Photographs and Information about Taiwan's Culture, Nature and People by Rich Matheson

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‘LIFE OF TAIWAN’ WEBSITE LAUNCHES

‘LIFE OF TAIWAN’ WEBSITE LAUNCHES

Dane'efu

Dane’efu is excited about the launch

On February 24, Taiwanese people around the world celebrated when Ang Lee, who was born in Taiwan 58 years ago, won a second Best Director Oscar, this time for Life of Pi.

Now, on May 7, 2013, comes a new website introducing the scenery, cultures, history and cuisines of Taiwan. Life of Taiwan (http://www.lifeoftaiwan.com) has more than 150 pages of information about the East Asian island.

Tuntex Skytower (85 Tower), Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Tuntex Skytower (85 Tower), Kaohsiung, Taiwan

“International arrivals have been growing for the past decade, and we think Taiwan’s tourism industry will enjoy a big lift thanks to the success of Life of Pi, which was made right here in Taiwan” said Mark Sinclair, founder and CEO of Formosa Services, the Taiwan-based startup behind Life of Taiwan.

“We’re providing high-end tailor made tours targeting professionals and their families. There is no safer place to travel than Taiwan and as everyone who has been here knows, the Taiwanese are a very special people.”

The website covers everything from Taiwan’s aboriginal tribes and their festivals to the island’s diverse and vibrant religious culture. Gourmands can read about Taiwan’s tastiest foods, while outdoors types will discover that Taiwan has more than enough mountains, rivers and dive sites to keep them busy, plus hot springs where tired muscles can be soaked at the end of a tiring day. And if they’re not already aware of Taiwan’s treasures, birdwatchers and other kinds of ecotourist will find the website’s description of Taiwan’s spectacular natural diversity engrossing.

Chihsi plaque bearers. Kai Lung Temple, Jung Shan Road, Tainan City, Taiwan

Chihsi plaque bearers. Kai Lung Temple, Jung Shan Road, Tainan City, Taiwan

The website is gorgeously illustrated with photos taken by Michelin and Asian Geographic photographer Rich J. Matheson. Rich specializes in images of religious events and Taiwan’s aboriginal groups; his work can be seen at http://www.thetaiwanphotographer.com

The text was written by Steven Crook, author of three books about the island – Keeping Up With The War God (2001), Dos and Don’ts in Taiwan (2010) and Taiwan: The Bradt Travel Guide (2010). Steven is currently updating his Bradt guide for publication in spring 2014. Links to many of his published articles can be found at http://crooksteven.blogspot.com

Sandimen, Pingtung County, Taiwan

These Aboriginal women have just heard the news

For further information feel free to contact us on contact@lifeoftaiwan.com or call +886 6 2088173.


Podcast Interview with Reality Abroad

I was recently interviewed by Alan for Reality Abroad, a travel website aimed at helping travelers see a country from an insiders viewpoint. He asks questions about Taiwan and photography. The podcast can be listened to or downloaded at Images of Taiwan-Reality Abroad.

Moonworld landscape, Erliao, Tainan, Taiwan

Moonworld landscape reflected in blue pond, Erliao, Tainan, Taiwan


Bee

Bee
Bee

Bees collect pollen from water lily

On a recent Eco-tour read and see more bee pics here..


Cingshui Cliffs Beach 清水斷崖

Cingshui Cliffs and Pacific ocean along the Su Ao - Hualien Highway, Taiwan
Cingshui Cliffs and Pacific ocean along the Su Ao - Hualien Highway, Taiwan

Cingshui Cliffs and Pacific ocean along the Su Ao – Hualien Highway, Taiwan

There were two typhoons out in the Pacific read more about Cingshui Cliffs 清水斷崖 wave…


Fireworks — Kaohsiung’s Wannian Folklore Festival

Foreworks
Foreworks

Fireworks show at Wannian Folklore Festival, Zuoying, Lotus Lake, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Originating from local religious temples’ celebrations, Kaohsiung’s Wannian Folklore Festival is…


Taiwan Nature Project

Nature Taiwan
Nature Taiwan

Sunrise on Hike to Yushan South Peak

Taiwan’s stunning geographic features and spectacular biodiversity is often overlooked…


Tea Field, Alishan

Tea Field, Chinese New Year trip, Alishan Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan
Tea Field, Chinese New Year trip, Alishan Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan

Tea field at high noon

Every Chinese New Year my wife and her family take a trip up to Alishan to visit her mother’s side of the family. Alas’ father was a Bunong from Taoyuan, Kaohsiung and, after his first wife died without bearing any children, he trekked up to Alishan to find a new wife. Near what is now Le Ye ( 樂野), he found a 14 year old Chou tribeswoman who he brought back to Namasia, married and had 11 children with. Now there are few remaining relatives from her generation but we still visit her younger brother’s partner who lives near these tea fields. I try to photograph the tea most years but it is usually high noon when we are there and the tea leaves specular highlights are uncontrollable. I don’t mind specular highlights blowing out, but when a whole field blows out it becomes objectionable. I did an HDR shot this year which controlled the highlights to a useable level. (more…)


Tropical Sunset,


Palawan Boatman, Philippines

I took this in Palawan, Philippines on a family trip and recently pulled it up for imageination, a photographic exhibition here in Tainan.  B+W was required for half the submissions so I converted it and quite like it. The color version can be seen after the jump (more…)


Alpenglow over Yushan

Alpenglow over Yushan
Alpenglow over Yushan

Alpenglow over Yushan

It was a dull sunset as we drove along the battered upper reaches of the South Cross Island Highway then, just as we hit Tianchi (more…)