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Taiwan maintain zero local case of COVID-19 for 19 days, total released from hospitals 324

Nasa panglabing-siyam na araw na walang naitalang lokal na kaso ng COVID-19 sa Taiwan. Ngayong araw ng Biyernes, Mayo 1, ay malugod muling ipinapaalam ng CECC Taiwan walang naitalang kaso ng COVID-19 at nanatiling "Zero Case" sa anim magkakasunod na araw.

Ngayong araw ay umabot na sa 324 mga pasyente ang nakalabas sa mga ospital at nanatili pa rin sa 429 ang kabuuang kaso ng COVID-19 sa Taiwan at nanatiling nasa anim ang nasawi dahil sa nasabing sakit.

Taiwan remain zero case of COVID-19 for six consecutive days

Nasa 429 pa rin ang kabuuang bilang ng COVID-19 sa Taiwan at walang naitalang kaso ng COVID-19 sa anim magkakasunod na araw mula noong Linggo. Ngayong araw ng Biyernes, Mayo 1, 2020.

Ayon sa CECC Taiwan, ito na ang ikalabing-siyam araw na walang naitatalang kaso sa lokal na aspeto. At wala na rin naitatalang kaso mula sa hanay ng Navy.

Sa ngayon ay nanatili pa rin sa 429 ang kabuuang bilang ng COVID-19 sa bansa at 343 dito ay mga nahawaan sa labas ng bansa, at 55 naman ang local transmission. At anim naman ang binawian ng buhay.


LOOK: 2 OFW in Kuwait dies due to COVID-19

Dalawang OFW sa Kuwait binawian ng buhay dahil sa COVID-19 ngayong araw ng Huwebes, Abril 30, ayon sa Embahada ng Pilipinas sa Kuwait. Samantala nasa 201 na mga OFW ang binawian ayon sa Department of Foreign Affairs.

Ayon naman kay Chargé d'Affaires Charleson Hermosura, umabot na sa 51 ang kabuuang bilang ng OFW na tinamaan ng COVID-19.

Inihahanda na rin ang repatriation ng mga OFW na nais umuwi ng Pilipinas.At bukod diyan ay inaayos na rin ang Financial Assistance sa mga nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa COVID-19, namahagi rin sila ng mga food packs.

Ayon pa kay Hermosura, nagbibigay ng food packs, at inaayos na rin ang financial assistance sa mga overseas Filipino workers doon na nawalan ng kabuhayan.

Tinatayang nasa 2000 ng mga Undocumented at Distressed OFW ang nakabalik ng bansa dahil sa Amnesty Program ng Kuwait.

Top 10 affordable hotels in Taichung, Taiwan

Taichung Amour Hotel

Taichung Amour Hotel is located in Taichung, only a 15-minute walk from Chungyo Department Store and Yizhong Shopping Area.
The hotel is a 8-minute drive from Taichung Railway Station. Fengjia Night Market is 7 km from Taichung Amour Hotel, while Taichung Confucius Temple is 500 m away. Taichung Ching Chuan Kang Airport is 20 km from the property.
Each room at this inn is air conditioned and has a TV. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Address: No. 22, Jinxiang Street, North District, Taichung

Hotel Champs Elysées

Ideally set in the North District district of Taichung, Hotel Champs Elysées is situated 2.4 km from National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2.5 km from Kuangsan SOGO Dept. Store and 6 km from Fengjia Night Market. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms.
The hotel offers a à la carte or American breakfast.
Popular points of interest near Hotel Champs Elysées include Zhongzheng Park, Taichung Park and Taichung Confucius Temple. The nearest airport is Taichung International Airport, 16 km from the accommodation.

Address: No. 377, Wuquan Road, North District, Taichung

KIWI-Taichung Station Branch 1

Located in the heart of Taichung, 5 minutes walk from Taichung Railway Station, KIWI-Taichung Station Branch 1 offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms. It has a 24-hour front desk, a tour desk and provides free parking and free WiFi throughout the property.
KIWI-Taichung Station Branch 1 is a 5-minute drive from Yizhong Street Night Market, while Taichung Airport is a 30-minute drive away. There is a free offsite parking guests can use during the stay.
Guest rooms are fully air conditioned and are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a writing desk and a refrigerator. The private bathroom comes with a bathtub, free toiletries and a hairdryer.
The hotel has luggage storage services.

