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While riding a sleek bullet train in Taiwan recently, where the towering Taipei 101 skyscraper stands as testament to the country’s economic bustle, I never expected that a mere hour of cycling would locate me in a living, breathing haiku: a physical experience that occupies a brief moment in time, but, though simple, presents a great depth of experience.

Stephanie Hsu, who hails from New Jersey, relocated to Taipei on a “winter-break whim” and has never looked back. She now spends her days studying business at National Taiwan University and blogging about the place she calls home on her website, The Thousandth Girl. Here are a few of Stephanie’s favorite things about the city The Wall Street Journal’s China bureau described as “Asia’s answer to Portland, Oregon.”

Painting the Town in Taiwan

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Is graffiti always urban blight? Not in Taiwan, where officials are betting on street art as a force for tourism.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in March…

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in February.

Auspicious symbols of wealth and good fortune, dumplings have long graced Chinese New Year banquet tables. Today, tender jiao zhi sate appetites any time of day in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, where dumpling restaurants are ubiquitous.

Southern Hospitality in Kaohsiung

It should come as no surprise that technology is changing the way we travel in the 21st century. The next big wave of innovation transforming how we travel is in social media. Sites like Couchsurfing.org — a worldwide network of three million wired nomads who offer up their homes (i.e. couches) for free to other…

Amazing Birds of Taiwan

Now you don’t have to travel to Taiwan to see some of its incredibly beautiful birds. Former Traveler researcher Emily Haile sends word that her Taiwanese photographer friends, John Soong and his partner Fish, will have their American debut at the Jadite Galleries in New York City; their photos will be on display from June…

Taipei Day-Trip Tips

Former Traveler researcher Emily Haile spent the past summer and fall in Taipei studying Mandarin, and she vividly described many of her Taiwan adventures in her blog, The Travel Telegraph. I came along vicariously on her excursions, and here are some of my favorites within an hour or so of the capital: 1. About 20…

Street Food Photo Gallery

I can’t really tell right now if I’m hungry because it’s close to lunchtime, or because I’ve been staring at this amazing gallery of street food over at NationalGeographic.com’s new travel website. All I know is that I need to eat, and soon. And preferably from a cart of some kind. Here are a few…

Bird Watching in Taiwan

Traveler alumnus and Travel Telegraph blogger Emily Haile is spending the next several months in Taiwan, and she sent us a note from her new home. Before I left home, I looked on Flickr for some photos of Taiwan and was immediately captivated by the photographs of John&Fish. When I arrived in the city, I…

IT contributor Erica Schlaikjer will be attending the World Summit of Indigenous Cultures, and offers an invitation to anyone else able to attend. For those of you traveling to Asia this month, consider attending the World Summit of Indigenous Cultures, which will be held in Taiwan from April 12-17. The two-day conference and subsequent three-day…

Walking Taiwan

On the first of this year, National Geographic researcher Jeff Chen set off on a walk across the East Coast of Taiwan, an exploration he’s calling A Walk on my Ethnic Lines, to explore his multi-ethnic identity. For 260 miles over the span of three weeks, he’s been filming, photographing, audio recording and blogging his…