Providence University Field Trips

Meet our Providence Buddies

Tina is a 19 year old freshman at Providence University studying International Business. She was introduced to the program by Mark and Allen. In order to plan for her future, she wants to continue to learn more about marketing and broaden her horizons by improving her skills. She joined in order to improve her communication with foreigners and learn more about the differences between Taiwan and the United States.

Mark is 20 years old and a freshman at Providence University studying international business. He is also the General Affairs Manager of the Student Association of Bachelor of International Business Administration Department. In the future he would like to manage a sales department like his father, become a pilot, or LEGO designer. He joined the program in order to make international friends and it has been an enjoyable experience so far.

Chloe is a 20 year old junior at Providence University studying Food and Nutrition. She joined the program because she wanted to have connections with different people from countries around the world. The program has also helped her think more creatively because of the atmosphere. Being able to use her knowledge in food and nutrition to help others brings her joy.

Allen is 25 years old and a freshman at Providence University studying International Business. He is also the President / Chairman of the Student Association of Bachelor of International Business Administration Department. In the future he would like to work in sales marketing and event planning. He joined the program in order to obtain skills in management before stepping into the industry.

Vian is a 19 year old freshman at Providence University studying International Business. In the future she wants to work in international trade and gain a lot of different experiences. She has enjoyed the program so far because she has been able to communicate with others and exchange cultures.

Throughout the duration of the program the buddies have been integral in allowing us students to experience Taiwan to the fullest. This is partly because of them being from Taiwan and completely because of the hard work and time they invested into ensuring the success of Asia Biztech. Their duties included managing field trips, transportation, food, and translation. Above all, the time they spent becoming friends and communicating with all of us in Asia Biztech has left its impact on the program and will continue to do so in the future.

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Providence University Field Trips

Providence University gave us an opportunity to explore some great parts in and around Taichung. We had the opportunity to visit Sun Moon Lake and the Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village, explore some areas in Taichung, and we enjoyed a two day trip to Taipei.

Sun Moon Lake and
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village

Sun Moon Lake is the largest natural lake in Taiwan and attracts millions of visitors each year. The lake is named after the round sun shape outline of the lake and moon crescent shaped island, Lalu Island. There are a variety of attractions at Sun Moon Lake, such as the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village, Cien Pagoda, as well as several temples such as the Dragon Phoenix Yue Lao Temple and Sun Moon Lake Wenwu Temple. Similarly, there are hiking trails and boardwalks for walking and biking surrounding the lake. This well known scenic area, located in the foothills of Nantou County, is approximately an hour and a half car drive away from Taichung.

We started our day off at the Formosan Aboriginal Cultural village and spent time enjoying the rides and the sights. From there we took a cable car over to Sun Moon lake giving us an amazing view of the lake. Once there we walked along the lake to our lunch destination where we ate some amazing traditional Taiwanese dishes. Following lunch we got to explore the the local shops and market before taking the cable car back to our bus. 

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Taichung City Tour

Our Taichung City Tour was a great opportunity to explore to city we would be spending our first three weeks in. We started off by taking the bus into downtown Taichung. This gave us an idea on how to get around using the bus, which was very useful. We made our way over to the National Taichung Theater where we were given a tour. We learned about the history of the opera house and its design and structure. Following the theater we went and sang Karaoke! It was a lot of fun spending time singing songs and eating fruit with everyone on the trip. We finished off our tour at Din Tai Fung, an amazing restaurant where we had some of the best food in Taiwan. 

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Taipei Trip

Our final trip with Providence was a two day trip to Taipei! We started day one at the National Palace Museum. This was a great place to look back at some of the History and culture of East Asia. There was so much interesting information and art that we got to experience. We then continued on bus to Jiufen, an old mountain town about an hour outside Taipei. Jiufen is packed with street food, local shops, restaurants, and teahouses. We broke up and got to explore different parts of it. We finished our first day back at the hotel to rest for day two. 

