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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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Unlimited Freedom Festival 2019; Highest, most central music and arts festival in Taiwan!

Taiwan is gearing up for what could be the best festival of the year. Over 100 bands and performers will be coming to jam out at the Unlimited Freedom Festival. Bands from all over the world (Taiwan, Japan, The U.K., Korea, Hong Kong, Poland, the U.S., Singapore, Malaysia, and more) are ready to rock Taiwan, due... Continue Reading →

WISH Upon a Sustainable Sky Lantern This Fall in PingXi 

Fully embrace the arrival of autumn this year by partaking in a beloved local tradition, modernized to show better regard for Mother Earth, and a magical outdoor festival that will have you wishing you never had to leaf.     Taiwan Observer was recently invited to a demo tour for a taste of the much-anticipated... Continue Reading →

3 Most Instagram-Worthy Historical Mansions in Taipei 

If you’re looking to kick back on a lazy Sunday afternoon, snap some sweet shots for the ‘gram, and simultaneously experience Taiwanese culture, check out these gorgeous old mansions in Taipei:     The Lin Family Mansion & Garden (No. 9, Ximen St., Banqiao District, New Taipei City; Mondays-Sundays 9:00AM - 5:00PM, closed on the 1st... Continue Reading →

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 →

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