Taiwan Vacation Travel Video Guide

Taiwan Vacation Travel Video Guide

taijuan the beautiful island or ilha formosa a land of gods spirits and temples an island at the end of a rainbow this Southeast Asian island is separated from the Chinese mainland by the Formosa Strait that at its narrowest point is a hundred and thirty kilometers wide a fascinating world of many faces a country full of contrasts in which age-old traditions meet contemporary life head-on a country with magnificent natural landscapes and national parks with both tropical and subtropical vegetation and also potentially devastating earthquakes and typhoons Taipei is a pulsating metropolis in the north of the island Emperor's treasures and chaotic traffic highlight both industrial strength and a Chinese Way of life in the old town district of Wan hua is the city's oldest and most precious Buddhist temple of longshan soon the dragon mountain temple in 1738 immigrants from the province of Fujian built this temple to honor the three patron saints of seafarers the Sun Yi sin Memorial Hall was built to commemorate the hundredth birthday of the founder of the Republic of China his efforts brought about the abdication of the last emperor and the birth of the Republic of China the famous Grand Hotel is the most impressive building in Taipei and is in the typical Chinese Palace design of the Ming Dynasty the Grand Hotel was once reserved for official guests the confucius temple is a place of contemplation it is a replica of the temple of Khufu Khufu having been the hometown of Confucius this silent place is one of five temples in Taiwan dedicated to the great Chinese philosopher Confucius the founder of a religion that even today has many followers the martyrs shrine is dedicated to the heroes of the Republic it's a large complex that's designed according to the palaces of the Ming Dynasty a further inner courtyard is surrounded by various pavilions and drum towers marked the way to huge doors that lead to the main shrine in stark contrast is the power an temple that was built in around 1745 it's dedicated to Paul Chang a legendary doctor and patron saint of Chinese medicine the temple is popular colorful and loud people come here to be healed to have various pains relieved and solve the problems of everyday life the National Palace Museum contains the world's biggest collection of Chinese arts the cultural inheritance of China is exhibited here the P Xiang temple was built according to the architecture of the Ching dynasty the name means green mountain and it was built as a memorial to Taiwan's first Chinese settlers this tranquil complex flanks a densely wooded mountain slope northeast of Taipei it's an ideal setting for the gods of the Taoists religion the shin TN temple in the east of the city is also well worth of visits it's more modest structure than most tyres temples but is nevertheless quite striking you Chiang kai-shek Memorial Hall rises up from the lively city like a sturdy rock from the ocean this huge marble monument is one of Taipei's most impressive landmarks the chin land temple in the south of the city is a splendid example of the peaceful coexistence of the various religions that is to be found within the temple complex took a hundred years to build the temple of a thousand steps the temple symbolic bricks are on sale year people inscribed their name on you at 508 meters tall with a hundred and one stories and in the shade of a bamboo blade this is the world's highest building the Taipei 101 Taipei is one of the fastest growing cities in the world a modern Asian metropolis it's mountains lie to the north the volcanic mountains at the edge of the taipei basin are a popular destination for the city's inhabitants and it's particularly crowded at weekends sulfur springs of thundering sound of an unpleasant odour indicate the volcanic activity of the titan group a range of volcanic mountains and at eleven hundred and twenty metres above sea level the highest of which is tisha ng Shan close to Taiwan's second-largest harbour metropolis of Keylong is one of the largest natural wonders on earth due to its bizarre rock formations the scenery of yellow Park is like something from another planet Oh however the polymorphic shapes of the rock are not extraterrestrial but the result of an ancient process that dates back several million years the magnificent natural sculptures of yo-yo were created by erosion here the elements have produced a unique work of art some of the rocks seem to grow out of the ground like giant mushrooms the reason for this lies in the composition of the rock strata despite its obvious and highly visible charm the special beauty of this region was discovered quite recently in the 1960s due to the mainly hot and humid climate erosion is far more apparent here than in any other coastal region of Taiwan the candle rocks that are situated close to the entrance are a special attraction for the parks fascinated visitors many of the rock figures bear a remarkable resemblance to various animal species and even today fire the imagination the Queen's Head is yellows world famous landmark by tan is situated close to Taipei to the south a small town with an inviting promenade on the Shin Tian River where both fishermen and gymnasts can be seen in the early morning it's silence but large numbers of Chinese boats indicated that it won't stay like this for long soon it will be a hive of activity a boat is slowly guided across the green lake it travels serenely in the fresh morning breeze pass the rocky slopes on the other side and beneath an old link bridge a famous landmark of bye tan a good road on Taiwan's East Coast travelled across mountains and through valleys right across the subtropical island you qual en is the largest time on the East Coast and has around 200,000 inhabitants its main source of income is derived from fishery harbor however while in is often threatened by typhoons and earthquakes but its inhabitants are well accustomed to these natural hazards the daily fish market is always busy no matter what close to the town a primeval tribe of indigenous people has created an intriguing village the cultural village of the army in which they perform their traditional dances their traditions are a particularly fascinating part of Taiwan's rich culture and are to be seen right throughout Taiwan this army tribe traveled here from the Philippines in the Neolithic Age and eventually settled on the east coast their dancers highlights daily life such as the rice