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Kaohsiung Gupoliao Zhuang House

Kaohsiung Named Among World’s Best Cities to Visit

Citizens of Kaohsiung were delighted last month to learn their fine metropolis has been named by Lonely Planet (LP) the fifth best city in the world to visit in 2018. Even before that announcement, an article published on LP’s website during the summer made it clear that the guidebook giant was falling for Kaohsiung in […]

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Mountain mists are common around Wutai.

Highlights of Indigenous Taiwan, Part 3

  In Part 1 of this three-parter on Taiwan’s most engrossing aboriginal districts, we looked at Wulai near Taipei. Part 2 focused on communities in East Taiwan. For Part 3, we’re going to the far south of the island. Alishan is the best known indigenous township in Taiwan’s southern half, but certainly not the only […]

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An Amis lady in Hualien County

Highlights of Indigenous Taiwan, Part 2

Like the Native Americans, in the not-so-distant past, male members of Taiwan’s aboriginal tribes won respect by developing the physical skills and strength that made them efficient hunters and brave warriors. In recent decades, such traditions have led to considerable success in the world of sport. A disproportionate number of Taiwan’s leading baseball players and […]

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Indigenous Taiwan

Highlights of Indigenous Taiwan, Part 1

  Taiwan used to be part of China, and most Taiwanese trace their ancestry to the mainland Chinese provinces of Fujian or Guangdong. Yet one facet of Taiwan making it quite different to China is the presence of indigenous ethnic minorities which  speak Austronesian languages utterly unlike Mandarin. The 2.4% of the population classified as […]

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Visit Taiwan during spring

Visiting Taiwan in Spring, Part 2

Tainan and Lugang are often described as Taiwan’s foremost ‘bastions of tradition’, and both are well worth visiting. However, if work or family commitments keep you close to Taipei during the spring, it’s still possible to immerse yourself in the customs and rites that dominated this society before its recent industrialisation. The best place to […]

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Visiting Taiwan in Spring

Visiting Taiwan in Spring, Part 1

Springtime visitors to Taiwan are guaranteed both warm, sunny weather and a number of lively festivals. In Taipei, daytime temperatures are typically 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit) in March. By the following month, it’s already 23 to 29 degrees Celsius (73 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit) in Kaohsiung. It’s no wonder city parks and the […]

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Hakka Fighters Uniform

South Taiwan’s Hakka Strongholds, Part 2

These days, Taiwan is one of the safest places in the world for tourists and expatriates. But it wasn’t always so peaceful. Uprising were frequent, while settlers battled indigenous people for control of the best land. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Taiwan was rocked by a series of rebellions, and because there […]

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Hakka Architecture in Taiwan

South Taiwan’s Hakka Strongholds, Part 1

Taiwan’s southern half is a stronghold of Taiwanese Holo culture, and it’s where you’ll find the ancient former capital, Tainan, as well as Kaohsiung, a modern city. At the same time, the south has intriguing pockets of Hakka culture and tradition. The Hakka are Taiwan’s largest ethnic minority. For the last several decades, Taiwan’s demographics […]

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