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January, 17, 2017

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An amazing experience: Visit Dihua Street prior to Chinese New Year
It's neither a glittering landmark of the city, nor a big shopping mall sporting the biggest brands available, yet Taipei's Dihua (迪化) Street becomes a coveted destination for tourists and shopaholics alike prior to Chinese New Year (CNY).
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Discover culture, history and ecology at Zhishanyen
Having lived in Shilin for eight years, I had passed Zhishan Hill on my way to Neihu (內湖), Yangmingshan and Neishuangxi (內雙溪) innumerable times, promising myself to visit this mysterious place soon.
 
Old Tienmu Trail: Monkey highway
Seeing large mammals in the wild is no easy task in Taiwan, but there are one or two places where the challenge is a little less difficult. For those living in the Taipei area, the Old Tienmu Trail, which begins at the end of Zhongshan N. Rd (中山北路), Sec. 7, offers a great opportunity.
 
Neidong waterfalls: A nice place for a pleasant walk
The Neidong waterfalls in Wulai definitely do not fit into the off-the-beaten-track category, so if you are looking for a challenging, adventurous trip to the middle of the wilderness, you might consider choosing another destination.
 
A return to bliss in Wulai
"I really want to see wild monkeys before I leave Taiwan," my friend Frank said as we ventured onto Wulai's Red River Gorge Trail. "They're called macaques, right? I've got to see them. It's a must."
 
Hot Spring Festival opens in Guanyinshan Scenic Area
The 2007 Jinshan (金山) and Wanli (萬里) Hot Spring Festival held by the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area Administration (NCGNSAA) will run for two months from Dec. 1 to Jan. 31.
 
Shilin Presidential Garden's Flower Festival
These days the quiet gardens of the Shilin Presidential Residence (士林總統官邸), which otherwise speak of grandeur and solitude, are buoyed by joy, life and festivities.
 
In the footsteps of Taiwan's Robin Hood
Beside a busy road near the new Taipei Port development just outside the center of Bali township stands a rather grand-looking temple. It's larger and taller than the surrounding structures, with a shiny new roof of orange tiles, but there's little at a glance to suggest it's a particularly special temple.
 
Beitou's green library: East Asia's most eco-friendly building
Climate change has become a global issue, and people around the world are trying to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Cars and power stations are recognized as major sources of carbon dioxide, but in fact homes and workplaces are responsible for far more greenhouse-gas emissions than vehicles.
 
Cycling in Taipei: An Exciting Prospect
Sizzling summertime has given way to cooler fall temperatures -- an ideal time for cycling in Taipei. Eight kilometers of cycling paths hug the Hsintien (新店) and Tamshui (淡水) riversides on the outskirts of Taipei, offering a lovely afternoon ride all the way to the bustling boardwalk in Tamshui.
 
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