Robot Station 機器人餐廳: Retro Robot Restaurant

Robots of all shapes and sizes make their home at Robot Station 機器人餐廳 in Taichung.

Robots of all shapes and sizes make their home at Robot Station 機器人餐廳 in Taichung.

Taiwan has no shortage of restaurants, especially ones with quirky themes.  From airplanes to toilets to jails to ninjas to Barbie, no topic is off limits when it comes to centering a restaurant around it.  Even though robots cannot eat, Robot Station 機器人餐廳 in Taichung still celebrates our automaton friends via milk tea, quesadillas, and other delights.  Check out more info after the jump.

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Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地: Walk on Water

Windmills watch over you at the Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地 in Taichung.

Windmills watch over you at the Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地 in Taichung.

Spanning 750 acres (or 300 hectares if you prefer those), the Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地 in Taichung is probably the best place to dig your feet into the mud.  It also has a nice array of wildlife, including crabs and everyone’s favorite fish out of water, the mudskipper.  Though famed for its sunset views, I came on a rather grey morning.  It’s no fun if you get the perfect view the first time, then you have no reason to go back!  Check out more pictures and information after the jump.

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Carton King 紙箱王: Heavy Duty Art

Cardboard lions are some of the many beige attractions at Carton King 紙箱王 in Taichung.

Cardboard lions are some of the many beige attractions at Carton King 紙箱王 in Taichung.

It’s been a while since my last update, so I have a large backlog of interesting places.  One of these is Carton King 紙箱王 in Taichung, also known as Carton King Creativity Park.  It’s hard to describe what this place actually is.  Part art exhibit, part quirky souvenir store, part restaurant, and part photo op magnet.  It is certainly a strange place to explore, so check out more info and pictures after the jump.

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Xinshe Castle 新社莊園: Faux Fortress

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園 certainly doesn't look like your typical Taiwanese site.

Xinshe Castle 新社莊園 certainly doesn’t look like your typical Taiwanese site.

If you go a bit outside of Taichung, you may find yourself in Europe.  At least it looks that way at first glance, as Xinshe Castle 新社莊園 (also known as Summit Resort or 新社古堡) looks like it an old European castle was transplanted right into the Taiwanese countryside.  Though an odd sight, it is a beautiful local and a unique place to visit.  Check out more info after the jump.

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Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林: Purple Mountain

Rows and rows of lavender await at Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林 in Taichung.

Rows and rows of lavender await at Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林 in Taichung.

High in the mountains hides Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林, an aromatic recreation area outside of Taichung.  You can walk through rows of lavender flowers, dance with the butterflies, make lavender soap, and eat some much-needed ice cream (guess what flavor it is).  It’s a serene and beautiful local that is just ripe for photos.  Check out more info after the jump.

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Taipei 台北 vs. Kansai 関西: The Bear and the Deer

Heavy rains pound a temple in Kyoto.

Heavy rains pound a temple in Kyoto.

Several weeks ago, I visited Japan’s Kansai region for vacation.  Kansai is home to the urban centers Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and more.  The area is mostly known for its traditional culture and laid back atmosphere when compared to the megalopolis Tokyo.  But how does it compare to Taipei?  There are some interesting similarities and surprising differences.  Check out my  knee jerk analysis after the jump.

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Xiaoyoukeng 小油坑 and Seven Star Mountain 七星山: A Steamy Hike

A somewhat clear view from one of Seven Star Mountain's 七星山 peaks.

A somewhat clear view from one of Seven Star Mountain’s 七星山 peaks.

Yangmingshan is one of my favorite places to visit in Taipei.  It is hard to believe that an expansive national park with mountains, hot springs, volcanoes, and dozens of hiking trails can be so accessible from the city.  Even though I have been here several times, there is always something new to see and experience.  This time I decided to check out the steaming fumaroles of Xiaoyoukeng 小油坑 and make my way through Seven Star Mountain 七星山, which has Taipei’s tallest peak.  Check out more info and pictures after the jump.

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Very Fun Park 2013 粉樂町: Attack of the Giant Inflatable Art

Art is watching.  A memorable piece from Very Fun Park 粉樂町 in 2013.

Art is watching. A memorable piece from Very Fun Park 粉樂町 in 2013.

I’ve been lacking in updates, so why not more than one in a day!  I already discussed the Very Fun Park event for this year and I mentioned how I preferred 2013’s version.  Instead of leaving everyone hanging, I’ve decided to expand a bit on Very Fun Park 2013, an artistic adventure in Daan and the surrounding area.  Check out more info and pictures after the jump!

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Very Fun Park 2014 粉樂町: An Art Scavenger Hunt

A sugary landscape is one of the creative art pieces you can find during Very Fun Park 粉樂町 in Taipei.

A sugary landscape is one of the creative art pieces you can find during Very Fun Park 粉樂町 in Taipei.

Keeping up with every single art show or event is a hard task in Taipei.  There are countless galleries and festivals that you can easily miss them if you are not paying attention.  One I didn’t want to miss this year is Very Fun Park 粉樂町 in Taipei.  Despite its name, it’s not actually a park, but instead a myriad of public art projects scattered around Taipei.  I went to it last year and was amazed, so how does this year stack up?  Find more info after the jump.

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Five Fun Things to Do During a Typhoon in Taiwan

What terrors will the typhoon bring?

What terrors will the typhoon bring?

Typhoons are a staple of Taiwanese summers, coming every now and then to give people a break from this pesky blue sky.  Taipei’s lucky geographical location means that typhoons just bring in a lot of wind and rain, but not enough to have people scurrying to 7-11 to buy ramen that will last a week.  Tomorrow is a typhoon holiday for Taipei, so what is there to do?  Here are five suggestions to get the most out of your typhoon days.

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