Taipei is the vibrant super busy capital of Taiwan. The vibe in Taiwan is frantic akin to the vibe experienced in New York or Hong Kong where everyone seems to be super busy all the time. Known largely as a powerhouse for the manufacture of electronics especially computer hardware Taiwan is all that and more. Situated in the valley of the Danshui River Taipei was once had an agrarian economy characterized by rice and vegetable farmers, today is a bustling vibrant city which continues to be diplomatically isolated but populated by people who are up to speed and connected with all that goes on in the world.
Often referred to as the cradle of western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, with a recorded history of over 3000 years, Athens is a sprawling city located on the Attica Basin of Greece. The city is half surrounded by scenic mountains like the peaks of Aegaleo, Parnitha, Penteli, and Hymettus – at least one of these peaks can be seen from nearly every street in Athens. The Kifisos and the Ilisos rivers flow through the city. Greece’s capital is named after the goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom.
From a small fishing town, Shanghai, also known as the Pearl of the Orient, has emerged as the eighth largest city in the world, drawing millions of tourists and businessmen alike. China’s largest city spread over an area of about 6341 sq km, is the epicenter of all business activities in the country and is well-equipped to handle that responsibility.
The capital of Sichuan province in southwest China, Chengdu is an important transportation and commercial hub. The fertile plain on which Chengdu is located is called Tianfuzhi guo which when translated means ‘land of Abundance’or ‘Country of heaven.’ Chengdu, China’s fifth most populous city is renowned for its teahouses and its culinary delights, which are representative of the fiery hot Sichuan cuisine, which has red chili peppers as an important component. Some of the famous dishes of the region are Grandma Chen’s Bean Curd, Chengdu Hotpot and Dan Dan Noodles. Chengdu has also witnessed the art of drinking tea evolve here over the past 1300 years. Today many teahouse and restaurant dot the banks of the Fu Hé River that runs through Chengdu.
With a total land area of just 21 sq km, Macau consists of a narrow peninsula and the islands of Taipa and Coloane. However, with its ever-growing popularity with tourists and entrepreneurs alike, Macau is growing and extensive land reclamation projects are underway to accommodate them all. The terrain has low hills and on the west of the peninsula, one of the main channels of the Xi He (West River) empties into the South China Sea.