ESCAPE TO TAIWAN
We look forward to introducing Taiwan’s iconic culture, nature and cuisine, as well as our hospitable people to the world through a series of travel videos filmed in collaboration with CBS.
Welcome on-board to our journey.
Jasmine’s Night Market Scoop
The Inside Scoop on Jasmine’s Night Market Favorites Jasmine spills the “inside scoop” on why night markets are her favorite thing to do in Taiwan. She says that eating in Taiwan is top of the list because the food is “seriously just unmatched.” From boba milk tea to oyster pancakes to stinky tofu, your mouth is bound to water at the sight, smell, and taste of these unique Taiwanese night market selections. Follow Jasmine’s advice and be sure to grab your peppered pork bun from Raohe Night Market in Taipei. She awarded those with a Michelin star chef’s kiss! Great Variety, Great Deals The food at Taiwanese night markets is not only irresistible, it’s also affordable. Each snack costs around $3 on average, so no need to fear if you’re traveling on a tight budget. There is also a wide variety of night markets to choose from in Taiwan, and each one carries their own unique traditions and characteristics. When tasting these night market snacks, you inherit a better sense of Taiwanese people and culture, adding a whole new dimension to your Taiwan experience. Lastly, make sure to arrive hungry to these night markets, you won’t regret it!
Venture into Hualien with Jasmine
The Heart of Adventure in Taiwan Visit Hualien to experience the heart of adventure in Taiwan. The city is located on the east coast of the island and includes “gorgeous scenery, island water adventures, and biking” with the most beautiful backdrops you’ll ever see. Hualien “has it all,” according to Jasmine. Set your adventurous side in motion when traveling to this multifaceted eastern city in Taiwan. A Cyclist’s Dream If you don't get the chance to visit Hualien, there are “plenty of places on the island to get your adventure fix,” says Jasmine. The eastern shore of Taiwan is known for its “flatter roads where bicyclists can hit the open roads for easier stretches along the ocean” and even take a rest at one of the stunning beaches. For those looking for more intense treks, be sure to visit the mountains on the east coast if you’re up for the challenge. You will not be disappointed by the adventurous options that Taiwan’s east coast has to offer!
Hailey and Adam’s First Time Scuba Diving in Taiwan
Scuba Adventures with Hailey and Adam Dive into Taiwan with Hailey and Adam as they take us underwater on a scuba adventure. Adam finds himself impressed by the ease of the booking process, since you don’t need prior experience to take advantage of this experience. All you have to do is show up, “get a 10-15 minute training, and then you are in the water,” says Hailey. The couple encounters a variety of colorful marine life and undersea treasures, like the beautiful coral reefs. Scuba diving is an easy and exciting way to explore Taiwan below the surface. Take it from Hailey and Adam...once you’re in the water, you won’t want to leave! Where to Book Your First Dive Taiwan has five major sites where you can scuba dive to witness a variety of marine life with nearly perfect clarity. Check out Kenting, Orchid Island, Green Island, Xiao Liu Qiu, or Dungji Island to start planning your scuba diving escape in Taiwan. Kenting is known as one of the most popular diving sites because of its warm waters brought by “Black Tide,” along with its wide range of marine and coral species. No matter where you dive in Taiwan, you’re sure to have a magical experience that is distinctive to this island country.
Meet the Friendly People of Taiwan with Jasmine
Taiwan is Home to the Friendliest People Taiwan’s beauty extends beyond its landscapes. The people of Taiwan are some of the most friendly, hospitable people you will meet. Jasmine says that Taiwanese people are “genuine and eager to help tourists enjoy,” making the island a very approachable place. She goes on to say that Taiwan’s locals are friendly, helpful, and adventurous people who enjoy everything from hiking and biking to sightseeing. They especially love meeting new people from outside of the country, so “be prepared to befriend a few locals on your escape to Taiwan.” You’re In Good Hands Taiwanese people have an endearing sense of pride in their country. They are also extremely compassionate, caring individuals who are dedicated to their families and the older generation. Their kind personalities do not stop there. Locals are very open-minded and genuinely interested in hearing about you and your life. The people of Taiwan are sure to make your trip to the island as comfortable and exciting as possible. You’re in good hands when traveling to Taiwan!
