Have fun in Penghu Ocean Fireworks Festival

Penghu is an archipelago including about 90 islands and islets of about 825 square kilometers, and it is located off the western coast of Taiwan. It is nominated as one of the Asian’s emerging tourist city by Agoda.com in 2015. Penghu’s largest city—Magong (literally means mother’s palace) is named because it has the oldest Mazu temple of Taiwan. The best time to visit Penghu is from April to October. Feeling this beach island with the sunny weather and salty breeze may be the best experience in Penghu to all the travelers.

Penghu Ocean Fireworks Festival is going to kick off from 4/18 to 6/27 on every Monday and Thursday this year. There will also be a firework show added on 5/12 Sunday to celebrate Mother’s day. Innovation and environment-friendly elements are added to the firework show this year. The firework show is held in Guanyin temple, where a rainbow bridge lies. The river will reflect the magnificent fireworks in the sky. There will be the warm-up series—music concerts, dancing shows, and performances held before the firework show.

Being in this beach archipelago, don’t miss to try the watersports in Penghu. You may be fascinated with Cimei’s colorful coral reef. This fishing island also has a special Twin Hearts Stone Weir to trap fish. Near Cimei Island, there is a nesting environment of green sea turtles in Wang’an Island. Beyond these islands outside, let’s go back to the main island of Penghu. The Tianhou (Mazu) temple established in Magong is the religious center of the locals. For those who love historical spots, there are also Penghu Zhongyang Old Street and military Dependents Village Cultural Park to visit. To go through Penghu Great Bridge, you will arrive at the second biggest island of Penghu—Xiyu. Xiyu means the western island of Penghu in Chinese. It also has different kinds of attractions worth visiting. Being an island in the front line of Taiwan, Xiyu West Fort and Xiyu East Fort try to protect this island. The Yuwengdao Lighthouse leads the ships to find the way home. And this sea island also combines the sea world to temple. You can see the underground dragon’s palace (where the dragon king lives under the sea in Chinese tales) the Zhuwan Dayi Temple.

To have a summer vacation by the beach, Penghu is strongly recommended. You can not only have fun in the watersports and hot attractions in Penghu but also charmed by the Penghu Ocean Fireworks Festival. To have a convenient and local tour, Justaiwantour also provides English-friendly custom tour service for you.

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Picking calla lilies in Zhuzihu(bamboo lake)

As the middle part of Yangmingshan, Zhuzihu is near Tianmu and Qingtiangang. Go down, there is Tianmu ancient trail. Go up, you will arrive at Qingtiangang. In Zhuzihu, it is often rainy and misty, and damp. So if you overlook Taipei 101 from here, it may stand in the hazy mist. Yangmingshan is famous for its four flower seasons: calla lily, cherry blossom, Hydrangea, and bamboo. The Calla Lily Festival is kicking off in Zhuizihu from 3/29, and the flower viewing time will last for one and half month.

Going into the farm of the calla lily, you can enjoy the magnificent scenery of the calla lily sea on this blurred mountain and view the white flowers swing in the wind. Before picking calla lily, you need to change your clothes into “frog clothing.” You will put on a big green fisher clothing and rain boots. Then you can go into the sea of calla lily, and pluck this flower of innocence. While picking the calla lily, hold the bottom part of it and pull it up. While it gets out of the soil, there will be a popping cork sound. Take a part of this beautiful scenery back home. Put the calla lily in the bottle on your desk. It may bring joy and satisfaction to you.

After picking the flower, staying and eating the local cuisine in Zhuzihu is a good choice. Warm up yourself with Pineapple & Bitter Gourd Chicken Soup on the chilly mountain. The farms also provide a collection of jungle vegetables like Stir-fried bitter gourd with salted eggs, stir-fried jungle fern, fried Chayote. You can also go fishing on some farms. After catching the fish, the cook will make it into striped bass soup. As for the dessert, Sweet Potato Ginger Soup is the must-eat item in Zhuzihu. Besides, there are ten calla lily landscape designs in the farms for couples to take romantic pictures.

