Birder's Guide

MAR 2015

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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46 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2015 臺灣 Taiwan major birding locality. The food—and the way of eating it—is also world-famous, with delicious bamboo-basket water- steamed pork dumplings, beef noodle soup, and thousands of street food delica- cies such as barbecue squid on a skewer, bubble tea, and scorched tiger peppers. The people of Taiwan are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality. If you are ever lost or struggling, the almost-uni - versal response from islanders is to stop and help you if they can. In addition, the culture is a fascinating yin–yang mixture of traditional and modern, with old-style rice felds replete with farmers in conical bamboo paddy hats standing next to tech factories selling microchips. The jumble of contrasting imagery makes a trip to Taiwan a phenomenal travel experience. For those interested in antiquities and temples, Taiwan has the best of both, and a day or two added to the regular birding itinerary could easily help you soak up the delights that only the Far East can offer. The National Palace Museum in Taipei holds nearly 700,000 pieces of Chinese art encompassing 10,000 years of his- tory, including many of the world's fnest pieces once owned by emperors and other royal family members. Taiwan also has a broad religious tolerance, and there are Vivid Niltava. Photo © Keith Barnes Smoking Dragon near Alishan. Photo © Keith Barnes Fairy Pitta. Photo © Keith Barnes Continued on page 48

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