This year's Taipei Lantern Festival will take place around the Beimen (North Gate) area and Section 1 of Zhonghua Road. These areas can be accessed via Biemen or Ximen MRT Stations. The lantern Festival will start on the 4th February and run until the 17th February 2017.
During this year's festival vistors can look forward to seeing traditional lanterns plus light shows that will be projected onto buildings and sites around the area. There will be different zones throughout the areas where you can see different types of displays plus light shows.
According to the promotion material the reason for holding the lantern festival around the Beimen area is to show people this old part of the city.
The lantern festivals held around Taiwan are really interesting to see, I would highly recommend not missing them. As we are located in Taipei I look forward to checking out Taipei's every year. Each is different, and has a different theme to it, but please don't get the sky lantern festival mixed up with the normal lantern festival. None of these ones will be flying through the air.
There will be different activities throughout the districts of Taipei City, including street performers, stage shows and light shows. Times and schedules are all on the Lantern Festival Website(details below)
Just want to tell you about all the cinemas in Ximending where I live. There are loads. I have 6 cinemas near by my home. What this means is, if there is a movie you want to watch, and it does not match your time then you can just walk around in a 5 to 10 minute radius and find one that suits your needs.
Ambassador(Big Cinema behind my apartment)
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People back home often ask me all the time one of these questions:
"Hey Mark how are you doing? And how are things going for you over there in China?"
"Hey Mark, what's it like living in Thailand? I have always wanted to go there!!"
This bugs me a lot, as I don't know how many times I have tried to tell them I am not currently in China or Thailand and I am in Taiwan. Taiwan is a country, yes it is small but it does not belong to any other country.
Most people around the world clearly know that they are all different. Just because China likes to claim Taiwan is theirs but it really is not. Also I know Taiwan and Thailand have the same sound at the start of the countries name, but they are very clearly two different countries, with very different histories and traditions.
It is really disappointing for me that so many people back home seem like they don't really know a lot. Either that or they are very ignorant about things in the world. Surely someon…