Besides, you can have a walk along the arrow bamboo trail after picking calla lily in Zhuzihu. The bamboo grows in dense clusters. It is the perfect wind-breaking barrier. Relax and listen to the sound that wind flows through the bamboo forest. Additionally, if you go up, there is Macao hot spring and Yangmingshan National Park. Because of sulfur mining, it is a fumaroles spring with smoke. Yangmingshan National Park has diverse recreational facilities of hiking trails and wildlife like black pines, acacia trees, and the Formosan sweet gum.

After hiking downhill, visiting Tianmu ancient trail nearby and Beitou hot spring is highly recommended to have a nature therapy. Along the trail, you may find yourself having the forest bath. Sometimes you may have the chance to see the monkeys hanging from the trees. There is also an attractive Fengcui Waterfall you can enjoy. Beitou is famous for its hot spring and historic culture. If you go to Beitou, remember to visit Beitou hot spring.

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Find Sakura in Alishan

Alishan, also known as Moutain Ali, has unique scenery that only belongs to Taiwan like sunrise, cloud sea and sacred trees. Being a diverse scenic park, Alishan also has its own forest railway and the aboriginal tribe Tsou culture.

Never miss one of Taiwan’s hottest attraction— Alishan. Most trees will hit its full bloom in March and April. With the petal falling, have a good time walking in the breeze with flower fragrance in Alsihan. There are many types of cherry blossoms in Alishan, including Yoshino Cherry and Oshima cherry. The King Cherry of Alsihan, a big Somei-Yoshino Cherry tree predicting the cherry blossom of other trees, has already hit its full blossom this year. If you are lucky enough, you may encounter the The Whisper of Melody and Sakura—a music concert held by Alishan National Scenic Area. Most tourists will take the nostalgic forest train to appreciate the cherry blossom along the railway. The forest train was constructed to transport Red Cypress logs and carry supplies when Taiwan was under Japanese rule. Now it becomes an integral part of the Alishan recreation facilities to bring tourist convenience and happiness.

Sunrise viewing is another activity you can try in Alishan. After taking Zhushan line train, Take a stroll along Sunrise Viewing Trail to the viewing platform. Standing in the mountains and catching the first light of sunrise are definitely extraordinary experience for you in Taiwan. Apart from the hazy sunshine, the cloud sea is also worth watching. When people watch the clouds going, tranquility may flow into their heart.

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Sacred trees are also the must-see scenery in Alishan. Being about 2000 years old, most Sacred trees are Formosan cypress. Taking a deep breath of the frosty air in the forest, you can smell a fresh aroma of the Red cypress. After watching sacred trees, you can visit the Sisters’ Ponds. Sisters’ Ponds are two adjacent ponds. According to the legend, there was a pair of sisters who loved the same man. To show the support to each other, they both committed suicide by jumping into the ponds.

The elder sister pond in alishan national scenic area, taiwan.

After such a long hike of cherry blossom, sunrise, and sacred trees, you may be hungry and exhausted. Take a full rest in Fengchihu. There are Taiwan’s most prestigious railway lunchboxes here. Fengchihu bento box is famous for its traditional cuisine and attentive selection of fresh ingredients consisted of rice, vegetables, and usually wild boar meat or chicken. Since having been to Alishan, why not explore Tsou culture in it? Having their own legend, Taiwanese indigenous people—Tsou has its own culture. In February, there is Mayasvi Festival (war ceremony) to pray for the warriors. And Tourists can experience Tsou wedding customs in Fo’na Festivals (Life Bean Festival) in October.

Standing in Alishan away from the busy life in urban, you can not only get real sense of Taiwan but also feel the pulse of the Earth. To explore the natural scenic attractions in Taiwan, this forest recreation area is generally advised for those outdoors enthusiasts. To have a more convenient and in-depth tour into Alishan, Justaiwantour’s private day tour is highly recommended. Our accessible private car service can help the tourists design a tour that more convenient and deep into the aboriginal tribes and attractions.

 

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Have a Hipster Guide to Taipei

To have an in-depth cultural tour in Taiwan, please note the recent art festival event— TIFA on your schedule. TIFA (Taiwan International Festival arts) is going to celebrate its 11th birthday from 2019/2/16 to 4/21! Through theater, dance, and music performances, NTCH (National Theater and Concert Hall) tries to bring “Talent” and “Inspiration” to all the audiences. Through appreciating the performances, Audiences may also get touched with its “Foresight”, and “Amazingness”.

