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Title: Taipei, Taiwan

Preliminary Issue
Taipei, Taiwan Sister City of Indianapolis since
The Diplomat Resource Packets for K-12 students
to learn about the world through a study of the
Sister Cities of Indianapolis0
Table of Contents
  • About Indianapolis Sister Cities
  • Education Resource Packet..
  • Taipei, Taiwan Resource Packet
  • About Taipei........
  • Taipei History.......
  • Taiwan China ......
  • Taipei Attractions .....
  • Taipei-Indianapolis Comparisons ...
  • Climate ........
  • Geography.......
  • School......
  • Language........
  • Sports .
  • Baseball Comparisons...
  • Taipei Fashion
  • Notable people in Taipei history...

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About Indianapolis Sister Cities International
Greetings, In todays world economy, it is more
critical than ever for Indianapolis to be a city
that is globally recognized as a great place to
live, work, and raise a family. Moreover, we
must be a city that is welcoming and inclusive to
all who make Indianapolis their home. Im proud
to report that Indianapolis is very connected to
the world. Today, we have numerous global
connections through our international businesses,
foreign students that study in our universities,
and our thriving sports and arts communities that
bring many visitors from around the globe to our
city. Since I became Mayor, we have doubled
the number of Sister Cities. I believe our Sister
City partnerships represent one key initiative in
our international growth strategy, as they
provide natural international connections via
cultural, educational and economic ties. This
resource packet has been designed by professional
volunteers in our Indianapolis Sister Cities
International program. We hope you find them
useful across grade levels and subject areas,
including extracurricular activities. We hope
you have fun learning more about our Sister
Cities! Sincerely, Gregory A. Ballard Mayor,
City of Indianapolis
Indianapolis Sister Cities International (ISCI)
is a program of Mayor Ballards Office of
International Cultural Affairs. Each Sister
City relationship is managed by a volunteer
committee that identifies and leads various
cultural and educational initiatives. The
Sister City program helps promote Indianapolis as
a global city, advancing cultural understanding,
developing global connections, strengthening
international partnerships and supporting
economic development. To learn more, contact us
at or visit
Taipei, Taiwan 1978
Cologne, Germany 1988
Monza, Italy 1994
Piran, Slovenia 2001
Hangzhou, China 2008
Campinas, Brazil 2009
Northamptonshire County, UK 2009
Hyderabad, India 2010
Indianapolis Sister Cities International
Education Resource Packet This packet is
designed to introduce teachers to our Sister City
of Taipei, Taiwan. It is set up as a
PowerPoint format for easy editing and adaptation
for use in the classroom at all grade levels and
in various subject areas. It is hoped that this
packet will provide teachers with sufficient
background information about the Sister City
along with ideas for activities for classroom and
extracurricular use. The information
presented here is collected and/or adapted from
reputable online sources, which are cited. The
Appendix includes ideas, activities, and teacher
lesson plans, some designed by the ISCI Education
Committee members. We hope you find the
contents of this packet helpful. If you have
comments, ideas, or activities to add, or would
like to become involved in one of the Sister City
Committees, please contact or
find contact information at our website Indianapolis Sister
Cities International Education Committee
Contributors to the Indianapolis Taipei
Education Resource Packet Mayor Ballards
Office of International and Cultural
Affairs Director Jane Gehlhausen Jane.Gehlhaus Interns Danielle Law, Trevor
Oakerson, ITSCC Committee Dr. Chao-Hung
Lee Ernie Wu erniewu_at_comcast.n
et ISCI Education Committee Susan Tomlinson,
About Taipei
Taipei City is the capital of the Taiwan.
Situated at the northern tip of the island of
Taiwan, Taipei is located on the Tamsui River.
It is about 16 miles southwest of Keelung, a port
city on the Pacific Ocean. Taipei City is home
to an estimated 2,600,000 million people. Taipei,
New Taipei, and Keelung together form the Taipei
metropolitan area with a population of 6,900,000.
