Taipei attractions featured in Dubai newspaper
Central News Agency
2014-04-24 09:34 PM
Singapore, April 24 (CNA) Taipei's wealth of culture and history, beautiful scenery and gourmet food were highlighted in an article published earlier this month in Gulf News, the Middle East's biggest selling English newspaper. Titled High on Taipei, the special report in the daily newspaper published in Dubai described Taiwan's capital as a city that never sleeps. "The city offers a heady mix of curated history, views to die for and, of course, endless shopping and food," wrote Omar Shariff, deputy opinion editor of the daily. He said that in the 1980s or 1990s, the word Taiwan conjured images of factories producing quality electronic goods and toys and that Taiwan was not known as a leisure destination. "But standing at the balcony of the Lalu Hotel, sipping delicious plum tea and staring at the mist-laden waters of Sun Moon Lake, I could see why the early European settlers called the country Formosa, meaning 'beautiful' in Portuguese," Shariff wrote. "It is a sort of mini-Tokyo, with neon lights, an ultra-efficient public transport system, colossal pedestrian crossings near metro stations and unusually busy people preoccupied with their smartphones," he said. The article also listed several must-see places in Taiwan, including Taipei 101, the second tallest building in the world at 508 meters, and the National Palace Museum. "This treasure trove houses the world's largest collection of Chinese art -- about 796,000 artifacts, spanning 8,000 years of Chinese history," Shariff said. In a bid to increase the number of travelers from the Middle East and the Subcontinent, Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, in coordination with the Chinese Muslim Association, is making concerted efforts to increase the number of Halal outlets in the country, the writer noted. Hsieh Chang-ming, director of the Singapore office of the Tourism Bureau who is also responsible for promoting tourism in the Middle East, said that it is a market with great potential for Taiwan to expand its tourism. In May, the Tourism Bureau will take part in the Arabian Travel Market Exhibition, the region's leading travel trade show dedicated to unlocking business potential in the Middle East, according to Hsieh. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao)
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