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Taste of Taiwan

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This program aims to provide students an opportunity to experience the cultural diversity in Taiwan through various entry points such as art, history, architecture, religion, ecotourism, organic farming, and aboriginal tribes.

Date: Spring Break, on hiatus 2017
Program Director: Congmin Zhao
Program Teachers:  Ian Wollman and Anne Gardner
Themes: Art, History, Architecture, Religion, Ecotourism, Organic Farming, and Aboriginal Tribes

Taiwan’s multidimensional charm has been infused with the confluence of different streams of cultures throughout its history. In addition, its geographic location and thriving economy have amplified its attractiveness to visitors. This program aims to provide students with an opportunity to experience the cultural diversity in Taiwan through various entry points such as art, history, architecture, religion, ecotourism, organic farming, and aboriginal tribes.

This 14-day program is during spring break. Our students will work together with the local students in seminars and on field trips to expand their knowledge about the local cultures. Experiencing the famous Taiwanese culinary culture is also weaved into our daily schedule. We hope that through this program, students can have their own interpretations of the taste of Taiwan based on their unique experiences. For more information, please contact Congmin Zhao (czhao1@andover.edu), Ian Wollman (iwollman@andover.edu), or Anne Gardner (agardner@andover.edu).

Highlights

  • Meet local high school students and see the cultural diversity of Taiwan through their eyes.
  • Appreciate the night view of Taipei from the top of Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world.
  • Learn about the Buddhist concepts presented through the architectural design of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Interact with the members of their monastic units.
  • Learn the history and observe the cultures of aboriginal tribes by the picturesque Sun Moon Lake.
  • Visit historic sites along a bike trail in the coastal city of Taitung.
  • Learn about local organic tea cultivation and tea leaf processing followed by a hands-on workshop on an organic tea farm in Taitung.
  • Visit one of the aboriginal tribes’ village in Taitung. Hike along their hunting trails guided by their members and experience their lives as they were hundreds of years ago.
  • Explore the uniquely shaped rock formations of Yehliu Geopark.
  • Quench your curiosity about local cuisine and other local products at the Taipei night market.