Taiwan’s Vibrant Culture on Display in New York City’s Bryant Park

Paul Wen-Liang Chang, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, welcomes visitors to Bryant Park on July 10, 2014.

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau Office in New York partnered with 106.7 Lite FM on July 10 to showcase Taiwan’s tourist attractions in New York City’s Bryant Park.

The New York Times recently listed the top 52 worldwide travel destinations for 2014 and Taiwan ranked in 11th place. Taiwan is a blend of tradition and modernity, with an easy-to-navigate public transport network that links a cosmopolitan capital with a bounty of natural and man-made wonders.

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau reports that from January to May 2014, North American visitors to Taiwan grew 15 percent from the previous year. The destination is expected to become cheaper to get to in the coming months with the launch of budget carriers from China Airlines and TransAsia Airways.

In order for people to experience Taiwan culture, the event in Bryant Park saw New York’s independent Yung-Li dance group give a rendition of a Taiwanese Aboriginal dance performance, withing onlookers sampling pineapple crisps and bubble tea as they watched.

Performances at the event were also broadcast live on 106.7 Lite FM, which means not only people who visited the event, but also on-air audiences got a taste of Taiwanese traditional dances.

“The time for travel to Taiwan is now,” said Paul Wen-Liang Chang, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. “The Taiwan Tourism Bureau will continue marketing and branding Taiwan’s image to the United States, bringing U.S. tourists to Taiwan to new heights”.

If you missed the festivities this week, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau will be hosting a similar event at the same location on July 17.

Taiwan Tourism Bureau, www.eng.taiwan.net.tw