Are We There Yet? – Taiwan

How to spend the holidays in Taiwan.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Asia is an area that has always intrigued both me and my husband (he's always wanted to see Japan). It seems so far off and so completely different culturally, linguistically, and more. I recently received a press release for events happening around Christmas and New Year's Eve in Taiwan and knew I had to share it with you all.

Taiwan is a tropical oasis boasting loads of relaxing and fun activities, and the island’s countdown to 2012 includes a variety of European- and Asian-infused gourmet and street food tasting events, traditional folklore performances by aboriginal tribes, a relaxing concert series by the lake, shopping at famous night markets, and viewing a spectacular fireworks display at iconic buildings and skyscrapers.

“A series of exciting countdown celebrations to 2012 New Year have been scheduled throughout the island starting this December,” said Trust Lin, Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau in Los Angeles Office.  “The specialized events designed in Taipei, Sun Moon Lake, and Alishan will offer eye-opening experiences for families looking for an exotic relaxing holiday season in Asia.”

Taipei 101, the world’s second tallest skyscraper, is known around the world for its annual spectacular New Year fireworks – in 2011, the fireworks gained worldwide recognition when international explosive expert and controversial modern artist Cai Guo-Qiang took the night sky as his open canvas to celebrate ROC’s (Taiwan) centennial. And to mark the beginning of the 101st year in 2012, Taipei 101 is ready for another over-the-top centurial firework display for the world to admire.

Sun Moon Lake, the largest lake in Taiwan and one of the most beautiful and famous tour sites in Asia, plans to celebrate and ring in the New Year with a series of holiday concerts by the lake. With top performers from Taiwan and Asia scheduled to perform, visitors from around the world will enjoy the natural beauty and calmness of the turquoise lake complemented by the delightful sound of nature and music.

Another top destination in Taiwan known for its unparalleled natural beauties and pristine forests inhabited by colourful aboriginal tribes is Alishan. The famous mountain resort plans to create an all-day New Year’s Eve celebration filled with live concerts and aboriginal performances at the front of the Forest Recreation Area with a relaxed and romantic atmosphere under the evening stars. Visitors will then welcome the dawn of New Year’s Day by watching the most magnificent sunrise view in the world.


Bon Voyage,



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