VarietyCurious John

English Service host John Van Trieste is curious. There’s nothing about Taiwan’s many cultures that he doesn’t want to know more about. Join him every week as he gets to the bottom of yet another question. What will he be curious about this time?

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19 January, 2019
English Service

Incense is an important part of many Taiwanese people's religious life. But it has more than spiritual uses. Today, veteran incense maker and founder of the Singang Incense Artistic Culture Garden, Chen Wen-chung, joins us. We'll be looking at incense, what it's made of, how it's made, and how Mr. Chen believes it should be incorporated into everyday life.

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12 January, 2019
English Service

Out in the South China Sea there is an unusual national park. There are no selfie-taking tourists here, or any visitors at all for that matter. This is the Dongsha Atoll National Park, a tiny sliver of land and a big area of protected tropical sea. Only authorized staff and researchers are allowed. What's being protected here? And will the no visitors rule stand forever? This week, a park administrator reveals all.

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05 January, 2019
English Service

As Taiwanese tourist spots go, you can't get much more famous than Sun Moon Lake. But why? The area's famous products alone could fill up a whole page, but there's also scenic views and outdoor activities year-round. Tune in this week for a second installment of the good life by the lake.

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29 December, 2018
English Service

Ask almost anyone from Taiwan to make a list of the best tourist attractions here and Sun Moon Lake will come near the top of the list almost every time. The lake takes on almost surreal colors throughout the day. But there's more than natural beauty to the place. This week, meet the lake, hear the story of how the Thao people discovered it, and look at its rich history.

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22 December, 2018
English Service

In the northern town of Jiufen, a monument stands to a bygone golden age. Once, this was a center of gold mining in Taiwan, but the shuttering of the mines plunged the area into a slump. Now alive again with tourism, the town is home to a private museum set up in a converted home by one retired miner. What drove him to make this place his life's work? And what's inside the museum today? Join one of the museum's curators- the founder's granddaughter- for a look inside the museum.

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