My class had made a study trip to 2009 Taiwan Design Expo at Taichung 8th OCT 2009. It is a flagship event in Taiwan design industry (*note: through my observation, the word Design in Taiwan normally skewed towards industrial design).
This year, the expo took place in Taichung Creative And Cultural Park, which was the Fifth Winery of Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau. This 6.4 acres land was then handed over to the Council of Cultural Affairs and then developed into a creative and cultural park for public.
The theme of the design expo for this year is “Essence”. There are eleven pavilions and a marketplace packed with fresh creative ideas from Taiwan, Japan, the U.K., Germany, Netherlands, and France, enabling visitors to explore the essence of design from different perspectives and experience boundless touches of design.
more info at http://designexpo.boco.com.tw/en/