TAIWAN TRAVEL BLOG, MOON AND SUN IN THE HEART OF ASIA

TAIWAN TRAVEL BLOG

WHAT CAN TAIWAN REMEMBER IF YOU GIVE IT A CHANCE? STORMY AND RICH HISTORY, ORIENTAL HERITAGE AND NATURAL DIVERSITY MAKE TAIWAN ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE TOURIST DESTINATIONS IF NOT IN ALL ASIA, AT LEAST AMONG THE CHINESE REGIONS. TAIWAN IS AN ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA, FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS FIGHTING FOR ITS INDEPENDENCE, PRESERVING ITS UNIQUE AND OPEN TO EVERYTHING MODERN.

CULT OF PERSONALITY AND CRISIS OF IDENTITY

Taiwan’s history is the history of years of struggle for dependence, and it is directly related to the name of Chiang Kai-shek – co- warrior Sun Yat-sen, who led Taiwan after secession from the mainland. In Taiwan, Chiang Kai-shek, like his wife Song Meiling, still highly revered. No wonder the fact that many attractions are associated with their name us. One of the most popular monuments in Taipei is Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, which began to be built later year after his death. Two staircases of 89 steps lead to the memorial – one each for every year the Generalissimo lived. On them rise- you go to a traditional Asian building in which you sit yields a 21-ton bronzed Chiang Kai-shek.

The statue is guarded the guard, which is solemnly replaced every hour. To catch changing of the guard is one of the main points for arrivals to Taiwan tourists. Memorial chiefs are aware of the importance of ritual and carefully monitor that everything is perfect. Two people are attached to those who have taken the position. they pull the raised shape on them and adjust the bayonets. But the memorial is not only about the honorary officialdom.

Separate a pleasure to just sit on the steps from which overlooks the square and the park. The five-star Grand Hotel is one of the most popular in the city – is also associated with the name of the first leader of the country. Now anyone can stay at the hotel that served seat of the government of Taiwan, after Chiang Kai-shek together with other leaders of the Kuomintang fled to the island. Since 1952, almost all visitors have stayed at the hotel to Taiwan, foreign presidents and filmmakers whether they made films and made big deals there. However less hotel room will not cost as much as it could be to imagine: its distance from the center affects.

Taiwanese architecture mixes everything: Buddhist temples and surviving from the times of Spanish and Dutch settlements monuments, Japanese and Western influences. One of the most popular attractions in the country – the building, with which many associate Taipei – generally a new building. The 101-story Taipei 101 is not even 20 years old. In a fancy modern nevertheless there was a place for an Asian skyscraper symbolism. The design uses elements in the traditional ration style. And since eight is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture, the tower structure consists of eight sections of eight floors each.

NOT ONLY TAIPEI

Taipei will be the starting point for research anyway any visitor, but outside the capital there is also something to look. Just an hour’s drive from it, a small town bloomed Doc Jiufen. Once upon a time, gold was mined in it, and after stopping production in the 70s, it became a tourist attraction and a favorite place of rest of Taipei people. Jiufen with its narrow streets and retro-signs, as if mikom from Hayao Miyazaki’s films. It was rumored that exactly a city from Spirited Away was drawn from Jiufen, even though the master himself denies it. Buddhism, of course, has a direct impact on external the appearance of cities.

In Taichung, located on the western side of central Taiwan, there are literally hundreds of temples and sanctuaries, and in the city of Puli there is a grandiose monastery, built at the junction of the traditional style and temporary technologies. Zhong Tai Chan’s construction took ten years, and now it is the largest Chan monastery in the world. Its exterior is impressive and there is a lot to see inside too: stone statues of the four celestial emperors, hall for general meditations on the 16th floor, which is decorated with 10,000 bronze miniature Buddhas; and much more.

NON-CREATIVE JEWELS

But not all landmarks are man-made. Taiwan- sky nature does not lag behind. Taiwan in general is renowned for its pleasant natural diversity: there are also overgrown national new parks suitable for hiking (e.g. Yangmingshan), and mountains with picturesque views, and rainforests, and beaches with coral reefs. One of the most popular attractions in Taiwan is nya – the so-called “Queen’s Head” – was created just nature, not man. It is located in the E-Liu Geopark, rocky terrain east of Taipei. For millennia the wind and water sharpened the rocks, creating amazing sculptures: there and “Queen’s Head”, and “Billiard Ball”, and “Candles”, and much other. But this is not the only thing that takes your breath away in E-Liu: on the edge of the park there is an excellent observation deck overlooking to the East China Sea. Not far from Taichung is Sun Moon Lake – largest in Taiwan.

Surrounded by mountains, temples and tea new plantations, it can be a good option for maximum implementation of the tourist program. Another important Taiwanese entertainment that stands for thank nature – Taipei Zoo is one of the most famous in the world. In it, animals are not in cages, but in their open-air cages. Each of the enclosures with utmost precision recreates the natural habitat of zoo pets. On the There are nine different territories and zones located on 140 hectares. From- Taiwanese animals live separately, Australian animals live separately, its own corner is dedicated to penguins. Of course, real stars zoo – pandas TuanTuan and Yuanyuan, housed in its own three-story pavilion. The inhabitants of the zoo have their own “visiting days”. This is worth remembering so as not to disappointment when you are not allowed to go to koalas.

