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Taiwan is also known by its Portuguese name Ilha Formosa [ beautiful island ]
and located off the coast of mainland China in the Pacific Ocean. The Street of Luzon separates Taiwan from the Philippines.
China considers Taiwan as its disobedient 23rd province [ Chinese Taipei ].
Capital City of Taiwan: Taipei
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Hotels in Taiwan
Booking - Hotels in Taiwan - Hotels in T'ai-pei, Hua-lien and Hsin-k'ai
The Caesarpark Hotel Taipei *****, Chung Hsiao W Rd., 100 Taipei
Caesar Park Taipei, the former Hilton, is ideally located in the centre of Taipei's business district, directly
opposite Taipei Main Station, the heart of the city's newly-completed MRT system.
Caesar Park Taipei offers top quality professionalism in managing an international hotel, as well as the utmost
customer service to both domestic and international businesses. This 395-room hotel is situated within
walking distance from the Presidential Palace, Botanical Gardens and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. There are also 2 restaurants with 5-star quality service.
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.
Kenting National Park
Sheipa National Park
Yangmingshan National Park
Yushan National Park
Travel Agents / Tour Operators
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Taipei is a fascinating city, modern yet littered with historic sights that beguile and amaze. To fully appreciate
Taiwan you must also explore its hinterland. Begin with the remarkable Taroko Gorge, a canyon of immense
magnitude. On the west coast, Kaohsiung and Taichung offer unforgettable glimpses of traditional Taiwanese
culture and natural beauty. At the heart of the island lies Sun Moon Lake, replete with dramatic mountain peaks and intricate, stunning temples.
Far East & China Rail Train Tour - UK China Specialist
Escort Private Train Holiday Package to China, Korea, East Asia.
Remembrance Travel - World War 2
Visits to the sites of several former Prisoner of War camps, local sightseeing tours, a banquet to honour the POWs and a Remembrance Service at the site of the Taiwan POW Memorial.
Sunbird Tours - bird watching tours
Sitting astride the Tropic of Cancer, less than 250 miles from north to south and 100 miles wide, Taiwan
boasts impressive geographic and ecological diversity. A dramatic mountain range with numerous peaks
forms the island's backbone and is flanked either side by a broad, flat coastal plain which is warm and humid.
Taiwan boasts an impressive array of endemic species such as Taiwan Yuhina, White-collared Bush Robin, White-eared Sibia and Steere's Liocichla.
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Travel Guides / Related books
Taiwan (Bradt Travel Guide)
Taiwan is one of the most crowded countries on Earth but beyond the ocean of people and vehicles, far from the neon and noise that confronts new
arrivals, there's an island of breathtaking mountain vistas, bird-rich forests and quaint villages where folk religion thrives. This is the guide for individuals
who want more than the treasures of the National Palace Museum, the beaches of Kending and the well-beaten trails of Alishan. Whether you aim to
rough it on mountain peaks, observe age-old rituals in tucked-away temples or wallow in five-star comfort, Bradt's Taiwan will lead you on an unforgettable
journey through Asia's newest destination. Steven Crook moved to Taiwan in 1991 and has been writing about the island's travel destinations and tourism
industry since the mid-nineties. He speaks fluent Mandarin.
Paperback: 304 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1st edition edition (20 Oct 2010); ISBN-10: 184162330X; ISBN-13: 978-1841623306.
Taiwan: Country Guide (Lonely Planet)
Robert Kelly (Author)
Incl. Taiwan and its islands (Matsu, Kinmen, Penghu, Lanyu and Green Island). Revamp structure makes the
guide more accessible and usable - and is in two-colour! New in-depth features on Taiwan's cuisine, temple
arts and architecture, religion etc. Completely researched, updated and current with Chinese script for place name, sights etc.
Paperback: 392 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 8th edition edition (1 Mar 2011); ISBN-10: 1741790433; ISBN-13: 978-1741790436.
The Rough Guide to Taiwan
Brice Minnigh (Author), Stephen Keeling (Author)
The Rough guide to Taiwan is your definitive guide to this fascinating island. From the vibrant, frenetic streets
of Taipei and teahouses of Taichung to the laid-back, historic Tainan, the full-colour section highlights all the
"things-not-to-miss". Taiwan's enticing markets and vast range of culinary specialities are covered in full with
comprehensive reviews of all the top hotels, restaurants, bars and spas to suit every budget. There is in
-depth information on all six National Parks and Taiwan's highest mountains, including Taroko Gorge, the
country’s most popular natural wonder. The guide also looks at Taiwan’s history, culture and
indigenous peoples and comes complete with maps and plans for the whole island. The Rough guide to Taiwan is like having a local friend plan you trip!
Paperback: 560 pages; Publisher: Rough Guides; 1 edition (26 April 2007); ISBN-10: 1843535270; ISBN-13: 978-1843535270.