Taipei is the political, economic, and cultural
center of Taiwan. Considered to be a global city,
Taipei is part of a major industrial area.
Railways, high speed rail, highways, airports,
and bus lines connect Taipei with all parts of
the island. Taipei was founded in the early
18th century and became an important center for
overseas trade in the 19th century. The Qing
Dynasty in China made Taipei the provincial
capital of Taiwan in 1886. Taipei City is
divided up into 12 administrative districts.
Each district is further divided up into
villages, which are further sub-divided up into
neighborhoods The downtown area is culturally
divided into East and West. The West side, with
its narrow streets and road side vendors, is
considered the center of old Taipei life, whereas
East Taipei, with its classy malls, chic
boutiques, and stylish restaurants and cafes,
reminiscent of those found in Hong Kong, Paris or
New York represents the city's metamorphosis into
a modern and international city.
Taipei History
The recorded history of Taipei began when the Han
Chinese settled in the Taipei Basin in 1709.
However, the region known as the Taipei basin was
home to Ketagalan tribes before the 18th century.
Han Chinese began to settle in the Taipei Basin
in 1709. In the late 19th century, the Taipei
area, where the major Han settlements in northern
Taiwan and one of the designated foreign trade
port, Tamsui, were located, gained economic
importance due to the boosting foreign trade,
especially that of tea exportation. Taipeis
rapid growth started with the annexation of
Taiwan by Japan in the 1895. As settlement for
losing the Sino-Japanese War, China ceded the
entire island of Taiwan to Japan in 1895. After
the Japanese takeover, Taipei emerged as the
political center of the Japanese Colonial
Government. Much of the architecture of Taipei
dates from the period of Japanese rule, including
the Presidential Building which was the Office of
the Taiwan Governor-General. Upon the Japanese
defeat in the Pacific War and its consequent
surrender in August 1945, Taiwan was taken over
by Chinese Nationalist troops. On December 7,
1949, the Kuomintang (KMT) government under
Chiang Kai-shek established Taipei as the
provisional capital of the ROC after the
Communists forced them to flee mainland China.
In the 1950s, the United States provided
financial help to the Republic of Chinas
dictatorial but efficient government, which
allowed the city to start fast structural and
industrial growth, leading to the current
high-tech world leadership. As approved on
December 30, 1966 by Executive Yuan, Taipei
became a centrally administered municipality on
July 1, 1967.
The Main Street of Taipei
Taiwan China
The Republic of China was founded in 1912 on the
Chinese mainland. At that time, Taiwan was under
Japanese colonial rule as a result of the 1895
Treaty of Shimonoseki, by which the Qing court
ceded Taiwan to Japan. The Nanjing-based ROC
government began exercising jurisdiction over
Taiwan in 1945 after Japan surrendered at the end
of World War II. Four years later, when the
Kuomintang (KMT) was defeated in the Chinese
Civil War, the ROC government relocated to
Taiwan. Since then, the ROC has continued to
exercise effective jurisdiction over the main
island of Taiwan and a number of smaller ones,
leaving Taiwan and the Chinese mainland each
under the rule of a different government. In
1947, the ROC Constitution was promulgated in
Nanjing on the mainland. In the following months,
ROC troops were dispatched from the mainland to
suppress a large-scale uprising of Taiwan
residents. The authorities in Beijing have never
exercised sovereignty over Taiwan or other
islands administered by the ROC government in
Taipei. There are differences of opinion among
ROC citizens over whether it is best to maintain
this status quo indefinitely or work out a
different relationship with the Chinese mainland.
Regardless, they share the conviction that their
future must be based on freedom, democracy, human
rights and the rule of law, and that only they
have the right to decide their own future. The
ROC exercises effective jurisdiction primarily
over Taiwan. The subject of Taiwan as part of
China is still debated.
