Travel to Taiwan
A gem in the China Seas, Taiwan
embodies a unique entangling of ancient and modern, East and West. From
the bustling commercial center of the capital city, Taipei, to the
cascading volcanic mountains of Yushan National Park, Taiwan offers the
world traveler an unmatched experience. It is no coincidence that
Portuguese explorers named this island 'Ilha Formosa', or the beautiful
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Fun Facts about Taiwan
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Taiwan Chinese and Mainland Chinese
Find out the distinguishing factors that differentiate Chinese in Taiwan from the language on the mainland.
History of Taiwan
Learn more about the history of the island.
Taipei Taiwan Vacation Videos
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Travel to Taiwan to Understand Diversity
known as the Republic of China (R.O.C.), Taiwan should not be confused
with the People's Republic of China, which refers to mainland China.
Within the past 200 years the island has been ruled by the Dutch,
became part of Japan, has been "returned" to China and is currently
striving to become an internationally recognized sovereign nation.
Taiwan's tumultuous and fascinating history of the Aboriginal,
Taiwanese and Chinese people is revealed through the many cultural
festivals held throughout the year. Travel to the island in February
for the Taiwan Lantern Festival or in June to watch the world-famous
Dragon Boat Races during the Dragon Boat Festival.
One of Taiwan's most prominent cultural symbols is Taipei 101, the
world's tallest building, measuring 508 meters and 101 floors. Finished
in 2003, the tower signifies Taiwan's substantial economic growth from
the periphery of the global economy to become one of the four Asian
Tigers, as well as the government's dedication to a democratic society
separate from that of China. Tainan, the oldest and fourth largest city
on the island, offers a more authentic and less commercialized window
into Taiwanese culture. Temples and Memorial Arches define this city
where the Ching Dynasty once prayed to the God of War.
The Taiwan Terrain: Recreation and Ecotourism
of the thriving urban centers is only one of many ways to get in touch
with Taiwan. The rugged topography of Taiwan is adorned with
magnificent peaks, lush valleys and dramatic waterfalls. Yushan
National Park is home to the island's tallest peak, Jade Mountain,
which towers at 2,610 meters. Hike to the summit and take the more
technical route down or simply enjoy the breathtaking view from the
Tatachia Visitor Center, accessible directly from the new Central
Cross-Island Highway. From Jade Mountain, descend deep into Taroko
Gorge on Taiwan's rocky and secluded east coast. This 12-mile-long
canyon is home to the natural open-air Wenshan hot springs and the
Atayal people, one of Taiwan's remaining aboriginal tribes. The rocky
cliffs at the canyon's end are a starting point for those who wish to
travel farther into Taiwan's history. The surrounding Pacific Ocean is
sprinkled with beautiful green islands that have unique native
histories and are mostly accessible by plane or ferry. Most of the
pristine and dramatic destinations are protected by Taiwan's National
Park Department, which offers an array of lodging and guiding services
and has proven to be a well-organized resource for the outdoor
From the island's tallest building to its tallest peak, Taiwan has
something exceptional to offer every kind traveler. Travel Taiwan's
thriving society and come face-to-face with an Asian Tiger.
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