Why Taiwan

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  • 日期:2016-06-21
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Cycling

The bicycle trails traversing Taiwan's diverse and beautiful terrain, many of them new, have earned the island praise as a cyclist's paradise. Leading guidebook publisher Lonely Planet selected Taiwan as one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2012 and suggested that it is "best seen on two wheels."

Taiwan's major cycling events include the approximately 900-km cross-island Tour; the Taiwan Cycling Festival, which is also a Union Cycliste Internationale premium-level event on its Asia Tour; and the Taiwan KOM Challenge, which takes riders up from zero altitude to an elevation of 3,275 meters in just 87 kilometers.

For more information and cycling routes, please visit: Taiwan Cycling.

Golf

The Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taoyuan, inaugurated in 2011, is an annual event in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), the world's premier women's tour. In addition, the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship and the Mercuries Taiwan Masters are part of the professional Asian tour.

For more information, please visit: Professional Golfer's Association of Taiwan(TPGA) (Chinese only), Taiwan Ladies Professional Golf Association (TLPGA), and The Golf Association of the Republic of China.

Baseball

Baseball is the most popular sport and the national sport in Taiwan. Taiwan's first baseball team appeared in the early 1960s.

There are 4 professional baseball teams: Uni-Lions(Chinese only), Lamigo Monkeys(Chinese and Japanese), EDA Rhinos, Brothers, and 17 baseball diamonds across Taiwan.

For more information, please visit: The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) and iplay(Chinese only).

Basketball

Over 50 countries have participated in Taiwan's William Jones Cup since it was first organized in 1977. In 2013, teams from Egypt, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, South Korea, the United States, and the R.O.C. competed in the men's division. Iran edged Taiwan for the title. In the women's division, the South Korean team bested Japan, Taiwan, the United States, and Thailand for the crown.

Running

Running has become popular in recent years, with road races scheduled throughout the year, in addition to several dozen marathons or ultramarathons and several triathlons across the country. The Fubon Taipei Marathon is the biggest of these events, with about 70,000 participants in 2013. The Taroko Gorge Marathon in east Taiwan drew 12,000 runners that year.

Sport Centers

There are 23 sport centers in the various cities and  counties, and most of them are in Taipei and New Taipei. They provide a variety classes for residents, e.g. swimming, yoga, badminton, basketball, etc.

For more information or a list of sport centers, please visit the Sports Administration and iPlay (both are Chinese only).

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