Journey to Another World – Orchid Island

Lanyu, or Orchid Island, may be on Taiwan’s doorstep – two and a half hours by ferry from Taitung – but it is a world apart. Home to the Tao indigenous people, it has a culture, lifestyle, traditions, cuisine and sense of time and space that are nothing like those on what the Tao call “the mainland.”

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The Penghu Pearls – Islands Close to Taiwan’s Heart, Yet a World Away

The Penghu Islands (澎湖群島) will be whatever you wish them to be. What is it you desire? Beach-action and water-play tour? Island-hopping tour? History tour? Seafood and fishing tour? On these pages we’re off on a geology/ecology exploration adventure.

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Kinmen – Garden Built on a Granite Fortress

Everyone in Taiwan knows of the Golden Gate. No, not the bridge. Taiwan has its very own Golden Gate, an archipelago directly off the China mainland. For historical reasons the official transliteration of the “golden gate” characters is “Kinmen,” rather than the standard-use Hanyu Pinyin “Jinmen.”

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Where Taiwan Is Not Quite Itself The Remote, Rugged, and Very Different Matsu Islands

Matsu is far to the north, Taiwan’s northernmost possession, across from a north Fujian area called east Fujian in recognition of its distinctive dialect and cultural traditions.

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