Ghost Month in Taiwan – The Hungry Ghosts of Isla Formosa

The Taiwanese are a naturally superstitious people, and this is particularly evident during Ghost Month in Taiwan, also know as the Hungry Ghost Festival. Continue Reading →

Jiufen – A Step into Taiwan’s Past

I have heard a lot about Jiufen in Northern Taiwan. It was once a prosperous mining town that experienced a tourism boom in 1989, when Ang Li made a film called City of Sadness there. Since then, everything I’ve read about Jiufen has said it’s a must-see attraction in Taiwan. I have been hankering to take a look since I arrived in Taiwan. Continue Reading →

Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum in Taipei

Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum is one of the oldest houses in Taipei. It dates back to 1783. This traditional Fujianese-style home looks like something straight out of a traditional Chinese watercolor painting. Continue Reading →

The Stunning Temples and Pagodas of Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung, Southern Taiwan

If you’re a temple lover in Taiwan, one of the best (and craziest!) places to visit is Lotus Pond, also known as Lotus Lake. Lotus Pond is a large manmade body of water in Kaoshiung, Southern Taiwan. Its shoreline is liberally studded with many bizarre looking temples and pagodas. Continue Reading →

Tomb Sweeping Day in Taiwan

On April 4th, 2012, the often neglected hillside cemeteries and graveyards of Taiwan will become hives of activity as families prepare for Tomb Sweeping Day (Ching Ming Jie). Tomb Sweeping Day in Taiwan is a day for Taiwanese families show their love and respect for their ancestors by visiting their graves. Continue Reading →