Taiwan: The least negative and angry place in the world?

The Gallup Global Emotions index for 2018 is here. It confirms what we all know instinctively. The world is getting angrier and more negative for its dwellers. However, if you live in Taiwan, you might feel better about the situation than almost everyone else in the world, as Taiwan has ranked lowest in negative experiences... Continue Reading →

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Join 100+ Bikini Riders Set to Descend on Taipei for the S20 Festival!

Taipei Summers are scorching and July 6 is the perfect day of the year to put on a bikini, hop on a bicycle, and head to S20, the only festival in Taiwan with fire hoses mounted on the main stage!  Heads will turn as over 100 riders wearing bikinis leave Maji Square and head to... Continue Reading →

Touring Kaohsiung: War Paint, Swinging Swords, & A Trip To The Moon! Pt.2

Read Pt.1 here Following a tasty Taiwanese breakfast at the canteen, the group filed into Shunsian Temple just next door to the hostel. A sweet older woman, who we learned was a volunteer, led the tour while our trusty MyTaiwanTour guide, Gordon, played translator. The natural lighting drifting into the temple was almost redundant, for the intricately... Continue Reading →

Taiwan: 9th most efficient healthcare system in the world!

Taiwan is often praised by visitors and residents for its healthcare system. Not only is the healthcare cheap, it is efficient. There aren't long wait times or lack of experienced medical professionals like in some other places that offer universal healthcare. In fact, in 2018, Taiwan ranked 9th in Bloomberg's annual Healthcare Efficiency Index. This... Continue Reading →

Tiny Trains, a Giant Buddha, & Dinner and a Show! Kaohsiung! pt.1

The glorious sunlight immediately made up for the dangerous two hours of sleep I barely managed to squeeze in the previous evening. Or it could have been the two macchiatos I downed en route to Kaohsiung; we may never know. What I do know is that the transition from the glum-faced, umbrella-toting early birds of... Continue Reading →

Taiwan Daily News In English takeover of Taiwan Observer

Hey there, Observers and Taiwan Daily News fans! Taiwan Observer is pleased to announce that we have entered into a definitive merger agreement with Taiwan Daily News In English, a leading provider in the English news market in Taiwan. This takeover from Taiwan Daily News in English, based in Taichung, further strengthens our position in... Continue Reading →


Ticket Giveaway We are giving away free tickets to 2019 夏都春宴 Spring Break on the Beach How to win Step 1: Share this link Step 2: Send a screenshot to Taiwan Observer 台灣爆報 page in a message. Step 3: Include your name, email, and phone number in the message. (The name you provide must... Continue Reading →

Highschool student organizes charity concert for disabled swimmers

William Hung, a Grade 12 student at Dominican International School has organized a charity concert to raise funds for disabled swimmers. The beneficiary is the Taipei Swimming Association for the Disabled (TSAD), a charity organization that provides free swimming lessons to people with disabilities. The Brave Swimmer Concert will be held in the gym of... Continue Reading →

Taipei Shorts: A collection of six original plays at one event

This whole weekend, starting on Friday the Red Room, a creative space in central Taipei, will see a lot of performing action coming from one of Taipei’s most dedicated group of actors. The group itself is an amalgamate of locally based international and native Taiwanese actors and actresses. Taipei Shorts is currently the only English... Continue Reading →

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