By Jee Say Hai  -  Penang  June 2013 

台湾自1624年起经历了两次殖民统治: 荷兰 (1624 - 1662),日本(1895 - 1945)。日本统治台湾50年,在1945年第二次世界大战战败后归还中国。1949年中华民国迁都来台湾。自1970年代起台湾的经济发展迅速,一跃成为亚洲四小龙之一,其他三小龙为韩国,香港和新加坡.  

Taiwan - a brief history
The island of Taiwan was mainly inhabited by Taiwanese aborigines until the Dutch landed on the island in the 17th century. It ruled this isaland from 1624 to 1662. The Qing Dynasty of China conquered Taiwan in 1683. By the time Taiwan was ceded to Japan in 1895 (and it ruled this island until 1945) , the majority of Taiwan's inhabitants were Han Chinese.  The Republic of China (ROC) was established in China in 1912 after overthrowing the Qing Dynasty. At the end of World War II in 1945, Japan surrendered Taiwan to ROC.  Following the Chinese civil war, the Communist Party of China took full control of mainland China and founded the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. The ROC then relocated its government to Taiwan.  The economy of Taiwan grew impressively well from the 1970s.  Its jurisdiction was confined to Taiwan and its surrounding islands.  . In 1971, the PRC replaced ROC seat at the United Nations.

Taiwan - today
Taiwan is an island of about 36,000 km² located off the coast of southeastern mainland China, southwest of Okinawa and north of the Philippines.  The island is offically known as the Republic of China (中華民國 ) or ROC.  Shaped roughly like a sweet potato, Taiwan is home to more than 23 million people with 13 minority tribes.  It is one of the most densely populated places in the world.  Besides its crowded cities, Taiwan is also known for steep mountains and lush forests. 

The route
Arrived in Taipei Taoyuan International Airport direct from Penang by China Airlines.  And the round island journey began . . . . 

taiwan trip 2013

hotel street
Outside Taoyuan hotel
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Taoyuan
桃园智选假日饭店  桃园市 春日路 1039号
电话: 886 (3)270 0088    www.hiexpress.com  
memorial square
Memorial site in Taipei for the dead hero
忠烈祠 - 历代褒扬忠义精神,建祠追祀为国殉难忠臣烈士之处 
soldier drill
The marching ceremony is held daily at regular intervals at the Memorial site
queen head
Hit by sea water and expose to the sun and rain as a result of earthquake, pieces of rocks appear in various shape and size; the most famous ones being the "Queen's Heads"
位於野柳 - 因波浪侵蚀,岩石风化及地壳运动等作用,造就了海蚀洞沟,烛状石,覃状岩,豆腐石,蜂窝石,壶穴等各种自然奇景。其中最特别的是女皇头 
fishing port
Taiwan's fishing industry is very advanced and well equipped.  Some of the fishing methodology is in fact inherited from the Janpanese who introduced them during their occupation of Taiwan from 1895 to 1945 
The railway lines connect the towns and cities along the coast line of the entired Taiwan island.  There are highways that run from Taipei city in the north to Kaohsiung city in the south on the western part of Taiwan.  However there is no highway running from the north to the south on the eastern section.  Hence the railway plays an important transportation linkage of the towns on the eastern coast.  
EW pass
The pass, cutting through the central range mountain connecting the East and West of Taiwan island
tunnel bus
A bus moved slowly along the East-West Pass
hotel view

View from the hotel in Taitung; the mountain summits in the far end are the mountain ranges that run from the north to the south of Taiwan island.  
Hotel: Papago International Resort
日晖国际度假村  台东县 池上乡 新兴村 新兴107号
电话: 886 (2)6630 0999    www.papago-resort.com 

rice field
Although Taiwan manufacturing industry is well known throughout the world especially its electrical and electronic, rice farming is still an important economy activity notably in the southern part of Taiwan.   
fruit stall
Fruit cultivation is yet another industry for Taiwan;  in recent years the Taiwanese have exported not only the fruits but also the high-yield methodology to the farmers in South-east Asian nations
fo shan
main temple

