When you travel to a new country, it's better to learn about their language. Here comes some new year vocabulary words in Taiwan. About Greeting and Blessing 新年快樂 [sin nianˊ kuaiˋ leˋ] Happy New Year 恭喜發財 [gung hsiˇ fa tdsiˊ] Wishing you prosperity and wealth. 萬事如意 [wanˋ shihˋ ruˊ yiˋ] May everything go as you hope. 健康長壽 [jianˋ kang changˊ shouˋ] Wishing you longevity and health! 大吉大利 [daˋ jiˊ daˋ liˋ] Great fortune and great favour. About Traditions 除夕 [chuˊ hsiˋ] Lunar New Year's Eve 年夜飯 [nienˊ yaˋ fanˋ] New Year's Eve dinner 敬酒 [jingˋ jiouˇ] Propose a toast 團圓飯…

Patricia Schultz, New York Times Bestselling Author of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” has once presented a slideshow of the 10 best cities she’s ever been to, and Taipei was one of those ten. Taiwan is a wonderful country in Asia. If this is your first time to come to Taiwan, there are somethings you should know.

Right now, in-the-know foodies from across Asia are descending on an island in the East China Sea to gobble steaming plates of dumplings and nibble stinking sticks of tofu. Taiwan’s food scene is exploding and now is the time to go - Taiwanese chefs are winning awards, the country heaves with night markets and Taipei is full of up-and-coming hot spots serving haute cuisine to rival Tokyo, Hong Kong and even Singapore. Serious fusion The word ‘fusion’ gets thrown around a lot in culinary circles - whenever someone combines a donut with a croissant it’s dubbed fusion - but the…

You don't need to know the history of the Catholic Church to appreciate a cathedral. And you equally don't need to understand 5000 years of Chinese culture to take something away from a visit to a Taoist temple. The incense smoke may never clear inside but that doesn't mean the experience should make your eyes glaze over. A little connoisseurship can be picked up rather easily. The basics House of worship, community centre, marketplace and front for organized crime: a temple can be all these things and quite a lot more. But it's also simply a building, in essence a…

10/10/2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China. Although deposed from mainland China in 1949, the ROC government still controls Taiwan (as well as a few off-shore possessions). Despite having an immensely rich cultural and spiritual heritage, amazing food, world-class hot-springs and stunning scenery, Taiwan is normally thought of more for its exports than as a place to get into. We think this is a shame, as the island has enough going for it to make any traveller’s bucket list. No.1 SCENERY Visually stunning, Taiwan is a shutter-bug's paradise. Running down Taiwan's spine is the Central Mountain Range, a magnet for…

[台北 / tái běi]  Taipei is a tough little city whose beauty lies in its blend of Chinese culture with a curious fusion of Japanese, Southeast Asian and American influences. Historical Journey In many ways this 300-year-old city is like a living museum. The Taoist temples buzz with the prayers of the hopeful; the wooden boards of Japanese-era mansions creak under the feet of visitors; and the pilfered treasures in the National Palace Museum date back 5000 years. Merchant villas to military barracks have been restored, reworked and now live again as a museum or a shopfront. From the heirlooms of…

Asian Values On Their Terms Defying those who said it wasn't in their DNA, the Taiwanese have created Asia's most vibrant democracy and liberal society, with a raucous free press, gender equality, and respect for human rights and, increasingly, animal rights as well. The ancestors are still worshipped, and mum and dad still get their dues, but woe betide the politician who thinks it's the people who must pander, and not him – or her. If you want to catch a glimpse of the people's passion for protest, check out Taipei Main Station on most weekends, or just follow the…

[台灣 / tái wān] With legacies as varied as its adventure landscape and spirited traditions thriving alongside the cream of Asian sophistication, Taiwan is a continent on one green island. The Beautiful Isle Famed for centuries as Ilha Formosa (Beautiful Isle; 美麗島; Měilìdǎo), this is a land with more sides than the 11-headed Guanyin. Towering sea cliffs, marble-walled gorges and tropical forests are just the start of your journey, which could take you as far as Yushan, Taiwan's 3952m alpine roof.In Taiwan you can criss-cross mountains on colonial-era hiking trails or cycle a lone highway with the blue Pacific on one…

[台中 / tái zhōng] Under Japanese, and later KMT, economic planning, Kaohsiung became the centre of heavy industry, Taipei the centre of colonial administration, and Taichung? The centre of light industry. If your image of 'Made in Taiwan' still conjures up visions of cheap toys, shoes and electrical goods, then you’ve got old Taichung in mind. Today the name Taichung [ Táizhōng ] tends, among locals anyway, to conjure up visions of great weather. Taipei and Taichung may have similar average temperatures but Taichung is much drier, receiving around 1700mm of rain a year compared with Taipei’s 2170mm. Taichung is a…

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT TAIWAN For a relatively small island, Taiwan is brimming with things to do, see and experience. Taiwan has its own personality, and it’s magnetic. I’m already looking into a return trip to Taipei. I need to experience it all. Taipei doesn’t have the mega city popularity of Tokyo. It’s not at the top of everyone’s travel bucket list like Thailand. And that’s part of its appeal. It won’t be the first place to get your attention, but it will keep your attention. Like the dorky girl with thick-framed glasses who slips into a little black dress,…