Taipei Attractions
National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum is an art museum in
Taipei City. It is the national museum of the
Taiwan, and has a permanent collection of 693,507
pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and
artworks,making it one of the largest in the
world. The collection encompasses over 8,000
years of Chinese history from the Neolithic age
to the late Qing Dynasty. Most of the collection
are high quality pieces collected by China's
ancient emperors.The National Palace Museum and
Palace Museum, located inside the Forbidden City
in the People's Republic of China, share the same
original roots, which was split in two as a
result of the Chinese Civil War.
Mengjia Longshan Temple
Mengjia Longshan Temple was built in 1738 by
settlers from Fujian, China. It served as a place
of worship and gathering for the Chinese
settlers. The temple has been destroyed both
fully and partially on numerous occasions due to
earthquakes and fires. During World War II, the
temple was hit by American bombers during the
Raid on Taipei. The main building and the left
corridor were damaged and many precious artifacts
and artworks were lost in the ensuing fire.
Taipei residents have nevertheless consistently
rebuilt and renovated it, and did so again after
the end of the Second World War. Like most
temples in Taiwan, the Temple worships a mixture
of Buddhist, Taoist, and folk deities.
Taipei Attractions
New Beitou Hot Spring
Beitou has become a famous hot spring tourist
area since the time of Japanese Colonization.
With valuable hot spring resources, historic
buildings, rich traditional culture, professional
huge hospitals, and sensitive ecological
environments of Guangdu and Yangmingshan nearby,
Beitou is a perfect tourist district fusing
tradition and Modernity. Beitou was once a
special area where Taiwanese aborigines and Han
people lived together. This history has made
Beitou home to many different racial backgrounds
and a diverse culture.
Taipei 101 Building
Taipei 101 is a skyscraper that ranked as the
world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of
the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. The tower has
served as an icon of modern Taiwan ever since its
opening. Fireworks launched from Taipei 101
feature prominently in international New Year's
Eve broadcasts and the structure appears
frequently in travel literature and international
media. Taipei 101 comprises 101 floors above
ground and 5 floors underground. The tower is
designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes.
Taipei Attractions
Taipei Railway Station
Taipei Railway Station refers to the old downtown
region where different modes of public transport
systems converge. The station is at the center
of this region. The station handles over half a
million passengers daily on conventional rail,
metro, and high-speed rail. Taipei Station and
its surroundings are currently undergoing
intensive renovation and redevelopment.
Shilin Night Market
Shilin Night Market is a night market in the
Shilin District and is often considered to be the
largest and most famous night market in the city.
The night market encompasses two distinct
sections sharing a symbiotic relationship a
section formerly housed in the old Shilin Market
building, containing mostly food vendors and
small eateries and the surrounding businesses
and shops selling other nonfood items. The food
court holds 539 stalls, and the second floor
serves as a parking lot for 400 cars. Businesses
continue operating well past midnight and close
around 1 or 2 AM.
Taipei-Indy Comparison
Taipei has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical
climate, which is slightly short of a true
tropical climate. Summers are very hot, humid,
and accompanied by occasional heavy rainstorms
and typhoons, while winters are short, mild and
generally very foggy due to the northeasterly
winds being intensified by the pooling of cooler
air in the Taipei Basin. Due to Taiwan's location
in the Pacific Ocean, it is affected by the
Pacific typhoon season, which occurs between June
and October.
Taipei in the rain
Taiwan is located in Eastern Asia, bordering the
East China Sea, the Philippine Sea, the South
China Sea, and the Taiwan Strait. The island is
located north of the Philippines and off the
southeastern coast of China. Taipei City is
located in the Taipei Basin in northern Taiwan.
It is bordered by the Xindian River on the south
and the Tamsui River on the west. The generally
low-lying terrain of the central areas on the
western side of the municipality slopes upward to
the south and east and especially to the north,
where it reaches 3,675 feet at Cising Mountain,
the highest volcano in Taiwan in Yangmingshan
National Park. The northern districts of Shilin
and Beitou extend north of the Keelung River and
are bordered by Yangmingshan National Park. The
Taipei city limits cover an area ranked sixteenth
of twenty-five among all counties and cities in
Taiwan. Two peaks, Cising Mountain and Mt.
