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Alley 342, Lane 150, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
The base of Elephant Mountain is just a short walk from the base of Taipei 101 and offers one of the most accessible and stunning views of the city—except, perhaps, from the top of the tower itself. The hike up the mountain is steep, but can be...
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Alishan Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan 605
Alishan is likely the most famous, and most visited, mountain because of the incomparable tea grown there, its relatively easy access from major cities, and its association with the historic Taiwan Railroad. The best way to see Alishan is to hike...
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Taipei, Taiwan
Hot or cold, salty or sweet, food is a healthy obsession in Taiwan—and one that you can feed around the clock. Taiwan is famous for its night markets, which top 300 at last count. These gatherings are your opportunity to sample fresh tropical...
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"Lunch Box," as it’s affectionately known, is one of Taiwan’s best cheap eats. For approximately US$2.50, you can munch on your choice of chicken or pork served with an intricately decorated box of rice, sweet sausage, boiled egg, and sprouts. Opt...
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No. 216號, Section 2, Minzu Road, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Tainan is known for its xiaochi or "small eats" and there are plenty of delicious and cheap snacks in this vibrant city. The standout is the slack season noodles, developed from a century-old recipe and so named because they were sold by a...
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700, Taiwan, Tainan City, West Central District, Nanmen Road, 67號2F
Though tea is the drink of choice in Taiwan, the appropriately named Narrow Door Coffee has helped put coffee on the map in the city of Tainan. Walk by the unmarked entrance and you might miss your chance to squeeze through sideways and reach the...
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741, Taiwan, 台南市善化區西衛
Markets offer great insights into a country’s culture, and in Taiwan the night markets are a mandatory stop for observing local life. Sometimes spanning entire city blocks, the markets are an amusement park of sorts—complete with a midway of...
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West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
The Chihkan (meaning red-haired, not chicken) Tower is now partly a museum celebrating the Qing Dynasty's victory over the Dutch. As a teacher, though, I was more intrigued by the Wenchang Pavilion, dedicated to Kuixing (god of literature). Here,...
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Lotus Pond, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 813
Kaohsiung's Lotus Pond is a very exciting area to visit. I like that the whole pond is surround by foot and bike paths allowing you to take in the sights while getting some exercise at the same time. I also really liked the concentrated amount of...