Asia

Traveling in Taiwan

written by | Posted on May 1st, 2010

Suggest clients hire a car and driver upon arrival, and head off to an island near the city’s main port. First stop is a tunnel built by the Japanese that leads to gun emplacements constructed during the war to protect the port from allied attacks that never came, and which today, leads to a beach and pier populated by a few fishermen. Next stop, the waterfront area and a small island that’s a popular tourism spot, filled with restaurants and clubs, as well as a variety of accommodations and, of course, a beautiful Taoist Temple, dedicated to a sea goddess. Here, too, the Japanese influence is felt because it serves as both a Taoist and Buddhist temple. There are excellent seafood restaurants here serving generous helpings of prawns and squid, followed, of course, by the ever-present serving of soup. Before returning to the train station, tell the driver to stop by the lagoon where there’s an enormous array of temples, a kind of Taoist “Disneyesqe” collection of brightly covered temples dotting the shoreline. There’s also a large complex that’s a Confucian shrine, dedicated to the master philosopher himself, Confucius.