Datun, rise to the northeast of the city. Cising
Mountain is located on the Tatun Volcano Group
and the tallest mountain at the rim of the Taipei
Basin, with its main peak at 3,670 feet. Mt.
Datun's main peak is 3,583 feet. These former
volcanoes make up the western section of
Yangmingshan National Park, extending from Mt.
Datun northward to Mt. Caigongkeng. Located on a
broad saddle between two mountains, the area also
contains the marshy Datun Pond. To the southeast
of the city lie the Songshan Hills and the
Qingshui Ravine, which form a barrier of lush
School in Taipei
The public education system in Taiwan spans
nursery schools through university. Public
education has been compulsory from primary school
through junior high school since 1968. Access
to high school and university is controlled by a
series of national exams. Discipline in public
schools of all levels is generally very tight
with school uniforms and morning reveille being
the norm. Students of all levels through high
school are responsible for cleaning their own
classrooms and areas around the school, cleanup
time being a daily ritual. Corporal punishment is
officially banned, but many reports suggest it is
still practiced by many teachers, due in no small
part to the fact that most parents support
it. The school year consists of two semesters.
The fall semester begins in early September and
runs till late January or early February. Winter
vacation typically runs from two to three weeks
around the Lunar New Year. Spring semester begins
following the Lantern Festival in mid February
and ends in early June. From middle school on,
many schools hold "optional supplementary
classes" during winter and summer vacation as
well as after normal school hours. Despite the
name, in many cases participation is compulsory.
The language of instruction is Mandarin.
Mandarin is spoken fluently by almost the entire
Taiwanese population, except for some elderly
people who were educated under Japanese rule. In
Taipei, where there is a high concentration of
mainlanders whose native language is not
Taiwanese, Mandarin is used in greater frequency
than in southern Taiwan and more rural
areas. Pinyin is the official system to
transcribe Chinese characters into Latin script
in Taiwan.
Due to Taiwan being under American and Japanese
influence over the years, the sports of baseball
and basketball have become popular in the city.
Taipei, like the rest of the country, has
featured most prominently in baseball and has
often been the venue for the Asian Baseball
The Brother Elephant are a professional baseball
team in Taipei. It was originally established as
an amateur team in 1984, and later joined the
Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) in
1989.The Brother Elephants team has worn yellow
uniforms throughout its history.
Ice Hockey
The Chinese Taipei Ice Hockey League is based in
Taipei. The league is divided into two divisions
The Open Division for local players and The
International Division for foreigners living in
Taiwan. The league plays their games every
weekend out of the Taipei Arena.The International
Division also assembles an all-star team, the
Taiwan Typhoon, to play in various tournaments
around Asia each year.
Major Sporting Events
Taipei has also hosted multiple major sporting
events recently. Some of the most notable are
the 2001 Asian Baseball Championship, the 2001
Baseball World Cup, the 2001 AFC Women's
Championship, the 2004 FIFA Futsal World
Championship, and the 2007 Baseball World Cup.
Taipei Arena
Baseball Comparison
Taipei and Indianapolis both love baseball.
Check out these comparisons between the two teams!
Taipei Fashion
Clothing is an important part of the Taiwanese
culture. The clothing worn by indigenous
Taiwanese people was traditionally manufactured
from locally available materials derived from
plants and animals, and was of crude construction
when compared with the garments of the mainland
Han Chinese. Later, when Taiwan was incorporated
into China during the Qing dynasty, Taiwan was
subjected to the same dress regulations as the
rest of China, and Taiwanese aboriginal groups
were largely assimilated into the society of the
mainland emigrants. Taiwanese dress began to
diverge from mainland dress when Taiwan was
occupied by Japan.
Traditional Taipei Fashion
Current Taipei Fashion
Notable Taipei People
Justin Lin Justin Lin, born 1971, is a Taiwanese
American film director whose films have grossed
1.2 billion worldwide. He is best known for his
work on Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the
Furious franchise, and the television show
Rod Langway Rodney Cory Langway, born 1957, is a
retired American professional ice hockey
defenseman who played for the Montreal Canadiens
and Washington Capitals in the NHL and Birmingham
Bulls of the World Hockey Association. A two-time
winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the
top defenceman in the NHL, Langway was elected to
the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.
