Taiwan. Formosa. A pearl on the pacific ring . Introduction. I. Geography.
A pearl on the pacific ring.
Total area of nearly 36,000 sq. km. The island of Taiwan is roughly shaped like a tobacco leaf. It is 394 km long and 144 km broad at its widest point.Taiwan is separated from the Chinese mainland by the Taiwan Strait, which is about 220 km at its widest point and 130 km at its narrowest.
The central of Taiwan is the high mountains running from the northto the southof the island. It includes the island\'s tallest peak -- 3,952m Mount Jade.
The shoreline of Taiwan is simple and fairly straight. The total length is 1,566 km .
Mount Jade (3952m)
The population of Taiwan stood at 22.14 million in 1999. With it now approaching 23 million in 2000, the population density of the Taiwan area was the second highest in the world after Bangladesh. Taipei City, the capital, which covers 272 sq. km, is Taiwan\'s most crowded urban area with 9,560 persons per square km.
As well as Chinese, we have………..
aboriginal people in Taiwan!!!!
In 1997, the number of aboriginal people in the Taiwan area was just over 389,900. There are currently nine major tribes in Taiwan Province: the Atayal,Saisiyat, Bunun, Tsou, Paiwan, Rukai, Puyuma, Ami, and Yami.
Written Chinese, which has historically provided a link amongst the various Chinese dialects, is unique in that it is the only major modern writing system that uses thousands of semantically meaningful characters rather than a phonetic alphabet or a few dozen symbols.
The traditional Chinese writing system has influenced other writing systems of East Asia, and Chinese characters are still used extensively in modern Japanese and in modern Korean (less).
More people speak a Chinese language (Mandarin) natively. Mandarin, the national language Taiwan and of the Chinese mainland, is based on the Peking dialect.
Also we have 2 other main dialects, Fujianese and Hakka in Taiwan. But no matter which dialect they speak natively, they share the same writing system. It is the same situation between Mandarin and Cantonese. This also explains why a speaker of one dialect may not be able to understand what a speaker of another dialect says, but can still understand what that person writes.
Thank you : Hsie Hsie Ni
Hello : Ni hou
Nice to meet you : Hen Gow Hsing Zen Shi Ni
I don’t understand : Wo Tin Bu Don
I love you : Wo Ai Ni
Good Bye : Zai Gien
I like Greece so much : Wo hen shi huan Si-La
They were struck by the tremendous beauty of its green mountains rising steeply out of the cobalt waters of the Pacific and named the island Formosa(beautiful island).
The next Europeans to occupy Taiwan were the Dutch. The Dutch East India Company established a military base first on Penghu in 1622.
Thousands of people, especially from the coastal provinces of Fujian (Fukien) and Guangdong, began to migrate across the Taiwan Strait to the island from the 17th century (Ming Dynasty).
Cheng Cheng-kung claimed Taiwan from the Dutch in 1662 and chose Anping (present-day Tainan) as his capital.
(1895 - 1945)
During its 50-year rule of Taiwan,Japan was intent on building an industrial homeland and an agricultural base in Taiwan.
Major events since the end of World War II:
Oct. 1945: Chiang-Kai-shek\'s troops (KMT) occupy Taiwan
Sep. 1986:DPP (Democratic Progressive party) founded
Dec. 1992:First democratic legislative elections
Mar. 1996:First direct presidential elections
Mar. 2000: Taiwan held its second direct presidential elections. Democratic
Progressive Party candidate Chen Shui-bian won a stunning
victory, making it the first time in Taiwan\'s history that an
opposition party has won over the entrenched KMT.
The March 2000 elections are thus a "coming-of-age" for democracy in Taiwan!!!!!!
The world’s 14th largest trading nation (1997)
Exports US$ 121.591 billion
Imports US$ 110.690 billion
Average national income : US$ 12,163 (1999)
Taiwan\'s per capita gross national product (GNP) reached US$13,000 (1997)
Economic growth rate averaged : 8.63% Between 1952 and 1995
Taiwan has managed to maintain stable economic development, even amidst the 1998 Asian economic crisis.
It is a democratic and newly industrialized country as one of Asia’s four ‘Little Dragons’
Potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait still poses a serious threat to world peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Even today, when trade, business, and people-to-people contacts between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are flourishing, the authorities on the Chinese mainland have never renounced the use of force against Taiwan.
In the future, the two sides should avoid the use of force and instead apply the principles of reason, peaceand mutual benefit to improve the cross-strait relationship and advance toward the goal of uniting China under freedom, democracy. Only in this way can Taipei and Beijing bring the greatest possible benefit to the people on both sides and contribute to the long-term peace and stability of the East Asian region.
The time when fingers meet chopsticks~~
The city of Hope
Located in northern Taiwan, Taipei is the political, economic, financial, and cultural center of the Republic of China.
It has a thriving arts and academic scene and countless modern commercial buildings. With its vibrant cultural and economic growth, it has become a modern international metropolis.
To me, Taipei is a city with different faces. A place where you can explore and have fun from down till dusk. I will show you by telling you one day of standard weekend life in Taipei.
4AM:Traditional market start (ZZZ,,,,I am sleeping) / 7AM: Housewives go out for daily products(ZZZ, I am sleeping as well) / 10:30AM: Wake up and have breakfast in a cozy & not-so-dirty soybean milk restaurant / 11AM: Take bus to Chengpin bookstore nearby to read some nice books and enjoy the nice music there / 12AM: take bus again to Taipei train station meeting my friends and start shopping / 15PM: Take cab to Warner’s Village for a latest movie / 17PM: Meet more friends & go to CASH BOX for KTV / 21PM: Take metro to Shilin Night Market for the late dinner / 23PM: Go home? No, of cause not….now we have to choose which club to go, Kiss? @live? Edge or HR?/ 2AM:Go home? no….we will go to the nearby Tea shop for playing card, chat and hang around./ or we can go play bowling…/ 4AM: yeap, It is the time to go home. But before that, you can also go to the soybean restaurant for your early breakerfast….Believe me, it’s opened already.
AIESEC in Taiwan is composed by students from 14 universities throughout the island. We also have a Member Committee elected once a year by the general assembly to manage and coordinate our efforts in Taiwan.
We facilitate 6 exchanges in 98~99. Now we are increasing support from students and businesses, now we have 33 students and 8 companies joining our international traineeship exchange program.
in Kaohsiung city!!!
The University consists of six colleges, including the colleges of Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Management, Marine Sciences, comprising of fourteen undergraduate departments and 28 graduate institutes. The total enrollment of students during the current academic year is 5196 including graduate students.
Kaohsiung, with a population exceeding 1.5 million, has become Taiwan\'s second largest city and the nation\'s greatest industrial zone. Worldwide, it ranks as one of the ten largest overall sea harbors.
Forest in Taiwan
Green Lake inWushe.
Sun-rise of Alishan
Queen’s head in Yeliu
Can you believe that an open and vibrant society, which abides by international standards and is recognized as a friendly and peace-loving country, is barred from the United Nations?
Please pause and think!!!
I hope you enjoy this presentation……….
Come and visit Taiwan !!!
Experiencing the warm hospitalities from the people and exploring this fantastic island by yourselves.
Welcome to Taiwan
Where surprises await you.