What is Ghost Month?

By Todd Blackhurst This year, August 3rd begins the annual celebration of Ghost Month here in Taiwan. Ghost Month or Gui Yue in Pinyin is celebrated during the 7th lunar month of the year, specifically during the first 15 days, although the entire month is designated as Ghost Month. What is Ghost Month? Although there are some variations on this event, here is a brief guide to what you can expect to see over the next month along with some important cultural information. First, a little background. Taiwanese religious culture is varied and diverse. There are many religions and beliefs represented on … Continue reading What is Ghost Month?

Taiwan’s Most Popular Theme Parks

What’s a kid to do? Here’s a list of Taiwan’s Theme Parks along with contact info, ticket prices, etc. If you have experience, please post a note in the comments to let fellow readers know what you think. Each of Taiwan’s Theme Parks focus on different thematic activities such as folk culture, architecture or recreation. New Taipei City – Formosa Fun Coast Address: No.1-6, Xiaguzi, Bali Dist., New Taipei City 249, Taiwan (R.O.C.) GPS: 25.144045, 121.390312 Located in Bali District of New Taipei City, Formosa Fun Coast is a large-scaled water amusement park in northern Taiwan. The amusement park features two main parks: … Continue reading Taiwan’s Most Popular Theme Parks

Traffic Accidents in Taichung

By Todd Blackhurst Driving in Taiwan is very different from most Western countries. You should take every precaution to protect yourself before taking to the road. Here are some suggestions. Be fully insured. As an expat, locals will almost always think of you as being wealthy. Insure yourself well above what you think you might need. And always carry third party insurance on any vehicle you own, car or scooter. Here’s the mandarin for this type of insurance:  第三人責任險, third party liability insurance. When you sign up for an insurance policy, find out how to contact them in case of … Continue reading Traffic Accidents in Taichung

Apartment Hunting in Taichung

591.com is the primary real estate site that owners and agents list properties on for the Taiwan real estate market. Unfortunately for non-mandarin readers, the site seems largely inaccessible. Hopefully, this post will give you the tools to make use of this site and make it a little easier to search for and secure your housing. We are also here to help. Don’t waste time going through endless searches to be disappointed. Tell us what you are looking for, your budget and what your time frame is. We understand the western mind and the eastern way. We can make this process a … Continue reading Apartment Hunting in Taichung