Tze-Chung Chen Tze-Chung Chen, born 24 June 1958,
is a Taiwanese professional golfer. In the U.S.,
he is often referred to as T.C. Chen. In 1982,
T.C. Chen became the first professional golfer
from Taiwan to earn a PGA Tour card. He played a
total of 132 tournaments on the PGA Tour, making
the cut in 78, with 13 top-ten finishes, and over
633,000 in total earnings.
David Jones David Jeffrey Jones, born October 25,
1961, is a former American football offensive
lineman in the National Football League for the
Detroit Lions, the Denver Broncos, and the
Washington Redskins. He played college football
at the University of Texas and was drafted in the
eighth round of the 1984 NFL Draft. He won a
Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins.
Lin Chi-ling Lin Chi-ling, born 29 November 1974,
is a Taiwanese model and actress. Famed for her
gentle demeanor and physical beauty, Lin has been
referred to as "The First Face of Taiwan" by
members of the Taiwanese media. Lin's meteoric
rise to fame caused Taiwanese commentators and
scholars to coin the phrase "The Lin Chi-Ling
Notable Taipei People
Lee Teng-hui Lee Teng-hui, born 1923, is a
politician of Taiwan. He was the President of the
Republic of China and Chairman of the Kuomintang
(KMT) from 1988 to 2000. He presided over major
advancements in democratic reforms including his
own re-election which marked the first direct
presidential election for the Republic of China.
The first native Taiwanese to become ROC
president and KMT chairman, Lee promoted the
Taiwanese localization movement and led an
aggressive foreign policy to gain diplomatic
allies. Critics accused him of betraying the
party he headed, secret support of Taiwanese
independence, and involvement in
corruption. After leaving office Lee was
expelled from the KMT for his role in founding
the pro-independence Taiwan Solidarity Union
(TSU), which forms part of the Pan-Green
Coalition alongside Taiwan's Democratic
Progressive Party. Lee is considered the
"spiritual leader" of the TSU. Lee has been
outspoken in support for Taiwanese independence.
Elaine Chao Elaine Lan Chao, born March 26, 1953,
served as the 24th United States Secretary of
Labor in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush
from 2001 to 2009. She was the first Asian
Pacific American woman and first Taiwanese
American to be appointed to a President's cabinet
in American history. She is married to U.S. Sen.
Mitch McConnell, the current U.S. Senate Minority
Brigette Lin Brigitte Lin, born 3 November 1954,
is a Taiwanese actress. She was a popular
actress, regarded as an icon of Chinese cinema,
who acted in both Taiwanese and Hong Kong movies.
At the height of her popularity she was arguably
one of the most sought-after actresses in the
Chinese film industry. She starred in more than
100 movies
Taiwanese Cuisine
Taiwanese cuisine has several variations.
Taiwanese cuisine is often associated with
influences from mid to southern provinces of
Mainland China, most notably from the province of
Fujian, but influences from all of Mainland China
can easily be found. A notable Japanese
influence exists due to the period when Taiwan
was under Japanese rule. Traditional Chinese food
can be found in Taiwan, alongside Fujian and
Hakka-style as well as native Taiwanese dishes,
includes dishes from Guangdong, Jiangxi,
Chaoshan, Shanghai, Hunan, Sichuan, and Beijing.
Pork, seafood, chicken, rice, and soy are very
common ingredients. Beef is far less common, and
some Taiwanese (particularly the elderly
generation) still refrain from eating it. This is
in part due to the considerations of some
Taiwanese Buddhists, a traditional reluctance
towards slaughtering precious cattle needed for
agriculture, and an emotional attachment and
feeling of gratefulness and thanks to the animals
traditionally used for very hard labor. Still,
the Taiwanese version of beef noodle soup remains
one of the most popular dishes in Taiwan, in
spite of this traditional aversion.
