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The Golden Horse Awards was founded in 1962, with the original intention to promote Taiwanese film production and recognize excellent Taiwanese films and outstanding filmmakers. The Chinese Characters "Golden Horse," pronounced “Jin Ma” in Chinese, were derived from the names of the islands of Jinmen and Matsu. In 1990, the organization of the 27th Golden Horse Awards Competition was transferred from the Government Information Office to The Motion Picture Development Foundation R.O.C., and TGHFF Executive Committee was established under its authority. The official name of The Golden Horse Awards had then been changed to "Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival," which is not only the most important film event in Taiwan, but includes the Golden Horse Award competition, the Film Project Promotion and the Film Academy.

More information: Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

Due to its unique geographic environment, Taiwan is proud to have a rich biodiversity: The climate supports a diverse flora and fauna, and from the tidal flats and coastal bays to a height of 2,000 m (6,600 ft), there is the zone of broadleaved evergreen tropical and subtropical forest; from a height of 2,000 to 3,000 m (6,600– 9,800 ft) is the mixed forest zone; followed by the level of coniferous forests. The Taiwan Government Forestry Bureau speaks of over 4,000 vascular plant species and a spectrum of six forest types, and sixty-one species of mammals, more than 400 species of birds (about 40% of those are resident kinds), 92 species of reptiles, 30 species of amphibians, 140 species of freshwater fish, and an estimated 50,000 insect species,' including more than 400 species of butterflies. For more information please see:

Taiwan Government Forestry Bureau

A Chinese saying goes: 曇花一現', which can be translated as “happiness is short-lived”. But while the English sentence implies a slightly pessimistic connotation, the Chinese saying emphasizes the experience of a short, but intensely happy moment. This is also well resembled by the example of the Epiphyllum species, an epiphytic plant of tropical forests. These are often found in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands, but also in Taiwan. Epiphyllum bears flowers, but blossoms only for one evening. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch the moment when the bud opens and shows its colorful beauty. It takes many days to prepare and buds are rare, so be aware that this is a special moment to share. The next morning, it will be gone, and we will have to wait for another long period, uncertain of its recurrence.


The Republic of China (R.O.C.) was formally established on 1 January 1912, following the Xinhai Revolution, which began with the Wuchang Uprising on 10 October 1911. The historical achievement of the Wuchang Uprising is that it had succeeded in replacing the Qing Dynasty, ending more than 2000 years of imperial rule in China. The Republic of China, originally based in mainland China, now governs the island of Taiwan. This is why in Taiwan, official historical record starts counting from that date: the year 2014 is the year 103 of the Xinhai Revolution. A person born in 1965 therefore will be born in the year 54 in Taiwan. October 10 (Double Ten) is also the National Day of the R.O.C.

In Chinese culture, there are auspicious and unfortunate numbers. 8 is the symbol for prosperity, because its sound (ba) is similar to the word for development (fa). Likewise, 6 is pronounced liu, meaning to flow. The combination of 168 (yi liu fa) stands for a steady flow of prosperity, and is commonly used in daily life. On the other hand, 4 sounds like death and is therefore avoided to be mentioned or used in daily life. Additionally, people in Taiwan like to use numbers to express certain meanings. For example, 38 means bouncy and nosy. Numbers also transfer messages of love: 521 sounds much like “Wo ai ni” in Mandarin, which is: “I love you!” and you can even add: 1314, (“yi sheng yi si”, meaning “One life, one death”), so the meaning of 5211314 becomes: “I will love you forever!” Send those numbers to your beloved one on May 21!


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12 colleges
61 departments
43 masters programs
12 PhD programs

Faculty & Students:
Faculty: 1,592
6Students: 23,025

School for Continuing Education:
Students: 3,300

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Total campus area: 1,152,949 sqm

Total building space: 54,063 sqm
8th floor Bo-Ying auditorium: 435 seats
Car park in the basement for 191 cars, 1,142 scooters
Additional car park outside: 244

(All data as at October 2013)