Not only inviting wonderful international theater like The Repetition Histoires du théâtre, TIFA also shows the local creative energy on the stage such as the aboriginal voice of Sangpuy in Concert and the local dancing groupe—The Cloud Gate’s 22° Lunar Halo. To enjoy music and theater performances in Taiwan, Taipei EYE also prepares Beijing Opera’s close up experience with the performers and costumes try-on experience for tourists.

Beyond the performance art above, TIFA also hold a big colorful bubble structure of KATENA on the NTCH Main Plaza. It is a pneumatic catenary structure designed by the UK team—Architects of Air. You can feel the art flow and the luminarium experience inside this space combined with concepts of architecture, and light sculpture.

Nearby the NTCH Main Plaza stand the Liberty Square and the must-go architect Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a classical magnificent Chinese palace architecture inspired by Tiantan in Beijing. It will also hold exhibitions about Chinese calligraphy, oil painting, and ink wash painting.

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As the cultural heart of Taiwan, Taipei always has many aesthetic sites to explore. Huashan1914 Creative Park which was a wine factory gathers the productive art power into exhibitions and live music concerts now. Taiwanese hipsters often gather to see photo exhibitions, forums, and fashion activity in Huashan. Don’t forget to arrange an afternoon for exhibitions and the historical buildings in Huashan1914 Creative Park.

Art enthusiasts and book lovers would also have a midnight adventure for 24-hour running Eslite Bookstore-Dunnan listed from Time’s Magazine. Beyond a bookstore, Eslite Bookstore also tries to broaden its experiential retailing to be a lifestyle store combining books, original design goods and Café. Emphasizing on art and humanities-related books, Eslite Bookstore provides customers a place to be immersed in the cultural space.

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2018 Top 6 Christmas Celebrations in Taiwan

Every place in every country is well-prepared for this grand event, so is Taiwan. You can see giant Christmas trees and colorful decorations or installation arts everywhere. There are some events held for Christmas in Taiwan. We select top 6 Christmas celebrations in Taiwan for you. Bring your family and friends together and follow this heartwarming Christmas atmosphere! Hope you enjoy your festival!

1. Dior Christmas Tree at Taipei 101

The facade of the boutique of the famous brand Dior was decorated with a huge Christmas tree with illumination to Christmas at Taipei 101. This artificial tree is enlivened with 120 animal decoration and a large statue of tigers and giraffe. This Christmas tree is up to 7.5 meters tall.


2. CHRISTMASLAND in New Taipei City

Christmasland in New Taipei City has been seen as one of the most well-known winter festivals in Taiwan. There are several must-see attractions this year: the four light zones, four overpasses decorated with rose gold, pink, blue, and silver white lights, the first-ever giant ball-like LED art installation, The Fascinating Planet, and the first-ever exhibition of The Pool, an interactive art installation from New York. There is also a Planet Container Market!

3. Christmas wonderland at Bellavita

When you enter the lobby of Bellavita, you will be attracted to this stunning scene. The light blue transparent films were hung from the ceiling. Under this decoration, you will see this snow and a glacier. Stepping through the snow, you can enjoy the Christmas atmosphere here in this transparent glass house.

4. I-Sharing

“I-Sharing” is the Christmas event that is held by Uni-President each year. The theme city this year is Milan, the most romantic art city in Italy. The design of the beautiful Christmas tree, Purple Wish, is based on the famous glass window of Milan. The visitors can enjoy the romantic Christmas atmosphere at Uni-President Department Store and Kaohsiung Dream Mall.

5. Yilan Christmas Village

The design is based on surrealism. This year, Yilan government decided to divide the Christmas Village to three main areas. Aside from the main lanterns of 20-meter-tall Christmas tree, there are lots of decorations and stunning lanterns beside the pathway. Isn’t it fascinating and romantic to see those bright pyramids on Christmas?

