TAIWAN, BEAUTIFUL FORMOSA

Written by Sheng-Tong Day, Chairman of TAIWANDAY

GORGEOUS TAIWAN

Taiwan is also called Formosa, which means “beautiful” in Latin. Amazingly, there are 268 mountains over 3000-meter high in this majestic island. Comparatively, there is no any mountain like this in Australia and only 10 in Japan. Despite the fact that the United States is 266 times as big as Taiwan, there are just 34 mountains more over 3000-meter high. Numerous mountain chains with small and steep peaks finally create this fantastic yet unique island, Taiwan, where you should travel around at least one time in your life.

DIVERSE CULTURES

Taiwan owns abundant yet unique cultures. From those aboriginal people living in Taiwan since approximately 6,500 years ago, to those Dutch people in the Dutch Colonial Period, to people in the Qing Colonial Period, Japanese Colonial Period, and eventually some from China, they all bring their own cultures as well as traditions to Taiwan. Ultimately, for the sake of maintaining a sense of harmony, Taiwan becomes such a small island with colorful and confluent cultures.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

From 1975 to 2015, there is a huge progress in Taiwan’s economic development; now the exportation rate is 51 times as high as before. In the past few years, Taiwan was once the number one country in making conventional industries exportation, one of the four biggest electronic product exportation countries all around the world, and one of the main investors in China electronics. This kind of economic miracle could be primarily regarded as the contribution of those small and medium enterprises, which could be the foundation of Taiwan’s economics and society.

TAIWAN’S OFF-SHORE ISLANDS

With 1,520-kilometer long coastline, Taiwan owns 6 wonderful off-shore islands. In the period of Chinese Civil War, Kinmen and Matsu was used as main military bases. There are hundreds of mountains turned to be tunnels. The biggest one, Beihai Tunnel, could accommodate 120 boats, and the longest tunnel is even 1,800-meter long. Matsu is one of the four places all around the world that could savor the beauty of Sea of Stars. Penghu owns a large amount of basalt; the oldest one exists more than 18,000 thousand years. There are 700 kinds of carol all over the world; surprisingly, those off-shore islands in Taiwan, including Lamay Island, Lanyu, and Green Island, account for 80 percent. All these off-shore islands are doubtlessly awesome wonderlands for you to travel.

Sea of Stars in Matsu

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Military Tunnel in Kinmen

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Basalt in Penghu

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Performance Arts of Taiwan

1. Cloud Gate Dance Group
Founded by the renowned choreographer, Lin Hwai-Min, Cloud Gate is the first professional dance group in Taiwan, and one of the best contemporary dance groups in the world.

2. Ten Drum Art Percussion Group
Taking inspiration from the history, landscapes, and people of Taiwan, the Ten Drum Art Percussion Group has created successful drum stages, which have received recognition from the GRAMMYS.

3. Yuanxiang Dance Group
Combining traditional A-mei culture with modern dance elements, the Yuanxiang Dance Group dreams of pushing Taiwanese aboriginal arts to the international stage.

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4. Ju Percussion Group
Taiwan’s first professional percussion group, they are based in Taiwan, but have experience performing around the world. Ju Percussion Group boasts a unique style is inspired by many cultures.

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5. Min Hwa Yuan
Min Hwa Yuan plays a crucial role in the history and development of Taiwanese opera. Their actors are prolific artists with exelent skills that offer superior entertainment.

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4. Ju Percussion Group
Taiwan’s first professional percussion group, they are based in Taiwan, but have experience performing around the world. Ju Percussion Group boasts a unique style is inspired by many cultures.

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5. Min Hwa Yuan
Min Hwa Yuan plays a crucial role in the history and development of Taiwanese opera. Their actors are prolific artists with exelent skills that offer superior entertainment.

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INCREDIBLE THEATER AND MUSEUMS

1. NATIONAL TAICHUNG THEATER (TAICHUNG)
National Taichung Theater, a spectacular world-class performance and exhibition facility, is designed by the well-known Japanese architect, Toyo, Ito. The whole architecture consists 58 curved-wall units, which actually impresses every visitor with great admiration.

2. NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM (TAIPEI)
National Palace Museum houses more than 690 thousand artifacts made through Chinese history, which is surely a treasure to art and cultural histories of mankind.

3. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF PREHISTORY (TAITUNG)
National Museum of Prehistory dedicates themselves to preserving and studying of prehistoric and indigenous culture. It exhibits the relics excavated from Beinan site. NMP consists of the main building and Beinan Cultural Park. The main building presents an introduction to the prehistoric development of Taiwan’s nature and culture as well as the Austronesian culture.

4. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF TAIWAN HISTORY (TAINAN)
With the purpose of collection, categorization, preservation, research, exhibition, education and promotion of artifacts related to Taiwan’s history and culture, National Museum of Taiwan History houses more than 90 thousand workpieces. This is the museum that perfectly records the whole history and development of Taiwan.

5. CHIMEI MUSEUM (TAINAN)
Chimei Museum is a comprehensive museum with wide collections of Western art, musical instruments, weaponry and natural history. There are four exhibition rooms, one temporary exhibition gallery and a sculpture hall in the main building. As a museum for all, they hope their visitors will enjoy and cherish these timeless valuables and find their favorites among them.

DISTINCTIVE BED AND BREAKFASTS

Although there are 2,3 million people living in Taiwan, the amount of bed and breakfasts is more than 16 thousand, which means that visitors have several choices for accommodations. Those bed and breakfasts have various styles, including traditional Taiwanese style, European style, Fujian style, and Bali style. Staying at a bed and breakfast is one of the best ways to traveling around Taiwan. The owners may offer you local and fresh gourmets and help you have a deeper understanding of the surrounding environment. They are just as friendly and warmhearted as your family and those bed and breakfasts are like your own house, which must make you satisfied.

1. Jane Castle (Wujie, Yilan)

2. Stonbo Lodge (Toucheng, Yilan)

3. Migrator Inn (Baisha, Penghu)

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4. Chateau Windmill (Jiaoxi, Yilan)

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5. Rothenburg Lodge (Wujie, Yilan)

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6. Sunday Home (Sanxing, Yilan)

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7. Le Tour (Sanxing, Yilan)

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8. The Lake House (Dahu, Miaoli)

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9. Zhe-Juan-Meng-Tian (Sanyi, Miaoli)

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10. Migrator Intertidal Homestay (Baisha, Penghu)

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11. Four Sisters Villa (Kenting)

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12. Villa Kurasu (Heping, Taichung)

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13. The Old England (Qingjing Farm)

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14. Stuart Villa (Shoufong, Hulien)

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15. Hear the Wind Sing (Jiufen)

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16. Check Inn (Zhongshan, Taipei)

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17. Ajong 23 Coffee (Alishan, Chiayi)

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4. Chateau Windmill (Jiaoxi, Yilan)

5. Rothenburg Lodge (Wujie, Yilan)

6. Sunday Home (Sanxing, Yilan)

7. Le Tour (Sanxing, Yilan)

8. The Lake House (Dahu, Miaoli)

9. Zhe-Juan-Meng-Tian (Sanyi, Miaoli)

10. Charmole (Wujie, Yilan)

11. Four Sisters Villa (Kenting)

12. Villa Kurasu (Heping, Taichung)

13. The Old England (Qingjing Farm)

14. Stuart Villa (Shoufong, Hulaien)

15. Hear the Wind Sing (Jiufen)

16. Check Inn (Zhongshan, Taipei)

17. Ajong 23 Coffee (Alishan, Chiayi)

IMPRESSIVE DELICACIES

Due to the Japanese Colonial Period 120 years ago, Japanese cuisine is the most common exotic cuisine in Taiwan, and owing to the immigrants from China 65 years ago, there are also lots of Sichuan cuisine, Shanxi cuisine, Xinjiang cuisine, and Mongolia cuisine all around Taipei. Besides that, restaurants providing creative cuisine, such as Shi-Yang, 28 Studio, You-Jian-Yi-Liu-Yu, and Formosa Pearl, are also astonishingly incredible. Furthermore, you must not miss Taiwan’s traditional dishes, and those night markets are a must go for indulging yourself in the deliciousness of these.

Youjian-Yi-Chuiyan (Xinshe, Taichung)

Shi-Yang (Xizhi, New Taipei)

Formosa Pearl (Zhuangwei, Yilan)

28 Studio (Xindian, New Taipei)

EXTRAORDINARY TRIPS AROUND TAIWAN

Discovering diverse wonders in Taiwan

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EXTRAORDINARY TRIPS AROUND TAIWAN

Discovering diverse wonders in Taiwan

BESPOKE TOURS

Dream vacations built by our travel experts!

PRIVATE TOURS

Traveling through specially designed tours!

GROUP TOURS

Enjoy interesting tours with new friends!

MARVELOUS TRIPS AROUND THE WORLD

Exploring distinctive scenery all over the world

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Dream vacations built by our travel experts!

GROUP TOURS
Sharing these trips with your friends!

PRIVATE TOURS
Wonderful travels beyond your imagination!

MARVELOUS TRIPS AROUND THE WORLD

Exploring distinctive scenery all over the world

BESPOKE TOURS

Dream vacations built by our travel experts!

GROUP TOURS

Sharing these trips with your friends!

PRIVATE TOURS

Wonderful travels beyond your imagination!