Taiwan Videos

Taiwan Explorer Part 6: Taipei 101

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Back on the main island, we visit Taipei 101 and Longshan Temple. Taipei 101 is currently the tallest habitated building in the world, though this title will be taken away by the Burj Dubai in 2009.

Morning Mists in the land of Trains and Tea #2

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Located on the eastern coast of Taiwan between The Central and Coastal Mountain Ranges.over the ages, awesome geographical forces have formed the unique geographical environment that is characteristic of the East Rift Valley. The inexorable workings of space and time have given birth to a bountiful natural landscape that lends itself to study and contemplation. A strip of lush green unfolding between two majestic mountain ranges, the East Rift Valley possesses idyllic rural countryside, densely-forested mountains and steep. Winding rivers,as well as abundance of scholarly and cultural opportunities. In recent years, innovative and energetic management has tirelessly developed the valleys recreational resources with the goal of transforming the region into a world-class reson area. 【The information from Tourism Bureau Ministy of Transportation and Communication, Republic of China(Taiwan)】

Taiwan Explorer Part 4: Still on Kinmen Island

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Kinmen Island, Taiwans outpost right next to China.

National Parks of Taiwan (1 of 3)

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Taiwan, with its rich and varied terrain and complex ecosystem is natural masterpiece. Several national parks have been established since 1982 and the natural and cultural resources of Taiwan have been preserved through them. These national parks also provide an educational environment for people to learn in. Taiwan is a natural, pristine and majestic green land full of life. The protection of national parks quarantees that the beauty of Taiwan. "Ilha Formosa," can be passed down to future generations.

The Story of Muzha

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The Story of Muzha by Veronika Tomanova Short Film About Studying Abroad in Taipei, Taiwan The story of Muzha is a short documentary about the area surrounding National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. Muzha, located in southern Taipei, is an area brimming with history. In the Chinese language, Muzha means "wooden fence." It is named after the fences built by the Han people from China in order to protect their property from the Taiwanese aboriginals. Veronika Tomanova, an NCCU student from Czech Republic, visually discovers the sights and sounds of Muzha including Zhinan Temple and the Maokong area. She also introduces a few members from the local community who have inspired her during her time at NCCU.

Betelnut Girls 檳榔西施 Taiwan

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Teaser for a documentary on the unique betelnut culture (檳榔西施) in Taiwan - slightly expanded from the version posted here before.

Being There - Introduction to the East Rift Valley (2 of 2)

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Mankind's pure land, the land embraces you...

The natural beauty of Taiwan

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The gorgeous nature of Taiwan

Eric Born an American, Living as a Taiwanese(黑膠達人-Eric)

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Eric has lived in Taiwan for more than 15 years. Though born an American, he keeps saying that he is a Taiwanese – flesh and blood, and he bears a special fondness for Taiwan's pop music. Our interview took us to his place, where his cabinets and floors are piled up with CD's, vinyl records, and books. When it comes to his music collection, Eric talks and pours his heart out like a small child. He listens constantly to Lo Tayu, Huang Shujun, Kay Huang, Sylvia Chang, and Tracy Huang, Eric knows about their songs like the back of his hand. An owner of several hundred vinyl records, Eric says that at times he forgets what is in his collection already and buys two copies of the same thing. He likes the larger-than-life sound quality of the records, and because of his collections, he's been dubbed as “Taiwan's vinyl record expert”, a little tongue-in-cheek, and he has gained some measure of celebrity status. But Eric doesn't care much about titles, because he collects more than just Taiwan's music records. We talked about interviewing Eric in English, and he answered in authentic mandarin Chinese, only half jokingly, “are we speaking English, then? But I speak better Chinese now.” His Taiwanese wife of course gets the credit for his Chinese fluency. Though we didn't get to meet the wife, we were thrilled to personally witness Eric's treasure trove of Taiwanese vinyl records. As we cheered and hooted, Eric decided to entertain us by playing a song he wrote, and the song alone was definitely worth the trip!

Taiwan Explorer Part 25: The Finale

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We finally reached the end. The contract was done, wanderlust was in full swing, and all that was needed was one last staff party to embarass the shit out of ourselves (mostly ME), pack the bags and go