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Taiwan

A country where every square metre is used.

date of entry 26/04/2010
mileage 703,153

capital Taipeh

area 36.179 km²

population 23.367.320

GDP 466,8 Bill. US-Dollar

official language Putonghua

"I think Otto was only the second car with a foreign registration to travel through Taiwan," said Gunther Holtorf. He and Otto covered a distance of more than 3000 kilometres around the island state.
  • In Taipeh, Gunther Holtorf met like-minded people and Otto met his "relatives". The "G club" gave the visitors a warm welcome.
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  • In the busy streets of the huge city of Taipeh, motor scooters are the most popular means of transport.
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  • The capital in the north is the social and political hub of Taiwan.
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  • Hotels like this one demonstrate the blend of ancient and modern architecture in this Asian country.
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  • Confucianism is a major religion in Taiwan and its traces can be found all over the country… …in the form of temples…
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  • …and statues of the great philosopher.
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  • The sites are popular destinations for excursions. In recent years, increasing numbers of tourists from the mainland have visited the island. So many have come that the government has been forced to restrict the number of visitors.
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  • A group of school pupils in uniform pose for the photo. Gunther Holtorf remembers in particular that: "All the children I came across had bottles of water on straps around their necks."
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  • Gunther travelled south from Taipeh to Kaohsiung with the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation. The high-speed train took around 90 minutes to cover the 345-kilometre route between the two cities.
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  • "The train travelled at 300 kilometres an hour. Quite different to Germany where the intercity trains can only crawl along on most routes," said Gunther Holtorf.
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  • Building railways on such a hilly island is a major achievement.
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  • The island in the South China Sea is frequently hit by typhoons which lay waste to large areas of land.
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  • Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan and an important industrial centre. It is also home to the country’s largest port.
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  • At a demonstration for the press, Otto was able to show off his off-road skills.
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  • Gunther Holtorf stopped and spent the night wherever he felt like it. He has positive memories of the feeling of safety throughout the whole country.
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  • Video: Taiwan – a combination of industry and package holidays

Otto was here before ...

Germany

date of entry 21 June 2010
mileage 706,340

Austria

date of entry 21 August 2010
mileage 709,854