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 Taiwan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The main island of Taiwan, also known as Formosa (Portuguese sailors called it Ilha Formosa, which means "beautiful island"), is bounded to the east by the Pacific Ocean, to the south by the South China Sea, to the west by the Taiwan Strait and to the north by the East China Sea.
Taiwan's two largest cities, Taipei City and Kaohsiung City, although on the island of Taiwan, are not part of Taiwan Province but are centrally-administered municipalities, with the same level as provinces.
Taiwan's mainstream culture is primarily derived from traditional Chinese culture, with significant influences also from Japanese and American cultures, especially in the areas of politics and architecture.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Taiwan   (4084 words)

  
 Taiwan -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
Taiwan has been settled for over 30,000 years, although the first inhabitants of Taiwan may not be genetically related to any groups currently on the island.
It was primarily around that period that Taiwan's (additional info and facts about indigenous population) indigenous population was first joined and intermarried with male traders and seasonal workers from (A communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world) Mainland China.
Taiwan's culture is a blend of (additional info and facts about traditional Chinese) traditional Chinese with western and other Asian influences (notably (A native or inhabitant of Japan) Japanese).
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/t/ta/taiwan.htm   (2352 words)

  
 ipedia.com: Taiwan Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
Most of the island, along with the Pescadores Islands, is administered as part of the Province of Taiwan by the government of the Republic of China (ROC), which was the former government of mainland China before its 1949 defeat by the Communist Party of China.
Taiwan's largest city Taipei serves as the provisional capital of the Republic of China, while Jhongsing Village in central Taiwan near the city of Taichung is the capital of Taiwan province.
Due to Taiwan island's status of composing most of the ROC's current jurisdiction, the word "Taiwan" is commonly used synonymously with the Republic of China, while the word "China" is used to refer to areas under the control of the People's Republic of China.
www.ipedia.com /taiwan.html   (1424 words)

  
 Holidays & Festivals   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
Festival of the God of Medicine: One of the greatest processions in Taiwan's calendar of traditional festivals is celebrated each year to honor the 10th century healer, Wu Pen, who was eventually declared a god.
The festival is held at Hsuehchia, on the banks of the General Chiang Chun River in Tainan county.
The festival provides what is probably the most intense and comprehensive celebration of living Chinese arts, including lantern making, top spinning, candy and dough sculpture, paper cutting and folding, oil paper umbrellas, kite flying, macrame, wood carving, and puppet shows.
www.pacificislandtravel.com /asia/taiwan/about_destin/holidays.html   (2325 words)

  
 Taiwan - InfoSearchPoint.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
The island of Taiwan (Traditional: 臺灣, Simplified: 台湾, Pinyin Táiwān, POJ: Tâioân) is located off the coast of Mainland China in the Pacific Ocean.
The island, along with the Pescadores Islands, is administered as part of the Province of Taiwan by the government of the Republic of China (ROC), which was the former government of mainland China before its 1949 defeat by the Communist Party of China.
However, due to Taiwan's status of composing most of the ROC current jurisdiction, the word "Taiwan" is usually used synonymously with the Republic of China, while the word "China" is used synonymously with the People's Republic of China.
www.infosearchpoint.com /display/Taiwan   (1070 words)

  
 Taiwan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
Taiwan (; Taiwanese: Tâi-oân) is an island in East Asia located off the coast of mainland China, south of Japan, and north of the Philippines.
Taiwan has entered international governmental trade organizations such as the World Trade Organization and APEC under the name Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (台灣、澎湖、金門及馬祖個別關稅領域;) in WTO and under the name Chinese Taipei in APEC.
Taiwan's culture is a blend of traditional Chinese with significant Asian influences notably Japanese and Western influences including American, Spanish and Dutch.
www.worldhistory.com /wiki/T/Taiwan.htm   (3078 words)

