In pictures: Hoshinoya Guguan, Taiwan

As big fans of the Hoshinoya brand (also known as the ‘Aman of Japan’ – go figure!), we were thrilled to find out the group was opening a resort in the tiny hot spring enclave of Guguan in Taiwan’s mountainous heartland. Predictably, they brought along a heavy dose of Japanese finesse, but managed to seamlessly…

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Where to eat, drink and shop in Tainan, Taiwan

Mention to a Taiwanese that you’re visiting Tainan, and you’ll undoubtedly receive a list of things to eat. As Taiwan’s culinary capital, locals come from wide and far to feast on its famous xiaochi (small eats) and make merit at its many shrines. There is more to this Southern city than snacks and temples, though:…

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Tea, tales and tipples — A guide to Dadaocheng, Taipei

At first glance, it’s business as usual in Dadaocheng, Taipei’s oldest district — but over the past few years a slew of exciting new concepts have popped up in the historical Japanese-era shophouses lining the streets. Look past the Chinese apothecaries and dry goods wholesalers, and you’ll see what the buzz is about. We’ve collected…

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