Showing posts with label Taiwan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Taiwan. Show all posts

New Taipei City, Taiwan: Driving along Taiwan's North Coast to Yehliu Geopark, Houtong Cat Village, Jiufen, & more

New Taipei City: Driving along Taiwan's North Coast to Yehliu Geopark, Houtong Cat Village, Jiufen, and more by Posh, Broke, & Bored


NEW TAIPEI CITY:  DRIVING ALONG TAIWAN’S NORTH COAST IN A SINGLE DAY

From cat villages to the town that inspired a Hayao Miyazaki film...

Rugged and beautiful. Dramatic but tranquil. Distinctly Chinese in appearance yet with a vague Japanese influence. From surfers’ paradise on fine sandy beaches to towns built into the sides of precipitously steep mountains, the terrain and landscape of Taiwan’s North Coast is a chocolate box of different flavours, with every sight more vastly contrasting to the last. I knew that New Taipei City (formerly Taipei County) was the most populous city in Taiwan, even more so than the capital it completely surrounds; but I didn’t expect the topmost section of this municipality to hold so many breathtaking sights in such a straight line. I spent a day driving through the incredibly scenic North Coast along the blue highway, whose geographic diversity is comparable to the Great Ocean Road and a world apart from most other Asian major cities. My experience is by no means exhaustive, but rather to demonstrate how achievable it is to visit 4 of the Taiwan’s North Coast most popular destinations from Taipei in a single day. Consider this an introduction to New Taipei City.



August 26, 2018

New Taipei City, Taiwan: Driving along Taiwan's North Coast to Yehliu Geopark, Houtong Cat Village, Jiufen, & more

NEW TAIPEI CITY:  DRIVING ALONG  TAIWAN’S NORTH COAST IN A SINGLE DAY From cat villages to the town that inspired a Hay...

Taipei, Taiwan: 8 Things To Do in Taipei

Taiwan: 8 Things To Do in Taipei by Posh, Broke, & Bored










EAT, SEE, & DO: 8 THINGS TO DO IN TAIPEI, TAIWAN 


The last time we met in my Taiwan travel stories, I was showing you highlights of the world’s greatest collection of Chinese art at the National Palace Museum and the art-themed tasting menu at Silks Palace. I’ve also told you the story about how my family are connected to the founding of the country and how Taiwan, also known as Republic of China (not to be confused with their Communist cousins, the People’s Republic of China) came to be. Picking up where we left off, in today’s travel story I’d like to share with you the eight things you must see, eat, and do when in Taipei. Whether you have a personal history with Taiwan or looking to visit this young, curious country; whether you have just days to spare or have the luxury of a long trip, I daresay my recommendations encapsulate the essence of the best sights and experiences Taipei has to offer. 

August 23, 2018

Taipei, Taiwan: 8 Things To Do in Taipei

EAT, SEE, & DO: 8 THINGS TO DO IN TAIPEI, TAIWAN   The last time we met in my Taiwan travel stories , I was...

Taipei, Taiwan: A day of Chinese Art and Fine Dining at National Palace Museum & Silks Palace Restaurant

Taipei, Taiwan: A day of Chinese Art and Fine Dining at National Palace Museum & Silks Palace Restaurant



A FEAST FOR THE EYES AND FOR THE STOMACH: CONSUMING THE WORLD’S GREATEST COLLECTION OF CHINESE ART AT THE NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM & SILKS PALACE RESTAURANT IN TAIPEI, TAIWAN


My first impression of the gargantuan yellow and white Chinese-style building topped with green roofs was that it looked like a mountain sentinel. Rising from and sprawled out across the verdant hills of Taipei, the National Palace Museum is indeed a guardian - of the rich history of one of the world’s greatest civilisations. At a cursory glance, the Northern branch of the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan is the very image of stability, power, and longevity. However, this impressive complex belies the close call of its collection’s near-desecration and destruction at the hands of those who would have wiped out nearly ten millennia of history in the name of their so-called Cultural Revolution. The  National Palace Museum in Taipei spoke to me, not only as a lover of art and history, but also as one of the greatest achievements of my great-grandfather’s party who sought to rescue and safekeep their beloved country’s legacy after it fell to the Communists. I spent a day in the National Palace Museum one of the most famous attractions of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and then an evening eating a tribute to some of its more precious artefacts at its luxury restaurant, Silks Palace. My idea of the perfect ways to take in art and history.


July 08, 2018

Taipei, Taiwan: A day of Chinese Art and Fine Dining at National Palace Museum & Silks Palace Restaurant

A FEAST FOR THE EYES AND FOR THE STOMACH: CONSUMING THE WORLD’S GREATEST COLLECTION OF CHINESE ART AT THE NATIONAL PALACE MUSEU...

Taipei, Taiwan: My Review of 5* Luxury hotel, W Taipei

Taipei, Taiwan: My Review of 5* Luxury hotel, W TAIPEI



WHEN AN OLD SOUL MAKES AN EXCEPTION FOR A MODERN HOTEL: MY REVIEW OF 5* LUXURY HOTEL W TAIPEI


It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of W Hotels - on Posh, Broke, & Bored alone I’ve reviewed W Amsterdam, W St Petersburg, W Hong Kong, and dipped my toes into the the pool of W Barcelona. My gravitation toward their brand of ultra-modern cool may however come as a surprise knowing that my personal taste in hotels leans towards the classic, the traditional, and the historical. So for me to happily go out of my way to stay in a hotel that is as unabashedly modern, cutting-edge and futuristic as W Hotels, what they have to offer must be truly above and beyond. Read on to learn what distinguishes the W TAIPEI from its foreign counterparts and why this luxury hotel should be the site of your stay in Taipei, Taiwan.



W TAIPEI



July 04, 2018

Taipei, Taiwan: My Review of 5* Luxury hotel, W Taipei

WHEN AN OLD SOUL MAKES AN EXCEPTION FOR A MODERN HOTEL: MY REVIEW OF 5* LUXURY HOTEL  W TAIPEI It’s no...

Taipei, Taiwan: My Family History & Connection to the Kuomintang, founders of Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan: My Family History & Connection to the Kuomintang, founders of Taiwan



MY FAMILY HISTORY & CONNECTION TO THE FOUNDERS OF TAIWAN, THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA


The saying goes: History is written by the victors. If you ask The People’s Republic of China (PRC, commonly known as China) they'd tell you that the Republic of China (ROC, commonly known as Taiwan) is not its own country but rather a rogue state that, if the PRC has its way, would be unified with the Mainland despite the ROC’s audacity to break away from the glorious path of Communism. As for me, I have sympathy for the devil - I have much empathy for the struggles of Taiwan, the founders of which were on the losing side of history. This comes as no surprise given my family connection to the Kuomintang (often translated as the Nationalist Party of China), the Blue Party who have almost exclusively ruled modern-day Taiwan ever since the country's inception in 1945. My desire to delve deeper into Taiwan literally runs in my veins, and so, I recently travelled to Taipei to learn more about my illustrious ancestors, and explore the country born of their blood, sweat, and tears. 

Today’s story, my take on one of the topics of this month’s #TRAVELLINKUP: PEOPLE THAT HAVE MADE AN IMPACT ON YOUR TRAVEL, is a brief introduction to Taiwan, the places to visit in Taipei to get a feel for the history of the country; and the remarkable story of a man whose passion, struggle, and sacrifice led me to visit the Republic of China.


July 01, 2018

Taipei, Taiwan: My Family History & Connection to the Kuomintang, founders of Taiwan

MY FAMILY HISTORY & CONNECTION TO THE FOUNDERS  OF TAIWAN, THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA The saying goes: History is wri...