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Taiwan

Ximending: A Jump into the Future

One of my favorite parts of Taipei has to be the Ximending (西門町 / xi men ding) area, located in Wanhua District (萬華區 / wan hua qu). Before going, I knew it to be the queerest area of the city…

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Taiwan

Old But Not Forgotten: Raohe Night Market

In a quest to explore the many night markets around Taipei, I ventured to Raohe Night Market (饒河夜市 / rao he ye shi). Raohe Night Market is one of the oldest in Taipei. It sits right next to the Keelung…

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Taipei

Feasting at the Original Din Tai Fung

Having grown up in Los Angeles with the hype of what many call the best xiao long bao (or soup dumplings), I knew I had to give the original Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐 / din tai feng) a try. Located…

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Chiayi

Exploring Taiwan’s Peach City

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…

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Taichung

Checking Out the Mobile Suit Gundam Exhibit

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…

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Taiwan

Such Great Heights: Experiencing Taipei 101

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…

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