Taiwan is well-known for its diverse culture. The island has been visited by various ethnic groups throughout its long history and indigenous tribes have inhabited it for thousands of years. The Dutch and Spanish stopped by Taiwan in the age of exploration while the Han Chinese people have immigrated here. Japanese people came to Taiwan 125 years ago and ruled the island until after World War 2. These ethnic groups have shaped Taiwan’s current culture of food, architect, religion, way of life, artwork, etc.
In recent years, more foreigners have visited Taiwan and some even remained here. They have brought new and unique elements to Taiwan and enriched Taiwan’s culture; Taiwan is proud of its tolerance of various cultures .
We would like to invite you to visit Taiwan to see the traces left by history, participate in celebrating its indigenous tribes, experience Taiwan’s food and night markets, and enjoy our way of life in Taiwan. You won’t be disappointed in all you can have in Taiwan.
Up to now, there are still many precious Taiwan traditional arts and cultures, such as: Hand Puppet Dance, Peking opera, Ten Drum Art ect., because the culture of Taiwan is heavily influenced by Chinese culture.
Traveling during the festive seasons is indeed interesting, that you are able to experience the typical local culture. The festivals in Taiwan are very rich and special, such as the Lantern Festival, the Beehive Rocket Festival, Hakka Tung Blossom Festival, Hot Spring Festival etc.
The Yufeng Qipao Shop
Qipao master tailor Chen Chung-hsin was born in 1952. His father, Chen Hsiao-nuan, was also a master tailor and came from Fuzhou in China to Taiwan in 1945 at the age of 17. He and his wife rented a small shop on a street corner along Xining North Road and established the Yufeng Tailor’s Shop. Chen Chung-hsin's mother worked on fashionable women's clothing, and his father started out making suits, but soon shifted his focus to qipaos. Having grown up in a household of tailors, Chen Chung-hsin's life was always bound up with sewing and garment-making. The beautiful set and Tang Dynasty costumes in Director Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin earned his long-time partner Huang Wen-ying a win for Best Art Design at the Golden Horse Awards, while behind-the-scenes tailor Chen Chung-hsin also picked up credit for being the secret ingredient behind the legendary film.
The Drum Makers
With two generations of master drum makers, Huang Cheng-feng's family have been making drums in Yongan in Xianxi Township for 70 years, and their drums were once the most popular product from the area. Later, due to low-priced Chinese-made drums flooding the market, the Huang family's drum-making business fell upon hard times. After taking the helm of the family business, the Yongan Drum-making Workshop, a brand with a 70-year history, Huang Cheng-feng worked doggedly to keep the family business going for a third generation. Fortunately, customers gradually discovered that the low-priced imported drums were poor quality and would break after continued use. Due to the durability and high quality of the Huang family’s drums and their ability to customize drums for customers, their clients gradually returned, and the Yongan Drum-making Workshop brand has become a household name.
Painter of Shadows
The 73-year-old master billboard painter Hsieh Sen-shan has continued to paint cinema movie billboards by hand for close to 60 years. After becoming apprenticed to a master at the age of 15, he completed his apprenticeship at the age of 17, and opened his own business at 20. At the peak of his business, Master Hsieh painted movie billboards for seven theaters at the same time, and says he worked "24 hours a day without stopping." Hsieh excels in the use of refracted light and dark, and has mastered characters' eyes and expressions, so that each figure seems to leap off the paper. He has continued to paint movie billboards for more than half a century, and in spite of the fact that hand-painted billboards have now largely been replaced by digital printing, and that he has witnessed rapid changes in Taiwan's movie industry and the decline of his own profession, Hsieh Sen-shan has nevertheless persisted in his movie billboard painting trade despite the passage of the years.