Los Angeles, June 18 (CNA) The first episode in a two-part travel series on Taiwan was broadcast Monday on the American television program "Eye On The Bay."
The episode, titled "It's Time for Taiwan," was aired on CBS Channel 5 in San Francisco, California. The second part is scheduled for broadcast Tuesday.
The show, hosted by Emmy Award-winning presenter Liam Mayclem, traveled to Taiwan in April to discover why Lonely Planet, one of the world's leading travel guide books, picked the country as a top 10 destination.
Mayclem led a group of 20 people from the San Francisco Bay Area on a tour around Taiwan, tasting local food such as stinky tofu and steamed dumplings along the way.
"I have travelled a lot and I have not eaten this well," one of the members of the group said on the show.
Mayclem also expressed delight over the trip, saying it was one of the best for him and one of the tastiest.
"The food in Taiwan is a mixture from all different cultures and each dish brings out the freshness of the ingredients used; even the way the food is placed on the plates conveys the culture of Taiwan," he said.
He said the citizens of Taiwan left a deep impression on him because of their friendliness and enthusiasm.
The group tour was advertised in the Bay Area last November by the Tourism Section of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in San Francisco.
A new tour from Feb. 21 to March 2, 2013, also to be led by Mayclem, is now being advertised in a joint effort between Taiwan's Tourism Bureau and the American Automobile Association, the TECO said at the launch of the package in San Francisco on Monday.
The main theme of the trip will be the Taiwan Lantern Festival, which will be held in Hsinchu in February next year, and it includes a visit to the popular Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan, the TECO said.
(By Oscar Wu and I-Ling Chen)