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The Taiwan Tourist Bureau has implemented a strategy to entice Australians to their island nation with familiarisation trips and a roadshow in Brisbane Sydney and Melbourne.

On a recent trip to this historic and cultural icon in the Pacific Ocean just off mainland China a group of travel agents from most capital cities were treated to a brief but exciting visit to the country’s highlights on a five-night, six-day tour spanning south to north of the 400 k island.

Escorting the 13 strong group was Amanda Board from Mandarin World Tours based in Melbourne. Amanda whose company specialises in Taiwan was impressed with the diversity of the destination, the friendliness of the locals and the amazing historic and cultural sights.

“For a small island Taiwan offers a wealth of activities and experiences from outdoor hiking, biking and exploring to some wonderful culinary experiences. Accommodation varies up to modern five star and the BnB’s in the mountains give visitors an opportunity to mix with the locals” she said.

Best times to visit are September, October, November or March, April and May. There are more than 200 hot springs on the island where the sodium and sulphur is good for your body. Worth a visit in winter.

Taiwan’s former name, Formosa is largely forgotten except for the large indigenous population which have built and continue to stamp their mark on parts of the island.

The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and Theme Park adjacent to the iconic Sun Moon Lake sprawls across 62 hectares offering historic and cultural presentations and showcasing their history and culture.

The popular games park features all the latest fun and scary rides like the Big Dipper, Caribbean Splash and the fast dropping UFO, fun for families and all ages. Two modern cable cars link the park with the top of the mountain and then down to the scenic Sun Moon Lake.

Rich in history, the island was named by Portuguese sailors as Lovely Island in Portuguese.

Taiwan boasts the eighth wonder of the world with the Taroko Gorge. The National Park of the same name is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan and was named after the gorge. The park spans Taichung Municipality, Nantou County, and Hualien County. The gorge is one of the country’s most popular attractions.

Most capital cities have their monuments, robust history and outstanding achievements. Paris, New York, Rome and Sydney but Taipei the capital of the tiny island of Taiwan also has an impressive record for the fastest lift in the world but there is much more to its character than just a flash lift. The world’s fastest elevator system is in the Taipei 101 building which at the time of its construction in January 2004 held the title of the tallest building in the world.

The lifts still retain the Guinness Book of Records mantle as the fastest in the world. The dual high speed lifts have a maximum speed of 1,010 m/min (3,313 ft/min), equivalent to 60.6 km/h (37.6 mph). They take just 40 seconds from ground level to the 89th floor, situated at 382 m (1,253 ft), and have atmospheric pressure regulatory systems to avoid discomfort (ears ‘popping’) for the occupants.

MW Tours has a 10-day Around Taiwan Tour from AUD $2895 including air with QF or CX or a land only package for $1895.


Melbourne September 12 Sofitel on Collins

Brisbane    September 13 Marriott Hotel

Sydney       September 14 The Westin

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Written by John Savage

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