  
 Manhattan Neighborhood Network: The Many Faces of Taiwan
Taiwan, a tiny island in the west Pacific, is home to 21,300,000 aborigines and settlers from the Chinese mainland.
The marvelous story of this national treasure's move to Taiwan is testament to the diligent effort by its people to preserve the legacies of human civilization.
Taiwan is a subtropical island with varied topography that allows the growth of tropical, subtropical and temperate fruits.
www.taipei.org /even/faces/faces.html   (1659 words)

  
 Holidays and Festivals in Taiwan
The main holidays and festivals in Taiwan may be divided into two major categories : Festivals are associated with the traditional lunar calendar whereas official holidays are celebrated according to the western calendar.
The lunar festivals developed from the customs of China's past, and to the celebrants, these occasions are a time for recalling one's cultural origins and remembering the wisdom of early ages.
Both traditional festivals and commemorative holidays and Festivals in Taiwan are celebrated not only in a style unique to the region, but more importantly, in a way that both exhibits the significance of each occasion and fosters the hope of peace on earth.
www.gio.gov.tw /info/festival_c/index_e.htm   (264 words)

  
 Taiwan Yearbook 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
 Festivities begin on the eighth day of the last lunar month of the old year and continue until the 15th day of the first month of the new year.
 The climax of the festivities is on New Year's Eve 除夕, when every member of the family returns home to partake in a sumptuous family dinner, the last meal of the year, which includes fish and dumplings and other foods with symbolic meaning.
The climax is reached on the Ghost Festival, the 15th day of Ghost Month 鬼月, when great sacrificial feasts are set out in temples and in front of homes to appease wandering souls.
www.roc-taiwan.org.uk /taiwan/5-gp/yearbook/P577.htm   (1389 words)

  
 Holidays and Festivals in Taiwan
The weeklong Tourism Festival is held during the same week as the lantern festival, and is an excellent time to tour the island of Taiwan since many tourist hotels offer room discounts and major scenic spots have reduced admission.
Matsu, patron saint of fisherman, is one of the most venerated deities in the Chinese pantheon, and her birthday is celebrated with elaborate rites in Taiwan's hundreds of Matsu temples.
The festival is a public holiday marked by family reunions, moon gazing and the eating of moon cakes which are round pastries stuffed with red bean paste, egg yolk and preserves.
www.studyabroadinternational.com /Taiwan/Taichung/Taiwan_Taichung_Taiwan_festivals.html   (879 words)

  
 Republic of China   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
Taiwan remained under martial law, under the name of "Emergency Decree" and one-party rule for four decades from 1948 until 1987, when Presidents Chiang Ching-kuo and Lee Teng-hui gradually liberalized and democratized the system.
While the Pan-Green camp favors Taiwan having an identity separate from that of China, Pan-Blue members seem to be strongly supportive of the concept of the Republic of China, which remains an important symbol of their links with China.
The Republic of China was in the United Nations as one of its founding members and held China's seat on the Security Council until 1971, when it was expelled by General Assembly Resolution 2758 and replaced in all UN organs with the government of the People's Republic of China.
www.worldhistory.com /wiki/R/Republic-of-China.htm   (2938 words)

  
 Chinese (Mandarin) Study Abroad Program in Taiwan. Learn Mandarin Chinese while teaching English in Taiwan.
Chinese Study Abroad Center in Taichung is one of the largest University Language Education centers in Taiwan for students from all over the world wishing to learn Mandarin Chinese.
Taiwan is situated in the Pacific Ocean about 100 miles from the southeastern coast of China.
Located about midway between Korea and Japan to the north and Hong Kong and Phillipines to the south, Taiwan is a natural gateway to and within Asia and has succesfully achieved a high rate of economic growth that has helped to provide its citizens with one of the highest living standards in Asia.
www.studyabroadinternational.com /Taiwan/Taichung/Taiwan_Taichung.html   (518 words)

