“Celebrate Taiwan” at Grand Central Station
“Celebrate Taiwan” at Grand Central Station was a lively celebration this past Saturday, September 24th. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau office in New York and the Smithsonian Museum jointly organized the “Celebrate Taiwan” at Grand Central Terminal activities, coinciding with the Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day. The event was organized to show New York City the many sightseeing features of Taiwan. The “Celebrate Taiwan” promotion is one of the most important annual events that promotes tourism to Taiwan. There was an estimated 5,000 people who participated, enjoying traditional Taiwanese music and cuisine.
Several chefs from the famous Taiwanese bar and restaurant Sanhoyan were on hand on stage to demonstrate how to make delicious Taiwanese food and drinks. Traditional and fusion Taiwanese food and drink samples were shared with the audience.
Six artists from the Taiwanese Musical Theater sang popular Taiwanese songs that the audience was able to sing along with.
Two Taiwanese bartending champions displayed their drink-making talents along with their amazing flair for synchronized bottle tossing and cocktail creation. By the end of the show, a Taiwanese rock band played and bid farewell to this year’s event, declaring that we’ll all see each other at next year’s event.
Even after 3 hours of activities, the crowd continued, with many visitors continuing to mingle in Grand Central Terminal. It was certain that because of this event, more and more mainstream people from New York had exposure to tourism to Taiwan.
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Ambassador Xu Liwen said, “We are honored to be participating in our fourth consecutive year in partnership with the nation’s largest cultural organization, Smithsonian Museum, to promote travel to Taiwan.”
Last year Taiwan was among the countries who welcomed over ten million tourists. Taiwan is known for its beautiful beaches, abundant food choices, and diverse and friendly culture. It’s beautiful natural landscapes, and rich year-round cultural festivals continue to make Taiwan a must-see international destination by travelers the world over.