Here’s what happens when you have a street full of firecrackers going off at once

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 13 December 2014

I’ve done some pretty stupid things in my life, but nothing like filling an entire street full of firecrackers. But someone obviously had to liven things up at a festival in Taiwan, so why not use as many firecrackers as possible? It looks like the entire town was in on this and donated their firecracker stashes, because that carpet of red is made up of firecrackers and firecrackers alone.

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There’s a goldfish in my tea! Now you can turn any teacup into a charming fish bowl

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By Nicole Hughes in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 18 November 2014

We’ve all seen and had the tasty cheddar snack Goldfish as children. As adults, here is a more sophisticated goldfish to have swim around your teacup. Charm Villa is responsible for this clever tea infuser. Before hot water hits these teabags, they don’t resemble much of anything. Then, as soon as the kettle’s done and you pour your water, the magic happens.

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You can sit on these giant lotuses but be sure to check your weight first

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By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Tuesday 23 September 2014

We have heard of sitting in the lotus position while meditating, even if our rigid thighs wouldn’t co-operate in our search for a little zen. But sitting on a lotus? Yes, you can if you visit one park in Taipei, Taiwan which has successfully cultivated 85 King Lotuses.

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Taiwan bus drivers are taking over the roads as creepy zombies

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 22 August 2014

For the annual Hungry Ghost Festival, a Taiwanese bus company allowed some of its drivers to dress up as frightening zombies for the day…and these were the results. This iconic festival takes place on the 15th night of the 7th month every year (on the Chinese lunar calendar), when the spirits of the dead are […]

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Taiwanese government unveils terrifying look for its Special Forces

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 4 November 2013

Have you seen these? The Taiwanese Special Forces and some military units now don these bulletproof armored uniforms that look like they came straight out of a B-grade Hollywood horror movie set. Especially the ballistic face mask, though it does serve the actual, lifesaving function of defending its wearer against .44 magnum bullets shot at […]

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Giant Rubber Duck attacks Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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By Annie Churdar in New Events on Tuesday 24 September 2013

A giant rubber duck visited Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Standing a full 18 meters tall, the ducky is pretty hard to miss: he confidently holds the title of second largest rubber duck in the world. Designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, the little yellow friend is expected to attract three million visitors and plans to spend a full […]

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Let’s Cafe in Taiwan prints customers’ pictures on their coffee

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By Michelle Wilding in Video on Friday 19 July 2013

Leaves. Love hearts. Smiley faces. I’m easily impressed when it comes to creative baristas etching cute decorations on top of my morning latte. But Taiwanese coffee shop, Let’s Café, certainly takes the cake by printing their customers’ own photos onto ordered coffees. It’s all thanks to an elite coffee machine that uses cocoa powder, latte […]

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Cry on demand? In Taiwan, that’s what professional mourners do

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 5 March 2013

In Taiwan, Chinese customs dictate a ceremonious funeral for the deceased to cross smoothly into the afterlife. BBC recently offered a fascinating look at the life of a professional mourner who makes her living from crying and grieving at these funerals. Liu Jun-Lin, whose grandmother and mother were both professional mourners, was pulled into the […]

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Interactive performance piece tells the story of the rebirth of Taiwan Lin’s Mansion

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By Kuan Huang in New Illustration on Friday 8 February 2013

The Mirage Theater is an interactive performance piece telling a story of the death and rebirth of a historical landmark: The Lin’s Mansion in Wufeng, Taiwan. Fourteen years after it was heavily damaged during the earthquake in 1999, The Lin’s Mansion was rebuilt as a local theater. The Mirage Theater was shown in December 2012 and consisted of dancing, […]

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Photos of cabaret truck theatres by Shen Chao-liang

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 12 October 2012

Taiwan has a rich cabaret culture since the 70s, and the truck theatre — essentially an operationally-ready and lavishly-decorated stage on wheels which transports cabaret artists all over the country for performances — features heavily in it. Photojournalist Shen Chao-Liang has been capturing this fascinatingly colourful part of Taiwanese culture with his photographic project, Stage, since 2005. These snapshots, devoid of the people in them, take on a triumphantly still, ethereal quality.

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Taiwan’s Jiufen: over hyped lamps, under hyped view

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By Samantha Chalker in Cool Travel on Monday 10 September 2012

Taiwan’s infamous red lantern city of Jiufen is just a rickety, slightly sickly, one-hour bus ride out of Taipei City. There’s a fare bit of hype around the lanterns. Yes, very narrow streets are particularly cute when sheltered by glowing red paper lamps. But it’s hardly enough to make the God awful trek worthwhile.  

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Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taiwan

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By Samantha Chalker in Cool Travel on Friday 31 August 2012

On the off chance you’re planning a trip to Taiwan, make sure you put the vibing Songshan Cultural & Creative Park on your TO DO list. Originally a tobacco factory, the large cement warehouses are now a symbol of Taiwan’s growing creative scene. One of the galleries is currently hosting lego artist Natahn Sawaya’s international […]

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Nail gun art by Chen Chun Hao

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By Edwin K in New Art on Thursday 9 August 2012

Taiwanese artist Chen Chun Hao mastered this delicate art form. He puts tens of thousands of nails into place to recreate famous Chinese watercolour landscape pieces. The nails are set into canvas-covered wood. Placing the nails is a tremendously taxing work that requires real labour on top of the precise craftsmanship. What dedication.

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Hot springs of the Beitou District in Taipei City, Taiwan

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By Tanja M. Laden in Cool Travel on Friday 8 June 2012

Beitou is bewitching – quite literally. The northern Taiwanese Ketagalan Aboriginal group historically referred to the region’s flurry of volcanic activity as ‘patauw,’ which translates to ‘witch.’ There are more than 30 hot springs in Beitou, which is located along two faultlines that meet at the dormant Datun Volcano Group.

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Beautiful bird photography from Taiwan

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By Zolton in New Photography on Monday 23 May 2011

One of the great riddles of life is how the hell nature stays so damn colourful when the rest of the world gets grayer by the day. These stunning bird photos taken in Taiwan are a gentle reminder of the oft-neglected beauty that flitters all about us.

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