at 1,671 feet.
The island nation of
Taiwan, about 100 miles off the coast of the Chinese
mainland, comprises 14,000 square miles of rugged mountains,
coastal plains and highlands. Since 1949, democratic Taiwan’s
political scene has been dominated by feuding with the communist
People’s Republic of China, but the nation’s history reaches back
10,000 years. Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist temples, along with
other forts and shrines, dot the island, reflecting its unique mix
of Cantonese, Chinese, Fujianese, Hakka and aboriginal
Modern Taiwan centers on the cultural
and political capital of Taipei, which ranks among Asia’s most
active business centers and now boasts the world’s tallest
building, Taipei 101.
Opening June 1, 2007, is the 180-room Sheraton
Yilan Resort, Taiwan, in the northeastern coastal city of
Yilan, a mountainous region with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean
and surrounding tea plantations. The property will include 14,000
square feet of meeting space, eight restaurants, a health club/spa,
an indoor swimming pool and 39 hot-spring houses. The driving
distance from Taipei to Yilan takes just over one hour with the
completion of a new expressway.
Hotel One Taichung, a
202-room Landis Hotels & Resorts property in the central
coastal city of Taichung, opened this fall. Nearby, the 200-room
Landis Taichung Hotel has renovated its lobby.
In the nation’s capital, the 856-room
Grand Hyatt Taipei features 13 meeting rooms, a
grand ballroom, a “unique, residential-style multi-event venue”
called the Grand Residence, plus a meetings concierge and
convention services team.
Close to Taipei’s main business and
financial centers, the 350-room Sherwood Taipei,
which features a Henry Moore sculpture in its forecourt, recently
revamped its junior and executive suites.
This past Sept. 1, the 1,057-room
Holiday Inn Asiaworld Taipei Hotel was reflagged the
Sunworld Dynasty Hotel.
Taiwan’s major air carrier,
China Airlines, plans to build a 360-room hotel at
Taoyuan International Airport (formerly Chiang Kai-shek
International Airport), the country’s main international
The Taipei World Trade Center, in the
Hsin-yi district (the political and economic center of the
capital), comprises the 646,168-square-foot Taipei International
Con-vention Center; the 1.7 million-square-foot, seven-story TWTC
Exhibition Hall; an International Trade building, and the 856-room
Grand Hyatt Taipei headquarters hotel. The TWTC facility is within
easy walking distance of Taipei 101, which rises a remarkable 101
In February, EVA Air, one of the two main
Taiwanese carriers, boosted its schedule between the West Coast of
the United States and Taipei. EVA upped its service to Los Angeles
from 14 to 17 weekly departures, and its San Francisco operation
from 11 to 12 flights per week. EVA will soon introduce Boeing
777-300ER jetliners to service these routes.
Taipei’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system
has been modernized and expanded in recent years. This July, the
system’s Blue Line was extended with the addition of six new
stations, reaching Tucheng, home of the popular Buddhist Chengtian
Through the end of 2006, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau is
offering groups of up to 49 a souvenir and a travel brochure;
groups of 50 to 199 receive a souvenir, brochure, cultural
performance and welcome banner; groups of 200 to 299 receive the
above plus a certificate of appreciation or address by an official
of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau; groups of 300 or more receive