Address: No.19, Sec. 1, Taiwan Blvd., Central Dist., Taichung City 400, Taiwan (R.O.C.), Central District, Taichung

CityInn Hotel Plus - Taichung Station Branch

CityInn Hotel Plus (Taichung Station Branch) is a modern property sitting on Fuxing Road, East District. Providing WiFi and public computer stations, it also has a self-service laundry room. Parking and a 24-hour front desk are available.
Featuring stylish decor, the air-conditioned rooms all come with a flat-screen TV, a minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. En suite bathrooms have a shower and free toiletries.
Guests can arrange day trips at the tour desk, or store luggage at the reception area. The common area offers coffee and water.
CityInn Hotel Plus (Taichung Station Branch) is around a 2-minute walk from the back exit of Taichung Train Station and around a 20-minute drive from Taichung High Speed Train Station. Taichung International Airport is around a 40-minute drive away.
Western and Chinese dishes are served for breakfast in a buffet style from 07:00 to 10:00 daily at B1 Cafe. Alternatively, there are many local eateries within around a 5-minute walk away.

Address: No. 133, Section 4, Fuxing Road, East District, Taichung

53 Hotel

53 HOTEL is conveniently located in Taichung’s city centre, just opposite the Miyahara pastry shop and a 2-minute walk from Taichung Railway Station. Selected room provides spacious rooms with a bathtub, a comfortable seating area and free Wi-Fi.
The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Fengchia Night Market and Taichung Park. 53 HOTEL Taichung is only a 10-minute drive from Zhonghua and Zhongxiao Night Market. Newly renovated City Stream is 15 m away. The Taichung Bus Station is only a 3-minute walk away.
The air-conditioned rooms are fitted with fine beddings and furnishings. They are beautifully decorated and feature a LCD TV, a desk and a minibar. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries.
The hotel has a gym room and a self-service laundry room. There is also a meditation room and a business centre for guest’s convenience. Luggage storage and laundry services are also available.
53 Cafe located on the first floor of the hotel provides Chinese and Western dishes.

Address: No. 27, Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung

Smile 73 Hotel

Smile 73 Hotel is conveniently located in Taichung, just a 10-minute walk from Taichung Railway Station and a 16-minute drive from Taiwan High Speed Rail - Taichung Station. Guests can easily stroll to the bus terminal.
Walking from the hotel, guests can reach Yizhong Street shopping area in 10 minutes, while SHOWTIME LIVE Taichung Station Store, Miyahara, Liuchuan Riverside and Taroko Mall are a 5-minute drive away.
Here at Smile 73 Hotel, guests will find a 24-hour front desk offering tourist information and luggage storage service. Free WiFi is available in all rooms and public areas. Free bicycles are provided on request. There is also a free parking at the location nearby.
The property serves fresh Chinese and western buffet breakfast with local ingredients.

Address: No. 101, Guangfu Road, Central District, Taichung

Military75 Hotel

The hotel is only a 3-minute walk from the nearest bus station, an 8-minute walk from Zhonghua Road Night Market, a 10-minute drive from Taichung Railway Station. and an 18-minute drive from Taiwan High Speed Rail - Taichung Station. In 7 minutes' car journey, guests can reach Taichung Calligraphy Greenway, CMP Park Lane, Yizhong Street shopping district, Taichung National Museum of Natural Science and SOGO Department Store.
Simply and comfortably furnished, each guest room features air conditioning, swan feather beddings, LCD TV, private bathroom, hairdryer, desk, electric kettle, fridge and complimentary Taiwanese branded toiletries. A water dispenser can be found on the first floor.
The hotel is serving fast food breakfast freshly delivered every morning. From 14:00 to 02:00, the light food bar offering complimentary toast, beverages and coffee.

Address: No. 203, Wuquan Road, West District, Taichung

Napas Hotel

Ideally set in the centre of Taichung, Napas Hotel features air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi and a garden. All rooms boast a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and organising tours for guests.
All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. The units will provide guests with a fridge.
Napas Hotel offers a terrace.
Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Taichung City Office Building, Zhongzheng Park and Taichung Park. The nearest airport is Taichung International Airport, 18 km from Napas Hotel.

