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Taiwan Travel and Tourism

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Taiwan , also known as Formosa Formosa, meaning "beautiful , is an island located in East Asia between the South China Sea and the East China Sea off the southeastern coast of mainland China. Since the end of World War II in 1945, Taiwan has been governed by the Republic of China , which itself is commonly known as "Taiwan" since the 1970's. Separated from the Asian continent by the 180-kilometre-wide Taiwan Strait, the main island of the group is 394 kilometres long and 144 kilometres wide. To its northeast are the main islands of Japan, and the southern end of the Ryukyu Islands of Japan is directly to the east; the Philippines lie to its south. It spans across the Tropic of Cancer and consists of steep mountains, covered by tropical and subtropical vegetation. Other minor islands and islets of the group include the Pescadores, Green Island, and Orchid Island among others; as well as the Diaoyutai Islands which are controlled by Japan since the 1970s and known as the Senkaku-shotō. Since the end of the World War II in 1945, the island group has been under the administration of the Republic of China, which was then the de facto government of all China. The island group is, however, claimed by the People's Republic of China , which was established in 1949 on mainland China, displaced the ROC, and considers itself the successor state to the ROC. Taiwan's rapid economic growth in the decades after World War II has transformed it into an advanced economy as one of the Four Asian Tigers. This economic rise is known as the Taiwan Miracle. It is categorized as an advanced economy by the IMF and high-income economy by the World Bank. Its technology industry plays a key role in the global economy. Taiwanese companies manufacture a large proportion of the world's consumer electronics, although most of them are made in their factories in mainland China.

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Architecture of Taiwan - Taipei
Architecture of Taiwan The architecture of Taiwan carries distinct traits of the various influences with which Taiwan has met. The Taiwanese architecture is fine a blend of traditional Chinese architectural patterns with those of the colonial ones. A typical Taiwanese building can be marked by certain distinct features. The architectural patterns visible in Taiwan today owe their inception to influences from the southern Fukien and eastern Kwangtung states. Most of the buildings in Taiwan are derivations from original san-ho-yuan pattern, or the three winged pattern and the szu-ho-yuan or four winged pattern of architecture. Many of these compounds often included gardens at the back, especially is they belonged to an affluent owner. The t...

Bird watching in Taiwan - Taipei
Bird watching in Taiwan Bird watching can be considered an important past time for tourists who visit the island that is sandwiched between the islands of Philippines and Japan. There are certain areas like wetland areas of the west coast which is an important halting point for thousand of migratory birds who are on a north-south transit route. The island of Taiwan is also blessed with more than three hundred islets which are used by a number of birds to roost and nest. The isolation of the island of Taiwan since the Ice ages have resulted in a large number of species both endemic and sub endemic. Some of the species which the visitors can hope to catch include the Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes, Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor, S...

Eco Tourism in Taiwan - Taipei
Eco Tourism in Taiwan Eco tourism is picking up in recent years and the government has also taken the right kind of steps and initiatives. The government had taken the pro active step of declaring the year 2002 as a year for eco-tourism which has gone a long way in promoting eco-tourism in the country that is naturally gifted with eco-tourist attractions. The island is blessed with some beautiful mountains and some indigenous flora and fauna. Migratory visitors also come visiting in great hordes and numbers and they are a treat to watch. One impending problem with eco-tourism in Taiwan is the unorganized nature of sector with even the national parks not easily accessible to the tourists. One thing which has really taken off in Taiwan...

Hot Springs and Spas Abound in Taiwan - Taipei
Hot Springs and Spas Abound in Taiwan With its rich geothermal landscape created millions of years ago, the island of Taiwan boasts more than 100 hot springs. Second only to Japan in its number of natural springs, this Asian nation has much to offer visitors seeking rest and relaxation. Back in 1896 Hirada Gengo, a Japanese businessman established Taipei's first hot springs travel lodge. For many years after, the Taiwanese enjoyed the island's natural hot springs, but spas are relatively new to the country. In the past several years a number of resorts around the hot springs have emerged. Earlier this year, Starwood Hotels & Resorts opened the Sheraton Yilan Resort, in Yilan County. Located on Taiwan's picturesque northeast coast just three hours from...

Taiwan's Taroko Gorge is one of Asia's Scenic Wonders - Taipei
Taiwan's Taroko Gorge is one of Asia's Scenic Wonders Towering marble cliffs - formed millions of years ago - soar up to 3,000 feet along Taiwan's Taroko Gorge. One of Asia's natural wonders and the most popular scenic attraction on this island nation, the gorge - with the Liwu River rushing through it - continues for about 12 miles through deep canyons with lush vegetation, hiking trails and an extensive variety of animal and plant life. Taroko, or tailuge in the Ami dialect, means beautiful and the Taroko National Park, in the central East Coast area, certainly offers the visitor some spectacular vistas along with 27 of the island's highest peaks. A Ming Dynasty-style arch marks the entrance to Taroko Gorge. Only two miles down the road, the Eternal Spring Shri...