Travel to Taiwan! A Lunar New Year 2014 Edition

For many of us living in the United States, a visit to Taiwan can be as infrequent as “that time in 4th grade and all I remember was it was very hot.”

A lucky number of us, however, do get to visit Taiwan more often, especially during the holidays.

This past Lunar New Year, TaiwaneseAmerican.org staffers-at-large Eric Kao [Social Media Manager] and Kristina Lin [Admin Director] made it their mission to hit up iconic and “hidden gem” destinations around Taipei. They asked resident TA.org denizens for some sightseeing recommendations and subsequent photos and moments were tagged with #traveltaiwan and #taipeitoyou.

Below are some of the photos and moments from those adventures!

天黑黑 欲落雨 [Dark sky, Going to rain]. Look at that foggy image of Taipei 101 in the background! It looks so dreamlike and peaceful until  …

Happy New Year!!! #2014

After all those fireworks, a scenic mountain ride on the Maokong Gondola is in order. Perhaps for a cup of tea?

… or some 阿宗麵線 [flour-rice noodles], YUM!

All that food makes us want to sleep, er, read at the bookstore. Taiwan bookstores are the BEST. Here is 誠品 [Eslite Bookstore].

Charming, folksy 淡水 [Tamsui]. A beautiful day at the Fisherman’s Wharf.

The Taipei MRT is so convenient … and unexpectedly artistic. Exit Y28 of Taipei Main Station hosts an active bboy scene.

And it’s time for New Year again … the REAL New Year. Vendors out on 迪化街 [DiHua Street] in preparation for the Lunar New Year.

An off-the-beaten-path visit to pretty 真理大學 [Aletheia University] …

And finally, more relaxing at Beitou Public Library.

Lastly, a moment of pop culture hilarity: Krispy Kreme’s newly opened flagship store had Taipei waiting 3 – 4 hours for its doughnuts. What?!!

Thanks to Judy S., Steven W., Marisa H., Jason H. and other TA.org commenters for the Taipei recommendations. Feel free to leave more suggestions in the comments on places, activities and food for us to try next time!

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Interested in sharing your own “Travel to Taiwan” photo adventure? Contact: [email protected] with “#traveltaiwan” in the Subject Title.

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