Address: No.11,Lane.141,Section.1,Taiwan Blvd.,Central District., Central District, Taichung

Chance Hotel

Only a 1-minute walk from Taichung Railway Station, Chance Hotel is located in Taichung. It features a 24-hour front desk. Free WiFi access is available in all rooms and public areas. Miyahara Dessert Store is within 3 minutes by foot.
The hotel is 2.3 km from National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and 3.1 km from Kuangsan SOGO Department Store. Yizhong Night Market is a 7-minute drive from the property. Taichung Ching Chuan Kang Airport is about a 40-minute drive away.
Both private guestrooms and beds in lively dormitories are available at Chance Hotel. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning. Private rooms also come with a flat-screen cable TV, an electric kettle and a refrigerator. For your comfort, a hairdryer, slippers and free toiletries can be found in room as well. Dormitory rooms come with free toiletries and free WiFi. Self-operated laundry, hairdryers and lockers are also available.
Staff at the tour desk can assist with tour arrangements. For guests' convenience, a refrigerator, a microwave, a oven and a water dispenser are available in the shared lounge.
Buffet style breakfast is served at the hotel. Various dining options are available nearby. Multiple shopping malls can be reached within 10 minutes on foot. A 24-hour convenience store can be found in less than a minute by walking.

Address: No. 163, Jianguo Road, Central District, Taichung

Raise Hotel

Ideally set in the North District district of Taichung, Raise Hotel is situated 2.1 km from National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2.3 km from Kuangsan SOGO Dept. Store and 6 km from Fengjia Night Market. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms.
All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. At the hotel, the rooms come with a private bathroom with free toiletries.
Popular points of interest near Raise Hotel include Zhongzheng Park, Taichung Park and Zhonghua Rd. Night Market. The nearest airport is Taichung International Airport, 16 km from the accommodation.

Address: No.272, Wuquan Road, North District, Taichung


Top 7 affordable restaurants in New Taipei City, Taiwan

 In recent years, New Taipei City’s district of Banqiao has enjoyed a sustained period of investment and redevelopment. And as such, there has been an explosion of new restaurants opening in the neighborhood. With so much competition, many in the local food industry have upped their game, and diners in the area are spoiled for choice.


Billing itself as Hong Kong’s most famous dim sum, TimHoWan is setting the bar pretty high. But in fairness, they have no problem living up to the reputation. The food at this place is of very high quality, and that is reflected in the prices. Don’t come here expecting to eat cheaply, but if you’re willing to spend a little on your lunch or dinner then it’s a fantastic option. Located in Mega City, the décor and comfort are as you’d expect, and although the food comes out fast, there’s no rush to finish your meal.

Address: b1, 28號 Xinzhan Road, New Taipei City, 220, Taiwan

Asia 49

The spectacular views alone would make this a restaurant worth visiting, but thankfully the food is pretty good, too. They opened with a claim to be the first five-star dining restaurant in New Taipei City, which seems like a hell of a boast. In truth though, while it’s not quite the fine dining establishment they market it as, it is very good indeed. The menu has been created by the restaurant’s award-winning chef who brings his own particular style to some classic Asian dishes. And when your meal is finished, there’s even an outdoor area where you can enjoy a drink. For the stunning views alone, this place is a worth a first visit, but it’s the fabulous food that will have you coming back for more.

Address: 49, 16號 Xinzhan Road, New Taipei City, 220, Taiwan


Originally a bar that served a huge selection of Belgian beers, BravoBar has since added an extensive lunch and dinner menu with an international flavor. All the classic dishes are here, and all are prepared very well. It’s a cozy little place that tends to get busy as the night wears on. It’s a good fun place to enjoy a meal before a night out, and with so many beers to choose from, you may end up just staying here.

Address: B1樓, 22 Section 2, Xianmin Boulevard, New Taipei City, 220, Taiwan


Ikki is a Japanese restaurant located in Lihpao Mall. You get an amazing menu with all kinds of unusual Japanese dishes on offer. The menu really sets this place apart from the many Japanese restaurants you’ll find in Taipei. Everything is also very well presented, and the restaurant itself has an elegant feel with a very quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Having said that though, it’s still kid-friendly and there are plenty of options that kids will enjoy.

Address: 3號 Section 2, Xianmin Boulevard, New Taipei City, 220, Taiwan

Lemon Grass

This tea house chain started out in Kaohsiung, but now boasts locations all over the island. This particular branch, however, is the only 24-hour Lemon Grass in the chain. There’s an extensive menu that features some classic dishes alongside some really tasty teas. Try the jasmine milk tea – it’s refreshing and a little addictive. Although it’s open 24-hours, it still manages to maintain a nice relaxed vibe throughout the day and night with everything clean as a whistle.

