In 1987, the New Era Resort & Spa was established for the simple purpose of showcasing the beautiful sculptures of Lin Yuan, a highly respected Taiwanese sculptor. Through the years, however, this 6.6-hectare park has evolved into a leading tourist destination, complete with vacation cabins, conference areas, art facilities, a restaurant (widely known for its healthy French-inspired vegetarian dishes), spa and garden. These facilities give tourists a number of reasons to come and visit, other than appreciating Taiwanese art.
Asia: Everything Everyone Wants to See
Some centuries ago, Asia meant that other part of the world that is not Europe. Then, for some time, people thought of Asia as anything oriental – spicy foods, chopsticks, calligraphy and martial arts, among other terrible stereotypes. Today, Asia is much more than any of those. When people hear the word “Asia”, they think of emerging tiger economies, beautiful beaches and super friendly people. What is Asia really all about? If there are just three things you need to know about this amazing continent, here they are.
You can taste the most delicious foods here, and they’re not necessarily always spicy. In case you didn’t know, five of the ten most delicious foods in the world came from Asia, at least according to CNN Travel. These five dishes are, get ready to salivate, Thailand’s spicy tom yum goong soup, Malaysia’s penang assam laksa fish broth, China’s Peking duck, Japan’s ultra popular sushi and Thailand’s massaman curry, the most delicious food in the world according to the survey.
If food for the stomach won’t convince people to come to Asia, maybe food for the soul will do the trick. All major religions began in Asia and are still pretty much Asia-based. Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity all find their roots in Asia and were founded by an Asian spiritual leader or a group of Asians. Yes, even Christianity. (Israel is, of course, in the Middle East and the Middle East is part of Asia.)
And third, come to Asia for its fascinating diversity. It is the largest continent in the planet with the most people living in it, and so it is correct to assume that the countries, cultures and tourist sites are more diverse than elsewhere. Everything anybody wants to see is here, quite literally. Asia is home to the tallest mountain, tallest building, most lush forests, oldest temple, largest flower, smallest fish, the most beautiful dive sites, most expensive beach resorts and so on.
The Ita Thao Cultural Village is located near the Sun Moon Lake. When in Nantou, Taiwan, you definitely would want to visit Sun Moon Lake, easily the most important attractions in Nantou, and while there, check out this interesting traditional village to truly understand the locals.
Nantou City is located in the county of Nantou in Central Taiwan. The county is situated at the very heart of the country, which is why it does not have a coastline. It offers many of Taiwan’s natural attractions amidst the country’s very scenic landscape, despite the [Read more…]
Nantou County is located in the center of Taiwan and is known as the only Taiwanese county without a coastline. This means it is unlike its neighboring counties for not having a beach. In 1986, a huge chunk of the county – a total of 62 hectares in Yuchi – was converted into the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village. This aboriginal village is so unique since it combines tourism, culture, education by preserving and promoting the aboriginal cultures in Taiwan.
The amusement facilities and services within the village are all dedicated to highlighting the lively spirits and undying traditions of the aboriginal people. Located in the Dalin Village in Yuchi, the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village is near Nantou’s most recognizable [Read more…]
Ustiurt Preserve is a national nature park that is found in the southwestern region of the Ustiurt plateau within the Mangystau Province. The reserve is home to several rare animals such as the cheetah, gazelle, jackal, fox, ferret, and hedgehog. Other animals freely roaming and playing in the area are caracal (which hunts on hares, rodents and tiny birds), sand cat, Pallas cat, wolf, fox, corsac, weasel, steppe polecat, badger, Saiga antelope, and Ustiurt mouflon sheep. Some of the animals here have made it to Kazakhstan’s “Red Book” of endangered species, such as the Ustiurt mouflon, long-needled hedgehog, karakul lynx, Persian gazelle, short-toed eagle, Egyptian vulture, Saker falcon and golden eagle. There are 261 species of plants, 27 species of animals, 111 species of birds, 44 species of mammals, 17 species of rodents and plenty of reptiles. In 1982, people thought the cheetah and the lynx-like caracal have completely disappeared in Kazakhstan, but Ustiurt Preserve proved them wrong.
In addition to the rich flora and fauna, the national reserve also features a number of ancient monuments, which include Horezmhahs [Read more…]
Naurzum (or Naurzym) Nature Reserve is one of the huge natural parks in the equally vast land area of Kazakhstan, which is referred to as the “Giant of Central Asia”. The country borders Russia, China, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and the Caspian Sea. Located in Kostanay Province, this place covers coniferous forests, native pine forests and birches, specifically Kyrgyz Birch that is endemic of Kazakhstan. This kind of birch tree grows only in a small area within the area and nowhere else in the entire planet.
Naurzum (Naurzum State Nature Reserve) is found in the Naursumskiy and Semiozernyi districts. It is made up of dry steppes, forest [Read more…]
International tourism is a new phenomenon for Kazakhstan, but this exciting Central Asian country is catching up quite well. It is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of the world’s deepest canyons, world-renowned nature reserves, the first and largest continuing space port, the first man and woman cosmonaut to travel in space, vast grass steppes, interesting land formations, and the world’s biggest ice stadium, Medeo Speed Skating Rink.
The gigantic ice rink is found in the gorge of the same name. The beautiful valley of Medeo is 1,700 meters above sea level and [Read more…]