The densely-populated suburb of Luzhou (蘆洲) isn’t exactly at the top of any lists of Taipei tourist hot spots, but the street market around the Baohe Temple (保和宮) and Yonglien Temple (湧蓮寺) does have a certain chaotic charm to it with its colorful stalls and raucous vendors. Continue reading Taipei Explorations: Luzhou
I always enjoy the traditional Chinese New Year’s Eve ritual of making offerings to the ancestors of my wife’s family before everyone tucks into dinner. Continue reading Happy New Year of the Goat!
When I was walking around Dihua Street (迪化街) on Saturday, I couldn’t help wondering whether the Taipei City government has missed a trick in its gentrification of the area. Continue reading Smart Gentrification?
Located on Dihua Street, the delightful Xiahai Chenghuang Temple is home to statues of the Taipei City God Chenghuang and his wife, as well as a legendary Chinese matchmaking deity and 600 other gods. No surprise therefore that it is said to have the highest statue density of any temple in Taiwan (though I am not sure who measures such things). Continue reading Taipei Xiahai City God Temple
Chiang Kai-Shek may not enjoy quite the same reputation he had when I first came to Taiwan over twenty years ago, but the memorial hall that was built to commemorate his death still stands in a pristine state with its white marble walls and octagonal glass blue roof standing proudly over the surrounding square and gardens. Continue reading Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
I’m not sure whether the small town of Fulong on Taiwan’s Northeast Coast is more famous for its beach or its eponymous lunch box, but no visit there is complete without experiencing both of them. Continue reading Beaches and Lunch Boxes at Fulong