Taiwan

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During Taiwan’s long history, prehistoric people, indigenous people, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, and Han Chinese have successively populated Taiwan, creating a varied culture and developingdifferent local customs and traditions along the way. When visiting Taiwan, you will be able to come in touch with all aspects of this beautiful country's multifaceted cultures!Because of its uniquehistorical and geographical background, Taiwan has a rich and versatile culture composed of elements taken from many different ethnic groups, including the indigenous people, the Dutch, the Spanish, theJapanese, the Han-Chinese (bringing traditions from China and creating their own in Taiwan), as well as more recently the Americans. Consequently, customs and traditions that make up Taiwan's cultureas we know it today are extremely vivid and cross different cultures. And not only that, the people that previously inhabited Taiwan also left many cultural remnants that can still be found aroundTaiwan to date, including traditional architectures, relics of prehistoric civilizations, folk art and traditions, etc..Taiwan's history goes as far back as two, three, even tens of thousands of years.According to archeologists, prehistoric people were the first to have lived in Taiwan, proof of which can be found in caves in Taitung.The indigenous people came to Taiwan a long time ago. Theindigenous people of Taiwan form the most northern branch of the Austronesia culture group, and can roughly be divided into Pingpu and indigenous races. The indigenous people can be divided into 14 tribes,namely the Amis, the Atayal, the Paiwan, the Bunun, the Puyuma, the Rukai, the Tsou, the Saisiyat, the Tao (or Yami), the Thao, the Kavalan, the Truku, the Sakizaya, and the Sediq. Over the years, thePingpu increasingly came in contact with the Han-Chinese, their daily lives becoming more and more integrated, and by now most have assimilated with the Chinese. However, the different tribes have...