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My parents visit Taiwan

My parents have just spent the past week in Taiwan. This was their second visit to Taiwan following their first visit in 2008. The week long visit was just enough time to see a few of Taiwan’s highlights. The first day was spent relaxing and enjoying some of the good things in Taichung. We drank […]

John Seed in Taiwan

I have just spent ten days accompanying John Seed on a trip around Taiwan. John is an environmentalist from Australia well known for his efforts protecting rainforests around the world and also as a philosopher of Deep Ecology. I met John at the Taoyuan Airport on the morning of 28 March. We then took the high speed […]

Visit to the Bunun community of Kalibuan

Over the weekend I visited the Bunun community of Kalibuan (Wangxiang, 望鄉部落) with a group of students from Providence University and National Chengchi University. The first stop on the way was a small museum in Xinyi Township of Nantou County. The museum contains a range of materials related to Bunun culture. The picture above shows […]

Taiwan becomes ‘the heart of Asia’

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau has launched a new logo and slogan. “Taiwan – The Heart of Asia” replaces the grammatically incorrect “Taiwan, Touch Your Heart” which had been in use for ten years. Focus Taiwan reports the logo was designed with the assistance of London design firm Winkreative. It  packs in a bunch of symbols […]

Day trip to Dajia in Taichung County

I took the opportunity to do a bit of local tourism today heading out to Dajia (大甲) in Taichung County.  The first place I stopped was the Wenchang Shrine (文昌祠), a beautiful little temple with neatly kept grounds. Next stop was the Dajia Matsu Temple (大甲鎮瀾宮). The temple is one of the busiest and most […]

Approaching storms and millet harvest in Smangus

I went on a trip to Smangus this week. I carefully checked the weather forecast on Sunday night before I left. I was aware that Tropical Storm Lionrock and the low pressure system to the northwest of Taiwan would influence the weather during the week. However, it seemed unlikely that either of them would directly impact […]