6. Christmas Party at Chimei Museum

Here comes the most fantastic Christmas party in southern Taiwan. Chimei Museum launched this exclusive “Christmas Weekend” in order to celebrate this holiday. First of all, “three main collections in Chimei Museum” are the most eye-catching part. The three main collections were decorated with Christmas tree and lights. Aside from that, there are several performances such as “Christmas trio” and “Tainan Yage Chorus” (臺南雅歌合唱團). At night, what surprising is that there is a Christmas electronic music party. The famous DJ knows how to read the dance floor and pull a crowd. Enjoy the music and yourselves here!

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Spring, Happiness, Love 花朵盛開在Taipei City

The cold winter is about to end, and it’s getting warmer everyday. The blooming of flowers all over Taipei City celebrates the arrival of spring. Starting with the Yangmingshan Flower Festival (陽明山花季), and followed by the Taipei City Azalea Festival (台北杜鵑花季) and Zhuzihu Calla Lily Festival (竹子湖海芋季), everyone can enjoy the colorful sea of flowers that greets springtime.

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Yangmingshan Flower Festival (陽明山花季)
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Taipei City Azalea Festival (台北杜鵑花季)

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Zhuzihu Calla Lily Festival (竹子湖海芋季)
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the calla lily farms night view in Taipei

 

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That’s How Do Taiwanese Celebrate Lantern Festival?

In Taiwan, there are various ways of celebrating Lantern Festival. In the early stage, Taiwanese used to hold lanterns on this holiday. Several local temples even organize lantern fairs to attract visitors and believers. Nowadays, these fairs become a national activity.

“Hold Lanterns & Enjoy Colorful Lanterns”

Lanterns are made of thin bamboo and steel wire as framework. After completing the framework, they will be stuck and covered by paper, plastic or gauze. Inside them, candles will be put to lighten the lanterns. Every year, a few days before and after this holiday, houses, buildings and temples will be decorated with various lanterns, which is gorgeous.

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“Guess Riddles”

People write riddles on the lanterns and let people to guess the answers. Whenever the participants guess right, they will be given presents.

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“Eat Rice Dumplings”

Rice dumpling is a famous delicacy in Taiwan. It’s round, soft and chewy, which also represents gathering and happiness.

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          “Lantern Festival”

Lantern Festival is a national holiday. Every year, there are lots of beautiful lanterns that attracts visitors. Lantern Festival this year will take place at Southern Branch of National Palace Museum in Chiayi from Mar. 3rd to Mar. 11th.

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Beitou, the Best Taipei’s Hot Springs Spot!

How do Taiwanese relax themselves in winter? It’s hot spring! A soak in hot springs has been a vital part of Taiwanese culture for a long time. Due to Taiwan’s abundant volcanoes, there are several hot springs spots in Taiwan, one of which is Beitou. You don’t have to travel far to experience a refreshing dip since Beitou is only 30 minutes away from the downtown, making it easier for people to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. There’s nothing like taking a dip in hot springs to relax your muscle and clear your head after an intense day.

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“ Beitou Thermal Valley(Hell Valley) ”

Taiwan’s hot springs are all over the places in Taiwan, including sulfur spring in Yangminshan and Beitou, sodium bicarbonate spring in Wu-lai and Jiaoxi, volcanic mud spring in the southern Taiwan, etc. There are even around 400 duly-registered hot spring hotels in Taiwan. The relaxing feeling as well as the effect of maintaining beauty makes Taiwan a great spot for hot spring culture.

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“ Yangmingshan National Park ”

What’s the difference between different types of hot springs? First of all, sulfur spring in Yangminshan and Beitou is either yellowish-brown or turbid, which will sooth your muscles well. Secondly, sodium bicarbonate spring in Wu-lai and Jiaoxi is
colorless and tasteless. Since it’s good for skin, it is also called beauty hot spring. As for volcanic mud spring in the southern Taiwan, it will clean off the cuticle.

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Aside from soaking in hot water, you have the chance to experience various activities relating to hot springs. Boil eggs in hot spring! You eat eggs every day, but we bet you’ve never tried eggs with hot spring flavor! Threw eggs into the hot spring, wait for 8 to 10 minutes, rinse the eggs with cold water, and then you can taste your hot spring eggs! Isn’t it intriguing?

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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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