Taiwan

Shopping for Oolong Tea: Is it worth paying for high priced tea?

Is it worth paying for high priced tea?

If you are very experienced in tasting tea, it is similar to being a wine expert. The region where the tea plants grow, the process of fermenting, roasting, and so on all have an influence on tea prices.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Vegetarian restaurants

In Taipei's many vegetarian buffet restaurants, you'll find tables covered with delicious dishes. Many of them are almost perfect re-creations of non-vegetarian dishes, in both appearance and flavor – so don't worry about getting tasteless, warmed-up salads. The buffet style makes it easy if you don't speak Chinese.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Guanyinshan mountain hiking trails

View of Guanyin Mountain From Danshui RiverIf you like walking and you want to visit Danshui, this is a great day trip. You will see amazing views of the river, the ocean, the mountains, and the city, and you can enjoy shopping, sightseeing and a delicious meal at one of the many great restaurants in Danshui before taking the Metro home.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: 228 Peace Park and Museum

Following the change of governing party, the 228 Museum was closed down and then completely rennovated and redesigned after this article was written, so the exhibits described here are no longer available, and the description of it here is no longer accurate (2012).

Morning Markets in Taipei

Selling freshly caught fish in the morning marketThis is a list of some of the morning markets in Taipei. Taiwan's morning markets are ignored by most travel guide books, magazines and websites. In Taiwan, most families shop for fresh food in the morning markets two, three or even four times a week, that's how they get the freshest ingredients. Taiwanese people really care about fresh ingredients, for health and taste reasons, and because small homes don't have storage space – they want vegetables the day they are picked, noodles the day they are made, fish the day they are caught, and so on. Read more about Taipei's day markets here.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: A day in the life of the market

The wet markets of Taiwan usually are not on the regular tourist schedule.A monk in the marketMost guides or local people would never think of bringing their customers or friends anywhere near them. The floors are wet, vegetables are still dirty with the mud from the fields, slabs of meat are cut open on the stands, all kinds of smells float in the air.

Summer weather in Taipei

Weather in Taiwan is quite unpredictableSummer in Taiwan is extremely hot and humid. Expect temperatures over 30º C (over 85º F) from June to September. The weather is similar to Florida or Louisiana in the US, but with more concentrated rainfall. There's nothing really comparable in Europe.

The Buddhas on Elephant mountain

It's very common to see the statues of Buddha or Guan Yin (the Goddess of mercy) in the mountains of Taiwan. They are found in temples, shrines, caves, or sometimes just on big rocks. On Elephant mountain in Taipei, there are many statues of Buddha, too.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Flower market

Join the crowds strolling through Taipei's Flower Market on Sundays. It's good for people watching even if you're not buying, and in summer all that vegetation keeps temperatures surprisingly pleasant in the shaded market.

 

 

Why study cooking in Taipei, Taiwan?

Taiwan fried rice!“Food is one arena where Taipei — the world’s most underrated capital city, according to Monocle magazine — blows Beijing away. Its food incorporates more influences, spans street food to haute cuisine with greater aplomb and is out and out more delicious”, according to The New York Times.

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