ABOUT NATIONAL PRIDE

We talked about food for the mind and soul, now is the time do food for the body. Let’s start with one of the main symbols Taiwan and local national pride – Taiwanese teas. If you’ve ever been interested in good tea, then you know ete: the main feature of Taiwanese varieties is that they are very expensive. The fact is that due to natural reasons, the area of ​​plantations Taiwan has much fewer children. At the same time, less than half of harvest, and the rest of the tea goes to domestic consumption. Fer- measures that still will not keep up with the scale of production mainland China, instead prefer to focus on the conditions production lines. Therefore, Taiwanese tea is usually organic. and very high quality. There are also varieties that are not grown nowhere other than Taiwan – for example, “Sun Moon Tea” Moon Lake Tea and Oriental Beauty.

With Oriental Beauty, everything is Confucian wise. Beauty- you are at a woman’s and at tea’s for three: at 20 and from the first brewing you feel spring freshness and aroma of girlhood; at 40 and with the most valuable the second infusion reveals character and precious notes of ripening flower logo; at 60 come wisdom, calmness and balance, you can understand how deep and rich the life lived. There is not a word further about beauty, but the story certainly does not end- Xia: some varieties can withstand up to seven brews, acquiring more and more new features. During the trip, I realized that I know the commune with Taiwan is subject to this Confucian principle. Yes, tea is the main pride of Taiwan (and not at all a technique, as is considered to be). Each province has its own variety, which is sets the basis for production, and its own method of preparation.

Chen family was at the forefront of large tea production in Taiwan at the beginning 50s of the last century and is one of the most respected and revered on the island. Peng Ye, current head of Yoshan Tea House, became the only Shen woman in history in 2014 Nong, the “Person of the Year” in Taiwan’s tea industry. For families- plantations in several provinces are mainly cultivated elite varieties. And still in production so expensive tea manual labor up to 95%, and the soul – so exactly all without a trace. On the 100 ml water – 4 grams of Oriental Beauty tea, brew first round 50 seconds. But! If you are without timer come by your heart! Other local tea specialties are not elite but it is easier to get to it. This is, of course, bubble tee, or boba-ti, or pearl tea. Tea drink with pearls It is easy to find tapioca balls in Taiwan: only Chun Shui Tang company (according to legend, the inventors of the drink) 90 locations across the country.

MARKETS NEVER SLEEP

When it comes to food, Taiwan certainly has a lot to choose from. There are only Michelin star restaurants in Taipei alone more than 20, and with special marks of the guide – about 140. But there it is almost impossible to get to a regular dinner, and why? In Taipei delicious about everywhere – from markets and usual fast food to modern restaurants. A separate gastronomic entertainment – nightlife markets: in Taipei, this is at least the famous Shilin and ma- lazy, but no less remarkable Raohe Street Night Market. With Shilin, everything is clear: the largest and most famous in its a kind of night market, ideal for exploring all the hits of local cuisine for fearless money.

Raohe street Night Market may not be so famous, but also attention worthy. On it you can not only eat deliciously, but also get a good massage, while local craftsmen are manually take off your sneakers. Taipei Fish Market is a must-see for any bodies of fish and seafood; it is slightly higher in rank than night markets, and you will have to spend more – but in a- standing fresh seafood is worth it. Tra- Diet Japanese cuisine: sushi, sashimi and other handrolls. On the island, by the way, it is generally popular. Taipei even has Sushi Express, modeled on the famous Japanese network Kura Sushi: sushi passes you on a conveyor belt, you just need to choose what you want.

Let’s be honest: in Taiwan, meat is also widespread. But why come to an Asian country in the middle of the sea and eat there pork? Almost everywhere in Taiwan, sea reptiles can be consumed fuck without any special fears, and the choice will provide the whole range inhabitants of the deep sea. In general, do not be shy about the local cuisine: boiled eggs in tea, lotus stems, sea cucumbers and other specialties, which in our harsh lands cannot be found.

Sausages will always be waiting for you at home. For two weeks I tasted lotus stems, succule leaves graptopetalum ribbon and vegetable burdock gobo roots, tubers sweet potato and mustard seeds. Sprouts of everything that sprouts from seeds and beans. Frogs’ paws, octopus tentacles, rapan flesh, abalones, mini oysters.

This one here … with a photo (the guidak calls- Xia). Sea cucumbers and unearthly algae. Chicken and duck eggs, boiled in assam and baked in oolong. Sashimi and sushi from a couple of dozen types of fish. Aloe pulp with spoons for breakfast. Bubble tee with tapioca pearls through a cookie pipe

PARADE OF INDIVIDUALS

Almost any interesting city from Taipei can be to get there by trains or buses: transport in the country is developed not bad, especially to tourist locations. The very best the journey awaits you behind the wheel of a rental car, the car will be driven to any good hotel. As for getting around the city ladies, you can, of course, use public transport. But! Refusing to travel by taxi, you refuse from a whole kaleidoscope of emotions.

Taiwanese taxi drivers are separate experience. So, one of the Taipei drivers next to the front a portable karaoke machine hangs on the seat. Moreover, mi- There are two crophones: for the driver and for the passenger. It turned out that this particular taxi driver is a very popular person in the country. I also met a driver who collects cars, ver- whose Bolivar was pasted over with rhinestones. In the car of the third ABBA’s song “The Day Before You Came” was playing around.

By the way stew, the taxi driver spoke English and explained that he was not Xia ardent fan of the Swedish quartet. It turned out that the song to him fuse because of the line “… And stopped along the way to buy some Chinese food to go … “(” … Stopping along the way to buy Chinese Takeaway “). The more you get to know this country, the brighter you discover new facets are emerging. Moreover, the number of these faces tends to limbs.

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