Umbrellas have long been appreciated for their practical value, but in Taiwan, the beauty and art of umbrellas is esteemed too, not least because of the good luck they are said to bring the owner. Traditional oil paper umbrellas have been used by the Han people for well over a millennia, while perhaps the most famous Hakka cultural icon is the Meinong oil paper umbrella. Always colorful, hand-painted, and uniquely designed, for the lover of beautiful things, these make a very special travel memento. If your itinerary permits, we highly recommend visiting the Meinong district in Kaohsiung. Not only is it a beautiful town richly steeped in Hakka culture, it is home to the collectible Meinong Oil Umbrella.
Update: December 23, 2022