Throw off that heavy winter clothing, and throw on that super-light backpack. The spring has come,the sun is shining, and it's time to throw yourself into the wide world of Taiwan fun and adventure. Our theme this issue:“Backpacker's Delight—Traveling Light in Taipei”Our mission: to tell you all about our convenient transportation system, our inexpensive, internationally certified youth hostels, and the myriad scenic attractions that surround them. These hostels are warm, inviting, homey places where you'll meet like-minded travelers from all around the world, and can share tales of adventure and create cherished memories. In our Taipei New Images section we let you know all about a number of the city's new tourist attractions: Shilin Market, Grass Mountain Chateau, and the now-open second floor of the main building of Chiang Kai-shek Shilin Residence. There's also good news for bicycle enthusiasts, for Taipei's bicyclepath loop network has at last been completed with the opening of the“Taipei City Bicycle Loop Network.”The grand loop stretches 58.8 km, and brings you past a splendid line-up of scenic and cultural spots. There's great beauty in the scenery one finds along a river-and-mountain bike path—and there's a beauty just as profound in the well-wrought Chinese character. In our In-Depth City Culture Explorations gallery we immerse you in the art of seal carving, revealing its origins, the meaning behind its fonts, and how you can learn to carve your own characters. In our Mapping the Taipei Lifestyle department we give you a blueprint for city springtime rendezvous that wraps you up in nature's gifts. The theme is“green”in our article on the Minsheng Community / Fujin Street area, a community of lush shady streets and of chic creative boutiques, and is“pastel”in our report on the city's spring flower season, with excursions up Yangmingshan, to Zhuzihu (Bamboo Lake), and to Taipei Expo Park. This city is a warm and friendly incubator of impressively diverse design and artistic ferment, and in this issue we go on a spree of visits, witnessing the bold design innovation at the new Taiwan Excellence Pavilion and the Design Atelier & Jewellery Design Center and taking in exhibitions of such widely differing character as Art Revolution Taipei 2012, Wonderland: New Contemporary Art from Australia, and the Headspring Festival. Enter into this realm and you enter into a world of boundless vision. Taipei in spring. A time perfect for light travel and a time for enjoying beautiful flowers and scenery, visiting exhibitions, and exploring the lanes and alleys of fascinating new neighborhoods. In Taipei an abundance of interesting and surprising places await, and around every corner a new sight and a fresh smile.