Taiwanese Temple Culture

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When you’re in Taiwan, you may see temples almost everywhere. There are more than 15,000 official temples in Taiwan. Isn’t it crazy? Temples play an important role in Taiwanese religious culture. We see temples not only a place to worship gods and goddesses but also a community center to interact with others.

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Once in a while, there will be temple fairs for celebration of gods’ or goddesses’ birthday. At this moment, you will see a bunch of people walking on the street, playing Chinese instruments, and dressed in puppets of gods. All kinds of decorated trucks follow this parade, and sometimes there will be hot girls dancing and singing on the trucks to invigorate the party. Temple fairs are full of colorful and interesting things to explore. But you got to have luck to witness temple fairs, because it’s not held very often.

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Top 10 Traditional Breakfasts in Taiwan

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Top 10 Traditional Breakfasts in Taiwan

“There are lots of breakfasts here, in our favorite breakfast store.”(From a famous Taiwanese song called “Morning, Beautiful Day” 早安晨之美)

In Taiwan, there are so many choices of Taiwanese breakfasts. In the early morning, around 6 am, you will see breakfast stores have already been open for a while. The store owners might be busy preparing the mouth-watering breakfasts for the customers. Following are top 10 delicious breakfasts in Taiwan. Let’s check it out.

  1. Egg Pancakes 蛋餅
  2. Soy Milk/ Rice & Peanut Milk 豆漿/米漿
  3. Congee 粥
  4. Steamed Dumplings 小籠包
  5. Potstickers 鍋貼
  6. Radish Cake蘿蔔糕
  7. Clay oven rolls with an Fried Bread Stick inside 燒餅夾油條
  8. Rice and Vegetable Roll 飯糰
  9. Spring Onion Pancake 蔥油餅
  10. Steamed Bun 饅頭

 

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10 Keywords of Taiwan

  1. Capital City

Taipei city gather all kinds of activities, people, cultures.

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  1. Time Difference

UTC/GMT(Greenwich Mean Time): +8 ; Taiwan is 12 hours ahead of USA.
That means when it is 8:00 am in Washington DC USA, it is 8:00 pm in Taiwan; Taiwan is 6 hours ahead of Europe.

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  1. Population

Population in Taiwan is approximately 23.5 million people in 2016, which is similar to the population in Australia, 24.1 million people.

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  1. Weather

Temperature average(Taipei): Spring: 22℃, Summer: 29℃, Autumn: 24℃, Winter: 17℃

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  1. Religious

Taiwan features a diversity of religious beliefs. According to the census of 2005, 35% of the population is composed of Buddhists, 33% of Taoists, 3.9% of Christians, 18.7% of people who identify as not religious.

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  1. Tips

Tipping in Taiwan is generally not expected. Sometimes tips have already been added to the fee, such as restaurant.

067. Food

You can find all kinds of food whenever and whatever you want.

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8. Transportation

In order to save money or avoid traffic, Taiwanese usually take the MRT. The massive amounts of scooters can also be seen on the road.

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9. Quality of Water

Actually most of the people are afraid of drinking untreated tap water. Normally, local people just boil the water and that’s fine with them. Some use the filters at home.

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10. Spirit

People are warm-hearted and welcome every visitor from all over the world.

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Moon Festival Is Coming Soon

What is Moon Festival?

Moon Festival is also called Mid-Autumn Festival, which is one of the most famous festivals in Taiwan. On this day, families and relatives gather, eat moon cakes, and barbecue together.

Actually, long time ago, there was a time people couldn’t bear the rule of the government. A brave man, Zhu Yuanzhang, came up with a brilliant idea and stuffed hiding notes with “Uprise on the night of August 15th” in mooncakes, which made it easier to pass messages and successfully staged an uprising. Since then, eating moon cakes has been a custom on Mid-Autumn Festival. What really interesting is that typical moon cakes are round, and round sounds similar to gathering and reunion in Mandarin.

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On last Saturday, to celebrate the up-coming festival, we organized a day tour for foreign visitors from all over the world. The bakers at Guo Yuanyi Museum of Cake and Pastry taught them how to knead the dough, stuff the sweet fillings in the moon cakes.

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After that, they also enjoy their tea time and pastry. They mentioned that they had so much fun there.

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What’s more, they put on traditional Chinese costumes, acting like the brides and grooms. It seemed like they travel back in time, which is so cool.

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How to Make Moon Cakes?

FOR THE DOUGH

  1. Mix the golden syrup, alkaline water and oil well. Sift in the flour. Knead into a dough. Cover with film wrap and rest for 40 minutes.
  2. Mix egg yolks with wine.
  3. Cut into 12 equal portions.
    Photo Credits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn_Xdmp9iyI

     

    FOR THE EGG WASH

    1. Whisk the egg yolk with the egg white. Sift through a fine sieve.
      Photo Credits: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Egg-Wash
      Photo Credits: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Egg-Wash

      FOR THE FILLING

      1. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a small ball shape.
      2. Place the egg yolk inside and roll and shape into a ball.
      3. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 to 12 minutes.
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        Of course, you probably can not make such  beautiful shape of moon cakes. And what you need is a moon cake master.

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Taiwan Is Not Thailand

If you’ve once traveled to other countries, and introduced Taiwan to foreign friends, you will find it surprising that a lot of people mistake Taiwan for Thailand. Because the pronunciations between Taiwan and Thailand are too similar, lots of people get confused easily. Actually, if you observe these two countries closely, there are countless differences between them. Let me tell you how they vary from different aspects.

  • The shape of country

Taiwan looks like a sweet potato. Thailand looks like an elephant.

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Taiwan vs Thailand: The shape of country

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