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Topics: Taipei, Republic of China, Taiwan Pages: 11 (1472 words) Published: January 1, 2015
MY FAVOURITE COUNTRY

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, is a
state in East Asia. Originally based in mainland
China now governs the island of Taiwan, which
makes up over 99% of its territory, as well as
Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu, and other minor
islands. Neighboring states include the People’s
Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east
and northeast, and the Philippines to the south.
Taipei is the political capital as well as economic
and cultural center in Taiwan. New Taipei the
most populous city. The island of Taiwan
(formerly known as "Formosa") was mainly
inhabited by Taiwanese aborigines until the
Dutch Settlement during the Age of Discovery
in the 17th century, when ethnic Chinese began
immigrating to the island. Taiwan is one of the
Four Asian Tiger and a member of the WTO and
APEC. The 19th largest economy in the world its
advanced technology industry plays a key role
in the global economy.
Population: 23.34 million (2013)
Capital: Taipei
Currency: New Taiwan dollar
Official Language: Standard Mandarin
Government: Unitary State, Semi-Presidential
System

There are various names for the
island of Taiwan in use today,
derived from explorers or rulers by
each particular period. The former
name Formosa ( 福爾摩沙 ) dates
from 1544, when Portuguese sailors
sighted the main island of Taiwan
and named it Ilha Formosa, which
means "Beautiful Island“.
President: MA YING-JEOU

Points of interest in Taiwan
1. Taipei 101
2. Yu Shan
3. Ken ting National Park
4. Taiwan Night market
5. National Palace Museum
6. Taipei Zoo
7. Love River
8. National Stadium
9. San Zhi UFO house
10.Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
11.Chinese Culture and Movie Center
12.Yue Mei amusement Park and ……….. etc…....

Chiang Kai- Shek Memorial
Hall

The monument, surrounded by
a par, stands at the end of
Memorial Hall Square. The
structure is framed on the north
and south by the National
Theater and National Concert
Hall.
Beginning Date: October
31,1976
Completion Date: April 5, 1980
Dedicated to: Chiang Kai-Shek

The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
is a famous monument, landmark
and tourist attraction erected in
memorial of Generalissimo Chiang
Kai-shek, former President of the
Republic of China. It is located in
Zhong Zheng District, Taipei,
Republic of China (ROC).

The site’s importance in the
development of Taiwan’s
democracy led to the plaza’s
dedication as Liberty Square by
President Chen Shui-bian in 2007.
Memorial Hall was also renamed
in a dedication to democracy.

The Memorial Hall is white with
four sides. The square became
Taipei’s site of choice for mass
gatherings as soon as it opened.
The nature of many of those
gathering gave the site new public
meanings.

The Style is noted for its sense
of vitality, movement and
freedom. The characters are
placed in left-to-right sequence,
following modern practice in
Taiwan, rather than the right-toleft order of ancient Chinese tradition, which had been
adopted at the site previously.

The announcement of the new names
were greeted with hostility by
Kuomintang Officials. The Chinese

inscription now over the main gate
that declares the plaza as “Liberty
Square” recalls the calligraphic style
of Wang Xizhi in the East Jin
Dynasty.

Sanzhi UFO houses

The Sanzhi UFO houses, also known
as the Sanzhi pod houses or
Sanzhi Pod City, were a set of
abandoned pod-shaped buildings in
Sanzhi District, New Taipei City,
Taiwan. The buildings resembled
Futuro Houses, some examples of
which can be found elsewhere in
Taiwan. The site where the buildings
were located was owned by Hung
Kuo group. The UFO houses were
constructed beginning in 1978.

They were Intended as a vacation
resort in a part of the northern coast
adjacent to Tamsui, and were
marketed towards U.S. military
officers coming from their East Asian
postings.
The pod-like buildings became a
minor tourist attraction...
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