  
 2003 Festival of Austronesian Cultures in Taitung, Taiwan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
Peter Bellwood's research, it shows that the Austronesian languages of Taiwan's aborigine peoples contain many ancient language elements, Taiwan is viewed as the homeland of Austronesian languages and possibly even the place where the Austronesian people originated.
The third "Festival of Austronesian Cultures in Taitung", designated as one the Twelve Major Local Festivals in Taiwan, is held at the National Museum of Prehistory in Taitung.
The most special thing about the festival this year is that it provided a rare opportunity for groups from the westernmost (Madagascar) and easternmost (Easter Island) areas of Austronesian culture to come together for a grand exchange of experiences with Taiwan's aborigine peoples in Taitung.
www.iov.org.tw /english/event_2002/event200212.htm   (246 words)

  
 US-TAIWAN Business Council
In Taiwan, official documents use the 1911 founding of the Republic of China as a reference point in establishing the date.
Taiwan’s holidays can be divided into festivals associated with the traditional lunar calendar and holidays that are celebrated according to the solar calendar.
Today, the people in Taiwan use the solar calendar, but the old system still serves as the basis for determining some holidays.
www.us-taiwan.org /taiwan3.html   (197 words)

  
 Taiwan Hotels Travel Guide – Events & Festivals, Holiday in Taiwan
Lantern Festival February The Lantern Festival came about when the people of ancient China first believed that celestial spirits could be seen flying about in the light of the first full moon of the new lunar year.
Ghost Festival August It was said that on the first day of the seventh lunar month, known as Ghost Month, the gates of Hell would open wide and the spirits allowed a month of feasting and revelry in the world of the living.
Mid-Autumn Festival September falls in the middle of the eighth lunar Chinese month when the moon is supposed to be at its fullest.
www.hoteltravel.com /taiwan/guides/festivals.htm   (806 words)

  
 Taiwan Folktales
It is with great thanks, respect, and appreciation to the Houston Taiwanese School of Language and Culture (HTSLC) and the New Taiwan, Ilha Formosa Organization for the contributions for this page.
"Folk Stories of Taiwan" is part of the Taiwanese Tradition Series presented by the Culture Committee, Houston Taiwanese School of Languages and Culture.
Chou Shui Hsi is the largest river in Taiwan.
www.cdot.org /history/taiwan_folktales.htm   (478 words)

  
 MRC FilmFinder-Full Record: Festivals in Taiwan
Chinese New Year, Taipei Lantern Festival, Beehive Firecracker, Sky-Lantern Festival, Tomb-sweeping Festival, Rituals for Confucius, Taipei Food Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Burning Emperor's Boat, Offering to Ghosts, Good Luck Snapping, Mid-Autumn Moon are among the many religious, folk, and cultural festivals held by the people of Taiwan.
In Taiwan, these customs and festivals take the from of a unique culture of temple-fairs with it own unique local flavor.
There are truly many ways in Taiwan to pay homage to the god, but, whatever the forms, the piety and devotion of the worshippers are the same." Notes: Directed by Yu Ping-Chung.
www.lib.unc.edu /house/mrc/films/full.php?film_id=6566   (121 words)

  
 Taiwan Communique no.72
Taiwan Communiqué commends the European Parliament on this important first step in the direction of accepting Taiwan as a full and equal member of the international community.
Regretting the fact that Taiwan at present is prevented from making a full contribution to the United Nations and its agencies, and stressing that, for the efficiency of the UN, Taiwan's participation would be desirable and valuable,
These and other stories, as well as a series of descriptions of festivals in Taiwan, were originally published by the Houston Taiwanese School of Languages and Culture.
www.taiwandc.org /twcom/72-no6.htm   (758 words)

  
 taiwan holidays and other taiwan related information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
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Taiwan Public Holidays for 2001 Taiwan Public Holidays 2002 (Source: TCO, Toronto) If you are planning for business travel to Taiwan in 2002, you should be aware of the Taiwan Public Holidays...
Taiwan public holidays - schedule of the dates for the public holidays in Taiwan Taiwan travel information and guide home > Taiwan travel guide > Taiwan public holidays Taiwan...
www.nethorde.com /taiwan/taiwan-holidays.html   (323 words)