Transport / How do I travel to Taiwan
Kaohsiung International Airport
Airport Plan, Airport Facilities, Transportation, Domestic Flights Real-time info, International Flights Real-time info, and more
Sung Shan Airport
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Airline Tickets / Bargain Flights
Flight tickets Taiwan / Price comparison possible
Taipei Department of Transportation
Metro Taipei - Route map & Tourist Information
Taiwan Railways [ see the English version ]
Taiwan's railways offer an endless variety of experience, and the scenery lining their routes provides an
infinite range of fascinating scenery. If you want to get a close look at the island's beauties without having to
suffer the problems of unfamiliar roads and the frustrations of traffic congestion, then you could do no better
than choose a railroad tour and immerse yourself in the delights of enchanting coastlines, awesome mountains, placid farmlands, and engrossing countryside.
Map Taiwan [ Uni Texas - Perry-Castaņeda Bibliothek - Map Collection ]
Central Weather Bureau Taiwan
Tourist Board of Taiwan
Government Information Office
A Quick Look for Visitors, Visa & Custom Info, Visa Application Form Download, Bureau of Immigration,
Taiwan Holidays, Doing Business with Taiwan, Travel Info, Studying in Taiwan, Taiwan Directory
Taipei Representative Office in the UK
Tourism: Northern Taiwan:Where Ancient and Modern Coexist / Central Taiwan:Cliffs, Clouds and Cataracts /
Southern Taiwan:Bucolic Scenes from the Past / Eastern Taiwan: Unspoiled Natural Beauty / Festivals / Cuisine / Attractions / Tourist Travel Services / Accommodations / Transportation / Recreation
Taipei City - Capital City of Taiwan
The basin in which the city of Taipei and its suburbs sit was the site of a great lake in prehistoric times; it
slowly developed its present features as alluvial deposits filled the lake. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, the Taipei Basin was the ancestral homeland of plains-dwelling indigenous people.
Keelung City, Taipei City, Taipei County, Taoyuan County, Hsinchu City, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Ilan County.
Taitung County and Hualien County .
Taichung City, Taichung County, Nantou County, Changhua County and Yunlin County.
Chiayi City, Chiayi County, Tainan City, Tainan County, Kaohsiung City, Kaohsiung County and Pingtung County.
Penghu County, Kinmen County and Lianjiang County.
Chenlan Temple in Dajia District, Taichung
Most famous Mazu temple in Taiwan. Each spring an annual pilgrimage takes place starting at the temple. See Procession Mazu : Dadu Visit of a templeand M. Roemer's photos.
Palace Museum in Taipei
Tianhou Temple of Magong on Penghu Island
Built in 1593 and Taiwan's oldest temple.
News from Taiwan - Taipei Times
Magazine - Travel in Taiwan
Radio - Radio Taiwan International
University Taiwan - National Taiwan University - former Taihoku (Taipei) Imperial University
Cuisine - Taiwanese Cooking
In Taiwan, cooking techniques from all areas of China have merged, and the Taiwanese do not only master
the traditional local Chinese specialties, but also continuously use traditional techniques to develop new
culinary treats. It is therefore that each year Taiwan attracts many tourists who come to savor these Chinese specialties, ranging from small steamed buns to water-boiled dumplings.
Traditional Chinese food to be found in Taiwan, next to Taiwanese and Hakka-style dishes, mainly includes dishes from from Fujian, Guangdang, Jiangxi, Shanghai, Hunan, Sichuan and Beijing
Taowan: Natural original flavors are preserved and there is a focus on light, fresh and simply flavored dishes,
influenced by the Dutch and Japanese, raw and slightly water-scalded food is widely accepted.
Cuisine of Taiwan
Often Taiwanese cuisine is often associated with influences from mid to southern provinces of Mainland China, but influences from all of Mainland China can easily be found...
The Best of Taiwanese Cuisine: Recipes and Menus for Holidays and Special Occasions
By Karen Hulene Bartell
Dishes from the four corners of China are found in Taiwanese kitchens and restaurants: noodles, dumplings
and Mongolian Lamb Barbecue from northern China; sauces and herbs from the east are featured in recipes
like Piquant Lime Chicken in Swallow's Nest; hot spicy, fried foods from southern China such as lightly
seasoned fresh seafood. This collection of over 100 delicious Taiwanese recipes is divided into seasons and
traditional celebrations such as Lunar New Year, Dragon Boat Festival, Chinese Valentine's Day, and Mid
-Autumn Moon Festival -- with a complete menu for each one. Complementary and harmonious foods are
organised in 18 carefully planned menus. Also includes cultural information, Chinese paper cuttings, and a Chinese lunar zodiac calendar.
