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Top 10 Most Stunning Libraries (In the World)

Whether you like to hibernate in a corner with your favourite reads or scour shelves searching for new knowledge – libraries can transport you to another world. Despite the modern emergence of digital over print, libraries retain their aura of significance and continue to be places of happiness and comfort for many people. Top 10 …

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10 Spectacular Things to Do in Taipei (and Beyond)

As world travellers, we perhaps shouldn’t be too biased. One thing you learn when travelling the globe is that no country is perfect; every country has its beauty and its problems. However, we can’t lie and say we don’t have a favourite country in the world, and that country is Taiwan. Here are the best …

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10 Amazing Day Trips from Taipei (Explore Taiwan)

Taipei is a fantastic city, and one that deserves to be explored to its fullest. It’s one of our favourite cities on Earth, vibrant, rich, and full of life. But there is also so much to see just outside and beyond Taipei city. Are you ready for some great day trips from Taipei? The people …

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8 Taiwan Tattoo Artists to Check Out Now

It’s no secret that we at Books and Bao love Taiwan. It might be our favourite country. Taiwan is a hotbed of art that celebrates literature, film, and visual arts in all their glory and with real gumption and fervour. Taiwan loves art and we love Taiwan. Tattoo art, likewise, is big in Taiwan, as …

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8 Books to Read Before You Visit Taiwan

Taiwan is the most enigmatic country in East Asia. It’s constant legal and political struggles with China have been upsetting and frustrating to watch, but its close cultural and artistic ties to Japan have somewhat counterbalanced that. What can be said for certain (besides the fact that Taiwan is not China), is that Taiwan is …

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The Best Things to Do in Taiwan (in 34 Photos)

The wonders of this island nation off the coast of China are almost too much to be described (hence the photos) but here’s a little background. Taiwan, as it exists today, was first modernised by the Japanese during fifty years of occupation which ended with World War 2. After that, the nation was populated by …

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Review: My Enemy’s Cherry Tree by Wang Ting-Kuo

Here is one of those rare books that has a lot to unpack – metaphor, motifs, motivations – but proves to be, nonetheless, completely accessible. More than that, it is compelling, carried by a desperate forward momentum that pleads with the reader to keep pushing on. It has all the page-turning fervour of a thriller …

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Video Post: Taiwan Beyond Taipei – Misty Lakes, Taoism, and Bubble Tea

We loved every moment of Taiwan and while we didn’t quite get to see everything we wanted to – there’s so much to do! We’ve left some wonderful things to do for when we return. We’re already planning our next trip to Taiwan. In the meantime, check out a few things we did when we …

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Explore Jiufen and Shifen: Have a Spirited Away Day Trip

Taiwan holds a multitude of delights; whatever kind of traveller you are, be it a hiker, a foodie, or a history buff, there’s something incredible waiting in Taiwan to be discovered. 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 …

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