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Spirited Away with MyTaiwanTour: Explore Jiufen and Pingxi

Exploring the Beautiful Island Taiwan holds a multitude of delights; whatever kind of traveller you are, be it a hiker, a foodie, or a history buff. It’s here ready and waiting for you. In the earliest planning stages of our Taiwan itinerary, there was one place that was firmly on there: Jiufen (roughly meaning ‘ninth moment’ and pronounced jo-fun). The first we...

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Video: A Week in Taipei

Join us for a Week in Taipei These are just a few of the wonderful things we got up to before we headed south from Taipei. This city captured us in ways we never expected and we’ve certainly put on a few pounds due to the delicious food. If you liked this video, subscribe to our new Youtube channel! We’re going to be updating our Taiwan and Taipei posts...

Taipei Eats Food Tour

Explore the Food Capital of Asia with Taipei Eats Food Tours

Our first food tour was in Osaka, Japan. The experience proved to be the most exciting and detailed way of getting to know the culture of the city quickly, and so we have vowed to include a food tour (or a cooking class like the one we did in Seoul) in every new city we visit.  Our latest stop: the food capital of Asia, Taipei. We were over the moon to have booked a...

Competition Time: Asian Literature Giveaway

Welcome to our Giveaway! Time for some book love and our first giveaway. One lucky reader will win the five books below. These are some of our favourite books  and we’re so happy to share them. To enter just sign up to our mailing list below. We don’t send more than one email a month so no spam (we promise). Share this post and tag us @booksandbao on any...

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Scales of Injustice by Loa Ho: Champion of the Downtrodden

Written by Loa Ho | Translated by Darryl Sterk Living in twenty-first century Korea, the animosity levied against Japan by much of the population still holds true today, even amongst many young people. This animosity of course stems from Japan’s occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945. Such hostility is arguably understandable, but one article that appeared last year...

May/June 2018: New and Exciting Asian Fiction

Welcome to our new bi-monthly run down of the newest books coming out of Asia. There are some really great books out soon and we’re excited to share them with you. Full reviews of several of the novels below will be coming out shortly so sign up at the bottom for notifications and be the first to receive the July/August list. The Last Children of Tokyo Japanese...

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The Stolen Bicycle: an Intimate Journey through Taiwan

Wu Ming-Yi is Taiwan’s most celebrated author, and at the time of writing, only two of his novels have been translated into English (The Stolen Bicycle, and The Man with the Compound Eyes). Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2018 (alongside Han Kang’s illustrious The White Book), it’s certainly my hope that the acclaim this book is bound to shower him...

Five Best Book Cafes around East Asia

I like nothing better than sitting in a cafe with a book, and one of the first things I do in a new city is scope out the best and most unique cafes to visit. From quirky to stylish, snug to spacious, I love them all. Here are a few special ones I’ve found so far on my travels. Tranquil Books | Hanoi This is a fantastic little place in Hanoi. Towards the end of...