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  Xiaolongbao  Xiaolongbao is a small steamed bun made with thin dumpling wrapper, seasoned pork filling, and hot soup. It is a signature Taiwanese dish.

Xiaolongbao
Xiaolongbao is a small steamed bun made with thin dumpling wrapper, seasoned pork filling, and hot soup. It is a signature Taiwanese dish.

  Tatung's rice cooker  Almost every family in Taiwan owns a Tatung rice cooker. It is great for cooking rice, steaming dishes, and making stews. For years, the rice cooker, with its vintage appearance, has been popular with customers.

Tatung's rice cooker
Almost every family in Taiwan owns a Tatung rice cooker. It is great for cooking rice, steaming dishes, and making stews. For years, the rice cooker, with its vintage appearance, has been popular with customers.

  Minced pork rice  Minced pork rice (Lu Rou Fan) is a Taiwanese dish with ground pork marinated in soy sauce served on top of steamed rice. Usually, the dish comes with a slice of Taiwanese pickles.

Minced pork rice
Minced pork rice (Lu Rou Fan) is a Taiwanese dish with ground pork marinated in soy sauce served on top of steamed rice. Usually, the dish comes with a slice of Taiwanese pickles.

  Pineapple cake  Pineapple Cake is a traditional Taiwanese pastry containing butter, flour, egg, sugar, and pineapple jam. It is one of the most popular souvenir options.

Pineapple cake
Pineapple Cake is a traditional Taiwanese pastry containing butter, flour, egg, sugar, and pineapple jam. It is one of the most popular souvenir options.

  Mango shaved ice  Mango shaved ice is a bowl of shaved ice topped with fresh mangoes, condensed milk, and sometimes mango ice cream or milk pudding. It is a popular Taiwanese dessert.

Mango shaved ice
Mango shaved ice is a bowl of shaved ice topped with fresh mangoes, condensed milk, and sometimes mango ice cream or milk pudding. It is a popular Taiwanese dessert.

  Taiwan beer  Taiwan beer is a lager beer. By adding rice during the brewing process, Taiwan beer has its unique flavor. It is one of the most popular beer brand in Taiwan.

Taiwan beer
Taiwan beer is a lager beer. By adding rice during the brewing process, Taiwan beer has its unique flavor. It is one of the most popular beer brand in Taiwan.

  Bubble tea  Bubble Tea is a representative Taiwanese drink which combines milk tea and tapioca balls. There are many varieties of this drink with a wide range of ingredients.

Bubble tea
Bubble Tea is a representative Taiwanese drink which combines milk tea and tapioca balls. There are many varieties of this drink with a wide range of ingredients.

  Stinky tofu  Stinky tofu is a popular street food in Taiwan. It is deep-fried fermented tofu served with sauce and sour pickled vegetables. The name of stinky tofu is from its unique fermented smell.

Stinky tofu
Stinky tofu is a popular street food in Taiwan. It is deep-fried fermented tofu served with sauce and sour pickled vegetables. The name of stinky tofu is from its unique fermented smell.

  Foot massage  Foot massage is traditional method to relax one’s body by applying pressure to its feet. The placement of pressure is based on the foot reflexology.

Foot massage
Foot massage is traditional method to relax one’s body by applying pressure to its feet. The placement of pressure is based on the foot reflexology.

  Cheongsam  Cheongsam is a traditional Chinese dress for women, also known as qipao. The design of Cheongsam is one-piece and tight-fitting.

Cheongsam
Cheongsam is a traditional Chinese dress for women, also known as qipao. The design of Cheongsam is one-piece and tight-fitting.

  Tricolor bag  Tricolor bag is a vintage bag that, in old times, people in Taiwan used to shop groceries and to carry fruits. It is reusable and durable. And now, it is back in fashion.

Tricolor bag
Tricolor bag is a vintage bag that, in old times, people in Taiwan used to shop groceries and to carry fruits. It is reusable and durable. And now, it is back in fashion.

  Blue-and-white slippers  Blue-and-white slippers are the image of Taiwanese Redneck (Tai Ke) culture. Made of robust rubber in color blue and white, they are low-cost but durable.

Blue-and-white slippers
Blue-and-white slippers are the image of Taiwanese Redneck (Tai Ke) culture. Made of robust rubber in color blue and white, they are low-cost but durable.

  Rainbow Heart  The LGBT social movement in Taiwan has been regarded as the most progressive one in Asia. According to the Constitutional court ruling, same-sex marriage will be legal in Taiwan in 2019.

