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General Information

    Taiwan - free and natural - not only filled with tropical beauty and geographic splendor, but it is one of Asia's most progressive countries for LGBT rights, and certainly the most liberal of the Chinese diaspora. Not only does the government of Taipei print up its own free guide to the gay community, but school children are taught about homosexuality and tolerance for sexual minorities. Taiwan's first Gay Pride Festival was held on Sunday, June 29, 1997 at 2-28 Memorial Park (New Park) in Taipei (a favorite cruise spot at night). Over 30 gay organizations chose to celebrate in the sunlight at this location of Pai Hsien-Yung's famous gay novel, Crystal Boys.

    Taiwanese gays are adept at electronic cruising. Even so, the quality and selection of gay venues has increased noticeably in the last decade, along with a refreshing openness towards gays and lesbians in society. Young Taiwanese are launching trendy and stylish businesses all over the island nation. Wednesdays are considered "little weekends" and clubs may be a bit busier on that night than other weekdays.

    Discover what gay Japanese, South Koreans and Chinese gays have already discovered: Taiwan is a fun, sexy and relaxed gay holiday destination. Whether you want a romantic weekend get-away, an endless variety of fresh and tasty local foods, gorgeous and dramatic nature, trendy clubs open late for partying, or shopping sprees at the latest designer malls, Taiwan should be on your LGBT holiday itinerary in Asia!

    Taiwan continues to deport HIV+ foreigners, disregarding their human rights. If you're poz, do not tell the visa office. If you need to get tested for a work visa, do an anonymous test first.

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Taiwan Listings by City:

KAOHSIUNG | TAICHUNG | TAINAN | TAIPEI

Other cities and provinces are listed below...


Articles and Publications

  • Goodguy
      G&L Publishing Corporation, Suite 9, 11/F #20 Minchiuan West Rd, 2541-1213, email. New Taiwanese gay magazine displaying the full Monty.
  • Tung Yen Wu Chi (Gay Speak Out)
      PO Box 112-637, Taipei, FAX 367-3205. Quarterly gay magazine launched on Jan. 15, 1996.


Organizations

  • AIDS/HIV organizations and information
  • Sex/Gender Rights Association Taiwan
      8251-0105. A coalition of lesbians and gays, transgendered persons, multi-sexuals, sexual dissidents, gender/sexual rights activists, AIDS activists, human rights activists, students, lawyers, teachers working for gender issues and sexual rights. Their goal is to dismantle the discrimination and oppression of gender and sexual minorities in the social institutions of the family, the education system, politics, the economy and the law.
  • Taiwan Pride
      Info on Taiwan's annual pride festivities. Here's a scene from the Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade 2008...


  • Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association
      12/F #70 Roosevelt Rd, Sec 2 (near Guting MRT), 2392-1969, email. Founded in 1998, TTHA became the first nationally registered LGBT association in the country. They are located in a large, prime location, with offices and facilities for hosting meetings of various LGBT groups. Their private hotlines are open Thu-Mon, from 7pm-10pm, with three full-time workers and 40 volunteers to answer calls. They have an education committee than manages programs in schools, and also programs aimed at AIDS/HIV prevention. TTHA has also formed alliances with other tongzhi groups and participates in gay rights demonstrations. Their mission remains the eradication of prejudice against queer people and full civil rights for sexual marginals.



Chia-Yi -- area code (886-5)

General Information


Popular Spots

Karaoke

    • Miracle
        4/F 424 Min Chiuan Rd (between Min Sheng St and Jung Yi St, 100m from Zhong Zheng Park), 216-7021. Gay karaoke pub with friendly owner who speaks a bit of English. The clientele is mixed (ages, genders). Open daily from 9pm onwards.


Meeting Places

    • Zhong Zheng Park
        Between Guo-hua St, Ming-quan Rd , Zhong-yi St, and Bei-rong St. From the train station, walk along Zhong-shan Rd, turn left at Guo-hua St, and keep going till you see the entrance (about 10 minutes).



Chang-Hua -- area code (886-4)

General Information

    Population is 225,000 (that's about 9,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • Tureman
        2/F 17 Kong-men Rd, 724 -3131. Walk along Guang-fu Rd from train station for about 300 meters, make a right turn at Zhong-shan Rd, keep going and make another right turn at Kong-men Rd at the Cultural Center.



Hsin-Chu -- area code (886-3)

General Information

    Population is about 400,000 (that's about 16,000 Utopians).


Organizations

  • Gisneyland UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2011
      An LGBTQ community center located close to the Hsinchu Train Station, on Zhongzheng St. It's on 11/F above SASA (door is on the side). Very open and busy community center with frequent events.


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Circular intersection at Easter Gate
        From train station, go west along Zhong-zheng Rd about 100 meters.




