Theme Week Taiwan – Penghu

26 January 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Double-Heart of Stacked Stones © Zeze0729/cc-by-sa-3.0

Double-Heart of Stacked Stones © Zeze0729/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Penghu or Pescadores Islands are an archipelago of 90 islands and islets in the Taiwan Strait. The largest city is Magong, located on the largest island, which is also named Magong. Covering an area of 141 square kilometers (54 sq mi), the archipelago collectively forms Penghu County of the Taiwan, and is the second smallest county, after Lienchiang. The traditional English name of the islands, the Pescadores, comes from the Portuguese name Ilhas dos Pescadores (“Fishermen Islands”). The islands have also been called Pehoe from the Minnan name Phêⁿ-ô·. Pescadores was also the name given by the Spanish expedition of Hernando de Grijalva in 1537 to the Micronesian atoll Kapingamarangi.   read more…

Theme Week Taiwan – Kaohsiung

25 January 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Liuhe Night Market © WikiLaurent/cc-by-sa-3.0

Liuhe Night Market © WikiLaurent/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kaohsiung is a special municipality located in southern-western Taiwan and facing the Taiwan Strait. Kaohsiung has a population of approximately 2.77 million people and has been officially ranked as Taiwan’s third most populous city since July 2017. It is Taiwan’s largest municipality by area at 2,951.85 km² (1,139.72 sq mi), stretching from Mount Yu to Taiping Island. Since its start in the 17th century, Kaohsiung has grown from a small trading village into the political, economic, transportation, manufacturing, refining, shipbuilding, and industrial center of southern Taiwan.   read more…

Theme Week Taiwan – Hsinchu

24 January 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Hsinchu City Government © 勤岸/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hsinchu City Government © 勤岸/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hsinchu, officially known as Hsinchu City, is a provincial city in northern Taiwan. Hsinchu is popularly nicknamed “The Windy City” for its windy climate. Among the tourist attractions are: Black Bat Squadron Memorial Hall, Glass Museum of Hsinchu City, Hsinchu City Art Site of Railway Warehouse, Hsinchu CKS Baseball Stadium, Hsinchu Museum of Military Dependents Village, Hsinchu Fish Harbor, Hsinchu Zoo, National Hsinchu Living Arts Center, 17 Kilometer Coastal Scenic Area, Eighteen Peaks Mountain Park, Hsinchu Eastern Gate, Chenghuang Temple Night Market and Tsing Hus Night Market.   read more…

Theme Week Taiwan – Taichung

23 January 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Night Market © AngMoKio/cc-by-sa-3.0

Night Market © AngMoKio/cc-by-sa-3.0

Taichung, officially known as Taichung City, is a special municipality located in central Taiwan. Taichung has a population of approximately 2.8 million people and is Taiwan’s second most populous city since July 2017. It serves as the core of the Taichung–Changhua metropolitan area, which is the second largest metropolitan area of Taiwan. The current city was formed when Taichung County merged with the original provincial Taichung City to form the special municipality on 25 December 2010. Located in the Taichung Basin, the name of the city was created under Japanese rule, and became a major economic and cultural hub. Originally composed of several scattered hamlets, the city of Taichung was planned and developed by the Japanese. It was called “the Kyoto of Formosa” in Japanese era because of its calm and beauty. The city is home to many cultural sites, including the historic Taichung Park, the Lin Family Gardens, and many temples.   read more…

Theme Week Taiwan – Keelung

22 January 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Taiwankengo/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Taiwankengo/cc-by-sa-4.0

Keelung, officially known as Keelung City, is a major port city situated in the northeastern part of Taiwan. It borders New Taipei with which it forms the Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area, along with Taipei itself. Nicknamed the Rainy Port for its frequent rain and maritime role, the city is Taiwan’s second largest seaport (after Kaohsiung).   read more…

Theme Week Taiwan

21 January 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Presidential Office Building in Taipei © Jiang

Presidential Office Building in Taipei © Jiang

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia. Its neighbors include the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the west, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. It is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations.   read more…

Tainan in Taiwan

26 March 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Confucius Temple © David Bronski

Confucius Temple © David Bronski

Tainan, officially Tainan City, is a special municipality of Taiwan, facing the Formosan Strait or Taiwan Strait in the west and south. Tainan is the oldest city on the island of Taiwan and also commonly known as the “Capital City” for its over 200 years of history as the capital of Taiwan under Koxinga and later Qing dynasty rule. Tainan’s complex history of comebacks, redefinitions and renewals inspired its popular nickname “the Phoenix City”.   read more…

Taipei 101, second tallest building of the world

2 April 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Green Buildings, Green Technologies, Intelligent Buildings

Taipei 101 - New Year's fireworks 2008 © Ukyo Hsieh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Taipei 101 – New Year’s fireworks 2008 © Ukyo Hsieh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District in Taipei. The building ranked officially as the world’s tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. In July 2011, the building was awarded LEED Platinum certification, the highest award in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and became the tallest and largest green building in the world. Taipei 101 was designed by C.Y. Lee & partners and constructed primarily by KTRT Joint Venture. The construction was finished in 2004. The tower has served as an icon of modern Taiwan ever since its opening. Fireworks launched from Taipei 101 feature prominently in international New Year’s Eve broadcasts and the structure appears frequently in travel literature and international media.   read more…

Taipei, capital of Taiwan

15 February 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Office of the President © Jiang

Office of the President © Jiang

Taipei, officially known as Taipei City, is the capital of Taiwan. Situated at the northern tip of Taiwan, Taipei is located on the Tamsui River; it is about 25 km (16 mi) southwest of Keelung, a port city on the Pacific Ocean. It lies in the Taipei Basin, an ancient lakebed bounded by the two relatively narrow valleys of the Keelung and Xindian rivers, which join to form the Tamsui River along the city’s western border. The city proper is home to an estimated 2,619,000 people. Taipei, New Taipei, and Keelung together form the Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area with a population of 6,900,000. They are administered under three municipal governing bodies. “Taipei” sometimes refers to the whole metropolitan area, while “Taipei City” refers to the city proper. Taipei City proper is surrounded on all sides by New Taipei.   read more…

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