Rainbow Heart
The LGBT social movement in Taiwan has been regarded as the most progressive one in Asia. According to the Constitutional court ruling, same-sex marriage will be legal in Taiwan in 2019.

  Map of Taiwan  The shape of Taiwan is similar to a sweet potato. It has an area of 35,883 km2 (13,855 sq mi) and spans the Tropic of Cancer.

Map of Taiwan
The shape of Taiwan is similar to a sweet potato. It has an area of 35,883 km2 (13,855 sq mi) and spans the Tropic of Cancer.

  Taipei 101  Taipei 101 is a landmark skyscraper in Taipei, Taiwan. It was officially recognized as the world's tallest building in 2004. Taipei 101 is well-known for its annual firework display on New Year's Eve.

Taipei 101
Taipei 101 is a landmark skyscraper in Taipei, Taiwan. It was officially recognized as the world's tallest building in 2004. Taipei 101 is well-known for its annual firework display on New Year's Eve.

  EasyCard  The EasyCard is a contactless smart card system for payment on the MRT, buses, YouBike and other public transport services in Taipei.

EasyCard
The EasyCard is a contactless smart card system for payment on the MRT, buses, YouBike and other public transport services in Taipei.

  New Taiwan dollar  New Taiwan dollar is the official currency of Taiwan. The formal unit name is yuan(元). There are coins of 1, 5, 10, 50 yuan and banknotes of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 yuan.

New Taiwan dollar
New Taiwan dollar is the official currency of Taiwan. The formal unit name is yuan(元). There are coins of 1, 5, 10, 50 yuan and banknotes of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 yuan.

  Spring couplet  Spring couplet is the custom to celebrate Chinese New Year. People write festive words on the couplet, and paste it conversely to welcome a good fortune; “converse” is a homophone of “come” in Chinese.

Spring couplet
Spring couplet is the custom to celebrate Chinese New Year. People write festive words on the couplet, and paste it conversely to welcome a good fortune; “converse” is a homophone of “come” in Chinese.

  Taiwanese Temple  Diverse folk religions make Taiwanese temple unique. The look of temples varies and the God’s offerings are different. All these hidden religious sites become popular attractions in Taiwan.

Taiwanese Temple
Diverse folk religions make Taiwanese temple unique. The look of temples varies and the God’s offerings are different. All these hidden religious sites become popular attractions in Taiwan.

  Night market  Night markets are street markets which operate at night. Taiwan has some famous night markets such as Fengjia, Liuhe, and Shilin Night Market.

Night market
Night markets are street markets which operate at night. Taiwan has some famous night markets such as Fengjia, Liuhe, and Shilin Night Market.

  Three-section compound  Three-section compound, also called san-ho-yuan, is a central building with two buildings attached perpendicular to either side. It is a traditional structure in Taiwan to accommodate large families.

Three-section compound
Three-section compound, also called san-ho-yuan, is a central building with two buildings attached perpendicular to either side. It is a traditional structure in Taiwan to accommodate large families.

  87 points  “87 points” is a popular internet slang in Taiwan. The pronunciation of "87" in Taiwanese sounds similar to “lame” in Taiwanese.

87 points
“87 points” is a popular internet slang in Taiwan. The pronunciation of "87" in Taiwanese sounds similar to “lame” in Taiwanese.

  Bopomofo  Bopomofo is the major Chinese transliteration system for Taiwanese Mandarin. Consisting of 37 characters and 4 tone marks, it transcribes all sounds in Mandarin.

Bopomofo
Bopomofo is the major Chinese transliteration system for Taiwanese Mandarin. Consisting of 37 characters and 4 tone marks, it transcribes all sounds in Mandarin.

  Traditional Chinese  Traditional Chinese characters are currently used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. In contrast, Simplified Chinese characters are used in mainland China, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Traditional Chinese
Traditional Chinese characters are currently used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. In contrast, Simplified Chinese characters are used in mainland China, Singapore, and Malaysia.

 

A project by
SHINy lee & Anna Lin

 

Emoji is becoming the world’s first truly universal language. However, we noticed that there are not many emojis about Taiwan. Therefore, we created the emojis that can describe one's Taiwan experience. The inspiration comes from Taiwanese food, architecture, commodity, culture, etc. This series of emojis are currently available for Plurk and Telegram users. For the upcoming phase, we would suggest other social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter to use them. Whether you are a frequent traveler, a first-time visitor, or a local resident of Taiwan, please use these emojis and make Taiwan a part of your everyday conversation.