Taipei sights make top 500
The National Palace Museum and Taipei 101 have been named among the world’s top 500 sights in Ultimate Travelist, a book from travel Web site and publisher Lonely Planet. The book says there are 500 places that travelers must visit, with the museum and Taipei 101 ranked No. 397 and No. 448 respectively. Lonely Planet said the museum displays many of the best Chinese works, such as Ming Dynasty porcelain and ancient paintings that were brought from China during the Chinese Civil War. Although Taipei 101 is no longer the tallest building in the world, its observatory on the 89th floor, which provides an unobstructed view of Taipei, is the best place for visitors to enjoy the fantastic scenery, it said. Topping the list are the temples of Angkor in Cambodia, followed by the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and Machu Picchu in Peru.
Musician to join OneBeat
Musician Tsai Hui-ya (蔡惠雅) has become the first Taiwanese to be named a fellow of a US-sponsored program described by the New York Times as the “United Nations of Music,” the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced last week. Tsai, who plays a traditional string instrument called the liuqin, is to join a group of 24 musicians from 16 countries and territories in the OneBeat program in the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, from Oct. 12 to Nov. 11. The musicians are to create cross-genre works, record innovative music, produce short-form videos, engage with local communities and practice music as civic engagement to promote resilient civil societies, according to an AIT Facebook post. OneBeat is a music diplomacy program initiated by the US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Staff writer, with CNA