A Farewell to Taipei Yuanshan Children’s Recreation Center (photos)

The Yuanshan Children’s park in Taipei is going to close soon, and it will be turned into… something else, as of now it doesn’t seem clear to anyone we asked !

Here’s the location of the Yuanshan Recreation Park: 臺北市玉門街33號, and here’s the location of the Shilin soon to be open park that will replace it by the end of the year if everything’s OK: click here. So if you are Taiwanese and feel nostalgic, know that the park is open Tuesday till Sunday 9am-5pm, and that the entrance is free till it closes by the end of August. However you have to pay 20NT for some attractions. When we went there there were still quite a few people, and kids were as delighted as ever!

This place by the MRT Yuanshan was opened by the Japanese in 1934, but replaced by a zoo-I assume when KMT came to Taiwan after 1949- until the animals were moved to the Taipei Zoo in Muzha. After that it was closed for a while until it reopened in 1987. Looks like it was fairly popular in the 90′s, before it draws always smaller crowds. Now I saw that a more modern, bigger park will be opened in Shilin soon and is almost completed.

Even if I obviously haven’t been there when I was a child, I went there for the first time on a sunny afternoon with my friend Wendell, and it was quite refreshing to see all those extremely happy kids with their brave parents and grandparents playing all kind of games, toboggans, ferry wheel, maze, etc.

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Dihua Street (迪化街) and the City God Birthday

Last month I brought one of my friend to Dihua Street to see the famous street with chinese pharmacy stores selling all kinds of goods, furniture shops and craftsmen doing all kind of traditional items. As we were sitting on small plastic chairs enjoying a bowl of noodles, we saw a procession coming, it was the local temple’s birthday. Little did I know that four hours later, the procession would still be parading, stretching over maybe several kilometers!

This article has two parts: let me introduce you the many nice attractions in Dihua Street, and then show you some of the City God birthday’s procession pictures!

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The 4th Nuclear Plant and the Energy Market in Taiwan

There’s a lot of protests ongoing in Taiwan regarding the 4th nuclear plant, and during a discussion this week I found myself challenged on arguments I had not verified. So I did some research based on official materials to give a basic background on Taiwan’s overall energy market. This is a long post, you’ll need a while to go through it! I am of course not an expert in the field of energy so please forgive -and correct- any inaccuracy.

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Made in Taiwan – The Band (interview)

Today I am sharing with you something different! There has always been K-Pop and J-Pop, but… come on guys, it’s old story now, time to move forward and… how about T-Pop?

I discovered last summer a French Band called Made In Taiwan, and I found it funny that T-Pop actually could spread as far as France! Getting to know the band, I realized though that it is actually not related to Taiwan musically or culturally, but anyway it is an interesting discovery, and a band to follow for sure! Read on for the summary of the interview with Manu, who created the band…

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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2014

This year in Taiwan, the Lantern Festival and Valentine’s day were both on February 14th, and it led to a firework of heart lanterns, a mixture of love messages and fortune wishes written on paper lanterns that apparently was startling for everyone, since there were people in the street till late in the night in Taipei, more precisely lots of youth and lots of couples, something I have actually rarely seen recently – was it that all over the island, boyfriends felt the need to finally invite their girlfriend to go out, or to grab a last opportunity to celebrate the last day of the New Year Celebration? Who knows?

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Incense, Prayers and Music: Chinese New Year at the Mazu Temple in Fengyuan (video)

The Matsu Temple is the oldest and arguably most important in Fengyuan, next to Taichung. Some parts date back to more than 300 years ago, as I was reminded several time during my time there! Many people go there on Chinese New Year’s Eve to pray for luck and success for the New Year, and also go to the attending Night Market enjoy some delicacies – Oyster Omelet! – or buy lottery.

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The Yellow Fellow Rubber Robber Duck in Taiwan

Sour article today, while visiting the Kitschy Yellow Rubber Duck in Keelung…

I have never really wished to see the Yellow Duck-which has become some kind of celebrity in Taiwan, and I was even making fun of the seemingly deepless passion of Taiwanese for it, when my girlfriend reminded me that the biggest yellow Duck IN THE WORLD is actually in France… So I accepted to go and was actually quite interested to know what I would find there.

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