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Place of origin

 TAIWAN
TAIWAN

Taiwan's total land area is about 36,000 square kilometers (14,400 square miles). It is shaped like a leaf that is narrow at both ends. It lies off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from China - an island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean. To the north is Japan; to the south is the Philippines.

Taiwan lies on the western edge of the Pacific "rim of fire," and continuous tectonic movements have created majestic peaks, rolling hills and plains, basins, coastlines, and other natural landscapes. Taiwan's tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate climates provide clear differentiation between the different seasons. There are rare or endangered species of wildlife on the island. Among these are the land-locked salmon, Taiwan serow, Formosan rock monkey, Formosan black bear, blue magpie, Mikado pheasant, and Hsuehshan grass lizard.




TAICHUNG

Taichung is situated in central Taiwan.
It has an area of 2215 square kilometers and a population of around 2.7 million. It has a pleasant climate and environment and an average temperature of 22.4 C. Taichung is endowed with a rich history and beautiful natural scenery.
Taichung is located in the center of Taiwan and most visitors to make the city their base for travel in the central region of the island.Taichung is a charming city synonymous with shopping, culture and good universities. The culture of a city is what gives it its and wherever people gather together there is sure to be art and humanity. Let’s take a look at Taichung together, this city whose fine arts, music, the ate rand modern art enrich the senses and nurture the spirit.

1 Taichung Outdoor Amphitheater
A feast of nature and art
The coliseums of ancient Europe were mostly outdoor circular amphitheaters. Their round shape and outdoor location allowed them to overcome the restrictions of being confined within a black box, as in other venues. The high levels of audience participation and sheer scale of this theater grants a greater number of people the chance to experience the theatrical arts, thereby expanding their leisure opportunities. The audience has a good view of the action and natural sound carries directly to the people in the audience. This is said to be the largest amphitheater in Asia. Visitors shouldn’t miss the chance to appreciate this double feast of nature and art!  http://fa.culture.taichung.gov.tw/


2The National Taichung Theater
The National Taichung Theater is not just a building that houses the opera. The entire architecture itself is an opera. One can feel the flow of air, sound and light not only in the foyer, but within the restaurant, sky garden and everywhere else in the building. One feels overwhelmed by the grandeur of a cosmic brilliance coming out of the architecture.
The spaces are at once eclectic and harmonic. Inspired by the Japanese checkered fabric pattern, Ito wanted to create an interwoven series of caves that brings a sense of softness to the building. With his distinct concept of the Emerging Grid, each grid is stretched to different sizes until a unified whole is formed—an architectural piece of symphony.  http://www.npac-ntt.org/