Address: 567 Zhongzheng Road, New Taipei City, 242, Taiwan

八德素食餐廳 8 Vegetarian Restaurant

Vegetarians aren’t quite spoiled for choice in Taipei, so it’s a rather pleasant surprise to find that one of the most popular restaurants in Banqiao is actually vegetarian. But don’t assume that this is a place that only your veggie-loving friends will love. The food on offer is fantastic with a huge range of dishes to choose from. Prices are also pretty reasonable, and the service is very friendly.

Address: 2號 Lane 32, Shijian Road, New Taipei City, 220, Taiwan

Din Tai Fung

As one of the most famous restaurants in Asia, Din Tai Fung guarantees you a certain level of service, choice, and quality in each of their restaurants. The Banqiao branch is simply more of the same but is well worth the visit. Diners often have a tendency to avoid restaurant chains, but Din Tai Fung is different, and if you skip this place, you’re missing out. The dumplings are amazing at this particular branch (but then they’re amazing at all Din Tai Fungs!), and the service is top-class. A lot of the staff speak English, too, so it’s quite tourist-friendly.

Address: B1, 28號 Xinzhan Road, New Taipei City, 220, Taiwan


15 things to do in Miaoli County Taiwan

1. Flying Cow Ranch

If you’re the kind of city person who finds farm life exotic, or you’ve got kids like us, then Flying Cow Ranch may be for you. Like so many other leisure farms in Taiwan, there are multiple activities on offer and animals to touch or feed.

The Flying Cow Ranch Hotel (read reviews / see prices) actually looks pretty cool, and the fresh yogurt sold in the souvenir shop is quite delicious.

Address: 357, Taiwan, Miaoli County, Tongxiao Township, 南和里166號

2. Global Tea Hut

The only time I’ve ever visited Miaoli City was to attend a morning meditation and tea session at the headquarters of Global Tea Hut, a zen meditation center.

Wu De, the resident American monk, offers free lodging to backpackers, guided meditations, and extremely informative tea education sessions, but the waiting list can be quite long. The organization also publishes Tea & Tao magazine, and subscriptions (which are mailed worldwide) include environmentally friendly tea-of-the-month samples.

Address : No. 16, Yu Ching St., Lane 94, Miaoli 360

3. Hakka Roundhouse

Lying just north of the Houlong River from Miaoli City, the Hakka Roundhouse is an impressive recreation of a traditional Hakka tulou (土樓) or Walled Village. Hakka tulou are common in mountainous regions of southeastern Fujian province in China, and a single one can house up to 800 people.

The Hakka Round House was built by the local government to welcome visitors arriving by HSR to the area. It’s free to enter, but there isn’t much to see inside. It’s only a few steps from the Miaoli HSR station, making it a convenient thing to do in Miaoli if you happen to be waiting for the high speed rail.

Address: No.295, Xingang 3rd Rd., Houlong Township, Miaoli County 356

4. Luxury Camping at Shangri-La Paradise

I visited Shangri-La Paradise in Zaoqiao township a few years ago researching a series of articles on Taiwan’s amusement parks for Travel in Taiwan magazine. Expecting another typical theme park, I arrived to find that the few remaining rides from the park’s glory days in the 1980s had been left to decay, serving as a spooky backdrop to one of Taiwan’s only luxury campgrounds, called CMP Village (勤美學).

The CMP Village luxury camping experience includes information sessions (Mandarin only) on local Miaoli foods and culture, a communal campfire and dinner under the stars, and a variety of DIY activities, like Hakka blue dyeing, pottery making, tree climbing, and rush weaving. The yurt-like tents campers stay in looked amazing; I’d consider staying for the tents alone!

On weekends, visitors can enter the grounds and explore (adults NT500, kids NT280, discounts often available). There are photogenic art installations throughout the park, shops and cafés, a small Hakka museum, and gardens. They will even fire up some of the old rides and let you on if you ask.

Address: 361, Taiwan, Miaoli County, Zaoqiao Township, 豐湖村1鄰乳姑山15之3號

5. Mingde Reservoir

If you are looking for remote, scenic scooter riding or cycling, the area around Mingde Reservoir is very pretty. Consider making the easy trip from Miaoli City to Lion’s Head Mountain and Nanzhuang (see below).