Learn Chinese with Hailey and Adam
Hailey and Adam’s Language Recap Learn basic Chinese with Hailey and Adam through their language crash course. The couple is American-born, yet fluent in Chinese, so they often get asked how they were able to learn the language. Hailey and Adam mention that they lived in Taiwan for 1-2 years, and they found that the most quick and effective way to learn Chinese was by “talking to the natives,” says Adam. So, be sure to befriend the locals on your escape to Taiwan. In the words of Adam, “Taiwanese people will love you” just for the fact that you’re in Taiwan, but don’t underestimate how much you may learn from them! Nǐ Hǎo = Hello Hào chī = Tastes good Xiè Xie = Thank you
How to Make Scallion Pancakes with Inga
Inga’s Scallion Pancake Dish Taiwan has so many amazing flavors and one of Inga’s favorite things to make is scallion pancakes. This 4-ingredient crispy and flaky dish is very popular in Taiwan, and it’s fairly “straightforward to make,” according to Inga. She says that the “flavor really brings [her] back to Taiwan.” The Step-By-Step Tutorial To make this favorited dish at home, you’ll need to follow a quick, step-by-step process brought to you by our food expert, Inga. First, you’ll need to press down on the dough, and then roll it out with a food roller. Once it is rolled out, sprinkle on the scallions and gently peel up the corners. Again, you’ll want to try to roll it out as much as you can, thinning out the dough into a flat pancake shape. Lastly, throw the scallion dough into a pan and fry it up. Ta-da, you have now made your very own traditional, Taiwanese scallion pancake! CHECK OUT FOR FULL VIDEO INSTRUCTION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzHX4JKsblM SCALLION PANCAKE RECIPE PRINTOUT https://drive.google.com/file/d/15GU4mqrpGqGtviXFAxDlxsWgPpEHQal0/view?usp=sharing
Hailey and Adam Release Sky Lanterns in Taiwan
Hailey and Adam’s Fairytale Moment in Shifen Join Hailey and Adam as they decorate lanterns with New Year’s wishes and release them into the sky. According to Jasmine, sky lanterns are the main attraction of the small town, Shifen. The streets on each side of the tracks are lined with stores where you can pick out your lantern to “decorate and write your dreams on,” she adds. The vendors are very friendly people who are more than willing to help you take numerous photos to capture your memorable lantern experience. Hailey and Adam had the opportunity to walk these streets, meet the friendly vendors, and select their very own lantern to write characters, blessings, and hopes for the upcoming year. Upon completion, they joyfully lit their lantern and carefully released it into the sky, exclaiming, “this is so much fun!” Legend Behind Sky Lanterns Decorating and releasing sky lanterns is a traditional experience you must take part in at least once in your lifetime. The legend states that during the Three Kingdoms period, Chinese statesman Zhuge Liang, known as Kongming, used lanterns to send military signals. The shape of the lanterns resembled his hat, so they were called “Kongming lanterns.” Towards the 19th century, the purpose of lanterns shifted. They were used by villagers to signal to their families, letting them know they were safe. Now, sky lanterns have evolved into a way to send off wishes, just as Hailey and Adam had the pleasure of doing. Trust us, you’ll want to experience this magical sky lantern moment in person, so you can watch your own hopes and dreams light up the sky.
Explore Taiwan’s Food Scene with Hailey and Adam
Hailey and Adam’s Immersive Food Adventure Live vicariously through Hailey and Adam’s vibrant, mesmerizing food crawl in Taiwan. The couple shows off food in various forms, including some striking surprises, hole in the wall treasures, and comforting bowls exploding with flavor. When searching for eateries on the island, you can be assured that there is “something for everyone’s taste,” says Jasmine. The diverse selection of sweet and savory items can be found throughout different parts of Taiwan, “whether it’s a bite at one of the food stalls or fine dining at one of the many Michelin star restaurants,” Jasmine explains. No matter where you eat in Taiwan, “you can’t go wrong!” Indulge in Food Heaven Taiwan is sure to keep your heart happy and tummy full. Remember that the island’s food is top-tier quality yet very affordable. There is “something for everyone’s price range,” assures Jasmine. Prepare to have your mind blown by the stunning food creations and presentations you’ll experience when you make your escape to Taiwan. You’ll never get bored of the cuisine when there’s a wide selection of delectable food options on the island of Taiwan!
Light Up the Night with Hailey and Adam at Taiwan’s Mid-Autumn Festival
Chiayi Light Festival Hailey and Adam celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as “Moon Festival” and “Mooncake Festival,” by traveling to Chiayi to experience the city’s immersive light show. The Mid-Autumn festival is celebrated in Taiwan and other parts of East Asia, marking the fall harvest and offering traditional worship to the moon for some people. Follow them through the “Weaving with Light, Dancing with Shadow” light show, displaying a variety of beautifully colored lights and crowds of people who came to join in on the festive celebration. Hailey mentions that there are so many people walking around during the coronavirus because “Taiwan is so safe.” She continues by talking about how surreal it is to “be out in public and not have to worry about it.” The Chiayi light show in Taiwan guarantees a safe, magical experience that is the perfect kickoff to the Mid-Autumn festival. Celebration Details The Chiayi light show is the biggest outdoor light exhibition in Taiwan. It is said that the sights, music, and smell of nature provide an all-encompassing experience. The Moon Festival, itself, lasts several days but the Chiayi light show runs for a month, enabling more time to celebrate. No need to worry about large gatherings and celebrations when you’re in Taiwan.