‘Heart of Asia’ in my eyes
Before I came to Taiwan, I always saw the slogan: “Taiwan is the heart of Asia.” I asked some people and they said that it is because the island of the Taiwan looks like a heart, so they claim it as a heart. At that time I quite agreed with that reasonable answer. After living here for 7 months observing and experiencing life in Taiwan, however, I realized three things that make Taiwan the true heart of Asia: the people, the food and the country itself.
Now I have a lot of Taiwanese friends. All of them are very warm, kind and welcoming to me. Maybe they are angels without wings for foreigners like me. I have received a lot of outstanding hospitality experiences from them. Whether it’s for study, leisure, birthdays or crazy times, my friends are always a perfect match in every situation. Not only my friends but also my professors at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) are really welcoming to me. I’m growing and learning a lot from them. Moreover, if I ever get lost on the street, strangers are willing to lend me a hand, so I never worry about traveling around Taiwan.
The more I eat, the more I love this country, too. Yes, Taiwan food! I like most of the local dishes such as the steamed dumplings, sausages, stinky tofu, braised pork rice, beef noodles, seafood, BBQ, pineapple cake, etc. Honestly I keep trying the food that my friends recommend to me, however, the food seems to be unlimited. I have lived for 7 months already in Taiwan but I have not yet tried all the variants of Taiwan food. Despite my expectations, all these delicious foods in Taiwan aren’t as expensive as you might imagine. They really maintain the quality at acceptable prices.
In terms of Taiwan itself, I’ve explored many beautiful places from the north to the middle of Taiwan. So far I have 2 favorite places. The first one is Cingjing Farm. I en- joyed the infinite landscape with hundreds of mountains, some of them with snow caps on top. Furthermore, I played with super cute, naughty and energetic sheep; it was unspeakably awesome. The second place is Yehliu Park, the most amazing examples of God’s art I have ever seen. Many rocks were shaped by the sea and have become priceless heritage artifacts. In fact, not only do I feel Taiwan is super pretty but also many of my friends have been to Taiwan as well. They said that Taiwan is the best country in which to spend leisure time with anyone you love. Some of my friends have even visited more than once. I believe my time spent studying in Taiwan will be a priceless experience.
Now I believe the slogan of Taiwan, “The Heart of Asia,” is not because the island is shaped like a heart. This slogan makes sense because there are people who really have a heart, outstanding food that melts your heart, and places that make a heart fall in love.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday named its presidential candidate in the upcoming elections — Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) — with a round of applause. Speaking at a press event after the announcement, Tsai said she is extremely honored to accept the party’s nomination and represent the DPP in running for president. The ruling Kuomintang will announce the name of its candidate in mid-June.
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hah from ia enjoys in Taiwan. the beautiful