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Thursday, 18 December 2008

Taiwan – a safe haven far from the madding crowd


Australians who have put their holiday travel plans on hold due to recent terrorist attacks might like to consider Taiwan as their holiday destination. Taiwan is not only fascinating and beautiful, it’s also safe. According to www.smartraveller.gov.au “Taiwan has a low incidence of crime including petty crime.” -making it an ideal alternative to some of the world’s current hotspots.

Religion plays a major role in the lives of the peaceful Taiwanese people Buddhism, Daoism and folk religions are their traditional forms of worship, but what makes Taiwan unique is that with the exception of a small number of purely Buddhist temples, most of the island's traditional places of worship combine all three traditions.

Taiwan offers a smorgasbord of delights for the Australian traveller who enjoys Asian culture; Vibrant cities and historic towns, fresh and varied cuisines to tempt the taste buds, lush forests and clean city streets.

Highlights of a visit to Taipei would include a trip to Taipei 101, currently the world’s tallest building and a visit to the National Palace Museum which houses more than 620,000 relics dating back over 5,000 years. There are also numerous historic temples to visit, exciting and varied night life and performing arts, night markets and modern shopping malls.

The local countryside is beautiful and unspoilt. Take a day trip to Yangmingshan for bush walks or Yeliu to view the rocks eroded by the sea and wind and unwind surrounded by the beauty of nature. The wonderfully serene Sun Moon Lake and Taroko Gorge with cliffs of marble are also easy short trips from Taipei.

For a tranquil, peaceful holiday suitable for tourists of any age, explore the wonders of Taiwan with its relaxed and friendly people. This unique island nation really does offer something for everyone at low cost and high value.

For further information contact Taiwan Tourism visit www.taiwan.net.tw

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