). I was particularly surprised to see Pizza Huts (必勝客 / bi sheng ke) scattered around various metropolitan areas. Intrigued, we dropped by to grab a few pizzas for one lunch….

Checking Out the Mobile Suit Gundam Exhibit

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It’s no secret that Taiwan loves Japanese things. Time and time again, I would see shops and signs about Gundam (敢達 / gan da). We were able to stop by a traveling exhibit showcasing Gundam and its history at a local mall in Taichung. Here are some photos I took from the exhibit: This statue was almost as tall as me….

Such Great Heights

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Growing up, I remember learning that Taipei 101 (臺北101 / tai bei yi ling yi) was the tallest building in the world. Though this, of course, changed with the construction of Burj Khalifa in 2010, I still don’t think I was quite prepared for how tall 101 floors actually is. Flying into Songshan Airport at night, I saw Taipei 101 in the…

Shrimping: A Uniquely Taiwanese Experience

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Las Vegas has its slot machines, New Zealand has its outdoor adventures, Taiwan has shrimping (釣蝦 / diao xia)! One thing that I definitely wanted to experience in Taiwan was catching shrimp. It’s a popular activity at some night markets and various shops around larger cities where people will often congregate at to have a beer and relax. The location…

The Art Scene in Kaohsiung

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I love street art and outdoor exhibits, so when I discovered that Kaohsiung (高雄 / gao xiong) had a large art presence, I knew I had to check it out. The hub seems to be the area around the Hamasen Railway Cultural Park (哈瑪星鐵道文化園區 / ha ma xing tie dao wen hua yuan qu) and Pier2 Art Center (駁二藝術特區 /…

Sushi and Sashimi and a Relaxed Pace

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One of the places it was recommended that we check out while in Taipei was RAW. Unable to get a reservation, and off of our Addiction Aquatic Development-high, we went with another highly-rated restaurant in Xinyi District, Fresh Station Sushi & Fruits (逸鮮棧 / yi xian zhan). As we entered the restaurant on a quiet side street, we checked-in and…

Chocolate Lover Paradise

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Knowing that I enjoyed very dark chocolate, I was taken to downtown Taichung to check out and old ophthalmic hospital, Miyahara (宮原眼科 / gong yuan yan ke). Long gone are the days of checking out people’s eyes though. This building has since been converted into an ice cream shop and chocolatier. Miyahara features dozens of creative flavors, many of which are…

Tea Shopping at Taipei’s Oldest Tea Shop

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My friends jokingly (and lovingly) call me a tea snob. I have tea for months stockpiled at this point and enjoy concocting my own boba drinks for friends. It’s no surprise that one place I have to drop by each trip is Linhuatai Tea Shop (林華泰茶行 / lin hua tai cha hang). Linhuatai is an amazing tea shop located in Datong…