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Places of Interest in Taiwan
Located in the finest district Taipei has to offer, TAIPEI 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center is the largest project in the history of Taiwan. The design is based on the Chinese number 8, which is an auspicious lucky number. This design was the first of its kind in the architecture world.
Standing at 382 meters above ground, it was formerly the highest building in the world. It also houses the world’s largest damper, weighing in at 660 metric tons. The Observatory is equipped with high - power binoculars, drinks bar, image services, pre-recorded audio tour guides in seven languages, & souvenir shops. It is a landmark that is a must-see when in Taipei.
Pingxi and Shifen are two of the most popular destinations to visit, especially during the lantern festival. The tradition of lighting a sky lantern, painted with your wishes of peace and prosperity the sky lanterns are then released into the sky. Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is one of the three most popular and well - known celebration event during the Lantern Festival.
Jiufen formerly known as the gold city, had a story worthy to be carved in the history books of Taiwan. A poor village, turned wealthy gold mining center and later faded back to become a tourist attraction. A picturesque scenery makes for the perfect movie location. The film "A City of Sadness" which won first prize in Venice Film Festival jolted the memories of Jiufen.
Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area
The Sun Moon Lake, is the only natural lake in Taiwan. The southern part of Lalu Island is shaped like a new moon, and the northern part is shaped like a sun; hence the name Sun Moon Lake.
Famous sights include Itashao, Lalu Island, the Xuanzang Temple, the Ci-en Pagoda, and the Wenwu Temple. Surrounded by forests, it is also a bird watching heaven
Alishan National Forest Recreation Area
Alishan National Forest Recreation Area is one of the main tourist attractions of Taiwan. It has also been known to be the place to experience snow during the winter season. The main tourism spot is elevated 2,200m above sea level. It is always cloudy and cool with an average temperature of 10.6 ℃ year round. The wet weather is the main reason for its lush forest landscape. It also houses the railways which count to the five most famous sightseeing attractions known internationally.
Chikanlou was built back in 1652. It was originally known as Provintia which meant “eternity”.
One of the eight famous tourist attractions in Taiwan. Chikanlou has many statues that date back to the Qing Dynasty. Chikanlou declined due to damage caused by civilian upheaval and a lack of management. It was also used as an army hospital during the japanese invasion. After some restoration work, the main entrance was revamped and had a new look, thus the name of Chikanlou（Chihkanlou）today.
Orchid Island (Lanyu) is a volcanic island. The peaks of the mountains resemble red human heads during sunset, which explains why it was formerly known as "Redhead Island." Lanyu, refers to the wild orchids that once grew in abundance. This a paradise for deep-sea fishing and a popular diving spot.
Lungshan Temple is a famous Guanshiyin Buddha temple. The temple was built in 1740, in the Qing Dynasty. The temple had to be restored several times due to natural disaster and human destruction.Among all the famous artifacts and statues, the well and Budda setting in the main hall are the most appreciated. The numerous chinese poems, verses and lyrics around the temple add a touch of literature in addition to the religious and sightseeing value of the temple.
What To Expect in Taiwan
- The workforce here is multicultural. Professionals from more than 200 countries work together in this strategically located international business center.
- Mandarin is widely spoken and understood here. It definitely helps if you know Taiwanese as well.
- Taiwan is a friendly country so working here can definitely be fun.