Saturday, February 14, 2009

The World is My Classroom... Flight 2

Taroko National Park, Hua Lien

The National Palace Museum, Taipei

Forte Dong-shan Villa, Yilan

Country of the week: Taiwan, Yilan

Yilan County is located in Northeastern Taiwan. Its name comes from the aboriginal Kavalan tribe. From Taipei International Airport, it took us about 2 hours by cab to reach there. We stayed at the Forte DongShan Villa which is a state-owned traditional art center. Nestling Dongshan River channel, this rustic villa is delicately decorated with wooden sliding door, partition window, elevated houses and super-positioned ladders. As far as the eye can see, pleasant and cozy beauty will be all within your view.

Traditional art activities centered on diversified themes are often programmed and held in the villa. Traditional refection streets, state banquet and gourmet food theme halls as well as starbucks are also available.

From Yilan, we took day trips to Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, and Hua Lien to visit one of Taiwan's premier scenic attractions, Taroko Gorge. Certainly, this natural marvel is one of Asia's most spectacular sights and we were blessed to be immersed in its astounding beauty.

Lessons Learnt:

1. We may not speak their language but they make you feel like one of them. And if you do make the slightest effort to converse with them in their language, they would place you on a pedestal. I'm glad I did.

2. I was a bit apprehensive before I left for Taiwan cause an Austrian friend of ours who has been working there for sometime told us how racists the Taiwanese were. On the contrary, they were far away from that. They are beautiful souls who live simply and think highly.

3. I may sound shallow but in the past Taiwan was not one of the countries I ever wanted to visit because of their dog eating custom. Being a dog lover I couldn't digest that fact and in my eyes, the Taiwanese were seen as brutal beasts who preyed on innocent beautiful animals just to satisfy their overly curious palates. But before we left, we heard that Taiwan has passed a law which forbids dogs from being eaten. Kudos to them and the dog kingdom.


  1. wow! beautiful's my first time here though I loved the title 'the world is my classroom'

  2. Thanks Susan.Have been more preoccupied with my other blog. Hardly have time to update this.Thanks for dropping by :).

  3. " I may sound shallow but in the past Taiwan was not one of the countries I ever wanted to visit because of their dog eating custom."

    that troubled me too , though i am not what you can call ( a dog lover )


    if you ever considered visiting Egypt , i will be happy to help ..

  4. Jim, we love Egypt and its definitely on our "must visit" list.Will definitely keep you posted.Thank you for the kind invite :)

  5. Sounds like a wonderful trip, I did not know these people were friendly, glad they treated you okay. I enjoyed the pictures very much. Have a great week.

  6. Nice blog.... Nice pics of Taiwan...

    Keep Travelling - Keep blogging, buddy...

    Take care...

  7. Hi
    Thanks for dropping by and Welcome to my blog...
    Of course, travelling is my passion and that's what keeps me going.. :)
    So could I expect a regular visitor of my blog from you.???!!!

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