The world's widest gemstone coral tree at the  Chii Lih Museum in northern Taiwan. (Image: Juliet Fu/ Vision Times)

An Intriguing Gemstone Museum in Taiwan

Consisting of the Chii Lih Museum-Yilan (宜蘭綺麗觀光工廠) and the Chii Lih Museum-Taitung (台東綺麗珊瑚博物館), the Chii Lih Museum  (綺麗博物館) is one of the most intriguing museums in the world. Located at Yilan County in northern Taiwan, the Chii Lih Museum-Yilan is a…

Bryce Canyon's sorbet-colored sand pillars spike up toward the sky, throwing their shadows on slanting valleys that gracefully pierce through the National Park’s landscape.
(Photo: Jenny Wu for Vision Times)

Bryce Canyon, Utah: A Forest of Stone

Odd shaped pillars of rock, as far as the eye can see. A beautiful landscape canvas in Utah, painted by the forces of erosion. Bryce Canyon National Park is the perfect destination for that scenic hike you have always dreamt…

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9 Quotes for Life

The following nine quotes are not words mentioned by celebrities, but they are enlightenments worth sharing with others, especially when you are in a predicament:

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13 Taboos to Avoid When Using Chopsticks

Chopsticks have been a part of Chinese life since ancient times. Chopsticks come with customs and rules of proper usage. These rules are very particular, but are followed quite naturally…

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More Chinese Sages in History

The Sage of Calligraphy, Wang Xizhi Wang Xizhi was the most famous calligrapher in Chinese history. His work Preface to the Poems Collected from the Orchid Pavilion is among the…

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Chinese Sages in History

‘The Great Sage,’ Confucius Confucius was born in the Lu state in the Spring and Autumn Period of Chinese history (771-476 B.C.). His real name was Kong Qiu, despite founding…

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We Are in the Midst of an Ethical Crisis

Ethics is the discipline relating to right and wrong. This discipline constitutes moral obligation, moral principles and values, and moral character. Ethics and morality are synonymous terms, meaning “customs” in…

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An Ailment Worth Having

Let’s listen to this dialogue between a physician and his patient in ancient China.

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One of the Biggest Outdoor Jade Bazaars in Asia

Nestled below an elevated passage called Jianguo Overpass (建國高架道路) in the central part of Taipei City, the Taipei Jianguo Holiday Jade Market (臺北建國玉市) boats one of the biggest outdoor jade…

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A Wise Monk Outsmarted the Emperor of China

Dihui means slander, and just as his name suggests, wise monk Dihui liked to express his opinions on current events, and condemn anything and anyone at will. Dihui was a…

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The 2017 Summer Universiade at Taipei City

The 29th Summer Universiade at Taipei City was successfully concluded on August 30. The Team from Taiwan performed brilliantly during the event, winning 90 medals, including 26 gold, which represented…

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The Buddha’s Bead Chain

The Buddha’s bead chain was enshrined in a temple on a high cliff face. There was only one dangerous trail down the shear cliff face for the temple’s monks to…

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The Ghost Festival Celebrations in Taiwan

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Chinese Virtues for Frugal Living

When I was a child, I had to follow many household rules and learn about ancient Chinese virtues. Like, I had to eat every last grain of rice in my…

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The Origin of White Peony Tea

White peony tea (白牡丹茶; bái mǔ dān chá) is classified as white tea. The shape of the tea is like a flower of green leaves, with a white center of…