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Dragon Boat Festival Weekend

In Taiwan, we celebrate 端午節 Duanwu Festival (also known as Dragon Boat Festival) on the fifth day of the fifth month on the traditional Chinese calendar. This year the public holiday fell on May 30th (Tuesday), so many people either had Monday off as well or took it off to give themselves a four day weekend. Every year my mom makes savory glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings called 粽子 zongzi. I ate too many to count because the ones my mom makes are so delicious! (I meant to take a photo of my zongzi but I kept forgetting to since I was so eager to eat them)

Along with eating a lot of yummy food, I spent the weekend adventuring out to new places. Check out what I did!

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Hiking in Beitou with the family!

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Last Sunday, I went hiking with my dad, brother, and his girlfriend. My dad flew back to Taiwan for a couple of days for vacation, so I figured why not go hiking together? That would be a fun activity to do as family.

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Let’s Explore: Zhongli (Part 1)



Zhongli is a small district within Taoyuan City. For someone like me who has lived here for a few months and visited every year since I was little, I find Zhongli to be a bit boring. There isn’t much to do around here because it’s such a small town, but I did my best to look at things from the perspective of a person visiting Zhongli for the first time.

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Let’s Explore: Taipei Museums

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Today I ventured out to check out the Fine Arts Museum and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Taipei. This day trip had been postponed a few times due to poor weather (aka rain) but finally decent weather came around.

The trip:

Taipei is about an hour train ride from Zhongli. After getting off the train, I take the subway (called MRT here) a few stops on the red line to Yuanshan station. From there it’s a short walk to the Fine Arts Museum. Because it was a weekday, there weren’t many people so I was able to take good photos.

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