11 Jan, 2008 in Chinese culture, Tainan

It makes sense that the oldest tea shop in Taiwan would be in Tainan – the oldest city in Taiwan. A Chinese exchange student friend took me to a place I would otherwise probably never know about – a 5 (or was it 6) generations running family tea-shop in Tainan. Welcoming us in his pajamas […]

1 Jan, 2008 in Taiwan
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It was one of those “I don’t care I need a vacation” kind’o things. All in a rush, arranging things with a Taiwanese travel agency I found on the web, I set to meet with some new friends in Chia-Yi’s train-station and take a 2 day tour up Alishan.   We made a few stops …

30 Dec, 2007 in Taiwan
High above laid on a river of clouds : Breath-taking Alishan

The Alishan National Park (A-li-shan ; 阿里山國家風景區; Ālǐshān) is one of Taiwan’s most famous natural beauties. High on the mountain, around 2000 meters above sea level, this was exactly the break I needed from the hot winter of Tainan. I joined a happy Taiwanese-Russian group I didn’t know very well before but have come …

25 Dec, 2007 in Taiwan
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It’s not that Tainan doesn’t have its own charm, but there are times when I miss the good old fashioned beauty – constantly looking for basic aesthetics and something that’s a bit more artistic, special and out of the ordinary gray. Although I’ve come to not expect any of that in Tainan, there are times […]

24 Dec, 2007 in Kaohsiung
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This weekend the NCKU international students office (ISAD) prepared a joint trip with some of the other universities in Tainan and Kaohsiung to go visit some of the beautiful interesting spots around Kaohsiung. Here’s a bit of what we saw… First off, we went to see the Kaohsiung National Science and Technology Museum, which unfortunately […]

17 Dec, 2007 in Chinese culture, Taiwan

It has already become a routine for me not to sleep on the weekends because of those celebrations. With a 130+ Gods served in Tainan, over 30 of them being what I term “class B Gods”, and almost 10 being “class A Gods”, it so happens that almost every weekend we have a birthday celebration […]

16 Dec, 2007 in Chinese culture, Taiwan

The list continues. Here’s more from some of the wonderful pop Mandarin Chinese music I find while staying in Taiwan. First part was “Taiwanese music – Recommended Mandarin Chinese artists from Taiwan”, followed up by “Mandarin Chinese music – More great singers I listen to in Taiwan”, and here are two more (similar names, don’t […]

14 Dec, 2007 in Taipei
My Taiwan future told by Gods at Chi Nan Temple - Taipei Muzha

Visiting Chi Nan Temple at Muzha-Taipei earlier this week, I thought it was time I get some heavenly guidance as to how my life is going and what I should do in the future. Following the instructions given to me, I used the two moon lips to ask the local Gods for their help, stating […]

13 Dec, 2007 in Taipei
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With not enough time, just the tip of the iceberg, I got to taste a little from another one of Taipei’s gorgeous natural scenery – the impressive Yang Ming Shan mountain in the northern part of Taipei that’s up there, between the clouds.       Ahhh… that’s what life …

12 Dec, 2007 in Taipei
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Chi-nan Temple (指南宮) in Taipei’s Muzha area is one of the most beautiful spots I’ve been to in Taiwan. Up on the mountain, overlooking the city of Taipei from the south, the temples are gorgeous and the view is absolutely breath-taking. I could spend ages in a place like that, just resting down with something to drink, […]

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