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Taiwan

In the 16th century, Taiwan was christened Ilha Formosa, the “beautiful island,” by Portuguese sailors, the first Westerners to encounter this lush gem situated about 100 miles off the coast of mainland China, roughly half way between Shanghai and Hong Kong. Subsequently it was ruled by the Spanish, the Dutch, China’s Qing Dynasty, and the Japanese before their defeat in World War II.

Today, Taiwan’s small size belies its economic strength; this island of about 23 million people is one of the world’s financial powerhouses, home to some of the most popular brands of electronics, vehicles and other consumer products.  Its political status, though, remains murky – there is ongoing debate in the United Nations as to whether Taiwan should be recognized as an independent republic or a territory of the People’s Republic of China. The U.S. is a main ally, along with Israel and 22 other nations (plus the Vatican) who view it as independent.

A tropical and largely mountainous island, Taiwan offers terrific activities for outdoors enthusiasts, especially in dramatically beautiful national parks like Taroko.

In the 16th century, Taiwan was christened Ilha Formosa, the “beautiful island,” by Portuguese sailors, the first Westerners to encounter this lush gem situated about 100 miles off the coast of mainland China, roughly half way between Shanghai and Hong Kong. Subsequently it was ruled by the Spanish, the Dutch, China’s Qing Dynasty, and the Japanese before their defeat in World War II.

Today, Taiwan’s small size belies its economic strength; this island of about 23 million people is one of the world’s financial powerhouses, home to some of the most popular brands of electronics, vehicles and other consumer products.  Its political status, though, remains murky – there is ongoing debate in the United Nations as to whether Taiwan should be recognized as an independent republic or a territory of the People’s Republic of China. The U.S. is a main ally, along with Israel and 22 other nations (plus the Vatican) who view it as independent.

A tropical and largely mountainous island, Taiwan offers terrific activities for outdoors enthusiasts, especially in dramatically beautiful national parks like Taroko.

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Cycling Formosa: The Long Way Around Taiwan

Cycling Formosa: The Long Way Around Taiwan

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Duncan Forgan takes his bike around Taiwan – all the way around Taiwan. This heaven for cyclists is a hard climb but well worth the effort.
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Some days fewer than a hundred people get the chance to hike the Zhuilu Old Trail in Taiwan, and it's worth it for the daring who take on Taroko Gorge.
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Author : Tyler Roney
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Looking for Luxury in Taipei? These 3 Hotels Tick Every Box

Author : Tyler Roney
Discover three luxury accommodation options in Taiwan's Taipei that can sate any taste for opulence and decadence, from hedonistic parties and elegant cocktails to hot springs and national parks.
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Author : Remote Lands
It is the perfect destination for newlyweds, whether you are seeking the fascinations of city life or the adventure of the great outdoors. Meanwhile, infused into everything is the ancient and modern history and culture of this beautiful little country.
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Taipei 101: In Search of Taiwan’s Roots

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I stood staring down from the 89th floor of Taipei 101, seeing the capital of Taiwan for the first time at full scale and wondering how it all fit together...
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