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Establishing a Beautiful Taiwan

Tour Taiwan Years 2008-2009
Establishing a Beautiful Taiwan

THIS YEAR AND THE NEXT ARE GOING TO BE YEARS YOU WANT TO TOUR TAIWAN! THE TOURISM BUREAU IS MAKING SURE THAT YOU WILL BE PRESENTED WITH THE BEST TRAVEL ENVIRONMENT AND THE BEST POSSIBLE TRAVEL CHOICES EVER ON THIS LOVELY ISLAND.

Many first-time visitors are surprised when they finally see Taiwan with their own eyes. "It's so mountainous! It's so green!" Can often be heard among tour groups which have ventured a bit out of the cities.

Slowly but steadily the world is recognizing Taiwan as an attractive travel destination in Asia. Despite stiff competition from her numerous neighbors, many of which are well-established tourist magnets, Taiwan has seen a significant increase in the number of visitors over the last few years, and this despite the declining number of business travelers. In the year 2000, 870,000 visitors came to Taiwan as tourists. Six years later the numbers grew to 1.51 million (an increase of 73%). During the same time period the percentage of tourists among all visitors rose from 33% to 43%. These numbers show that Taiwan is no longer a place visited only by people who want to do business, but has become a destination for international travelers coming for sightseeing, shopping, entertainment, relaxation, and more.

Taiwan is still one of the better-kept secrets in the world of travel and many in the West still have images of a heavily industrialized and overpopulated place in mind when the island is mentioned to them. While Taiwan certainly has her share of crowded, noisy, and sticky urban jungles, most parts of the land are in fact characterized by untouched nature and enchanting scenery. It usually takes just a short drive out of the city to leave all the nuisances of urban life behind and enter a world of verdant hills and scenic landscapes. A great deal of the Tourism Bureau's efforts over the coming two years will be about showing travelers who haven't been here before all the many beautiful sites of Taiwan, and changing any misconceptions they might have about this fine travel destination.
The Bureau has selected a number of "must-see" sites, "must-eat" specialties, and "must-buy" products in northern, central, southern, and eastern Taiwan that first-time visitors should definitely try out when visiting. In the north, for example, Taipei 101 , for the time being still the world's tallest building, and the National Palace Museum , one of the greatest museums in the world, sit atop the must-see list. Among the "must-eats" are little steamed dumplings , beef noodles , and mango ice , while new high-tech communications products, tea leaves, and pineapple cakes should be considered when shopping in northern Taiwan. (In the following articles you'll find more detailed introductions to these Taiwanese "must-sees," "must-eats," and "must-buys.")

Making Taiwan more beautiful, highlighting what is unique about this land, creating an even more visitor-friendly environment, ensuring high quality in all travel-related facilities and services, and intensifying promotional efforts abroad are the main tasks lying ahead of the Tourism Bureau in the near future. The overall goal is to make Taiwan a better place, a place where travelers can conveniently take in world-class sights, where they can travel in safety and comfort, where they are welcomed and served by friendly people, and where they will leave satisfied and hoping to come back again soon.

 

Lacquerware

Lion’s Head Mountain and Beipu

Exploring the Valley of the Glowing Sky

Fruit of the Angels

Its Cake Culture

The Amazing Bamboo

Yilan’s Kumquats

Lovely Nanzhuang

The Sea of Flowers in Xinshe Festival

Healthful Eating and Delicious Flavors

The Black King Kong of Yuanchang

From Art Brush to Beauty Brush

A Strange Fruit

The Sound of Drums

Zuoying Wannian Folklore Festival

The Hot Springs of Beitou

Simakusi (Smangus)

Meinong

Water Frolics

Overnighting on the Northeast Coast

Giant Buddha, Old Temples, and Glass Art

Mt. Beidawu

The Most Joyous Thing in the World is Music

Taiwan Fun on the Tropic of Cancer

FUN WITH CHINESE - Men in the Fields during Rain

NK 101 Tea @ Style

Taitung Backpack Bus Trip

The Life of Pi

Taipei’s East District Where the Art of Shopping Is Serious Business

Spring Onion Country Yilan's Sanxing Township Offers Ideal Conditions for Cultivating Scallions

Sandy Beaches, Rocky Coastline, Quiet Country A Whirlwind Tour Round Hengchun Peninsula

What Happened at Wushe

Confucius Day

Keeping It in the Family: I Wan Jan Puppet Theater

Taiwan Has a Unique Culture

Welcoming the Year of the Rabbit and the ROC's 100 Years

All the Flowers You Can Dream Of

Music from the Marshland

Pristine Scenes

Fierce Faces

Following the Tide

A Wonderful World Out There

Off to the Beach and the Rocks

Taiwan’s Easy Rider Goes Into the Wild

HAKKA TUNG BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

Taipei Int'l Flora Expo

HIDDEN HOT SPRINGS & LANDFORMS

JOURNEY into the PAST

YOUNG, GIFTED, AND DEAF

Taiwan's Ultra Man Going Beyond Extreme

Rice by Any Other Name

Taiwan is Beautiful!

TAIPEI EYE

Slate Houses and Mud Rivers

From Fir Formosa

Touring Kaohsiung by KMART

TOURING TAIWAN

Taoyuan HSR Station

Taking Taiwan's Slow Train

Bus Trip to Central Taiwan

Establishing a Beautiful Taiwan

High Mountain Ecology

Exploring High Mountain HighsTaiwan at Her Peaks

Cultural Tourism in Taiwan:What's in It for You?

Getting to Know Taiwan's Indigenous Cultures

Leaving Stress Behind

Taiwan! "Feel Good" Country

Exploring Taiwan's Rural Side

Aboriginal Tribes & Festivals

The Famous Lantern Festival in Taiwan

Night Markets in Taiwan

Great Arts, Culinary Exhibitions and Events in Taiwan's National Palace Museum and Other Places

Mountains in Taiwan

Water Fun in Taiwan

Taiwanese Arts, Arts Festivals and Interesting Artifacts

"Taiwan's Ghost Festival and Other Religious Events"

Dragon Boat Festival

City: The Tallest Building Taipei 101 & Kaohsiung's Love River

National Scenic Area (IV)-Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area, Penghu National Scenic Area, Matsu National Scenic Area

National Scenic Area (III)-East Rift Valley National Scenic Area, East Coast National Scenic Area, Maolin National Scenic Area

National Scenic Area (II)-Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area, Alishan National Scenic Area, Southwest Coast National Scenic Area

National Scenic Area (I)-North Coast & Guanyinshan National Scenic Area, Northeast Coast National Scenic Area, Tri-Mountain National Scenic Area

Offshore Islands- Penghu、Kinmen National Park、Matzu、Green Island(Lyudao)、Orchid Island(Lanyu)

Eastern Taiwan- Taroko National Park、East Rift Valley、Rueisuei & Hongye、Jhihben

Southern Taiwan- Alishan、Tainan、Kaohsiung、Dapeng Bay & Little Liouciou、Kenting National Park

Central Taiwan- Miaoli、Taichung、Changhua、Nantou、Yushan National Park

Northern Taiwan -Taipei City、Yangmingshan & Beitou、Danshuei、Wulai、Jioufen & Jinguashih、Yilan、Taoyuan & Hsinchu