harvest and the casting of their fishing nets they're highly entertaining the army have many customs after their wedding ceremony the husband moves into the house of his wife who's responsible for the organization of both family and home important matters such as marriage of the day-to-day running of the village are decided by the village elders in the language of the army taroko means beautiful a word that most certainly describes the famous taroko gorge at various of the gorges busy observation points the local army impressed the tourists with their traditional costumes here the Limu River has gradually forced itself almost 600 meters into the rock and this has given rise to one of Asia's most impressive natural wonders construction of this important highway was a great technical and structural achievement but it cost the lives of hundreds of those who worked onyx in addition to the river that worked itself deeper and deeper into the rock strata the unique tectonic movements of the Earth's surface created the taroko gorge and it's now one of Taiwan's great natural landscapes the 20 kilometer long Gorge provides visitors with a variety of ways in which they can explore and enjoy the beauty of these natural surroundings Taiwan is a relatively young island only around 70 million years ago that the Luzon arch of the Philippine plate begin to force itself beneath that of the Eurasian Plate as a result of these huge tectonic forces an island slowly began to rise up from the ocean and thus created these wonderful marble mountains however nature's might is still evident here powerful earthquakes are quite common in Taiwan and they've made their mark in the taroko national park in the east a precarious coast road travels south it provides a marvelous view of the bizarre and often stormy coastal landscape but every now then a tranquil Beach comes into view where sunbathing and fishing can be enjoyed in perfect safety the narrow coastline is extremely fertile and the traffic far lighter than on the main highway that is located beyond the coastal mountains of the canyon like wharton ditch the East Coast has few inhabitants and they mainly comprise members of the army tribe the coastal rocks close to Shetty ping have been shaped by the surf for thousands of years the waves have created a geomorphological wonder world a unique coastal landscape with plates stone steps and unusual rock formations constantly beaten by the waves you various rocks rise up from the sea their niches fill up with water and glimmer in the sunlight typhoons that swirl across from the Philippines frequently assailed Taiwan so a number of breakwaters have been built to protect the island Shenzi untie the terrace of the three immortal ones is another feature of the East Coast according to legend of the immortal one spent some time here the island is connected to the mainland via a footbridge the bridge has 10 arches that span across coral rocks and wild surf but it doesn't take long to a ride of the sacred landmark you a building that resembles a ship is the latest feature of Gen Con the largest fishing harbor on the east coast between hua Lian and Titan this modest tile is known for its exotic seafood restaurants and the town derives its living from the fishing industry close to foucan there are dramatic cliffs that continue beneath the sea in the 5000 meter deep ryu q ditch these rock formations resemble those in yellow on the north coast from which this place derived its name of small yellow our tour continues along the winding coastal road and soon mountains and canyons covered with primeval forests must be crossed as we make our way across the island in a westerly direction the past importance of the former Taiwanese capital of Tainan is indicated by the city's many temple complexes that contain an abundance of sacred works of Arts religion still plays a central role in the daily life of the people and the Tengen temple is the most important temple in Taiwan whoo supreme tars deities the Jade Emperor the highest deity of the towers pantheon along with most popular male patron in China the war god Quan come are both worshipped here for provincia dates back to the time when the Dutch ruled the city in the 17th century the fort was located on the waterfront at that time passing ships were strictly observed from the fort however only the foundation walls of the fortress have survived in 1862 an earthquake almost completely destroyed the building the quan cong temple is the tallest war gob temple in taiwan the present buildings were built at the beginning of the 18th century although the foundations were built much earlier according to ancient tradition the residents of prince Ning Jing who was related to the Ming Dynasty was located here sometime before the mat-su temple was built Tainan also contains the oldest Confucian temple on the island the sanctuary of the to joining school were founded in 1665 of the original for city gates only a few still exist today the most beautiful are those of tie-downs southern and eastern gates the temple of five concubines was built in the middle of the 18th century in memory of the five wives of prince Ning Jing who followed their husband into death in 1683 the national hero rock singer who had freed Thai nan from the Dutch colonialists was given a monument and a shrine and his honor you in subsequent years the memorial was declared as an official state-run temple built like a traditional courtyard building the main hall of the shrine is decorated with a statue of the famous and highly successful leader Inger the founding of the Buddhist Kon monastery in the northeastern area of the city dates back to Gen Y n the son of the legendary ruler singer the monastery is not only of interest for its many historic treasures the life of the Buddhist monks can also be observed here in the 17th century the village of bike gang was located on the shoreline of the South China Sea today the coast is 20 kilometers from here the famous mat-su temple was built by the newly arrived Chinese in order to thank the goddess Natsu for their safe passage from the mainland the island was colonized when various Chinese traveled from the mainland province of Fujian and the islands indigenous inhabitants were driven into the mountains the efforts of the newly arrived Chinese settlers made the temple grow at a record pace and it soon became the main attraction of the expanding city this temple was closely related to that in Fujian and it was also there that the figure of the