• Short Summary

    THE ISLAND OF TAIWAN IS TODAY A STUDY OF CONTRASTS. SINCE 1949, THE ISLAND HAS?

  • Description

    THE ISLAND OF TAIWAN IS TODAY A STUDY OF CONTRASTS. SINCE 1949, THE ISLAND HAS UNDERGONE GREAT CHANGES.

    INCREASED TOURISM IS NOW THE SUBJECT OF A GOVERNMENT SPONSORED CAMPAIGN TO BRING IN MORE FOREIGN CURRENCY. AND THERE'S PLENTY TO SEE, ESPECIALLY ON A BUS TRIP THROUGH TAIWAN'S CAPITAL, TAIPEI.

    FOR THE PAST TWO MONTHS TOURISTS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO STOP-OVER IN TAIWAN FOR FIVE DAYS WITHOUT HAVING TO GO THROUGH THE FORMALITIES TO OBTAIN A VISA. A GOOD RAILWAY SYSTEM AND CHEAP FARES MAKE TRAVEL CONVENIENT. THE EARLY SPANISH EXPLORERS RATHER APPROPRIATELY NAMED THE ISLAND ERMOA, MEANING BEAUTIFUL. THIS WAS LATER CORRUPTED TO FORMOSA.

    THE RELIGIOUS PAST HAS BEEN PRESERVED IN TAIPEI'S BUILDING BOOM. ANCIENT BUDDHIST AND TAOIST TEMPLE NESTLE BEHIND MULTI-STORIED OFFICE BLOCKS AND AMONG FACTORIES. TO CATER FOR TAIWAN'S INCREASING TOURIST TRADE NEW HOTELS HAVE SPRUNG UP IN TAIPEI'S MAIN BUSINESS DISTRICT.

    TRAFFIC IN THE CAPITAL IS CHAOTIC ALTHOUGH THE PERCENTAGE OF MOTORISED VEHICLES IS LOW. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH ALMOST EVERYONE OWNS OR RIDES A TRISHAW OR TRICYCLE.

    THE TRICYCLES CAN BE ADAPTED TO CARRY SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE LOADS. BUT SOME STILL PREFER THE OLD WAYS, TO TAKE PRODUCE TO MARKET.

    THE RANGE OF PRODUCE AVAILABLE AT THE MARKETS IS HUGE.

    YOU CAN PICK UP A MELON FOR ABOUT SIXPENCE (AUSTRALIAN). BUT PRIMARY PRODUCTION IS NO LONGER TAIWAN'S MOST SIGNIFICANT EXPORT. THE COUNTRY'S FILM INDUSTRY IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST IN ASIA. IT ENTERTAINS MILLION OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR.

    A VISITOR CAN SEE ALL TAIWAN HAS TO OFFER TOURISTS FOR LESS THAN FIVE POUNDS A DAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA50HGNOB1AK23W3QL3C1M98VPU
    Media URN:
    VLVA50HGNOB1AK23W3QL3C1M98VPU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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