Taiwan

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Taiwan: Mountain Beauty, Villages and Cultures, Part 2

 

In this Taiwan episode Joseph leaves the forested heights of Taroko National Park and continues his explorations of Taiwan’s small, cultural mountain villages. In their historic “Old Streets” he explores artisan shops, local restaurants and colorful temples for a hearty taste of Taiwanese culture. He also discovers more of Taiwan’s original people through their food, arts & crafts, customs and traditions. He tries his hand at indigo cloth dying with the Hakka people, witnesses traditional Tayan weaving and participates in the equally somber and joyous Pasta’ay Festival of the indigenous Saisiyat Tribe. Here he joins in their festival of Blessing, Atonement and Forgiveness.

 

 

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Taiwan: Mountain Beauty, Villages and Cultures, Part 1

 

Joseph explores Taiwan’s most stunning natural attraction and national park – The Taroko Gorge – which highlights the mountain beauty, villages and cultures of Ilha Formosa. His journey takes him on hikes through the marble gorge, across dramatic suspension bridges, to stunning waterfalls and up mountain slopes where Taiwan’s native beauty is spread out before him. His journey continues in one of Taiwan’s 200 “Leisure Farms,” which offer locals and visitors rural settings, traditional folk activities, creative cuisines and “Do It Yourself” arts and crafts which complement Taiwan’s mountain beauty, villages and cultural experiences.

 

 

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Taiwan, Naturally

 

From its serpentine coastline and towering mountains to its verdant forests and remote offshore islands, Taiwan’s natural beauty is surprising. Yet, while it may be far from what the casual visitors expects, Taiwan’s nine national parks and thirteen national scenic areas have much to attract and mesmerize the nature lover. In this Taiwan adventure Joseph climbs into the mountains to explore the country’s forested sanctuaries replete with soothing hot springs, he harvests the riches of the seas with a local chef and joins Taiwanese and foreigners alike at a great bird watching contest. While traversing a country that is working to strike a balance between the preservation of natural and cultural resources and the needs of tourism, Joseph discovers still one more story to tell in a country rich with tales.

 

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Taiwan: Matsu Festival and Islands

 

Joseph returns to Taiwan to follow in the path of Taiwan’s Matsu Pilgrimage, said to be the largest religious procession in the world, and to explore the islands named in the deity’s honor. Blessed with magical powers, Matsu, Taiwan’s superstar deity teaches creating balance in our lives and the lesson is illustrated in the 9-day Matsu Pilgrimage, which melds an exuberant worldly celebration with a mindful spiritual journey. It is literally an explosive event that encompasses the many sides of the Taiwanese nature. Complementing the festival is Joseph’s visit to the Matsu Islands, 100 miles from Taiwan while only 6 from China, revealing the resolute and determined survival instincts of the Taiwanese. Since the first Fujian fishermen came to the Matsu Islands in the 14th century, the archipelago has been a refuge. On his travels, Joseph discovers that for centuries, the islanders have weathered natural and political storms through their connections with each other and the sea. Today after decades of living in the shadow of war, they are ready to celebrate their historic, cultural and natural treasures.

 

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Taiwan’s Penghu Islands

 

Taiwan is an island country of 23 million people and the majority of them live in cities. When they seek to leave their hectic urban life, they escape to their country’s villages, mountains, forests and islands. Joseph visits the Penghu Archipelago in the Taiwan Straits, a chain of 64 isles and islets and explores the historic and natural attractions.

 

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Food Hour: The Story of Tea

 

GLOBE TREKKER presents the story of how tea spread from China to capture the taste of the world. Visits to Southeast China, Japan, Taiwan, England, Bangladesh, India, Morocco and Myanmar provide historical context, a look at cultural traditions and rituals and what the future holds for this popular beverage.

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Uncovering South Korea

JOSEPH ROSENDO'S TRAVELSCOPE: Uncovering South Korea

 

On Joseph’s first visit to Korea, he discovers that while the capital city of Seoul’s modern skyline and prosperity are impressive, it’s Korea’s extraordinary history, traditions and customs that are the cornerstones of its culture.