Xiaochi, a common term used for many kinds of
snack foods, is an important part of Taiwanese
food culture. Xiaochi are on the cutting edge of
imbuing Taiwanese cuisine with foreign
influences. Portuguese-style egg tarts,
Middle-Eastern-derived shawarma, American steaks,
Japanese udon noodles, and many mainland Chinese
foods have all factored prominently in Taiwanese
xiaochi. As Taiwan has become increasingly
affluent, xiaochi have become an important part
of the culinary culture. Taiwanese xiaochi can
be divided into several categories including
poultry, meat, fish and seafood, rice and noodle
dishes, tofu and vegetarian dishes, pastries,
sauces and pickles, and beverages. Although
often associated with street food and night
markets, Taiwan also has award-winning
restaurants based on xiaochi.
A type of xiaochi being made at the Taipei night
Taipei Recipe
Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup
  • Ingredients
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup apple juice or apple cider
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 (1-inch) cube peeled fresh ginger, smashed
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 10 fresh cilantro stems plus 1/2 cup packed fresh
  • 2 (2-inch-long) pieces Asian dried tangerine peel
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/2 pounds meaty beef short ribs
  • 1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (14
  • 10 ounces dried Chinese wheat noodles or linguine
  • 1 cup fresh mung bean sprouts
  • 4 tablespoons Chinese pickled mustard greens
  • 1 (4-inch-long) fresh red chile (optional),
    thinly sliced

Taipei Festivals
Lantern Festival The Taiwan Lantern Festival is
an annual event hosted by the Tourism Bureau of
the Ministry of Transportation and
Communications. There are many activities all
over Taiwan during the Lantern Festival. During
the Taiwan Lantern Festival, thousands of
lanterns light the sky. These lanterns are
decorated with wishes and images relating to the
owner. Since 1997, the Taipei Lantern Festival
has been the most-anticipated extravaganza for
the Lunar New Year Period in Taiwan. With 15
years of history, the cultural occasion featuring
lights and lanterns has achieved significant fame
among residents and tourists.
Double Ten Day Double Ten Day is the national
day of the Republic of China (ROC) and celebrates
the start of the Wuchang Uprising of October 10,
1911, which led to the collapse of the Qing
Dynasty in China and establishment of the
Republic of China on January 1, 1912. It is
therefore designated by the government as
National Celebration Day. As a result of the
Chinese Civil War, the Government of the Republic
of China lost control of mainland China and
relocated to Taiwan in 1949. The National
Celebration Day is now mainly celebrated in the
Free Area which remains under control of the
Republic, but is also celebrated by some Overseas
Taipei Festivals
Dragon Boat Festival The Dragon Boat Festival is
celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar
month. Since the summer is a time when disesases
most easily spread, the Dragon Boat Festival
began as an occasion for driving off evil spirits
and pestilence and for finding peace. The
festival is highlighted by the dragon boat races,
in which competing teams drive their boats
forward rowing to the rhythm of pounding drums.
This lively and colorful tradition has continued
unbroken for centuries to the present day.
Mid-Autumn Festival The Mid-Autumn Festival is a
popular lunar harvest festival. A description of
the festival first appeared in Rites of Zhou, a
written collection of rituals of the Western Zhou
Dynasty from 3,000 years ago. The festival is
held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the
Chinese calendar, which is in September or early
October in the Gregorian calendar, close to the
autumnal equinox. It is a public holiday in
  • Indianapolis is a global city. In the quest to
    become globally aware, connected, and ready to
    compete on the world market, schools are seeking
    to internationalize their curriculum. The
    Indianapolis Sister Cities International program
    seeks to promote these goals.
