Welcome to Taiwan

ISC 2008 will be held in Taipei, Taiwan. Our goal is to make it a top-quality technical conference while at the same time allow participants to experience the unique and exotic cultures of Taiwan.

As the capital of the Republic of China, Taipei is a vibrant blend of traditional culture and cosmopolitan life. Taipei is the political, economic, educational and recreational center of the country, offering an array of significant cultural sights.

The city is situated in a basin in northern Taiwan that was inhabited by aboriginal people until settlers from China moved into the area about 300 years ago. The first permanent settlements were in the present-day districts of Wanhua and Datong, in western Taipei. These areas still retain many of their old customs, as visitors can readily see in the architecture and sculptures of the temples and the ceremonies performed on the streets. A

A more recent cultural focal point in the city is the National Palace Museum, which houses hundreds of thousands of Chinese antiques and art works. The museum is located in the north of the city and is a must-see for lovers of ancient Chinese culture.

Eastern Taipei was largely underused fields until the 1970s, when the city began to develop the area as a financial and commercial district. Here, the modern face of Taipei shines through, with its glass and steel skyscrapers, wide boulevards, and the World Trade Center. Taipei also boasts dozens of world-class performance venues, where you can enjoy world-class theater and concert events. The city also offers a wide range of other diversions -- shopping malls, nightclubs, live-music bars, quality hotels, and exotic restaurants. With the wealth of interesting and fun activities available in Taipei, and its warm hospitality, visitors are certain to have an unforgettable experience in this remarkable city.

Some must sees include the Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum, Yangmingshan National Park, and Tamshui Fisherman’s Wharf.

Taipei 101 Taipei 101
Taipei 101
Taipei 101
Image source: Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

Taipei 101 is currently the world's tallest completed skyscraper. The 508-meter structure has 101 floors and is situated in the Xin-yi commercial district of Taipei, also known as the “Manhattan of Taipei.?Home to a six-floor retail mall with shops, restaurants, and nightclubs; offices; apartments; and observation decks on the 89th and 91st floors, Taipei 101 attracts over 5,000 visitors a day and features the two fastest and most comfortable elevators in the world.

These elevators shuttle visitors from the fifth to the 89th floor in 37 seconds

The National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum

Cultural relics In National Palace Museum
Image source: Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications.


The National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taipei is home to the largest collection of Chinese artifacts in the world. The extensive range includes bronzes, jades, ceramics, lacquerware, curios, calligraphy, painting, rare books, documents, and many others. The total number exceeds 650,000 and spans 7,000 years of Chinese history.

Yangmingshan National Park
Yangmingshan National Park

Yangmingshan National Park
Image source: Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications.


The island’s only national park cited along a system of dormant volcanoes is Yangmingshan National Park, established in 1985. The park encompasses 11,455 hectares of mountainous terrain just north of Taipei City. As the only national park in Taiwan readily accessible from an urban center, it serves as a nature preserve as well a recreation area for throngs of visitors who thread their way up into the park on weekends.

Tamshui Fisherman’s Wharf

Tamshui Fisherman’s Wharf
Image source: http://zh.wikipedia.org/


The Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf is well-known by its beautiful sunset and fresh seafood. While having sightseeing and leisure facilities, it still holds its functionality as a harbor for fishing boats. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamshui_Fisherman's_Wharf)

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