Hualien -- area code (886-3)

General Information

    Population is about 110,000 (that's about 5,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Karaoke

    • Lover's Karaoke
        211 Guo-Sheng 1st Rd, 833-9097. Call to confirm the address and ask for directions. A very basic karaoke bar, nothing trendy or flashy. From outsite it doesn't look like a gay venue. Normally open after 10pm and going on till very late. Although the place is very friendly, and people are good company, the owner and most of the clients do not speak English, so it is better to go with someone local or someone who understands Chinese.


Meeting Places

    • Zhong Shan Park
        Guo-lian 1 Rd. Walking distance from the train station. Some native Taiwanese guys. Especially cruisy on the weekends.


Saunas and Fitness for Men

    • 99 Guo Xing 1 St, 834-5381. A small gay sauna operating near the Train Station. As with many places in Taiwan, the spelling of street name varies. You may see it listed as Guo-Shing 1 or Guo-Sing 1. If you can recognize Chinese characters, it is the same GUO as country, and the same XING as Gao Xing (happy). It is also a little tricky to find. When you come out of the station, you will see a large grassy area in front of you that stretches all the way down to the big main street (Guo Lian 1). Off to the left you will see a small park. If you walk towards the park, you will see Guo Shing 1 St. It borders the park at the end nearest the station. The main street (Guo Lian 1) borders the other end. From the train station, turn left onto Guo Shing 1 St and walk past the park. The sauna is a little more than a block and a half down this street on your left hand side. It is very discreet so watch the building numbers. They have showers, a small steam room, TV room, lots of places to hang out and chat, and a few private rooms. They supply razors, toothbrush and toothpaste as well as towels and condoms. They also have two computers for patrons to use. The patrons vary in size, shape, age and attitude, but most seem pretty outgoing and daring. Busiest on Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun.



KAOHSIUNG -- area code (886-7)



Keelung -- area code (886-2)

General Information

    Population is over 400,000 (that's 16,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Restaurants and Cafes

    • Keelung Night Market
        You've got to find a friend to drive you here, but don't miss the night market in this lively port city about 30 minutes north of Taipei. Stretched over a few city blocks are some of Taiwan's most fantastic and colorful food vendors offering everything from freshly cracked open sea urchin, deep-fried vegetable sandwiches, giant heaps of crab claw rice, and all manner of edible extrusions, infusions, fritters, ices, liquids, crunchies and munchies. Packed with locals who line up at the best stalls.



Magong City (Penghu Islands)

General Information

    A collection of 90 small islands also known as the Pescadores.


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • Li Bar UTOPIAN VERIFIED AUG 2011
        Downtown area, one or two streets over from the main street, nearby the main bus station and a few shops down from Liquid Sports restaurant. It is easy to identify from the rainbow flag that is painted above it.


Meeting Places

    • The cycleway/walkway that runs along the inner sea from the rainbow bridge. Walk away from the rainbow bridge to the last turn near the very end of this path. This is a pleasant 30 minute walk. At dusk you are likely to meet handsome young local gays eager to chat and share their local knowledge and traveling tips with you while you enjoy the view and fresh sea air. UTOPIAN VERIFIED AUG 2011



TAICHUNG -- area code (886-4)



TAINAN -- area code (886-6)



TAIPEI -- area code (886-2)



Taitung -- area code (886-8)

General Information

    Population is about 110,000 (that's close to 5,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • G-night
        279 Luo-yang St , 935-9255.


Meeting Places

    • Beach Park
        At the end of Da-tong Rd, turn right and go to the end.



Taoyuan City -- area code (886-3)

General Information

    Population is over 360,000 (that's about 15,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • The Base
        3/F, 197 Min-chuan Rd, 331-7225. Near Lu-zhu big temple bus stop.
    • Boss Men's Club
        2/F, No.224, Chung Cheng Rd, 337-1870, 337-2196
    • Chuan Ken
        2/F, No. 4, Min-zhu Rd, 335-4148, 334-1010.
    • Foxy
        No. 33 Nan Hua St, 339-5798. Gay and lesbian night on Fri.
    • Funky
        B/1, 197 Min-chuan Rd, 338-3478.


Meeting Places

    • Zhong Zheng Park
        Behind the Art Museum and parking lot, walking distance from train station along Yuan-hua Rd.


Saunas and Fitness for Men

    • Tai Shi Sauna
        No. 137 Chung Hua Rd (at Nan Hua St), 335-5112,3.
    • Xin Tao-yuan
        3/F 5th Lane 182 Min-zhu Rd, 335-3175,7. Fifteen minutes walk from the train station. Open 24 hours.



Zhongli City -- area code (886-3)

General Information

    Population is over 360,000 (that's about 15,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • 2009 Inn
        No. 3, Lane 76, Sec 1, Zhongyang W. Rd, 422-0091, email. Private pub for gay friends where they can release their true feelings. Utopia Member Discount


Meeting Places

    • Railway Station facilities. Also: on the weekends hundreds of Thai people (many of them very handsome and hunky!) spend hours drinking beer in an area opposite the Station and they all use the free-of-charge facilities.
    • Not far from the Railway Station, going right, there are two Bus Stations where people also meet in the facilities.



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