goddess mat-su originated in 1905 an earthquake destroyed the halls of the huge table complex but they have now been faithfully reproduced each year on the 23rd day of the third moon month Taiwan's largest festival takes place here to celebrate the birthday of the goddess of the sea Matsu on the western edge of Taiwan's central mountains is the city of chewy and its subtropical Plains an important industrial center for the southern part of the island and also the starting point for a trip to Mount Airy Shan due to the beautiful scenery the city itself is often neglected by tourists yet this old city has much to offer there are several fascinating temples situated close to the hoping road around the temple several traders are kept busy they supply visitors with all the required devotional items when visiting gie it is a must to visit the authentic marketplace in which there's just about everything a feast for the senses a number of traders have recently adapted to the needs of the tourist industry and now provide a large choice of traditional Taiwanese souvenirs je is the starting point for a fascinating journey into the rainforest that covers the mountain world of Taiwan the Alishan forest railway a wixoss the steam engine slowly begins to move forward a difficult journey lies ahead of us and the climb of 2000 meters above sea level the Alishan Express has traveled between gie that is situated 30 meters above sea level and the mountain station of Shushan since 1986 the first plans for the construction of this technically demanding railway line were made during Japanese colonial times at the end of the nineteenth century the roof becomes steeper and steeper the narrow gauge train travels tentatively into the higher regions and also into changing weather after a while a small village appears from the mist the Aleutian region has been inhabited for several centuries the buildings alongside the track indicated the passing place here the first train to arrive must wait for the one travelling in the opposite direction you next the journey continues to the final station the arrivals disembark while the new passengers get on board and soon the train departs again downhill back to gie following a three-hour journey on the Anna shall Express we finally arrived at our destination the famous mountain village of Alishan at an altitude of 2,000 metres above sea level the buildings are surrounded by omnipresent mist which gives the small town and here of mystique the rare vegetation to be found in the Magnificent mountain forests Valley Shan is one of the region's main attractions the giant trees trails become popular with walkers it leads to an unusual forest that is full of thousands of years old trees the strange forms of these mysterious gigantic trees capture the imagination some of them have names such as four sisters and three brothers the war frightening-looking trees have named such as dragon and Phoenix a splendid temple appears from the forest the area seems to possess a special spiritual atmosphere sit amid a wonderful natural landscape at the temple it's possible to make a religious sacrifice Chane bridges span various canyons and paths and steps lead up and down this forest of giant trees that rise up majestically 450 meters the railroad once travelled past this sacred giant tree a 3,000 year old mountain cypress a stone column announces yet another forest sanctuary the soon-young temple the region's oldest with some fine statues Plax explain the history of the giant trees early in the morning just before sunrise a final adventure begins traveling on a different train we travel from alishan deeper into the mountains each morning hundreds of people gather here in anticipation of the magnificent sunrise suddenly the Sun appears and paints the landscape in a wonderful light a magical moment in the arashan mountains although the exterior of the lung Shan temple may appear to be somewhat modest this sanctuary is one of the most well known architectural landmarks of Liu Kang built in the 18th century this Buddhist sanctuary on the sanmon Road is not only the oldest temple in Liu Kang but also the oldest of the whole of Taiwan the strong September winds and the safety of the local people in the old part of town gave rise to the unusual winding layout of ginseng lane it's many curves were designed to make it difficult for thieves to gain entrance to this part of town and also to reduce the severity of the treacherous winds the true charm of Liu Kang is to be found in the vast number of its colorful temples most of which have been extremely well preserved the mat-su temple is one of the most interesting according to legend this is where the first center of the mat-su cult originated the TN ho temple is particularly noteworthy and it's well worth visiting several of the temples here the Buddhists kuan-yin goddess is worshipped here as the divine deity Tian who the temple is highly revered each year hundreds of thousands of pilgrims make their way to the tenho temple particularly on the 23rd day of the third month the birthday of the divine goddess in the heart of mu cang the China of old still continues to thrive even today the former merchants houses are a captivating sight the highly developed skills of the former Chinese craftsmen are evident in many buildings of the old town such as jinmen Hall the old mo jewel Lane is well known for its narrowness Lu Kang is an established center of traditional lantern making as well as the production of richly decorated fans flourishing arts and crafts and historically important sites what a fascinating combination the Routan bag wash on hill in the town of changhua is flanked by various stone deities on the hill there is a large Buddhist settlement with temples and pagodas the large monastery complex also now includes it in the Green Meadows are adorned with flower beds and bushes that blossom alternately throughout the year a small creek with a stone zigzag bridge creates a harmonious setting Buddhism reached China in the first century AD and in subsequent years combined with the teachings of Confucius and Taoism the Chinese introduced this religion to Taiwan Buddhists are vegetarians and their faith is devoted to the search for enlightenment the main attraction and landmark of this monastery is a 22 meter high Golden Buddha statue that's the larger seated Buddha statue in the world it took 5 years to complete within it is a winding staircase that leads to its head on the western slopes of the bagua shun there's