The reservoir was created when the Laotianliao River, a tributary of the Houlong River, was dammed in 1960. The dam features several park areas overlooking the water and two hanging bridges connecting to Rixindao, an island in the middle with an chilled out café boasting reservoir views.

Address: No. 45, Mingde Village, Touwu Town, Miaoli County, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

6. Lion’s Head Mountain

Hiking the network of trails connecting the numerous Buddhist temples on Lion’s Head Mountain (獅頭山 or Shitoushan) is without a doubt my favorite thing to do in Miaoli. I’ve been three times now; most recently my two kids and I braved a super rainy weekend to spend the night in one of temples on the mountain and loved every second of it.

For a much more thorough description of the hiking trails and how to get there or spend the night in a temple, see my complete article on Lion’s Head Mountain.

Lion’s Head Mountain spans Hsinchu and Miaoli counties, and has an entrance on either side. It takes about 1.5 hours to hike from one side to the other, including lots of stops to admire the temples, many of which are built into cliff walls or caves.

7. Nanzhuang & Sweet Osmanthus Lane

A 15-minute drive south of Lion’s Head Mountain, Nanzhuang (南庄) is a very small, laid back Hakka village. It is famous for its old street, called Sweet Osmanthus Lane (桂花巷), which runs parallel to the main road, or Nanzhuang Old Street.

Of the many old streets in Taiwan, this one is quite small but one of my favorites because it is quite atmospheric and we found the vendors to be particularly warm and welcoming. For more information, see my complete article on Nanzhuang. If you enjoy traditional snacks and old streets in Taiwan, then also don’t miss Jiufen near Taipei!

As the name Sweet Osmanthus Lane suggests, the alley’s main specialty is sweet osmanthus, a fragrant flower that thrives in the area. Several foods flavored with the flower are sold, in particular honey.

Address: Wenhua Rd., Nanzhuang Township Taiwan

8. Picking Strawberries in Dahu

Dahu is the strawberry epicenter of Taiwan. Every January and February, people all around Taiwan flock to supermarkets and street market stalls to purchase strawberries from Dahu, the tiny Miaoli village that is practically synonymous with the plump fruit. Dahu’s strawberries are particularly large and sweet.

Address: No. 49-6 Neighborhood 4, Fuxing Village, Dahu County Taiwan

9. Tai An Hot Springs

Remote Tai’an Hot Springs (泰安溫泉) is one of my favorite places in Taiwan. I love the area’s verdant mountains, and there are some great facilities on offer in the small collection of hot spring hotels.

The hot spring water here is colorless and odorless, and staying overnight after soaking in it makes for the perfect weekend getaway.

Address: 365, Taiwan, Miaoli County, Tai'an Township

10. Visit the roof of Taiwan at Shei-Pa National Park

Shei-Pa (Xueba) National Park (雪霸國家公園) is an enormous high mountain park spanning Hsinchu, Miaoli, and Taichung. Its main peaks are Xueshan (Snow Mountan) and Dabajianshan, with its distinctive peak.

One place where you can access the park is Guanwu Recreation Area, which offers incredible vistas and hiking trails often shrouded in mist. You can visit Guanwu Recreation Area on this hiking day trip from Taipei, Taoyuan, or Hsicnhu.

Address: 364, Taiwan, Miaoli County, Dahu Township, 100號

11. Hakka Courtyard

If you are interested in Hakka architecture and flower viewing, then Hakka Courtyard (客家大院) in Tongluo township may be worth checking out. The Hakka-style home was built by the government in 2010, with a combination of modern and traditional elements. Even though it’s not a real home, it’s still a picturesque structure.

Hakka Courtyard is located within LOHAS Tung Blossom Park (桐花樂活公園), which as the name suggests, would be best to visit when the tung blossoms are blooming in April and May.

Address: 366, Taiwan, Miaoli County, Tongluo Township, 龍泉15號

12. Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum

While Hakka Courtyard was a bit of a letdown, the Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum truly exceeded my expectations. I’ve never been particularly interested in wood carvings, but the hundreds of pieces of intricately carved woodworks within the gorgeously designed complex were nothing short of breathtaking.

Wood sculpting in Taiwan predates the Japanese occupation period and was originally tied to temple construction. In the 1960s, the wood carving industry began booming in Sanyi, making use of the camphor which grows abundantly in Miaoli. The museum was opened in 1995.

