This year, the 7th PACTRIMS congress will take place at the Grand Hyatt Taipei, in Taipei, Taiwan.
The following information is taken from the Taipei City Government’s official website: http://www.taipeitravel.net/en/
Taipei City is located in the Taipei Basin of northern Taiwan. It extends east to Dafeng Neighbourhood in Nangang District, west to Guandu Neighbourhood in Beitou District, south to Jhihnan Neighbourhood in Wenshan District, and North to Hutian Neighbourhood in Beitou District. It is surrounded by New Taipei City and is the largest city in Taiwan.
Historically, Taipei has always been a place where cultures collide and coalesce. The earliest archaeological evidence of human presence in Taipei was found in the Yuanshan Prehistoric Site (B.C. 5000) and the Zhishanyan Prehistoric Site (B.C. 1000-200). The two sites confirm the early human presence in Taipei and Taipei’s past as a lake. Later, the Ketagalan group belonging to the Pingpu (“Plains”) aboriginal tribes began to thrive in areas such as Danshui, Beitou and Bali.
The Spanish arrived in Danshui from Keelung and built Fort Provintia (now known as the Hongmao Fort, or “red-topped tower” (red hair castle). Shortly after, the Dutch invaded south Taiwan and fought for control of the island with Ming Dynasty general Koxinga, who was then stationed in Tainan. After defeating Koxinga’s forces, the Qing government assumed total control of Taiwan.
Southern Chinese immigrants from Quanzhou, Zhangzhou, and Canton began to arrive in Mengjia, then Taiwan’s largest port, in search of arable land. They fought constantly with the Pingpu tribe as well as among themselves for territory. These early immigrants built houses and temples that reflected a number of regional architectural styles.
Construction of Taipei City was completed in the late 19th century during Emperor Guangxu’s reign. The historical city gates that we see today were constructed during this period.
Taiwan became a Japanese colony in 1895, after China lost the First Sino-Japanese War. Taiwan remained a Japanese colony until the end of WWII, when the mainland Chinese Nationalist government took over. The influx of Nationalist troops and personnel brought with them mainland Chinese culture to Taiwanese society.
In recent years, increased immigration from Southeast Asia has further contributed to Taipei’s ever more diversified cultural climate.
Events in November
31 Oct 2014 – 03 Nov 2014
Art Taipei (the Taipei International Contemporary Art Fair)
Young Art Taipei (the Taipei International Contemporary Art Fair) launched in 2009 and was Taiwan’s first hotel art fair promoting contemporary art, as well as Asia’s first contemporary art fair exclusively featuring artists 45 years old and younger. Young Art Taipei is clearly marketed as “young, sophisticated, cutting edge.” Each year it makes a strong appeal to top international galleries to participate. Its mission is to create a platform for Asian contemporary art exchanges with a goal to expand and put the Taiwan contemporary art market on a sound footing. Through the Asian financial meltdown of 1997 and the global financial crisis of 2008, Young Art Taipei stood tall and undoubtedly consolidated its international position and became an important channel for interaction between international galleries and Asian collectors, galleries, and media. In 2012 there were more than 60 participating galleries from Taiwan, the US, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macao. The fair produced an impressive total sales value of US$1.38 million with some 623 items sold, winning the plaudits of a wide circle of observers. It is anticipated that in the future the fair will be more diversified, work hard to break boundaries, exhibit works from different countries, offer contemporary art of a more diversified nature, discover chef d’oeuvres of young artists, providing participating galleries, curators, artists, collectors, and viewers a sophisticated and full contemporary art exchange platform in hopes of creating another new milestone! http://art-taipei.com/
8 Nov 2014 – 16 Nov 2014
Taiwan Cycling Festival
A classic piece of dialog from the Taiwan movie Island Etude: “There are some things that, if you don’t do them now, never will.” These words set off a craze for traveling around the whole of Taiwan by bike. Doing a bicycle circuit around Taiwan has now become an item on many people’s “bucket list”! Since 2010 the Tourism Bureau has actively conducted a whole series of events related to the Taiwan Cycling Festival, enthusiastically inviting the Taiwan public to lay down their “tire” tracks and turn the results of innovation in transportation construction into a new resource for tourism, aiming to make Taiwan into an international-level paradise for leisure cycling. Taiwan has an excellent highway system plus a superior topography so that when cycling, a rider can also appreciate magnificent scenery along the route—and what you have is a cycling tour around the island that boasts a convenient and enjoyable itinerary! The series of activities of the “Taiwan Cycling Festival” focus on bicycle touring and pulls together the tourist and transportation resources of the various county seats to present the specifics of a diverse and local touring culture. Accompanied by beautiful mountains and water scenery, bicycle enthusiasts from around the world can come on a pilgrimage and are provided a varied and rich recreational cycling experience, making the riding of the “iron horse” no longer a simple exercise but rather the perfect experience in body and soul.
Taroko Gorge Marathon
Taroko National Park, known for its magnificent view of the gorge, features the Central Cross-Island Highway, entering the archway of the Highway from Sioulin Township of Hualien, passing through the Taroko National Park Administration, Changchun Temple, Tunnel of Nine Turns, and Tiansiang, and connecting to Dayuling, turning to the branches of the Western or the Central Cross-Island Highway to end in Yilan, having beautiful scenery along the way, which are the deep valleys resulting from cutting actions of the changes in the crust and rivers together, an amazing forces of nature. Liwu River’s gurgling flow rushes under your foot, and the air is full of the most natural flavor of the original. Here is the place attracts not only the countrymen but also an endless stream of foreign visitors. Taroko National Park is really a rare gem in the world. The best way to acquaint yourself with Taroko National Park is immersing yourself in cliffs, the works of arts by nature gods. Taroko National Park organized “Taroko Gorge Marathon” in 2000 for the first time, and invited visitors in the enjoyment of the slow living attitude and the scenery of world-class attractions, by preventing any interference from annoying cars. Each year, the events in the Marathon always create new tournament records, regardless of the number of participants, the nationalities of the players, and the race results. It has been an unprecedented occasion and now risen to a international tournament, attracting players from around the world and friends who love jogging to get together at here to win over and to enjoy the beauty of the national park. The activities of Taroko Gorge Marathon are divided into the groups of full marathon and of half marathon to carter to the different participants who can choose their own schedule and experience the beauty of the vast forests and mountains.