Paperback 124 pages (September 2002); Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc
History of Taiwan
Until Taiwan was colonized by the Dutch in the seventeenth century, attempts by groups other than the Taiwanese aboriginal to settle Taiwan failed.
The Dutch were ousted from the island in 1662 by Cheng Cheng-Kung (also known as Koxinga), a former
pirate who styled himself as a Ming loyalist, and who hoped to marshal his troops on the island. Cheng therefore established the Kingdom of Tungning (1662-1683).
Taiwan's History - Wikipedia
Prehistoric Settlement In Taiwan, European Settlement [ The Dutch East India Company [ VOC ] administered
the island and its predominantly aboriginal population until 1662, setting up a tax system, schools to teach
romanized script of aboriginal languages and evangelizing ], Koxinga and Imperial Chinese Rule, Japanese
Rule, The Republic of China, Beginnings of Nationalist Rule, Economic Developments, Democratic Reforms.
Taiwan Documents Project
Established in 1999 to provide researchers and other interested persons a comprehensive source of primary
material relating to the dispute over Taiwan. The Project seeks not only to gather together the most complete
collection of Taiwan-related documents available anywhere, but also to present objective, introductory analyses of legal and other issues surrounding the Taiwan Strait Situation.
Period of colonial Dutch government on Formosa (now known as Taiwan), lasting from 1624 to 1662.
The Dutch on Formosa
In 1622, governor Jan Pieterszoon Coen of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) sent out Cornelis Reijersen to
attack Macao and build a fortress on the coast of Fujian. He kidnapped a number of Chinese, but his attack on
Macao was beaten off by the Portuguese, and he continued on to the Pescadores Islands (P'eng-hu Lieh-tao)...
The VOC and Formosa
Anybody who wishes to study the history of Formosa cannot possibly ignore the archives of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). To help researchers from the Far East the relevant passages have now been
translated into Chinese.
In the quiet morning of Saturday, April 30, 1661, the look-out on the bastion of Zeelandia Castle saw, to his
astonishment, an enormous fleet of Chinese junks appearing out of the fog. The landing of the four hundred
-strong invasion fleet of the Ming- loyalist mandarin Cheng Ch'eng-kung (Coxinga in Dutch sources) on
Formosa, marks the beginning of the final episode of a nearly forty-year-long period (1624-1662) of Dutch
presence on the island. After a ten-month siege of the castle, the Dutch governor, Frederick Coyett was forced to surrender and leave all of Formosa to Cheng Ch'eng-kung.
Reed Institute's Formosa Digital Library
This digital library gathers together a large body of primarily European and American images of the island of
Taiwan -- called "Formosa" by foreign visitors in the 19th Century -- and its various peoples. These textual
representations, woodcuts, maps, and linguistic data were originally published in European and North
American books and journals during the 19th Century, but are not easily accessible to those interested in the history of Taiwan today.
The Island of Formosa Past and Present - by James W. Davidson
James W. Davidson, who served as a war correspondent with the Japanese army during the take-over of
Taiwan in 1895, was later appointed United States Consul for Taiwan. His book is the product of eight years
of research, and traces the history of Taiwan from the beginning of Dutch rule in 1514 to the early twentieth
century. The author describes natural resources, trade, and industry, as well as the people, their dialects, and bird and animal life. The book was first published in 1903.
Hardcover 737 pages (August 1989); Publisher: OUP China
Music, Arts & Culture, Events
Taiwan's culture is a blend of traditional Chinese with significant Japanese and Western influences including
Dutch, Spanish and American. The Taiwanese aboriginals also have a distinct culture. Fine arts, folk traditions, and popular culture embody traditional and modern, Asian, and Western motifs.
Music of Taiwan
Culture of Taiwan
See also Popular culture in Twaiwan.
Mazu (sometimes spelt Matsu) - the indigenous goddess of the sea
Said to protect fishermen and sailors. Patron deity of all Southern Chinese and East Asian persons. Mazu is widely worshipped in Taiwan.
Mazu's birthday-festival is on the twenty-third day of the third lunar month of the Chinese calendar and
celebrated with a pilgrimage that takes place starting at the Chenlan Temple in Dajia District, Taichung, the most famous Mazu temple in Taiwan.
The Aboriginal People of Taiwan form the most northern branch of the Austronesian culture group, and can
roughly be divided into Pingpu and Aboriginal races. The Aborigines can be divided into nine tribe], namely the
Tsou (Chiayi, Kaohsiung, Nantou), the Saisiyat (Hsinchu, Miaoli), the Ami (Huatung and East Coast), the Atayal
(Northern and Central Taiwan and mountainous regions in Northeastern Taiwan), the Paiwan (Pingtung,
Taitung), the Bunun (Taitung, Hualien, Kaohsiung, Nantou), the Puyuma (Taitung County border), the Rukai (Pingtung, Taitung, Kaohsiung) and the Yami (Orchid Island).
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