National Geographic : 2002 Nov
"I came here for a medical conference and ended up having the cultural experi ence of a lifetime! One day I danced in an aboriginal festival. Later that day I had my fortune told at the Longshan Temple. I don't speak Chinese, but within minutes I had ten people helping me burn incense and translate. The fortune teller told me I'd be back. He was right!" Basil Stamos, M.D., has traveled to over 20 coun tries covering Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Did you know? Taiwan boasts over 5,000 temples, covering Taoist, Buddhist, Confucian, and 'local' religions. The locals here say, "Every day is at least one god's birthday." That means, no matter when you come, there is sure to be some festivals or celebra tions for you to enjoy! Ta i w a n, Expect the Unexpected! Taiwan is a land of exciting contrasts and surprises. As one of Asia's industrially advanced "Little Dragons," Taiwan offers all the comforts and conveniences Western travelers demand. But beneath that modern set of scales is a heart that's traditionally Chinese. The National Palace Museum boasts the largest and great est collection of Chinese art in the world and outside this treasure trove you'll find the most preserved, alive, and thriving Chinese culture, festivals, and tradi tions anywhere. But it's still Taiwan, and that means Taiwanese and aboriginal culture, events, and food you can't find anywhere else! Just beyond the city lights, you'll find extinct volcanoes, towering cliffs, green moun tains, and crystal blue seas. Where else can you go from snow-capped fir trees to white sand beaches all in oneday? Nowhere! And if for some reason Taiwan's cultu ral and natural beauty doesn't touch your heart, its warm, friendly people will! Touch Your Heart Tourism Bureau, R.O.C. EfAm vn, www.taiwan.net.tw www.china-airlines.com www.evaair.com I PACIFIC DELIGHT TOURS, INC. TEL: +1-800 -221-7179 www.pacificdelighttours.com I For more detailed information, please visit the Tourism Bureau R.O.C. website.