Destination | Taiwan
– QUICK FACTS –
Geographic Location: East Asia
Capital City: Taipei
Language: Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese (mainly spoken in the southern part)
Currency: New Taiwan Dollar (NTD)
Quick Conversions: $1 USD = $30 NTD
Climate: Humid year around. Subtropical in the northern and central regions, temperate in the mountainous region, and tropical in the southern region.
Famous for: Taipei 101, night markets, street food, Taroko Gorge, hot springs, Taiwanese Oolong tea, milk tea, orchids, scooters, etc.
Taiwan is a beautiful island country in East Asia. While the official name is the Republic of China (R.O.C.) – not to be confused with the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.), the island country is commonly recognized as Taiwan. More affectionately, it’s also called Formosa (“the beautiful island” in Portuguese) attributing to its natural beauty as Portuguese sailors noted the uncharted island on their map many centuries ago.
The self-claimed heart of Asia, Taiwan’s capital city of Taipei consistently hits the top of the best cities for ex-pats list. Taiwan is not only a safe, clean, and convenient place to live, but also is surprisingly affordable to travel to a well-developed country. Here, you will also meet the friendliest and warmest people in the world.
If you are an adventurous traveler who likes to go off the beaten path, you will be surprised why you haven’t even heard of so many beautiful places in Taiwan. Thanks to Taiwan’s High-Speed Rails (THSR), it’s easy to explore beyond Taipei to other major cities like Kaohsiung, Tainan, and Taichung. When in Taiwan, don’t miss beautiful seascapes along the East Coast from Kenting to Taitung to Hualien. Get awed by the gorgeous and mysterious nature in Taroko Gorge, as well as a picturesque alpine lake near Taichung called Sun Moon Lake. Many international travelers often overlook Taiwan’s sub-islands such as Penghu, Matsu, Kinmen, Green Island, Orchid Island, and Xiao Liu Qiu; however, these are some of many hidden gems that will delight your adventurous soul.
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