"The real wealth is happiness and not the money you have"
"The real poverty is ignorance and not that you have no money"
translated by the author
park scenery
Shou Shan National Natural Park
shou shan temple

A temple inside the Park - this picture captured the date displayed by the digital display 2013/05/25  寿山国家自然公园内的堂皇庙宇,此照片显示拍摄日期:2013年5月25日

dream mall

The Dream Mall in Kaohsiong   梦时代广场 - 这就是能够满足梦想之处。西方亿万富豪有句名言,曰:有钱不会花,所存的钱不是你的! 又曰:为了创造工作机会,必须鼓励消费。所以西方人有一百元就设法去花400元(永远没有钱,也永远要工作),近二,三十年东方人也加入行列,最终是谁的梦想先实现?

 high speed rail
The high speed train from Kaohsiung to Taichung takes 12 minutes, cruising at a speed of 280 kph; fare NT$135
incense bicycle 
A bicycle made of joss sticks is on display at a joss stick showroom.  
yao kuai cun
妖怪村 Peculiar Resort
cun chalet
 The resort offers chalets in the nature forest enviroment
beauty & beast
 The Beauties and the Beasts
 The waterfall

 Flower garden
Hotel: Sun Link Sea Resort
杉林溪森林生态度假园区  南投县 竹山镇 大鞍里 溪山路6号
电话: 886 (049)261 1217    www.goto307.com.tw
According to report an earthquake struck Nan Tou County on 2 June 2013, causing destruction in some areas.  We were en route to Sun Moon Lake and passed this area on 27 May.   

earthquake layer
 The effect of an earthquake, where earth layers are exposed
highway stream
 Another effect of the earthquake, where water flows on flat land creating a river
tribe locationThe location of 13 major minority tribes that live in Taiwan today
jing sheng lou
 The only building that survived the 1999 earthquake that rocked Sun Moon Lake
sun moon lake
 A breathtaking view of the Sun Moon Lake from the hotel
wen wu temple
 A temple opposite the hotel
The Peacock

Peacocks are known for their iridescent tails. Technically peacocks refer to male birds. Females are peahens and together they are called peafowl.

There are two familiar peacock species. The blue peacock, found in India and the green peacock, found in Myanmar.  Peafowl have been admired by humans and kept as pets for thousands of years. The white peacock seen here (Peacock Garden in Sun Moon Lake)  is a distinct rare sight.

The peacock spreads its brilliant fan-like tail to entice the female birds.  Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather tails.


There is always a special feeling when you met fellow Malaysians in overseas.  These youngsters is very obliging to pose for a group photo for the author at the minority tribe cultural park near the Sun Moon Lake.

逢甲大學  (Feng Chia University) 是一所位於台湾,台中市私立大學。現有工、理、金融、商、人文社會、資訊電機、建設、經營管理及進修推廣等9個學院,共有32學系,41個研究所,13個博士班及33個研究中心之綜合大學,目前在校就讀學生2萬餘人,教職員600餘人。


night market

This night market in Taichung City attracts lots of visitors every night  逢甲位于台中市,著名的逢甲大学就在附近
Hotel: Inone City Inn
文华道会馆  台中市 西屯区 文华路 138巷31号
电话: 886 (4)3602 6088    www.inone.com.tw  
freedom square 
Freedom Square in Taipei  
tour group 
This group from Penang visited the Freedom Square in Taipei
artist restaurantartist inside
View from outside Inside view
This unique restaurant is the creation of a lady artist.  
shilin market
Entrance to the night market 
fruit hawker
Fruit stall inside the night marketAnother stall offering variety of foodstuff
hotel street
 A street outside the hotel
Hotel: Lealea Garden Hotel 
力丽哲园商旅  台北市 八德路 四段213号
电话: 886 (2)2760 3399    www.lealeahotel.com  
directionxi men ding

       西门町是游客必到访的其中一 个台北市景点





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