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Taiwan will exceed your expectations! 

If you would ask the average person in the street what they know about Taiwan, the responses would probably range from not much to nothing at all!

Some might identify Taiwan as the country that massed produced T-Shirts and other apparel throughout the western world in the 1970’s and 80’s. Most of us would remember that ‘Made in Taiwan’ tag at the collar of a shirt or a pair of shorts.

This writer is here to tell you that Taiwan is a truly wonderful destination that has certainly come of age, and can confidently offer the discerning traveller everything they want or hope for!

In 2017 the mature traveller needs many boxes ticked for them as they experience their country of choice. Today the destination of their choice needs to be great value for money and needs to have many and varied options of experiences, culture and history.

But probably the most important these days is that it needs to be safe in all areas and at all times of the day and night. Taiwan excels in all of these needs.

Taiwan, or as originally called Formosa which is Portuguese for ‘Beautiful Island’, lies about 180 km from Mainland China across the Taiwan Strait. It lies on the tropic of Cancer and is great for travel all year round with direct flights several times a week from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

The main capital Taipei is known as the ‘Manhattan of the East’ due to its network of streets and avenues, and a plethora of yellow taxis. Taipei never sleeps and is truly one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

Getting around is so easy with the MRT or mass rapid transit, an underground rail system that is the envy of most major cities. You are never waiting long as at most times of the day you see a train enter and leave the platform every 2 minutes. Speaking of rail, Taiwan also boasts an amazing high speed rail system that reaches speeds of 300 kilometres per hour.

If rail is not your style, Taiwan also claims an amazing freeway system that enables the traveller access to even the most remote parts of the island, making luxury coach travel readily available to explore this wonderful land.

Many highlights abound in Taiwan however Taroko Gorge is a must see. Taroko is an amazing 19 km long canyon situated on the East Coast with the national park area boasting 144 species of birds, 10 of which are indigenous to Taiwan.

It also hosts over 30 large species of mammal including deer, boar and bear along with 251 species of butterflies, 32 species of reptile and 18 species of fish. Within the Taroko gorge area there are many nature walks ranging from the very easy to the more challenging.

Another must see in Taiwan is the Sun Moon Lake scenic area. Sun Moon Lake is the largest body of water in Taiwan and one of the most popular tourist attractions. The area is scattered with world class hotels visitors can easily spend several days exploring the lake surrounds.

Back into Taipei the highlights are endless, but two must-do attractions include visits to Taipei 101 and the National Palace Museum. Until a few years ago, Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world. The 360 degree views of the vibrant Taipei city from the observation deck will amaze you.

The National Palace Museum, continually ranked top five museums in the world, exhibits a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese Imperial artifacts, encompassing 8,000 years of Chinese art from the Neolithic age to the modern.

So to the average person, Taiwan might still remain a mystery, however it is pleasing to report that many Probians have experienced Taiwan over the past few years – and many more should!

If you are interested in travelling to Taiwan, then join one of our group departures. Contact Trade Travel on 1800 034 439 or email groups@tradetravel.com for more information.

Taiwan will exceed your expectations!

Mark O’Brien
The Victorian Probian
June – July 2017 Edition 

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