TAIPEI Summer 2023 Vol.32
Taipei’s Vibrant Summer Scene Summer in Taipei may be scorching hot, but it is a season filled with an abundance of amazing activities. This issue’s cover story highlights the sensational “Taipei Summer Festival” held in the historic Dadaocheng area from July 1st to August 20th, where people can enjoy weekly themes, breathtaking fireworks, and enchanting illuminations along Dadaocheng Wharf for a romantic summer evening stroll. In the City Scene section we also introduce a captivating destination — Maokong, suitable for a leisurely hike and a refreshing cup of tea to soothe your summer days. Meanwhile, moving to the northern district of Tianmu, a favored spot among expatriates. We follow Dr. Ching-Chih Lee, an esteemed expert from the Department of Architecture at Shih Chien University, to unveil remarkable locales and the joyous Tianmu Beer Festival, a delight for beer enthusiasts. Summer is also the time for the renowned Taipei Film Festival, a yearly extravaganza of the film industry’s boundless creativity and remarkable achievements. To indulge in an immersive cinematic experience beyond the confines of the theater, we take you to explore shops filled with movie memorabilia and visit some iconic filming locations. And don’t miss out on the trip to the transformed Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, once the historic Songshan Tobacco Factory, to revel in its rich heritage. Additionally, our interview with Jean Chang, the visionary founder of Picupi and a passionate advocate of sustainable fashion, provides insights into environmental issues. In Taipei, trending culinary topics always capture people’s attention. We bring you three internationally recognized coffee shops, where expert baristas create exquisite brews to tantalize your taste buds. Also follow us to savor Taiwanese-Style Steak, a fusion dish that has become a local favorite and gained popularity among international visitors. The open and welcoming city of Taipei also attracts expatriates seeking new thrills and adventures. We catch up with a Japanese curry restaurant manager/streetwear consultant who shares how Taipei offers the perfect blend of flexibility and freedom in the evolving realm of work. Whether you’re attending summer events, sampling local delicacies, or exploring different parts of Taipei, let this issue be your inspiration and guide to all that Taipei has to offer in the summer of 2023. ★★★Join our lucky draw to win a prize by completing TAIPEI's online questionnaire! Please click here for more details.