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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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Drone over Taiwan: From Kenting to Taipei and Beyond

Drone over Taiwan: From Kenting to Taipei and Beyond

Author : Jay Tindall
A road trip along Taiwan's east coast allows travelers to see strange architectural wonders, breathtaking natural beauty, and dynamic Asian cityscapes from a whole new angle.
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Taiwan’s Whisky Island: Exploring Formosa’s Single Malts at Kavalan Distillery

Taiwan’s Whisky Island: Exploring Formosa’s Single Malts at Kavalan Distillery

Author : Duncan Forgan
Single malts, fresh air, and highland charm – travel writer Duncan Forgan journeys to Kavalan Distillery to find out how Taiwan came to produce some of the finest whisky in Asia.
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Tea for Taipei: Maokong Gondola to Taiwan’s Past

Tea for Taipei: Maokong Gondola to Taiwan’s Past

Author : Jeremiah Jenne
Writer and historian Jeremiah Jenne takes the Maokong Gondola outside of Taipei for a taste of the country's tea and a look into its past. Whether it's a tourist trap or a beloved destination for tea lovers depends on how far you are willing to walk.
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Tainan: A Journey Through Taiwan’s Oldest City

Tainan: A Journey Through Taiwan’s Oldest City

Author : Ronan O'Connell
For travelers who want to experience Taiwan away from the rush of Taipei, Tainan is a slower, more historic city – some might even say the island's oldest.
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Looking for Love: 3 Taipei Temple Rituals for the Romantic

Looking for Love: 3 Taipei Temple Rituals for the Romantic

Author : Nam Cheah
Travelers looking to add a little love into their spiritual journey through Taiwan's capital can pop by a Taipei temple for a little metaphysical matchmaking. Forget Cupid and look to Yue Lao.
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The Forsaken UFO City of Wanli

The Forsaken UFO City of Wanli

Author : Jay Tindall
The strange, abandoned UFO city of Wanli district north of Taipei is an odd architectural remnant of a forgotten look into the future.
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