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New ACIS Destination: Taiwan

November 21, 2019 Sarah Bichsel No Comments

Every year, we make tweaks to the ACIS itinerary offerings, but the most exciting time is when we have a brand new destination to offer…like in 2021 when ACIS is heading to Taiwan!

We’re so excited to be able to offer the all new Discover Taiwan itinerary. From political history to natural discovery, this 9-day tour will bring students on an educational adventure that is sure to challenge and excite.

Here are 5 highlights that will definitely make you consider it as your next ACIS destination!

1. Guided Sightseeing in Taipei

Immersed in the capital city, students have the opportunity to learn more about Taiwan’s historic political development, from Dutch Colonialism to contemporary relations with mainland China. Sites visited on the tour include the Presidential Office and the famous National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial in Taiwan
National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

2. Alishan National Scenic Area

One of Taiwan’s draws is that it contains as much natural beauty as it does fast-paced city life. After the rush of Taipei, you’ll journey south to the Alishan National Scenic Area and board a rail line up through the mountains. And though it may mean a few sleepy faces, the sunrise over Jade mountain is worth getting up early for!

3. Liuhe Night Market

A huge reason to visit Taiwan that probably deserves its own blog post? The food! We’re particularly excited about the included visit to the Liuhe Night Market. Students will be given local currency and free reign to explore the stalls of the popular market, which sells everything from fried snacks to fresh fish to electronics.

People walking through the Liuhe Night Market
Photo by Flickr user Chi-Hung Lin

4. Hakka Umbrella Making Workshop

The Hakka, a Han ethnic group, are the second-largest ethnic group living in Taiwan, and their traditional cultural practices still flourish on the island. When you visit Kaohsiung on the tour, you’ll participate in a workshop crafting umbrellas in the Hakka style. Made of bamboo and oil-paper, these umbrellas protect from the elements, symbolize prosperity and are designed to convey special meanings in the Hakka language.

5. Fo Guang Shan Monastery (Buddha Museum)

Prepare to look skyward: The bronze Buddha statue at Fo Guang Shan is over 350 feet tall! At the museum, students learn about Buddhism’s importance in Taiwan and how the Fo Guang Shan order is working to blend traditional practice with modern life.

The buddha museum in the distance, Taiwan
Flickr Photo by Jirka Matousek

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