• Regent Taipei presents Japanese Kakiyasu Beef from 2/9

    Japanese Wagyu entered the Taiwan market last October after a decade long hiatus and has since been commonly seen in various dining outlets. To present customers with a more unique Wagyu experience, Regent Taipei has invited the renowned Japanese Kakiyasu Group for a guest chef event from 2/9-2/11 at the Mihan Honke restaurant; led by Kakiyasu’s executive chef Muraishi-san, the Kakiyasu Beef-Ultimate Luxury Wagyu Feast transports the entire Japanese Kakiyasu century-old traditions in its entirety, to Taiwan.

  • Walk along the ridges of northern Taipei

    Qingtiangang (photo courtesy of GEO) TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taipei City’s Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) has planned out the routes of walking along the ridges of southern and northern Taipei, and will finish installing a complete guidance system, mobile toilets, and drinking fountains along the routes this year to make hiking in Taipei friendlier and more convenient. This report will focus only on hiking along the ridges of northern Taipei.

  • Taiwan Railways Administration announces second increase of additional trains for Lunar New Year

    (photo from Wikipedia) TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) announced on Monday that it will increase the number of additional trains for the second time to meet unfulfilled demand for the Lunar New Year holiday after advance tickets for popular holiday periods had sold out.   

    The TRA said the second increase of additional trains for the Lunar New Year holiday will include 20 more trains for the Western Line and 10 more trains for the Eastern Line to bring the total additional trains for the holiday season to 359. The agency said the booking for the latest additional trains will start on February 6.

  • My revisit of Taiwan’s mega tourist attraction after 30 years

    Sun Mook Lake (By Taiwan News)TAIPEI (Taiwan News)–I revisited Sun Mook Lake on January 7 after my first visit about 30 years ago. While my past memories of this Taiwan’s mega tourist attraction have blurred, one thing remains clear—the enchanting views of a vast body of clean, turquoise water surrounded by the blue and sometimes misty mountains remains unchanged. 

  • 2018 Year of Bay Tourism campaign launched in Taipei

    Image of Matsu's Beigan Airport (Image by flickr user linchingyao) TAIPEI (Taiwan Today) — The 2018 Year of Bay Tourism campaign promoting Taiwan’s top 10 islands was launched Jan. 24 in Taipei City by the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
    The initiative, which comprises more than 40 culture- and lifestyle-themed activities scheduled over the four seasons, centers on Guishan Island off Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan; Green and Orchid islands off Taitung County in southeastern Taiwan; Xiaoliuqiu Island off Pingtung County in southern Taiwan; Jibei, Qimei and Xiyu islands of outlying Penghu County; Lieyu Island of outlying Kinmen County; and Matsu’s Beigan and Dongju islands in outlying Lienchiang County.
    Bureau Director-general Chou Yung-hui said although Taiwan is small in land mass, it is blessed with an abundance of tourism assets. These include over 1,500 kilometers of stunning coastline, more than 10 percent of the world’s marine species and one of Asia’s most distinctive cultural landscapes.
    The campaign will raise the international profile of the islands and heighten public awareness of the need for sustainable development, enhancement and protection of marine environments, he added.
    According to the bureau, Taiwan will also host a raft of major fairs and events this year in an effort to further strengthen the country’s tourism brand and stimulate economic activity and development in related industries.
    These include the annual meeting of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club scheduled for October in Penghu; Asian Bird Fair set for November in Chiayi County, southern Taiwan; Taichung World Flora Exposition running from November to April 2019 in central Taiwan; and in-depth consultations between local tourism officials and those from Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. 

  • The Top 5 Short-Haul Destinations from Taiwan

    Cebu, Philippines. (Image by flickr user Patrick Tumalad) Budget Airlines have exploded on the Taiwanese travel scene in a big way in recent years and had a big impact on the travel habits of both Taiwanese and ex-pats. Whereas before regular holidays overseas were out of reach for many regular people, today it is possible for most people to explore Southeast Asia on a budget.