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Lin Youde and his eight drawings of Kinmen Island in exchange for free accommodation. (Image: Kanzhongguo)

Trading Paintings for Lodging

According to Taiwan media reports, Lin Youde, a tenth grade high school student in Taipei, traded eight paintings of beautiful Minnan buildings for 14 days free lodging in historic Kinmen Island. Lin Youde had traveled alone to other places to…

The Romance of Paris

I fell in love with Paris when I was 22 years old. I moved there right after graduating from Princeton, to work on a three-month internship at Kodak-Pathé. After an initial week of desperate room-searching, I lucked out with an…

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In Terms of Public Service, Taiwan Is a Standout

Upon arriving at the service lounge of the Qidu District Household Registration Office in Taiwan’s Keelung City, one immediately feels the friendly ambiance of the office. Not only are the public…

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Lunar New Year Shopping in Taiwan

Lunar New Year (農曆新年) is the most important Chinese festival celebrated in Taiwan. During the weeks leading up to the festival, it is the time for locals to purchase Lunar…

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Trading Paintings for Lodging

According to Taiwan media reports, Lin Youde, a tenth grade high school student in Taipei, traded eight paintings of beautiful Minnan buildings for 14 days free lodging in historic Kinmen…

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The Romance of Paris

I fell in love with Paris when I was 22 years old. I moved there right after graduating from Princeton, to work on a three-month internship at Kodak-Pathé. After an…

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Places Without Cars Do Exist!

By now, plenty of people have seen the drone footage of the massive traffic jam in China. It sure looked like a driver’s worst nightmare.

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Why We Explore

Have you ever wondered why we explore? I know I always have. What is it about transporting ourselves into strange and new places that excites us so much?