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Taiwan’s Farmland Patchwork Quilt

Arable land is at a premium in Taiwan. Close to 70% of the island consists of rugged mountains and forests, with several hundred peaks reaching 3000m (9800 feet) or more. Taiwan’s farmers have a reputation for being thrifty, hard-working and … Continue reading

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The Pleasure of Waiting

About 100 years ago G.K. Chesterton wrote about leisure. In his view the “perhaps most rare and precious (type of leisure) is being allowed to do nothing.” It was his favorite, because it allowed idleness — in Chesterton’s view, the … Continue reading

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Foot Reflexology Made Easy

If you take a stroll in a park in Taiwan or China you will very likely come across a strange sight. Men and women, mostly middle-aged or elderly walking barefoot on a path made up from large smooth pebbles with … Continue reading

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My Relaxing Hexagon

The Chinese pavilion is an interesting structure. It has no walls, is most often hexagonal, but also round or octagonal in shape and is covered with a curved roof with glazed tiles. You find them in parks, gardens, out on … Continue reading

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Beat the Heat!

Weathermen are saying that this summer has seen the longest period of steaming hot and sunny weather in Taiwan in history. Usually the summer sizzling is interrupted by periods of rain and wind, but this year it has been one … Continue reading

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Life Is In The Clouds

Summer is a scorching affair in southern Taiwan. Over four or five months the temperature hovers in the mid 30s C (90 or above F), and humidity is high. But there are upsides to this weather, such as the many … Continue reading

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Tenacious Roots Textures

In Taiwan’s subtropical climate aerial tree roots are a common sight. I am always fascinated by the sheer tenacity of these roots as well as by the intricate patterns they form, which are truly works of art. Whether it is … Continue reading

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Worth It’s Salt!

Sea salt production in Taiwan goes back hundreds of years. Surrounded by the oceans and with plenty of sunshine, the plains on the west coast offered suitable conditions. During the Japanese occupation in the first half of the 20th century … Continue reading

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Ride the Duck Bus

Taiwan’s second largest city, Kaohsiung, is often called the “Ocean Capital”, because of its large port and proximity to the sea. Besides the ocean it also boasts a large lake and a river that flows right through downtown. As a … Continue reading

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Taiwan’s Techno Gods

Nobody quite knows how it started, and there are several competing stories. But somebody or somebodies in Taiwan got the idea to combine traditional religious temple parades and its deities with techno and pop music, and at the same time … Continue reading

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