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  • Betel nut beauty 檳榔西施

    NOTE: This page is no longer being updated. The new betel nut beauty pages are at Taiwanderful - the Taiwan Guide.

    Betel nut beauties or betel nut girls (檳榔西施 binlang xishi) are a common sight along the roadsides in Taiwan. Some people regard their presence as an outrage while others think they are a unique and colourful part of life in Taiwan. The girls can be seen in sitting in large glass-walled booths on the sides of the road. They are usually busy counting betel nuts or else sitting there looking very bored. Customers stop while driving past and the girls run out to sell them bags of betel nuts. The girls also sell drinks and cigarettes.

    Betel nut is also known as areca nut. It is the seed of the betel palm (Areca catechu). Betel nut is Taiwan's second largest agricultural crop. Betel nut plantations dominate the landscape in parts of Central and Southern Taiwan. While betel nut girls are a source of controversy and interest the environmental and health impacts of betel nut are in reality more serious concerns.

    Chinese characters for betel nut on a betel nut stand in Taipei

    Links to betel nut girl photos

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    I have credited the source of the photos wherever possible.

    Some betel nut girl photos from flickr

    Photos by Michael Turton

    Michael Turton's webpage Betel Nut Girls of Taiwan has a vast collection of betel nut girl photos. Highly recommended!!!

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    Betel nut videos at YouTube

    Betelnut beauty: the movie

    The movie Betelnut Beauty (Chinese title: 愛你愛我 Ai Ni Ai Wo) was released in the year 2001 and directed by Lin Cheng-sheng (林正盛) .

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