Joseph Gordan-Levitt’s posts on August 24, 26 and 30 this year has been going viral through Taiwanese media:
There are three parts of Taiwan have been mentioned by him: Festivals, Offshore Islands and Night Market!
2016 Lantern Festival in Taoyuang
Lantern Festival, also called “Yuan Xiao Jie” in Mandarin and “Jie” means “festival”. (What is Yuan Xiao? Top 5 Ways to Taste Yuanxiao) The holiday marks the first full moon of the new lunar year and the grand finale of the Lunar New Year celebrations. The Lantern Festival is celebrated throughout Taiwan, there will be a main lantern based on the zodiac of the year.
The highlight of the lantern festival certainly is the celebration hosted in Pingxi. “Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival”, which has been held in Taiwan since 1999. For being rated as the “Second Largest Carnival in the World” by Discovery and being named one of the “10 Best Winter Trips” by National Geographic. Apart from that, “Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival” was once again voted of the “Cultural Event Most Worthy of Recommendation to International Travelers” in Taiwan through the world’s biggest travel website – TripAdvisor.
Orchid Island is a volcanic island off the southeastern coast of Taiwan Island. The island is known to its native Tao as the “Island of the People”. (Read more: All You Need to Know About Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples)
Since Taiwan was formed approximately 4 to 5 million years ago at a complex convergent boundary between the Philippine Sea Plate and the Eurasian Plate, there are in total of 166 islands including the main one “Formosa”. On Taiwan’s little-known and under-promoted outlying islands, the seafood is freshly caught, the quaint fishing villages are peaceful and history runs deep. There are several islands of Taiwan that are always tourist attraction in Taiwan and we highly recommend you to add them in your Taiwan tour packages!
Xiao Liuqiu 小琉球
Orchid Island 蘭嶼
Zhongli Night Market
Zhongli Night market is located on Xinming Road at the intersection of Zhongyang West Road and Minquan Road, it is one of the more well-known night market in Taoyuan. Covering around a distance of 700m. Similar to other night markets, it is lively and bustling with a variety of shops and food stalls. (What to eat?)
Then here comes the video: Lost in Taiwan !!!
Dua Lipa posted photos including Taiwan’s product with caption “sumfing sweet” on July 27, 2020. This product’s name is “Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream Bar”, this Popsicle is too popular even hard to buy in Taiwanese vendor. Dua Lipa has been to Taiwan for her concert in 2018. She has visit Taipei 101, Xiangshan and of course, she tasted Xiao Long Bao in Michelin rated restaurant – Din Tai Fung. If you want to join the tour that Dua had, click here!
Bubble Brown Sugar Milk
In recent years, new variations of bubble tea have taken the world by storm. From creamy versions like coconut and taro to fruit ones like passion-fruit or peach. Brown sugar pearl milk is another popular treat in local Taiwan, a blend of fresh cold milk, brown sugar caramel and tapioca pearls, though there’s no actual tea. Date back to 1990s, Tapiocas has been put in milk as street vendors “Qing Wa Xia Dan”, which literally means “Frog Lay Eggs” in Taiwan’s night markets. (Read more: What Every Bubble Tea Drinker Should Know)
Hugh Jackman, who plays the role of Wolverine in the X-Men movie series, was spotted at Raohe Street Night Market after attending the premiere of his movie “Logan” at Taipei 101 in 2017. Hugh’s father has done long-term business with Taiwanese, Hugh even joking about that he is actually Taiwanese!
Raohe Street Night Market
Raohe Night Market is one of the oldest night markets in Taipei. It is a 600 metre path along Raohe Street in Songshan District is packed with fun and interesting night foods and snacks, quaint shops and stalls, and carnival games with prizes. It is definitely worth to put this night market in your Taiwan tour! (What to eat?)