As part of the Conference, delegates will be able to choose one of four study visits. Each one will focus upon an aspect of Taiwan’s / Taipei’s heritage. Delegates will be asked to select your study tour preference at the outset of the Conference on a ‘first come-first serve’ basis.
1. Chinese Heritage
This tour will focus upon the National Palace Museum and their magnificent collection of objects from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Ching Dynasties. The development of the Museum is closely connected to the social changes of modern China.
The tour will also take in a visit to the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall which not only provides a place of remembrance but also acts as a focal point for cultural and artistic education.
2. Spiritual Heritage
The spiritual heritage of Taiwan has both tangible and intangible forms and pervades the city of Taipei. This tour will focus on a visit to two temple complexes. The Longshan Temple is located in the old part of Taipei and is a spectacular and is almost in constant use. The Temple worships Guanshiyin Buddha along with Taoist and local deities such as Matsu. First built during the Ching Dynasty the Temple with its intricate and traditional Chinese structure but has undergone several renovations after earthquakes and fires.
The tour will also visit the Confucius Temple in Taipei. Modelled after the original Confucius Temple in Qufu, Shandong Province of China, this temple was originally built in 1879 and reconstructed in 1930.
3. Indigenous Heritage
There are 14 recognised indigenous peoples in Taiwan. Most of the aboriginal tribes live mainly in the mountainous east and south of Taiwan, but this tour will visit the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines which exhibits the histories and cultures of these peoples. There are permanent and special exhibitions.
The tour will also take in a visit to the National Taiwan Museum which holds a fascinating collection of artefacts from the country’s Aboriginal peoples.
4. Japanese Heritage
Taiwan has close links with Japan and was colonised by the Japanese between 1895 and 1945. There are still several parts of Taipei where there are examples of architecture and ways of life from this period. This tour will take in some of the Japanese colonial style building which have been restored. These include the impressive Zhongshan Hall, which was once the former Taipei Assembly Hall built to commemorate the accession of Emperor Hirohito and now a focus for cultural activities; the Red House, a western style octagonal red-brick structure which was Taiwan’s first public market, and Bo Pi Liao Street.