When I’m not living in Taipei studying Chinese, I’m an ecologist, so being outside and otherwise surrounded by nature is kind of my thing. Whenever I move to a new city, my first goal is to find my favorite parks so that I know exactly where to go when I want to sit and relax, go on a run, or have a change of scenery while I’m doing my homework. While I haven’t visited all of Taipei’s green spaces (there are at least a hundred…Continue Reading “The Outdoor Enthusiast’s Guide to Taipei”

I’ve already said that the Riverside Park system is one of my favorite things about Taipei, but with a Riverside this extensive, it can be hard to decide which is the best portion to hit up if you only have a little bit of time. In this post, I’ll offer you 12 interesting suggestions of where to go and what to do along the Riverside. Starting from the south end of the Riverside… 1. Taipei Zoo and the Maokong Gondola Located at the southern terminus…Continue Reading “Raving About Taipei’s Riverside Part 2: Where to Go and What to Do”

My friend Selena, who recommended and booked for us recommended Ding Wang Spicy Hotpot (鼎旺麻辣鍋). She said it looks fancy, famous, good, affordable and quiet for us to enjoy proper hotpot dinner. So I decided to go there together with my local Taiwanese friend, Oliver.  There are actually two Ding Wang’s! Ding Wang, with the name in Romanized letters instead of the Chinese name in characters. So I unwittingly googled “Ding Wang” and found a Ding Wang Spicy Hotpot (鼎旺麻辣鍋) with 2 locations and an official FB page.Then a…Continue Reading “鼎王麻辣鍋 Ding Wang Mala Hotpot, Taipei”

Words cannot describe how in love I am with Taipei’s system of Riverside Parks. In the past two months that I’ve been living in Taipei, the Riverside system has become my favorite part of the city – and where I try to spend as much of my time as possible. Every time I hit the Riverside, I discover something new, and I am thoroughly convinced it’s the best way to be outdoors without having to go too far away from Taipei. Here are a few…Continue Reading “Raving About Taipei’s Riverside”

No visit to Taiwan is complete without a visit to a night market. The best nightlife in Taipei is found at food market. The country has a penchant for snacking and a desire to eat with friends all night long. Although night markets are traditionally a Chinese phenomenon, Taiwan’s scene has grown to be considered one of the best in the world. Taiwan’s night markets initially began as informal vendor meetings, where merchants would get together and sell their wares. These groupings eventually turned into more formal night markets. Now, visitors…Continue Reading “Taipei Night Market”

Taiwan is well known for their snacks, which you can get anywhere, and it’s the same for fried chicken. Since I started living in Taiwan 3 months ago, many people told me how good their fried chicken is. I was not really interested in it since I had previously been living in South Korea, which is notorious for eating more fried chicken than any other Asian country does.                                   …Continue Reading “Checking On Fried Chicken! Taiwan Edition!!!”