Traveleads Walk Around the World Challenge. This week we’ve reached…
by Traveleads | January 23, 2019 | CSR
This week has really taken its toll on our team of charity walkers, we’re not sure if the terrain got tougher, or if the recent sunshine prompted a slower pace, but we really felt it this week!
A big push was needed at the end of the week, but as always our fantastic team came through and added an additional 1,160 miles to our journey total.
We also saw some wonderful donations coming in, which lifted everyone’s spirits. Knowing our efforts are helping to save lives, kept even the most weary of walkers putting one foot in front of the other.
Please take a moment to sponsor our efforts, as you really will make a difference to people who desperately need your help.
To support our Air Ambulance Charity please text TRAV56 followed by £2.00 to 70070 or TRAV62 Followed by £2.00 to 70070 to support Children 1st
£2.00 is our recommended donation, but please give whatever you can – every penny goes immediately and directly to the charity.
To all those who have already sponsored us, we would like to say a huge and heartfelt THANKYOU.
It is your generosity that has kept our team going this week.
Our group of intrepid walkers left Seoul in South Korea and by the end of the week were entering Taiwan and passing through the incredible city of Taipei.
Taipei, literally means “North of Tai(wan), officially known as Taipei City, it is the capital city and a special municipality of Taiwan.
Taipei is the political, economic, educational, and cultural center of Taiwan, and one of the major hubs of the Chinese-speaking world.
Home to various world-famous architectural and cultural landmarks, including Taipei 101, a 101-floor landmark skyscraper that claimed the title of world’s tallest building when it opened in 2004, a title it held for six years before relinquishing it to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The city’s natural features such as Maokong, Yangmingshan, and hot springs are also well known to international visitors.
Taipei has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate. Summers are long-lasting, hot and humid, accompanied by occasional heavy rainstorms and typhoons, while winters are short, generally warm and usually very foggy.
As the center of Taiwan’s largest conurbation, Taipei has been at the heart of the country’s rapid economic development and has now become one of the top global cities in the production of high technology and its components.
This is part of the so-called Taiwan Miracle which has seen dramatic growth in the city following foreign direct investment in the 1960s.
Taiwan has become a creditor economy, holding one of the world’s largest foreign exchange reserves of over US$403 billion. Despite the Asian financial crisis, the economy continues to expand at about 5% per year, with virtually full employment and low inflation.
Tourism is a major part of Taipei’s economy.
In 2013 Taipei was the 15th most visited city in the world. The influx of visitors contributed $10.8 billion USD to the city’s economy, the most of any city in Greater China.
Taipei is known for its many night markets, the most famous of which is the Shilin Night Market in the Shilin District. The surrounding streets by Shilin Night Market are extremely crowded during the evening, usually opening late afternoon and operating well past midnight. Most night markets feature individual stalls selling a mixture of food, clothing, and consumer goods.
But it’s not all hustle and bustle, Taipei maintains an extensive system of parks, green spaces, and nature preserves. Parks and forestry areas of note in and around the city include Yangmingshan National Park, Taipei Zoo and Da-a Forest Park.
Taipei is rich in beautiful, ornate temples housing Buddhist, Taoist, and Chinese folk religion deities. In addition to the beautiful large temples, small outdoor shrines to local deities are very common and can be spotted on road sides, parks, and neighborhoods. Many homes and businesses may also set up small shrines of candles, figurines, and offerings.
The city is served by two airports – Taipei Songshan and Taiwan Taoyuan.
Most scheduled international flights are served by Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in nearby Taoyuan City.
Songshan Airport at the heart of the city in the Songshan District serves domestic flights and scheduled flights to Tokyo International Airport (also known as Haneda Airport), Gimpo International Airport in Seoul, and about 15 destinations in the People’s Republic of China.
Songshan Airport is accessible by the Taipei Metro Neihu Line; Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is not yet accessible by rail, but a line is under construction. For visitors arriving into Taoyuan we can arrange transfers or would recommend taking a taxi.
If you are planning a trip to Taiwan please contact your Traveleads consultant and let them take care of finding you the best available airfares, the most conveniently located hotel to your business needs and all of your transfers. We believe that when you travel on business the only think you need to take care of is business…We’ll take care of everything else!
For your chance to win a case of wine from one of the Vineyards we will pass on our travels, just answer the following question: What number do you need to send text donations to? Send your answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org *** COMPETITION NOW CLOSED ***
Distances travelled are measured in a straight line from point to point and make up our virtual journey destinations, actual miles may vary.
Total miles travelled since our journey started on 01st April: 7,180 miles
Destinations calculated courtesy of www.timeanddate.com