The history of Taiwan can be traced back to at least 7,000 years ago. Between 7,000 and 400 years ago, Austronesians, the ancestor of the island’s indigenous peoples, arrived in small groups and became the earliest known inhabitants of Taiwan. First named Ihla Formosa by Portuguese, which literally means “the beautiful island” Taiwan has been colonized by the Spanish (1626-1642), the Dutch (1624-1662), Ming Dynasty l1662-1683), the Ching Dynasty (1663-1895), the Japanese ( 1895-1945), before becoming today Taiwan in 1945. This cultural mix is closely intertwined with everyday life, adding to a thriving culture, in which the past gives vitality and depth to the present.
Taiwan has several performance venues , including National Theater and Concert Hall, National Taichung Theater, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, and Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center.
There are many aspects of traditional Chinese arts, crafts , that are better preserved in Taiwan than anywhere else in the world. Traditional architecture fills the country, not only in the country’s magnificent monuments, such as temples and palaces, but also in the many old buildings that have been renovated to serve as community centers, cafes, stores, and other public spaces.
The traditional tenets of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism are well represented in everything from paintings and music to temples, celebrations and literature.
Experience the culture of Taiwan through its mysterious indigenous tribes and tradition s and explore their lifestyle throughout workshops and activities.
Moreover, Taiwan’s larger cities offer a wealth of entertainment options around the clock. There are highly regarded modern dance troupes, as well as a vibrant music scene.
Movie and television field has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and the huge number of designer stores, markets, and exhibitions that are opening every year speaks volumes about the booming country’s cultural and creative industries.