  • The information presented in this Resource Packet
    can be utilized to meet the Core Curriculum
    Standards at many grade levels with a view toward
    teaching our students about our own city and its
    connections to our Sister Cities. The following
    pages provide sample activities for classroom
  • Sample Lessons and Activities
  • Find Taiwan on the Map
  • Color a Baseball Scene
  • Color an Ice Hockey Picture
  • Complete a Taipei Word Search
  • Make a Paper Lantern
  • Sculpt a Dragon Boat
  • Decorate a Dragon
  • Taiwan Quiz
  • History Geography Activity
  • Additional Activities

Find Taiwan
Find Taiwan on this map. Mark any other Asian
countries you can find! Find at least
10. Israel China Japan Philippines Malaysia Thail
and Russia Afghanistan Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain
Bangladesh Bhutan Brunei Cambodia China Cyprus Geo
rgia India Indonesia Iran Iraq
Jordan Kazakhstan North Korea South
Korea Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Lebanon Maldives Mong
olia Myanmar
Nepal Oman Pakistan Qatar Saudi
Arabia Singapore Sri Lanka Syria Tajikistan Timor-
Leste Turkey
Turkmenistan United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Vietn
am Yemen
Color a Baseball Scene
The city of Taipei loves baseball! Color this
baseball scene to celebrate Taipeis baseball
heritage. Color the uniforms in the Brother
Elephants colors (yellow black) or use your
creativity and make your own uniform colors!
Color an Ice Hockey Picture
Help celebrate the Taipeis love of ice hockey by
coloring this picture! Write a brief paragraph
to describe what you think is happening in the
hockey match.
Word Search
Make Your Own Paper Lantern
Make your own paper lantern to help celebrate
Taipeis Lantern Festival!
Supplies 1 Piece of Construction Paper.
Pencil Ruler Scissors Markers or Stamps
Stapler or Tape
  • Directions
  • Use the ruler and make a straight line
  • about 3/4" away from one of the 6.5"
  • long edges. Cut this strip off and set it
  • aside to be the lantern handle.
  • Next, fold the piece of paper in half,
    lengthwise, making sure you line up all the
    edges. If your paper has a 'right' and 'wrong'
    side, you will want to make sure the wrong side
    (the side that will be on the inside of your
    lantern) facing out at this point. Draw a line
    along the open, long edge, of the paper, about
    3/4" of an inch from the edge.
  • Now, take your scissors and, starting at the
    folded edge, cut a strip from the folded edge up
    to the line you drew. Make the first strip about
    3/4" away from one of the short edges and
    continue to cut several strips along the piece of
    paper like shown in the picture above.
  • Once all your strips are cut, you should unfold
    your piece of paper and refold it lengthwise so
    the pencil mark will be hidden on the inside.
  • Color or embellish the outside of the lantern.
  • To assemble the lantern simply roll the paper
    into a tube shape as shown in the photo above and
    staple or tape the edges together.
  • Finally, using the strip you cut of the paper in
    step 3, attach the handle by taping or stapling
    the ends of the strip of the paper just inside
    the top of the lantern.

Sculpt a Dragon Boat
Sculpt your own dragon boat for the Dragon Boat
  • Dragon boat racing began more than 2000 years
  • Design your own dragon boat using any clay
    modeling compound. Dragon boats are usually long
    and narrow. They often have a dragon's head at
    the front and a tail sweeping up the back. ??
  • Choose which color(s) of clay to use for your
    dragon boat. To make your own shades, mix two or
    more colors. Knead until the color is evenly
    mixed. ? ??
  • To shape your boat, make a long, thick roll of
    clay. Hollow out the center of the boat by
    pressing into the roll with your fingers.  Smooth
    the inside edges. ?
  • Shape more modeling material into a dragon's neck
    and head.  Many dragons have long jaws. Their
    necks are often long and graceful. Press the
    bottom of the neck onto one end of the boat. ??
  • Use more clay to sculpt your dragon boat's tail.
    You might roll the modeling material into a snake
    that is thicker at one end than the other. Fold
    the roll back and forth on itself to make a wavy
    tail. Press the thick end of the tail onto the
    other ??
  • Add finishing features to your dragon boat head
    and tail with contrasting colors of Model Magic. 
    You could add eyes, teeth, a nose, or decorations
    on the boat if you'd like. Shape small pieces of
    clay for detail work.

