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Taiwan, the Beautiful Island or ‘Ilha Formosa’, is a land of gods, spirits and temples, an island at the end of a rainbow! This southeastern Asian island is separated from the Chinese mainland by the Formosa Strait that at its narrowest point is 130 kilometres wide.
Taipei is a pulsating metropolis in the north of the island, in which emperors’ treasures and chaotic traffic highlight both industrial strength and a Chinese way of life. In the old town district of Wanhua, is the city’s oldest and most precious Buddhist temple of Lungshan Szu, the Dragon Mountain Temple.
The Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall was built to commemorate the centenary of the founder of the Republic of China. His efforts brought about the abdication of the last emperor and the birth of the Republic of China.
The Confucius Temple is a place of contemplation and is a replica of the Temple of Qufu, Qufu having been the home town of Confucius. This silent place is one of five temples in Taiwan dedicated to the great Chinese philosopher, Confucius, the founder of a religion that even today, has many followers.
The past importance of the former Taiwanese capital of Tainan is indicated by the city’s many temple complexes that contain an abundance of sacred works of art. Religion still plays a central role in the daily life of the people and the Tien Gon Temple is the most important temple in Taiwan.
Taiwan is an island full of magical charm, fascinating works of art and breathtaking natural wonders. The legacy of Confucius is mixed with the bright hope of the future. A symbiosis of industrialization and Chinese tradition. The success of capitalism confirmed by the eternal words, “Made in Taiwan“!