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Taiwan's Art Scene Explodes

Taiwan might not be on the radar for
a lot of travelers, but it really should be. It has incredible cuisine, a
thriving arts
and design scene
, beautiful scenery and really friendly locals. Plus, there's a
great mix of Chinese and Japanese cultures.

another reason: Since 2000, artists, developers, and government officials have
been transforming abandoned warehouses, factories, etc. into art spaces,
complete with studios and exhibition space. The trend has really gained momentum
in recent years; for instance, there is a series of railway warehouses
stretching from Taichung, near Taipei,
to Taidong that have been turned into art spaces, which are especially popular
among locals on the weekend.

In Taipei,
the controversial Treasure Hill area has finally been unveiled as an artist
village. (Brief history on Treasure Hill: once an illegal settlement for KMT
soldiers, it became a squatters’ village and a flashpoint for gentrification.)
On Taiwan’s gorgeous, little-visited east coast is Dulan Sugar Factory, a
community of mostly aboriginal artists. Need I say more?

Chen is
+ Leisure's Asia correspondent. You can follow her on Twitter at xiaochen6.

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