For someone who has spent an extensive amount of time in the United States, gentrification is a social phenomenon that I have been reading so much about in the past few years. However in Taiwan, this isn’t a topic that attracts much discussion simply because of the small amount of real-life examples that people can […]Read more "Love Note #29: The Fading History of Shaoxing Community"
One way to fall in love with a city for me is to follow the trail of its history and culture. I embarked on a journey of discovering Taiwan’s early history and culture in Tainan two months ago, and that proved to be a complete success, simply because I was able to get to know […]Read more "Love Note #28: Discovering Taipei’s Living Historic Trail through Dihua Street"
One common weather pattern in Taipei that you can never get enough of is the torrential rain that can often make you soaking wet in a matter of seconds. While the unpredictability of such weather pattern is surely notorious among residents and regular visitors, it is fair to say that you can never claim to […]Read more "Love Note #27: Rainy Days in Taipei"
Memorials are often established to commemorate the great deeds achieved by legendary national icons, and when it comes to Taiwan, one of the most renown memorials is the CKS Memorial Hall. Named after the man that led the nationalist government’s retreat to Taiwan, the square situates at the heart of Taipei, and hosts many of […]Read more "Love Note #26: CKS Memorial Hall"
If you think Tainan’s history and culture are only worth exploring during the day, then you are certainly underestimating what this historic city has to offer. To validate that myself, I spent the night of my two-day solo trip down south to experience the nighttime glamour in southern Taiwan. To my surprise, Tainan is just […]Read more "Love Note #25: Tainan’s Nighttime Glamour"
Tainan is long known for its authentic representation of Taiwanese cuisine and culture, but many have started to realize its dedication to preserving Taiwan’s architectural tradition. A tour through the historic part of Tainan can give you a clear idea why the city tops the list of must-visit places for many tourists. The antique-looking balcony […]Read more "Love Note #24: When Taiwan’s Architectural Traditions Come to Life in Tainan"
What is the one thing that most major cities around the world share? Urban parks, memorable landmarks, skyscrapers and unique skylines of their own. While it is not hard to think of a few examples to match with the first few items on that checklist, there seems to be very little discussion about Taipei’s own […]Read more "Love Note #23: The Xinyi Skyline"