The next day we traveled to Taipei Fine Art Museum. There were so many amazing pieces of art that we got to see. It was interesting to see different perspectives to many art styles and how art has changed throughout the years. We then had some delicious lunch and then explored around town for a while. We finished day two at Taipei 101. We took one of the fastest elevators in the world to the top to see the city. It was quite cloudy, but luckily the sky cleared a bit for us to see the beautiful lights of Taipei. It was a wonderful experience.

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Providence University Field Trips

Sun Moon Lake

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Sun Moon Lake is the largest natural lake in Taiwan and attracts millions of visitors each year. The lake is named after the round sun shape outline of the lake and moon crescent shaped island, Lalu Island. There are a variety of attractions at Sun Moon Lake, such as the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village, Cien Pagoda, as well as several temples such as the Dragon Phoenix Yue Lao Temple and Sun Moon Lake Wenwu Temple. Similarly, there are hiking trails and boardwalks for walking and biking surrounding the lake. This well known scenic area, located in the foothills of Nantou County, is approximately an hour and a half car drive away from Taichung.

During our trip to Sun Moon Lake, our cohort explored the local market on the lake shore that showcased indigenous Taiwanese cuisine and shops. We were exposed to the taste of fresh meats, fruit, and other traditional Taiwanese dishes, as well as an assortment of souvenir shops. There is an abundance of owl keepsakes which are a nod to the Thao indigenous mythology.

We also enjoyed the lush, serene, lake scene as Sun Moon Lake is relatively distant from Taiwan’s major cities and provides a refreshing adventure to the outdoors.

Sun Moon Lake exposed our cohort to an alternative Taiwanese narrative to the modern urban lifestyle of Taichung. Specifically, the emphasis on scenery and indigenous people at the lake illustrated the importance and role of nature in the Taiwanese culture. Therefore, it is not surprising that unlike Western culture, Taiwan traditional painting focused on sprawling, staggering, and stunning landscape paintings. Overall, exploring Sun Moon Lake was like living in a vibrant beauty of a traditional eastern painting.

LuKang Market + Dragon Boat Festival

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LuKang is a historically significant town that provides insight to traditional Taiwan. Once a major trading port, LuKang showcases a well preserved Old Street Market, temples, traditional Taiwanese houses and shops, as well as a maze of alleyways. LuKang is one of the few locations it is possible to see a dragon boat race for the International Dragon Boat Festival.

The Dragon Boat Festival is a national holiday in China which is always celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. It commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a well renowned poet during China’s Warring States period, who committed suicide by drowning himself in a nearby river after hearing the capital had been defeated. In an effort to save him, villagers searched the river in boats to find his body and dropped traditional rice dumplings, called zongzi, into the water to distract the fish from eating his body and providing an offering to Qu Yuan in the afterlife.

Our cohort had the opportunity to explore the old market, Zhongshan Road and watch dragon boat festivities in LuKang. At the Old Street market we gawked at and devoured a variety of local and traditional food, as well had the opportunity to explore different alleyways. LuKang was a fascinating place to become lost in the ancient streets and foreign scents. Later in the evening, we had the opportunity to watch dragon boat racing, and even watched Providence Universities team compete.

The sheer amount of historical background of Lukang and the Dragon Boat Festival is overwhelming. Exploring a town that is not only older than Idaho, but also the entire United States by at least hundreds of years was surreal. This adventure not only provided insight on the magnitude of Chinese history, but also the core values of the Taiwanese.  Holidays, like the Dragon Boat Festival, are central to understanding culture and what human beings choose to value. The origin story of the Dragon Boat Festival tells the narrative of a people who want to help others, value the arts, and are nationalistic. Based upon our experience, these core values of the Taiwanese remain true today.

Rainbow Village

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Hugosum Tea making experience

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Taichung City Tour

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On Campus Cultural Classes

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