  
 Taiwan - Events & Festivals   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
The Lantern Festival came about when the people of ancient China first believed that celestial spirits could be seen flying about in the light of the first full moon of the new lunar year.
Boat races during the Dragon Boat Festival is to commemorate the rescue attempt of Chu Yuan, a patriotic poet, who drowned on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277BC.
Autumn Moon Festival falls in the middle of the eighth lunar Chinese month when the moon is supposed to be at its fullest.
www.marimari.com /content/taiwan/events_festivals/events.html   (578 words)

  
 Taiwan - Biocrawler definition:Taiwan - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
Taiwan is mostly mountainous in the east, but gradually transitions to gently sloping plains in the west (satellite photo by NASA).
Under the KMT administration, Taiwan was transformed from a largely agrarian society into a major industrialized economy and is often touted as one of the East Asian Tigers.
You can find it there under the keyword Taiwan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan)The list of previous authors is available here: version history (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Taiwanandaction=history).
www.biocrawler.com /biowiki/Taiwan   (3153 words)

  
 CICC Library Monthly Selections
Moreover, because many of the festivals for gods and ghosts are presently forbidden in mainland China, Hong Kong is one of the few places in the world where one can witness these fascinating Chinese traditions.
As in other cultures, most of the traditional festivals of China originated during the country's agricultural past-a time when farming and many other aspects of life were dictated by the changes of the seasons and the cycle of cultivation and harvest.
This book divides the festivals according to the four seasons, introducing the origins and events associated with each celebration, concentrating especially on seasonal characteristics and aspects of cultural heritage.
www.taipei.org /teco/cicc/library/books/en0399.htm   (1373 words)

  
 Website 'Holidays and Festivals in Taiwan' erg populair   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
De culturele webpagina "Holidays and Festivals in Taiwan" op de website van de Government Information Office (GIO), is sinds de start in 1996 uitgegroeid tot de meest populaire pagina onder bezoekers van de GIO website www.gio.gov.tw in zowel binnen- en buitenland.
Naast het algemene publiek, behoren scholieren, studenten en onderzoekers tot de bezoekers van deze pagina.
Informatie is er te vinden over de zeven traditionele feesten: Chinees nieuwjaar, het lampionnenfeest, het boerenfeest, het drakenboot festival, het geestenfestival, het mid-zomerfeest, en Dubbel Negen.
www.roc-taiwan-nl.com /press/20020221/2002022103.html   (120 words)

  
 East Asian Studies Center: Chinese Holidays & Celebrations
The considerable achievements of women in Taiwan are celebrated on this day at annual events held by central and local government agencies, including public tributes to the Ten Outstanding Young Women of the Year, and Dimond Lady awards, to name but a few." (from ROC Government Information Office's website)
By the time of the festival, the weather has turned warmer and the earth is covered in green.
The festival eventually came to carry the idea of a happy family reunion and the custom has been passed down to this day.
www.indiana.edu /~easc/holidays/china/china.html   (1639 words)

  
 Lunar New Year programs to air on stations across the region   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
In observance of the Lunar New Year, programs on the customs and culture surrounding the Lunar New Year on Taiwan are scheduled to air in the Texas cities of Houston, Dallas, Austin and in Lafayette, Louisiana.
HMS-TV (Houston)-Greeting the Lunar New Year on Taiwan (Jan. 19 at 9:30PM), Festivals in Taiwan (Jan. 21 at 6:30PM), and Chinese Zodiac Signs- The Animal in All of Us (Jan. 22 at 7:30PM).
DCTV (Dallas)¡XThe Four Keys to Taiwan's Folk Art (Jan. 25 at 2:30PM), Taiwan's Legendary Folk Performance Art (Jan. 25 at 3PM) and Taiwan Festival Troupes-Coming Together in Competition (Jan. 25 at 3:30PM).
houston.roc-taiwan.org /press/20040123/2004012301.html   (259 words)

  
 Festivals in Taiwan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-29)
All members of the family gather to celebrate the new year.
It is one of the bigrest festival in Taiwan.
It uses material from the wikipedia article Festivals in Taiwan.
www.eurofreehost.com /fe/Festivals_in_Taiwan.html   (126 words)

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