Taiwan's capital Taipei is probably Asia’s most liberal and gay friendly city and hosts the continent's largest LGBT Pride march
Many people travelling to Asia usually take in China, Japan and Hong Kong but overlook the gem that is Taiwan.
The capital of Taiwan, Taipei, is probably Asia’s most liberal and gay friendly city.
And there’s no better time to party there than in a week’s time when on Saturday (27 October) it will host Asia’s largest LGBT Pride march. The city hopes to top the 30,000-plus attendees of 2011.
The organizers recently launched this year’s Taiwan Pride campaign video.
If you are in Taipei for Pride or any other time of the year, here are our top tourist tips and guide to the best of the gay nightlife.
If clubbing is your scene, the weekend starts Friday night at Jump with Taiwan Pump. The parties continue Saturday night with Taiwan Pride at Att4Fun, then continues to Sunday morning with Taiwan Power at Luxy. All three parties feature international DJs and go-go boys. More information for all of the parties can be found here.
At the time of this article being written, no specific lesbian parties have been announced for Taiwan Pride.
Gay and lesbian nightlife
Most people start their evening in the area behind the Red Theatre in Ximen district which has numerous bars which get packed, especially on Friday and Saturdays and there is even a bear bar! One popular bar with foreigners is Café Dalida. For lesbian and bisexual women, Cosbys is a burger restaurant by day and a predominantly lesbian bar at night.
Afterwards there are plenty of clubbing options:
Our secret pleasures
Beyond the tourism and the gay scene, our trips to Taipei would not be complete without our two chances for self-indulgence.
Whether you enjoy the sights, the sounds, or the tastes of Taipei – your Pride weekend will surely be packed. See you at the parade.