Discover some of the most fascinating aspects about Taiwanese Culture!
Even though industrialization and modern scientific thinking has been shaping life in Taiwan for decades, Chinese people on the island still put a lot of importance on the influence of the Zodiac and the 12 Chinese horoscope signs. Read more about Astrology in Taiwan and the 12 Chinese Horoscope Signs.
Chinese medicine in Taiwan enjoys vast privilege and standing that can't really be found anywhere else. Taiwan's dirt-cheap universal health care system covers both those who want to go to a Western doctor and those who prefer to see the local Chinese medicine doctor. Curious about Chinese medicine? Read more about it here.
I love Chinese festivals in Taiwan! All of them. I love them because they remind me that I am living in a foreign country, far away from my native Canada, among people who have totally different traditions and values. Chinese festivals help me remember that Chinese society is one of the most fascinating and intriguing in the world. Find out more about Chinese festivals in Taiwan here.
In Taiwan, food isn't merely belly fuel - it's a way to have a good time with friends and family. It's a celebration of community and life. In Taiwan, food is as important as sleeping, working, and even breathing! This country truly has a "food culture" and a trip around the island, or around Taipei, is like a visit to the world's best culinary museum. More on Food in Taiwan here.
Read about Taiwanese tea.
The little-known history of Taiwan is complex and mired in controversy. The Portuguese "discovered" it, the Japanese have occupied it, the Dutch have occupied it, and even the Spanish have left their mark on Formosa. It would be a daunting undertaking to make sense of it all, but I try to give you the highlights of Taiwan history on this page.
Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese ( also called Hokkien) are the two main languages in Taiwan. English is spoken by the younger generation who now studies it in public school. Hakka is also used in some areas. Taiwan's aboriginal tribes have their own distinct languages which is completely different from Mandarin Chinese.
Learn more about Taiwan's languages.
Did you know that Taiwan is one of the best places in the world to study Mandarin Chinese?
Martial arts have fallen out of style in the past several years in Taiwan. Martial arts were often used as a method of developing character, discipline and creating balance within children. Today, Taiwanese parents have started to react to their country's successful economic position by managing their children's free time differently, which is a good thing for you if you're thinking about becoming an English teacher in Taiwan.
Read more about Martial Arts in Taiwan here.
Taiwanese music has been extremely popular in Asia for more than two decades and it is starting to make it's way around the world. The music of Taiwan can be cleanly placed into three categories: mainstream Mandopop, Taiwanese pop and indie rock. There's very little in the name of electronic or jazz. More about Taiwan Music.
Find out who are the top Taiwanese singers.
If New York is the city that never sleeps, Taiwan may very well be the country that never sleeps. Few places on earth are as atmospheric and as exciting as Taiwan at night. The nightlife of Taiwan is actually one of the main reasons why I enjoy living in Taiwan so much. Let me show you what your options are if you wanna have a good time at night in Taiwan.
Taiwan has one of the highest population density in the world! The population of Taiwan is estimated at around 23 million people. It is the fifteenth most densely populated country in the world. It is ranked the 50th most populous country in the world. But don't be fooled by the numbers... It gets even worse! Learn more about the population of Taiwan.
Religion in Taiwan can be completely strange, even totally crazy at times. Every year, people travel to Taipei and other places around Taiwan to witness religious processions, ancient Chinese festivals, and other fascinating aspects of Taiwanese religion like temples, Chinese opera, dragons, and lanterns. Learn more about Taiwanese religions here.
Taiwan is definitely not a sporting country. The most popular sport in Taiwan by far is baseball, and it has the potential to take off as the national sporting obsession of Taiwan. If a runner-up to baseball had to be picked, it would most likely be basketball. Learn more about Taiwanese sports here.
More Articles About Taiwan's Culture
Ancient Chinese Ritual
A shocking, ancient Chinese ritual still practiced in Taiwan. A photo gallery about spirit possession in Taichung. Warning: Very bloody!
Fashion and designs in Taiwan have and should continue to make a name for themselves. People in Taiwan are going to be trying to figure out whether they will go the Japanese route or the French one.
Info about famous films in Taiwan, Taiwanese movie directors, actors, actresses, and movie awards.
Chinese Wedding Traditions - 30 Pictures
A huge collection of photos taken at wedding receptions in Taiwan. See pictures and descritions of Chinese wedding customs.
Chinese Temples - 30 Pictures
One of the most popular things to do in Taiwan for tourists is to visit Chinese temples. They have a very important place in the daily lives of Taiwanese people and the culture of Taiwan.
Superstitions influence Taiwanese culture in ways that would make you think "That's completely crazy! It doesn't make sense!"
Ancient Chinese Food
Many people want to learn about ancient Chinese food so they can find out what is different between this and the Chinese food from a takeaway.
Culture in Taipei
Discover Chinese culture in Taipei! Understand why Taiwan's capital is one of the most vibrant cities in Asia! Read about language, religion, etiquette, festivals, attractions.
Book a cheap hotel room in Taiwan!
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