Monthly Archives: February 2014

Jen Dow Vegetarian Buffet Restaurant 蓮香齋: How Much Tofu Sashimi Can You Fit on a Plate?

A sample of the offerings at Jen Dow.

A sample of the offerings at Jen Dow.

Vegetarians get a chance to pig out at Jen Dow Vegetarian Buffet Restaurant 蓮香齋, one of the many hotel buffets you can find in Taipei.  As you can guess, this differentiates itself by being an all-vegetarian buffet.  Even though they cut out some parts of the food pyramid, there are over two hundred dishes to enjoy, most importantly all-you-can-eat Haagen-Dazs ice cream.

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Caoling Historic Trail 草嶺古道: History and Beauty Mix on Yilan’s Must-See Hiking Trail

One of the many beautiful sights on this hiking trail.

One of the many beautiful sights on this hiking trail.

Taiwan will turn anyone into an avid hiker.  There are so many trails that are easily accessible, and you will surely stumble upon some just walking around Taipei.  One of the most famous hiking trails in Taiwan is the stunning Caoling Historic Trail 草嶺古道, located in Yilan and about an hour and a half outside of Taipei.  I grabbed as much food as I could carry from 7-11 and tackled this scenic hike.

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Tales of Getting Lost: Shanguang Temple 善光寺 and Misread Maps

Shanguang Temple 善光寺 on a clear day.

Shanguang Temple 善光寺 on a clear day.

Even with the internet, GPS on phones, and tourist-friendly maps, I often find myself getting completely lost.  Maybe it is something innate within me, or maybe I don’t clearly pay attention to directions.  Either way, I often find that getting lost can lead to amazing experiences and take you to places you may have never found on your own.  Today’s “getting lost” story is about underestimating distance, Shanguang Temple善光寺, and Jeremy Lin.

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More photos from the Taipei Lantern Festival 2014 台北燈節

The year of the (flying) horse.

The year of the (flying) horse.

Here are a few more photos from my recent visit to the Taipei Lantern Festival 2014.  You may have seen my pictures from my first post about the event, but there were too many to put in one post.  Actually, there may be too many pictures for two posts as well, but enjoy!

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Taipei Lantern Festival 2014 台北燈節: Gods, Pandas, and Robots

Yuan Zai, Taipei's newest baby panda, pilots a robot.

Yuan Zai, Taipei’s newest baby panda, pilots a robot.

 

It’s lantern festival season.  While the festival in Pingxi is the most famous, that Taipei Lantern Festival showcases creative designs (that sadly don’t fly into the sky) ranging from animals to historical figures to giant robots.  Check out some of my picture from the event.

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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2014 平溪天燈節: Fire in the Rain

Cameras start clicking as dozens of lanterns float in the air.

Cameras start clicking as dozens of lanterns float in the air.

 

One of the most famous festivals in all of Taiwan is the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 平溪天燈節 .  The town, in a rural part of New Taipei City, is a tourist destination for their old street and their sky lantern activity.  While anyone can release a sky lantern at any time, the festival is where you can see them light up the night sky for a truly amazing sight.  I wasn’t able to make it last year, but I definitely didn’t want to miss an opportunity to see it this time.  Check out some pictures from the festival:

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Taipei International Book Exhibition 台北國際書展: Novels, Costumes, and Waffles

TIBE always manages to draw large crowds.

TIBE always manages to draw large crowds.

The Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) 台北國際書展 is going on right now in Taipei until February 10th.  This is the 22nd year the event has been held and not only features Taiwanese authors, but writers from around the world.  TIBE is not just a bland showroom, but filled with games, giveaways, and waffles.  Pictures from the event after the jump.

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Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum 林柳新紀念偶戲博物館: A Different Museum Experience

A colorful cast of characters at the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum

A colorful cast of characters at the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum

One of the most interesting museums I’ve visited in Taiwan is the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum 林柳新紀念偶戲博物館 in Taipei.  Even if you don’t know anything about puppetry (I sure don’t), the creative design of the museum and the quirky atmosphere makes it a place worth visiting.  Check out some photographs of the place after the jump.

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Build your own Taipei 101 with Nanoblock

Taipei 101 - Now desk-sized!

Taipei 101 – Now desk-sized!

Taipei 101 is one of the most famous attractions in Taiwan, and was the tallest building in the world from 2004-2010.  There are countless souvenirs that have the building slapped on it: from hats to shirts to cups to steel or crystal models.  However, the most interesting one I’ve found is a Nanoblock version of Taipei 101.  I build it from the ground up after the jump.

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Liuhuanggu Geothermal Scenic Area 硫磺谷地熱景觀區: Sulfur Hot Springs in Taipei

A natural hot spring in Beitou.

A natural hot spring in Beitou.

Beitou District in Taipei is known for its natural beauty, especially hot springs.  While most people come to use a public spring or book a room in one of the many hot spring hotels in the area, if you just want to take in some scenery, you can find many natural springs such as Liuhuanggu Geothermal Scenic Area 硫磺谷地熱景觀區.  See pictures of my several visits to the area after the jump.

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