Address: 367, Taiwan, Miaoli County, Sanyi Township

13. Shengxing Station

If you’re in the Sanyi area or planning to visit Longteng Bridge (see below), then the old Shengxing Station (勝興車站) makes a good stop for lunch. The handsome wooden station was part of the Old Mountain Line, which ceased operation in 1998.

People come here to walk on the tracks and dine at the handful of Hakka restaurants lining the narrow street in front of the station.

The biggest draw used to be walking into the dark tunnel at one end, but now it’s closed off to foot traffic, and you can only enter by riding the Old Mountain Line Rail Bike (it looks like a toy train), which runs four times per day (NT280) to Longteng Bridge.

Address: No. 89, Shengxing Village, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

14. Remains of Longteng Bridge

Longteng Bridge (龍騰斷橋) has become one of the symbols of Taiwan, and you may see it on postcards or packs of Taiwan-themed stickers for kids. The red brick bridge was built in 1906 but destroyed by an large earthquake in 1935. A new iron bridge, the highest in Taiwan at 50 meters, was built nearby.

The attraction makes for an interesting stop and quick stroll, and you can also see tung blossoms in the area. The most interesting way to arrive is by taking the Old Mountain Line Rail Bike (see Shengxing Station above).

Address: 367, Taiwan, Miaoli County, Sanyi Township, 龍騰村9-5號

15. Miaoli City

The Miaoli County capital, Miaoli City, sees few tourists, domestic or foreign, as the county’s rural attractions are a much bigger draw. Nevertheless, the city has a laid-back vibe and a few points of interest that might make it worth a stop for those looking to try something new.

Things to do in Miaoli City include Maolishan Park (貓貍山公園), where you can walk through old railway tunnels filled with lights and music, the Miaoli Railway Museum (苗栗鐵道文物展示館 8am to 5pm), and Yingcai Night Market (英才觀光夜市).
Address: Miaoli City, Miaoli County, Taiwan


7 Local Delicacies You Should Try in Taichung

Taichung has always had a reputation for incredible food, and with tourism to the city enjoying an incredible boost, the food industry is booming. But with so many locally produced delicacies to choose from, even locals sometimes find it hard to decide what to eat. Here are seven of the best local dishes and delicacies to try on a trip to the west coast city.

Sun cakes

Ask any Taiwanese person what you should buy in Taichung and sun cakes will top the list every time. It’s a flaky pastry with a maltose center that is slightly sweet and chewy. They are perfect as a snack with tea or coffee; the dry, flaky pastry perfectly complementing a nice hot drink. And where to find them? Everywhere. There are dozens of bakeries throughout the city where tourists can sample a variety of flavors, but, in all honesty, the original flavor is best.

Pearl Milk Tea

Invented in Taichung in the early ’80s, Pearl Milk Tea has become something of a Taiwanese institution, and there are now many vendors throughout the country claiming to have discovered the perfect recipe. There are also a few different stories about where it originated, but most accept that Chun Shui Tang Teahouse in Taichung as the original. Served hot or with ice, it’s the perfect year-round drink, and with all those tapioca balls, it’s quite filling too.

Taichung meatballs

Now, these are no ordinary meatballs. Taichung meatballs are small balls of spiced and seasoned meat with fresh bamboo and green onions held together by a glutinous rice pastry-like casing. They have been served in the city since the Japanese colonial period, and they are without a doubt one of the most significant culinary treats in the city’s history. Unlike pearl milk tea which has become widely available throughout the nation, Taichung meatballs have remained a local treat.

Tong zai mi gao

In English, it’s called glutinous rice with braised meat, but no one calls it that. Tong zai mi gao is this deliciously sticky rice served with braised pork on top. It hails from the Qingshui district in Taichung, but it’s readily available throughout the city. Some places also serve it with oysters in place of pork which, combined with sticky rice, is an interesting combination.

Ji Guang Fried chicken

Okay, so fried chicken may not be from Taichung or even Taiwan, but one of Taiwan’s most famous local brands is Ji Guang Chicken which opened its doors here in Taichung back in 1973. There are several branches located throughout the city and indeed across the island. In fact, there are even stores in Hong Kong and Malaysia. Yes, that’s how popular it is. So if fried chicken is on your mind, then a trip to any of Ji Guang’s locations in the city is a must.

Pineapple cakes

It’s hard to go to any city in Taiwan without someone telling you that the local pineapple cakes there are the best. And while many opt for the traditional brands such as SunnyHills and Chia Te, there’s a local producer of pineapple cakes here in Taichung that offers the big brands a run for their money. Dawn Cake has found the perfect balance of not too dry and not too moist in their pineapple cakes, and they make the ideal Taichung souvenir that tourists can actually take home.

