What’s happening in Taipei: February edition

Dear Taipei,

Now that February has rolled around, there’s a couple of things that many of us are left trying to figure out:

1. How the hell it became February when you only completely recovered from NYE just the other day
2. A way to convince everyone that your New Year’s Resolutions to go to the gym/eat healthier/stop binging on Netflix never actually existed, as your completely inactive, “bring-me-all-the-carbs-and-TV-shows” lifestyle is serving you just fine, thank you very much
3. Your plans for the month

Well, the first two you’re just going to have to handle by yourself. But I can hopefully help you with the third- your plans for February.

I just wrote a Taipei this February guide for the travel app Travelog, so click on the picture or link below to get yo-self sorted.

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http://www.travelog.me/articles/Taipei_this_February_Funktopia_Velocity_and_Pingxi_Sky_Lantern_Festival

As you can see, you would be mistaken for thinking February is a bit of a lull month. This month you can catch the Pingxi Lantern Festival (which I can’t recommend enough if you haven’t been!), free live bands, touring artists, fairs and parades. That’s just referring to the events I reported on, but trust me, there are many more events being posted by the day if you’re wondering what to do to alleviate boredom.

February of course is a tremendously important time in Taiwan because of Chinese New Year. It can get a bit “quiet” as many businesses shut their doors and everyone will be off visiting their families.

But if you don’t have any plans yet- don’t panic! Although it’s cutting it to make last minute plans to travel out of Taipei during CNY, if you’re really determined you could find a way (be warned, train tickets are likely to be sold out, and you’ll be lucky to get a spot on the train floor). If you’re staying in Taipei, join in on a public celebration, or if that’s not for you, it seems like quite a few night spots will still be open. At the very least, you can have a smashing time in 7/11 or Family Mart, both of which will still be open.

I hope your February is wonderful, whatever you plan to do! Here’s wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year too!

-TTT

Let me know in the comments below what your February plans are! Is there anything you recommend doing? 

(Header image sourced from khichdionline.com)

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4 comments

  1. I just wanted to leave a comment to say thanks for writing such a helpful blog! I already had plans to head to the Pingxi Lantern Festival but now thanks to your recommendation I’m also going to check out Nou Gallery before they close for new year!

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    1. Hi Veganinbrighton,

      Wow what a lovely way to start the morning! Thanks for leaving a comment, I really appreciate it!

      Have you been to Pingxi before? Just be warned it will be super crowded, but as I mentioned, it’s very much worth it! Be sure to try lots of food from the many stalls there too:)

      There are certain locations where the lantern group “festivities” take place so be sure to look that up beforehand if you’re interested.

      Oh I’m happy you’re going to pop into Noh Gallery- I really enjoyed the exhibit there. Just be aware it’s a really small gallery- only three rooms in total. There’s quite a few galleries around that area so maybe you can gallery hop!

      Happy CNY!:)

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  2. Diane Tan · · Reply

    Hi! I’m so glad I found your blog! Made it confirm my plans to go to ping xi skylantern festival. My friends and I are planning to go to the Ping Xi skylantern festival of February 22. Could you recommend us the best course to take? We’re coming from taipei near the taipei main station.

    Do we need to get tickets to ping xi area earlier?

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    1. Hi Diane!

      Thanks so much for your comment, glad to have you read!

      That’s so exciting- I’m sure you’ll have a ball!

      I wrote previously about my experience of going to Pingxi- https://typingtotaipei.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/pingxi-lantern-festival-epic-fail/

      I went on a tour so it was sorted out for us. But I don’t think you need to prepare for tickets (don’t quote me though!).

      Be aware that the journey back will be a long one- there are an incredible amount of people that go, and all choose to go at the same time!

      So if you want to beat the crowds, maybe consider leaving a bit earlier.

      Have a lovely time! And hopefully you’ll have better luck than me with my horribly embarrassing lantern launch

      -TTT

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