Taiwan: Best Country For Tourism

September 8, 2016 OPINION/NEWS

By

Chung Kwang Tien

No wonder. Krishan Kumar Modi, a savvy businessman and one of the richest Indian entrepreneurs in the Forbes list, picked the right place to celebrate his grand birthday as Taiwan has just been ranked first out of 67 countries in the overall ranking of the best place for expats in 2016 by the International surveyor Expat Insider.

For Mr. K. K. Modi, it was not only one night to remember but nights and days to remember as the birthday boy lavishly enjoyed his birthday celebration with a group of dancers from Bollywood from August 28 to 30. The party had more than 350 guests, apart from 50 staff members and 30 chefs from India. The guests enjoyed their food and drinks in the Grand Hyatt Hotel located in the center of Taipei city.

The chefs from India were given an exclusive kitchen to prepare Indian food, for which most of the items were bought from Taipei and few spices were carried from India.

Taiwan is in the top ten for every individual index of the survey. In the category Quality of Life and Personal Finance Indices, Taiwan holds first place by its impressing quality and affordability of its healthcare and the enviable financial situation of expats living there.

In the Working Abroad Index, over one-third of expats in Taiwan (34%) are completely satisfied with their jobs, more than double the global average of 16%. For overall satisfaction with life abroad in Taiwan, with 93% voice their general contentment. It comes as no surprise then, that a majority of expats in Taiwan (64%) plan to stay there longer than three years; with more than half of those (36% in total) even considering staying there forever. Nine in ten expats give the friendliness of local residents towards foreigners a positive rating, compared to only 65% worldwide.

Taiwan was first known to the West as Ilha Formosa, or Beautiful Island with good reasons.

 

 

It has more than 200 mountains that soar above 3,000 meters in height, and the unique geology and topography have created countless arresting landscapes and alluring coastal scenes. Geographically, Taiwan is situated at the point where the Asian continental shelf meets the vast Pacific Ocean, providing it with an unparalleled ecological diversity and a huge number of plant and animal species concentrated in a relatively small place—perfect for ecotourism. Taiwan has world-class natural landscapes such as the awesome Taroko Gorge; it is the repository of true Chinese culture; its National Palace Museum is listed as one of the five top museums in the world; it has once the world’s tallest certified building in Taipei 101; and it has the highest mountain in Northeast Asia, Yushan or Jade Mountain. Taiwan also has some of the friendliest people in the world, 24-hour bookstores and convenience shops, and bustling night markets—all of which imprint indelible memories in the minds of visitors.

And Taiwan offers a year-long series of exciting festivals such as the Lantern Festival, the Mazu (Goddess of the Sea) Culture Festival, Ghost Festival, aborigine harvest festivals, and countless others. These events provide countless opportunities for joyful participation, and infinite chances to learn about Taiwan’s religious observances and living practices. If you like culture, Taiwan is the perfect destination for you! Apart from these attractions Taiwan is also one of the safest countries in the world.

India and Taiwan enjoy good substantial relationship for the past two decades, the Air Services Agreement, signifying an important landmark in the civil aviation cooperation between India and Taiwan, will be signed in September 2016, which has the potential to spur greater trade, investment, tourism and cultural exchanges between the countries.

Taiwan is not far from India, it can be reached by less than a 6 hour-direct-flight. Taiwan, Sabse Accha Desh (best country) for tourism. What are you waiting for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambassador Chung-Kwang Tien

Taiwan Representative, Taipei Economic & Cultural Center in India.

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