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Dihua Street, Dadaocheng

Your Guide To The Historic Dadaocheng Neighborhood in Taipei

Table of Contents A Little Background Dihua Street Shops Dadaocheng Points of Cultural Interest Ningxia Night Market 寧夏夜市 Dadaocheng Wharf 大稻埕碼頭 & Pier No. 5 大稻埕河岸特區 Places Mentioned A Little Background Located alongside the Tamsui River in Taipei’s Datong District, Dadaocheng (大稻埕, also known by the Taiwanese “Twatutia”) has everything a traveller could possibly want, from history to local culture, delicious food, a wharf (love those), trendy pier and plenty of shopping. Dadaocheng’s commercial past had made it into the...

Tea Field at Kayu Campsite

My First Time Camping in Taiwan

As camping season draws swiftly to a close, I want to share this particularly beautiful spot with you – make it your last of the season or put it on the list for next year! I’ve been wanting to go camping since we arrived in Taiwan, alas camping is one of those things for which you need a lot of gear, and the gear is one of those things for which you need ample storage space (and a car!), which...

Treasure Hill Artist Village

Falling in Love with Taipei’s Treasure Hill Light Festival, 2021

If you’re looking for an immersive art experience in the Taipei area, look no further! In the Gongguan District, on a slope overlooking the Xindian River, an artist community glows. Treasure Hill Artist Village is the very embodiment of Taiwan’s wrestling contradictions. It carries the past into the future, consciously reflecting upon a rich history dating back to the early settlement of the Taipei Basin. Each year the village holds a Light Festival, this year running from March 27th –...

Cherry Blossom Season in Taipei

Three Amazing Spots for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Taipei

I’ve always had a thing for cherry blossoms. I don’t really know why or how or when it began. I just know that they stop me in my tracks every time, flooded with pure delight. To see a cherry blossom in full bloom is to step utterly into the present moment, savoring the simplicity of being in all its sensual wonder. Japan is most famous for its long-held Hanami (flower viewing) custom during sakura season, when friends and family gather...

Lovers Lake Park Keelung

Things to do in Keelung: Lovers Lake Park

One of the best things about Keelung is its abundance of beautiful trails. If you’re in the mood for a walk or a hike, venture out to Lovers Lake Park (情人湖公園). It’s popularity as a wedding venue attests to its allure. At the park’s entrance stands the Ancient Engine, an old train, overlooking a view that is surprisingly gorgeous for only having reached the entryway. Between the entrance and the lake, walk through a beautiful park with ample outdoor shaded...

Peace Memorial Park Monument 228
Heping Island

Things to do in Keelung: Heping Island

Heping Island Park (和平島公園: “Peace Island”) is my favorite place to go in Keelung. It is a small yet beautiful geopark situated north-east of the Keelung Harbor. It boasts magnificent views of the coastline, areas to bask in water and sand, and charming cafés. This is where to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Keelung (or Taipei, for that matter!). Here you can relax, slow down and enjoy Taiwan’s natural beauty. Background The island displays...

Keelung's Mid-Summer Ghost Festival