a theme park that features taiwanese culture both old and month in the beautiful Great Hall of a replicated Chinese Palace there are dance song and acrobatic performances of the very higher standard with several plates rotating on sticks while a man juggles skilfully with numerous hats and artists balance off huge balls and throw rings up into the air this is show time Taiwanese style popular with one and all the city of two waters a shway is the starting point of the historic steam engine of the chichi line today's modern Overland trains travel through here as a schooi is situated on the main route of the western part of the island but few trains stop here it is here the tourists begin their journey on the historic train that was once used to transport timber and bananas the Chi Chi it travels along a narrow gauge line to the foot of the central mountains past fertile paddy fields through small stations between beetle palm forests and parallel to Taiwan's mightiest River the chose Sri Chi after around 40 minutes we arrive at our destination a mountain region who was once the refuge for the indigenous bounnam tribe a small station REITs arriving passengers with a model of an old steam engine provokes a good photo opportunity the surrounding hills are peaceful and serene so it's hardly surprising that a famous Buddhist monastery was built here a tranquil place of contemplation Buddhism originated in India the historic Buddha Prince Siddhartha Gautama lived here and during the rule of Han Emperor Ming T Buddhism reached China it's central themes that everyone is equal and a belief in reincarnation good deed to the path to enlightenment by performing good deeds the faithful Buddhists can move into a paradise of enlightenment returning to the small town of chichi we visit a temple ruin part of it collapsed during an earthquake in 1999 the wujin gone is visited by many of the faithful although they are really only interested in the strange-looking ruins the Ming sin Institute was founded to commemorate Confucius a well-laid-out complex with art and craft exhibits and renovated temple buildings this large holy tree is the main landmark of Chi Chi town here the indigenous of blue nun worshipped natural spirits and their descendants who worked in the banana plantations and tin mines also worshiped here on our journey to Sun Moon Lake we stopped to experience a cultural adventure the Aboriginal cultural village of the mine tribes is situated on a tree covered hill here close to Sun Moon Lake various indigenous tribes feature in an open-air museum and demonstrate their time-honored customs the dance performances are extremely popular dressed in colorful costumes once the young performers begin their rhythmic dances they can't be stopped visitors feel the primeval power of these ancient traditions and the deep felt emotions that are created by the music rhythm and dance almost reach fever pitch most of the festivals are designed to please the gods to bring good fortune and to fend off evil spirits myths ghosts spirits and gods are all part of the ritual the settlements of various tribes extend across the spacious terrain here the creation of various traditional arts and crafts can be observed at close quarters the indigenous people were of Ostrow Indonesian origin and did not have a written language that spoken tun was strongly related to an ancient Malayan language Taiwan's nine main tribes very much in both appearance and culture in how they live and how they dress however due to the dominance of the Chinese a large part of the traditions and culture have been lost nevertheless the preservation of their culture has now been firmly established in the laws of the land the Taiwanese of today fully accepts their minorities the country's various ethnic tribes describe their culture and wonderful song and dance while dressed in colorful costumes various ancient rituals are perfectly choreographed and the audience is delighted to show their appreciation of the mainly young performers the village is a most memorable experience amid this mountain world as Taiwan's most popular holiday destination Sun Moon Lake mountains water temples a magnificent landscape a long climb leads to a high plateau which contains the splendid nine story high sin pagoda the tallest pagoda in Taiwan and well worth a visit from here there's a fine view across the lake that is in the shape of the Sun of the moon and is surrounded by subtropical mountain forests around the lakes are a number of small villages in several impressive temple complexes a fascinating landscape set in the moderns two white marble elephants guard the steep route to the chuan zang temple on the banks of the lake this Buddhist temple contains various grains that are said to be the remains of the body of God's hammer Buddha and were brought here by a month some of the bones of the said monk chuan Chung are also said to be found here he is thought to be the originator of Buddhism in China and is referred to as the eternal monk from the balcony of the upper floor there is a wonderful view across the front courtyard that is covered with white gravel contemporary life is also apparent here and the region's first luxury hotel the Lao has now opened its doors for the world's trappers this huge complex once belonged to the Chiang kai-shek family the lakes most popular leisure activity is its motor boats the Chinese don't like to bathe in the cold water of the lake they prefer to travel by boat to the middle of the lake where there's an island that contains a small temple to small links once formed a single reservoir and a power station supplied to Taiwan with energy however the tourists subsequently arrived and the lake has become a popular holiday resort the wen Wu temple was built relatively recently and has no historical significance but due to its splendid colors and remarkable views it's extremely popular read lampion garlands adorn the entrance to the main temple like a second vault of heaven and the elements of several religious doctrines unite here in a most impressive way Sharan gods of war are worshipped alongside confucius and a number of towers rituals such as the throwing of oracle bones are also carried out here Taiwan is an island full of magical charm fascinating works of art and breathtaking natural wonders the legacy of Confucius mixed with a bright hope of the future a symbiosis of industrialization and Chinese tradition the success of capitalism confirmed by the eternal words made in Taiwan you

