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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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Searching for the Formosan Black Bears of Taiwan’s Yushan National Park

Searching for the Formosan Black Bears of Taiwan’s Yushan National Park

Author : John McMahon
Along one of Yushan's most popular hiking routes, travelers will find evidence of one of Taiwan's largest mammal species: the rare Formosan black bear.
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Instagram Taipei: Shooting Taiwan’s Capital

Instagram Taipei: Shooting Taiwan’s Capital

Author : Jordan Hammond
Jordan Hammond takes his camera to Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, for a look into the motorbike waterfall, low-flying planes, and the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.
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Politics Squared: A Look at Tiananmen Square and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial

Politics Squared: A Look at Tiananmen Square and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial

Author : Jeremiah Jenne
Tiananmen Square and Chiang Kai-shek's Memorial – two very different monuments, two very different dictators, and a divergent history that maintains much in common.
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Silks Place Taroko, Gorge-ous by Design

Silks Place Taroko, Gorge-ous by Design

Author : Jonathan Evans
Taroko Gorge is one of Taiwan's hottest hiking spots, and Silks Place Taroko is one of the few luxury options in this rugged Formosa landscape.
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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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