TAIWAN IN THE EYE OF MR. TONY WU

วางแผนเที่ยวไต้หวันผ่านมุมมองของ Mr.Tony Wu
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19/02/18   |   940   |  

Four or five years ago, only a small number of people would think of Taiwan when it came to places to go on vacation. The country, however, has become one of holiday destinations on the bucket lists of many travelers nowadays. Recently, Tiewlasud was granted a great opportunity to interview Mr. Tony Wu, the Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau KL Office, who is responsible for the offices of Taiwan tourism bureau in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos. What we got from the interview was such profound and insightful information of this tiny yet diverse island, given by the honorable director.

 

Many people are often confused about the words “Taipei” and “Taiwan”. Could you explain how they are different?

I think Taipei is like “Bangkok”, whereas “Taiwan” is like “Thailand”. In other words, Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan filled with several business districts like Bangkok, which has Silom and Sukhumvit, surrounded by a number of buildings and skyscrapers. Taiwan consists of many counties like Thailand comprising dozens of provinces. Some counties are famous for agriculture and others carry ports while Taipei is the most modern city full of state-of-the-art technology.

 

 

We have heard that “Taipei” is not the first capital city of Taiwan. How come it became the administrative center of the country?

At first, Taiwan's capital was not Taipei but Tainan. Back then, Qing dynasty and Ming dynasty fought against each other. Ming dynasty immigrated and settled in Tainan, then established the first government house and university there. That made Tainan the capital city. After that, Japan overcame and occupied Taiwan and they moved the capital to the North; Taipei was the chosen one. Therefore, if you go to Taiwan, Tainan is a highly recommended city for you to visit in order to see the origins of the country, from cultures to regional dishes.

 

According to the history, China once governed Taiwan, so what is the official language of Taiwan now?

As I mentioned that Taiwan culturally originated from China, and thus its official language is the same as China's. The difference is characters; Taiwan uses traditional characters while China uses its simplified counterparts.

 

In your opinion, what is the thing that well represents Taiwan but most visitors don't know?

I think it's Taiwanese customs. In the TITF event, for example, there was a show of Taiwanese custom named Ba Jia Jiang (八家將) or dancing to worship gods. The other interesting custom is a puppet play which has long been conserved by the citizens till these days. Another picturesque feature of Taiwan is the fact that it is located in the top of Tropical Zone (Tropical of Cancer 23.5 N). It is very unusual that other areas nearby are generally deserts, where none of the plants or living creatures can survive, while everything in Taiwan can normally grow. Moreover, Taiwan is such a clean country and its citizens are really friendly and polite.

 

We've known that Taiwan is divided into 4 regions including North, South, Central, and East. What is the main feature of each region?

Actually, the central part of Taiwan is filled with very high mountains, acting as a border between the East and Central parts. I personally prefer the East part of Taiwan because of its beautiful nature. The central region is famous for agriculture such as fruits and rice. In Taiwan, there are 4 seasons: fall, summer, spring, and winter. Types of fruits and flowers vary among different times of the year, but what I would like to recommend is peaches, for Taiwanese peaches are very sweet, fragrant, and firm. The North part is well-known as a business and economic center. The South of Taiwan, on the other hand, is notable for the industry. By the way, It is very interesting that local people in the South have quite different points of view from those in Taipei and most of them do not really agree with the thoughts of people in the upper parts. Needless to say, the East part is a prominent area for appreciating the beauty of nature since there is no chemical factory. The most popular activity you cannot miss is diving. Under this clear aquamarine water of the Pacific Ocean lie a thousand of gorgeous coral reefs waiting for you to explore.

 

 

When visiting Taiwan, where is a must?

With nature of Taiwanese lifestyles, this sleepless country is full of 24/7 bookstores and nighttime cafes. According to this fact, I suggest visitors go sightseeing around both in the daytime and at night. If I must say, it would be bookstores and cafes that are particularly recommended. Besides that, It's said that some parts of Taiwan are similar to those of China and others are identical to those of Japan. Nevertheless, we've well kept and conserved Chinese traditions and cultures. In addition, Taiwan's medication is contemporary and on the world's top list, and yet somehow, it's affordable. Visitors are definitely recommended to experience all of these by themselves here, in Taiwan.

 

Apart from the attractions mentioned above, what are the activities every visitor to Taiwan should not miss?

As I said, Taipei is like Bangkok. On the contrary, if talking about Taiwan, I would say it is filled with Chinese cultures, temples, and dishes since when the country was established, Chinese cultures were also imported from China. China is gigantic, so the immigrants to Taiwan were from several provinces such as Sichuan, Shandong, Beijing, Shanghai, etc. The cultural background of people from different places varied and that made Taiwan a distinctly cosmopolitan country. Furthermore, do not forget to worship gods at temples in many counties, especially Taipei and Tainan. Whether you go alone or with your special one, you can also pray for love and if it comes true, you need to come back with a picture of you and your lover to worship again. Another place to visit is Sun Moon Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Taiwan, located in Nantou in the Central region. You can either walk or ride a bike to enjoy the stunning view of this massive lake. The East part is the best place for diving and admiring the beauty of nature. There are many interesting counties, e.g. Taichong, Kaohsiung, Jiufen, etc., which are all perfect places for a pre-wedding photo shoot. What's more, there is a lantern festival nationally organized in March in order to celebrate the full moon. During the Tang dynasty, the festival was majestically held and it has been well conserved for over 30 years till nowadays.

 

 

 

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