Decorate a Dragon
Decorate this dragon with glitter, paint,
markers, rice, or anything else creative you can
Taiwan Quiz
1. What are the colors of the Taiwanese
flag? Red and white? Red and Yellow Blue, white
and red? Blue, Yellow, and Green 2. From which
province in China did the majority of the initial
Chinese migrants come? Henan? Szechuan
Canton? Fujian 3. Who is considered to be the
Founding Father of the Republic of China? Mao Tse
Dung Chiang Kai Shek Dr. Sun Yatsen? Chen Shui
Bian 4. What's the highest mountain in
Taiwan? Alishan? Yushan Tienmu? Chushan 5.
What is the traditional color for weddings in
Taiwan? Yellow?? Red White? Green 6. 13 is
an unlucky number in the West, but which number
is unlucky in Taiwan? 4? 3 8? 7 7. This
Taiwanese company ranks among the world's top ten
branded PC vendors. Established in 1976, this
company Group employs 7,800 people supporting
dealers and distributors in over 100
countries. Giant? Acer Gigabyte? EVA 8.
Which one of these European nations never
occupied any part of Taiwan? The
Netherlands?? Portugal Sweden Spain
History Geography Activity
Taipei, located on the western bank of the
____________ River at the northern end of Taiwan
Island. Taipei, which means ________________ in
Chinese, is the political, economic, cultural,
and transportation center of Taiwan. The city
owes its prominence and growth to its designation
as an administrative capital in ___________, a
role that was enlarged in 1949 when the
_____________________ lost the Chinese civil war
against the Communists and retreated to
Taiwan. Taipei has a humid _______________
climate, with _____________ summers and
__________ winters. Rainy precipitation occurs
year round, though rainfall is greatest from
October to March when the northeast monsoon
prevails. _____________, sometimes quite
destructive, are common from June to October.
Taipei covers a total area of ___________
square miles. East and west of the central
railroad station is an old central business
district, and north and south of this area lie
the old major commercial neighborhoods. Southeast
of the central business district is the main
administrative area, where the Presidential
Building, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and
other central government buildings are located.
Also here is the National Central Library, which
lies across from the ___________ Memorial Hall.
East of this administrative district are two
industrial zones, divided by a small commercial
area. Several new commercial districts were
established north and east of old Taipei. The
Hsinyi area in the east is a commercial center
containing major new businesses as well as
cultural and administrative institutions,
including the Taipei City Hall, the
______________ Memorial Hall, and the Taipei
World Trade Center.
Answer Keys
  • Blue, white, red
  • Fujian
  • Dr. Sun Yatsen
  • Yushan
  • Red
  • 4
  • Acer
  • Sweden

Taipei, located on the western bank of the
Tanshui River at the northern end of Taiwan
Island. Taipei, which means "northern terrace" in
Chinese, is the political, economic, cultural,
and transportation center of Taiwan. The city
owes its prominence and growth to its designation
as an administrative capital in 1894, a role that
was enlarged in 1949 when the Kuomintang lost the
Chinese civil war against the Communists and
retreated to Taiwan. Taipei has a humid
subtropical climate, with warm summers and mild
winters. Rainy precipitation occurs year round,
though rainfall is greatest from October to March
when the northeast monsoon prevails. Typhoons,
sometimes quite destructive, are common from June
to October.Taipei covers a total area of 106
square miles. East and west of the central
railroad station is an old central business
district, and north and south of this area lie
the old major commercial neighborhoods. Southeast
of the central business district is the main
administrative area, where the Presidential
Building, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and
other central government buildings are located.
Also here is the National Central Library, which
lies across from the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial
Hall. East of this administrative district are
two industrial zones, divided by a small
commercial area. Several new commercial
districts were established north and east of old
Taipei. The Hsinyi area in the east is a
commercial center containing major new businesses
as well as cultural and administrative
institutions, including the Taipei City Hall, the
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, and the Taipei World
Trade Center.
The Taipei skyline at night
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