Archive for the 'Taiwan' Category

Taiwan: Wanhua District

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Wanhua District is the crime-ridden choatic youthful rebellious part of town. It used to be the red light district, and judging by the number of massage parlors, not much has changed. But it’s still a must-see place if just for Ximending, where teenagers hang out and watch movies at the dozens of theatres in […]

Taiwan: From the New Old World

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

To see Taiwan is to see a little bit of the old world and new world combined. The old world, because many of the buildings and landmarks are centuries old, and the customs even older. The new world, because Taiwan is at the center of the coming future, right at the crossroads of a large […]

Taiwan: Shihlin Night Market

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Shihlin is the mother of all Taiwanese night markets. While Hong Kong and Paris both have their own very respectable versions which focus on merchandise, what Shihlin adds to the mix is culinary extravagance. The Taiwanese have a vigorous diet which seems to know no bounds. It’s probably why Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern visited here […]

Taiwan: Wulai

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Lady Gaga arrived in Taiwan today wearing a green dress. She’s doing two nights of concerts, which seems like a great opportunity to see her. I only mention the dress, because green is like a national color for Taiwan, so her fashion sense as always remains impeccable. But back to my trip…before Taiwan was occupied […]

Taiwan: Danshuei

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The northern area of Taiwan called Danshuei is where the Taiwan Strait and the Danshuei River meet. It’s where ships come to port for Taipei City. The Fisherman’s Wharf pier heads out to sea with a view of the ocean. Today just happened to be cloudy however so we couldn’t see the beautiful sunset. Tamkang […]