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Dear friends and readers throughoutTaiwan,
I'd like to virtually invite you to join me, through this magazine, on a visit toIsrael: a small country on theMediterranean, the land of milk and honey, land of blue skies and sunshine year round.
Taiwan that I've fell in love with during my two years here has high mountains (including the highest peak in east Asia, great mount Yushan), beautiful east coast scenic road and plenty of rain – mostly during the typhoon season in the summer, covering Taipei with grey skies, offering the blessing of some 300 rainy days a year, but only leaving less than 50 days of blue skies and sunshine to enjoy its beauty.
Israeloffers the mirror image – providing over 300 sunny blue skies days, almost year round, with a rainfall of around 15% ofTaiwan.
Israelis small in size (about half ofTaiwan), and therefore easy to travel and explore:
It offers an all-sense experience, which will leave an impact on every visitor. You will feel the history of mankind (prehistoric caves where early man lived continuously for hundreds of thousands of years in northernIsraelwere recently recognized UNESCO world heritage site) and modern civilization, the holy land that was longed for by all monotheistic religions for centuries.
Within 100 km one can go from Jerusalem – a city of ancient history, the cradle of modern civilization, where one square kilometer is home for the holiest sites to Jews, Christians and Muslims, to the hype and cosmopolitan urbanism of Tel Aviv, center of culture, trendy night life and street parties, dining and wining, and one of the best urban beaches and most beautiful sunsets in the world (according to the Forbes, Yahoo & National Geographic).
Less than an hour drive fromJerusalemwill take you to the lowest place on the face of the earth – the dead sea, so full of minerals and salts that you'll be able to float holding your book and drink together, and rub yourself in mineral mud.
If you're up for some adventure – you can make your choice between the green north, where you can raft on the mountainous Jordan river flowing down into the sea of Galilee (following 2,000 years after Jesus), slide down the Manara cliff or come watch the 500 million birds passing through Israel and resting in the Hula lake on their migration route from Asia and Europe to Africa, and back.
The south of the country awaits those interested in exploring traditional cultures of the Bedouin minority, hiking and biking, rappelling and Abseiling in theJudahdesert or in the canyon land. Of course, it's impossible to end the visit in the south without a visit to the no. 1 Israeli family & youth destination – the red sea gulf city of Eilat, home to some of the best luxury hotels and youth hostels, all offering access to snorkeling, diving, swimming with dolphins, wind surfing and more.
But the best about visitingIsraelis something the Taiwanese would know and appreciate: the people. Israelis are very similar to Taiwanese in their warm hospitality, friendliness to visitors and tourists and their eagerness to share the beauty ofIsraelwith foreign visitors.
This is the no. 1 feature ofTaiwanthat make visiting & living inTaiwanso pleasant and positive experience for me & my family. And that's why I can promise you'll feel at home the minute you set foot in Israel - a very young country of ancient people that bursts in energy (both solar & human).
See you inIsrael, the place to go!