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  1. Hah..I didn't know Taiwan still has good forest nature beauty . Will visit soon . Taiwan should step away from playing the satellite state for the West . That's Dumb…really Dumb ! I lived in the West, I know its true purpose for the rest of the world . Be to who you are . Take a good look at Japan . Its Arrogant got the best of it. Japan became like the West, start to invade its Asian Brothers . Now, Japan is a permanent slave to the American . Is Taiwanese White or Chinese ? Don't fool yourselves, you can never be equal respect for the West . You can only be a Servant or a Slave . Now, you are nothing more than a Servant to the West . We have a say in the West: "YOU CAN'T FIXED STUPID". So take a real good at yourself in the mirror . Asian can solve Asian's Problems .

  2. Thank you so much for bringing us in taiwan by means of this video, nice video.thanks to youtube and the creator of such things.i loved it…💞👍


  4. You should have gone all the way down the east coast: to Taitung, then Kenting in the south, then kaoshiung(sp?) then up the west coast to Tainan and then Taichung..

  5. As part of the Overseas Chinese study tour I was promised a trip to Taroko Gorge National Park but it was cancelled. As a result I have absolutely no sympathy or pity whatsoever for the victims of Taiwan typhoons and the Taiwan government owes me a lot of money for the cancellation.

  6. I spend 2 weeks in Taiwan earlier this year, yet still feel that I haven't really been there at all. After rewatching this video I realize that what I explored was just the tip of the iceberg. I regret not spending to a month, to get to truly know the island, but even a month might not have been enough to cover everything. Even this video didn't show everything this incredible island has to offer. Though it was nice seeing some of the places I had visited, I realize now just how much I DIDN'T see. I normally don't like to return to the same country twice, but I think Taiwan is a place I will have to return to some day. Although I saw A LOT, I also missed out on A LOT. Next time I will stay in Tainan or Kaohsiung and explore more of the southern and Central areas. Taiwan turned out to be FAR more interesting than I ever imagined. There are very few countries in the world where every little corner is worth visiting. And if it wasn't for the bad climate, I would even consider living there.

  7. It is Formosa, Taiwan. It is Formosan (Taiwanese) way of life. Chinese culture is only part of Taiwanese culture!

  8. EXCELLENT! After watching a lot of travel videos of China, Japan, and South Korea, I have to say that I think Taiwan has some of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in the world. Just moved this place to the top of my bucket list.

  9. So… all you guys do is take old documentaries and upload them 20-30 years later as if they were your own? Wow

  10. These videos are the BEST. THANK YOU SO MUCH for uploading them. BTW I subscribed to your wonderful channel.

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