Posted by on May 8, 2013 in blog, Photography, Taiwan, travel | 27 Comments
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Caoshan Moonworld landscape

Sun sets over Caoshan Moonworld landscape.

On February 24, Taiwanese people around the world celebrated when Ang Lee, who was born in Taiwan 58 years ago, won a second Best Director Oscar, this time for Life of Pi.


Now, on May 7, 2013, comes a new website introducing the scenery, cultures, history and cuisines of Taiwan. Life of Taiwan (http://www.lifeoftaiwan.com) has more than 150 pages of information about the East Asian island.

九龍太子jiajiang_Zhentou 陣頭

Beautifully painted face of 九龍太子家將陣頭 jiajiang zhentou member


“International arrivals have been growing for the past decade, and we think Taiwan’s tourism industry will enjoy a big lift thanks to the success of Life of Pi, which was made right here in Taiwan” said Mark Sinclair, founder and CEO of Formosa Services, the Taiwan-based startup behind Life of Taiwan.


“We’re providing high-end tailor made tours targeting professionals and their families. There is no safer place to travel than Taiwan and as everyone who has been here knows, the Taiwanese are a very special people.”

Bunun tribesman at the annual Bunun Ear Festival, Taiwan

Bunun tribesman wearing feathers and deerskin headgear at the annual Bunun Ear Festival, Taiwan


The website covers everything from Taiwan’s aboriginal tribes and their festivals to the island’s diverse and vibrant religious culture. Gourmands can read about Taiwan’s tastiest foods, while outdoors types will discover that Taiwan has more than enough mountains, rivers and dive sites to keep them busy, plus hot springs where tired muscles can be soaked at the end of a tiring day. And if they’re not already aware of Taiwan’s treasures, birdwatchers and other kinds of ecotourist will find the website’s description of Taiwan’s spectacular natural diversity engrossing.


The website is gorgeously illustrated with photos taken by Michelin and Asian Geographic photographer Rich J. Matheson. Rich specializes in images of religious events and Taiwan’s aboriginal groups; his work can be seen at http://www.thetaiwanphotographer.com

Feng Tian Temple, Jiayi

Xingang’s Fengtian Temple (奉天宮), Kaitai Mazu (Taiwan’s first Mazu temple), Chiayi, Taiwan


The text was written by Steven Crook, author of three books about the island – Keeping Up With The War God (2001), Dos and Don’ts in Taiwan (2010) and Taiwan: The Bradt Travel Guide (2010). Steven is currently updating his Bradt guide for publication in spring 2014. Links to many of his published articles can be found at http://crooksteven.blogspot.com


For further information feel free to contact us on contact@lifeoftaiwan.com or call +886 6 2088173.

Rukai 魯凱族 Aboriginal Tribe Taiwan

Rukai 魯凱族 Aboriginal Tribe Taiwan—, Taiwan Indigenous Peoples Culture Park, Sandimen, Pingtung County, Taiwan


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