Local wine

Taiwan has a blossoming wine industry, and while many of the winemakers on the island have yet to perfect their craft, one farmer in Taichung has already done so. Shu Sheng winery has won international acclaim for their wines, which they have been producing since 2000. In the last year or so they’ve seen demand for their products hit an all-time high. 100% locally produced, this is a pretty nice souvenir to go along with those pineapple cakes.


Top 10 affordable hotel in Taipei City

When travelling to Taiwan on a budget, it is important to book cheap hotels in Taipei. Taipei can be a pricey place to visit, but with some forward planning, you can keep your accommodations cost low. Get the best deals on hotels, hostels, holiday homes and affordable accommodations to suit your travel style while still remaining within your budget.

Cheap Hotels in Taipei

The busy metropolitan city of Taipei is an extremely popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. Known for its busy shopping districts, night markets, and tasty street food, a visit to Taipei has the potential to get expensive, but your accommodation doesn’t need to break the bank, there are plenty of affordable hotels in Taipei.

1. Hey Bear Capsule Hotel

The tidy Hey Bear Capsule Hotel located close to public transit at 8F., No.1, Sec. 2, Chongxin Rd., Sanzhong District, Taipei has safety deposit boxes and free wifi in all rooms.

2. Taipei Discover Hostel

Good, affordable accommodations come in all styles, and cheap hotels don’t have to look cheap or be short on amenities to be comfortable. Check out Taipei Discover Hostel located at 5F., No.21, Sec. 2, Minquan E. Rd., Zhongshan District, Taipei which has mixed gender or female-only dormitories and a free breakfast.

3. Imperial Hotel

Comfortable hotels in Taipei can be found for very reasonable prices. Check out the 4 and 5- star hotels offering the best deals on cheap nights in Taipei. The Imperial Hotel, located at 600 Lin Shen N. Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei, is a surprising 5-star hotel with free wifi in all guest rooms. It does not look or feel anything like a budget hotel but rooms can still be found for very reasonable rates, especially in the winter low season. Imperial Hotel in close to Jingfu Temple, a large three-story temple with elaborate carved dragon pillars.

4. Yotong Hotel

The Yotong Hotel is located at 13F, No. 197, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Daan District, Taipei. It offers free wifi and daily housekeeping and is close to public transit and many places to eat.

5. Hotel Fun – Linsen

Hostels are a popular budget accommodation choice for many young people or single travellers. For a consistent budget-friendly option, look at Hotel Fun – Linsen located at 1F., No.487, Linsen N. Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei which offers free breakfast and wifi with bunk beds in single or mixed-gender dormitories, with a shared lobby and cozy lounge space.

6. Green World Hostel

For the best cheap holiday homes, hotels, hostels, and motels in Taipei, we’ve got you covered. Check out Green World Hostel located in Daan Diatrict at 7F., No.107, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd, Daan District, Taipei, which is near public transit and green spaces.

7. Flip Flop Hostel

Flip Flop Hostel is located at No 122, Chang’an West Road, Taipei Main Station, Taipei which is close to many things in Zhongzheng District as well as public transit connections to everywhere else.

8. Chill Roof

Chill Roof offers private apartments with basic facilities including a sink and a kettle. Located at 11F, No.11, Section 2, Nanjing East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei, Chill Roof has a central location close to many attractions. Some apartments have washing machines, and each room is unique. There is free wifi and a communal lounge area.

9. A+ House NTU Taipei Gongguan Loft of Hotel

Check out the centrally-located A+ House NTU Taipei Gongguan Loft of Hotel for an apartment all your own with a kitchen that includes a hot plate, as well as a washing machine and clothes dryer. An Agoda holiday home is a functional choice for budget accommodations.

10. Taipei City Home

Stay at Taipei City Home located at No. 7, Alley 5, Lane 172, Chang’an West Road, Taipei Main Station, Taipei. It is very near Taipei Main Station, a popular shopping and transit hub. Taipei is organized into districts, and you will want to visit several of them. Check out Datong, Songshan, Wanhua, Ximending, and Xinyi to experience the flavors and diversity within the city of Taipei. Taipei is famous for the night markets which can be found in virtually every district. Stop in to one and sample the variety of street food and local favorites.


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