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Taiwan is an island nation of about 36,000 km² located off the coast of southeastern China, southwest of Okinawa and north of the Philippines. The island is governed by the Republic of China . Shaped roughly like a sweet potato, the nation is home to more than 23 million people and is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Besides its crowded cities, Taiwan is also known for steep mountains and lush forests. In addition to the island of Taiwan, the Republic of China also governs the Pescadores (Penghu), Quemoy (Kinmen/Jinmen), and Matsu. Many people think of Taiwan as a grimy, densely populated industrial island, and you may well maintain this perception if you only stick to the densely populated West Coast. However, for those who take time to venture to the more sparesely populated East Coast will quickly find that Taiwan is actually home to some stunning landscapes.
The Taroko Gorge near Hualien in particular is very impressive, and should not be missed by any tourists. Most of Taiwan is covered with mountains which offer breathtaking views, so hiking opportunities are very diverse. Spring Scream - Kenting's entire area gets swarmed by young people coming to party for 3 days, and Taiwanese TV heavily reports on the latest Bikini fashions seen on the spot . Buddha's Birthday- Colorful but simple ceremonies are held at Buddhist monasteries that generally consist of washing a statue of the Buddha and a vegetarian feast. It is appropriate to make offerings to the monks and nuns at this time, though it is not mandatory. Lunar Calender 8th day of 4th month. Dragon Boat Festival - A festival to commemorate the death of the Chinese patriotic poet Qu Yuan (born 340 BC), who drowned himself in a river out of despair that his beloved country, Chu, was being plundered by a neighboring country as a result of betrayal by his own people. Cherry Blossom Season - Every spring, in Yangmingshan. Hot Springs - Taiwan's geographical location between an oceanic trench and volcanic system makes it an ideal hot springs vacation spot. There are several hot springs destinations throughout the country, including Wulai and Yangmingshan . Gambling- While gambling is technically illegal in Taiwan, mahjong remains popular.
Taiwan Cities & Main Attractions : Taiwan has many large cities and towns. Below is a list of nine of the most notable. Other cities are listed under their specific regional section.
Taipei (臺北 or 台北) is the seat of government of the Republic of China and its center of commerce and culture. Taipei is home to the world's second tallest skyscraper, Taipei 101.
Hsinchu (新竹) is a center of hi-tech industry, and one of the world's leading manufacturers of hi-tech components. Hsinchu Science Park is the home to many hi-tech companies.
Hualien (花蓮) is located near Taroko Gorge, and is considered one of the most pleasant of Taiwan's cities.
Jiufen (九份) - this former gold mining town located on the northeast coast is now a popular tourist destination.
Kaohsiung (高雄) is the second-largest city on the island. It has one of the busiest sea ports (the Port of Kaohsiung) in the world and it has the island's second-largest airport, Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH).
Keelung (基隆) is the a center of transshipment in the north, and is located about a thirty minute drive from downtown Taipei.
Puli (埔里) is located at the geographical center of the island, and it serves as a good base for exploring the central mountains and Sun Moon Lake.
Taichung (臺中 or 台中) is the third largest city in Taiwan, and has an abundance of interesting cultural amenities and activities.
Tainan (臺南 or 台南) is the oldest city in Taiwan and was the capital during imperial times. It is famous for its historic buildings and snack food.
People tend to think of Taiwan as a small, crowded island filled mostly with electronic factories, and if you stay in Taipei or along the west coast you might indeed maintain that illusion. However, the island is also home to high mountain ranges, great beaches and stunning national parks - many with hot springs.
Alishan (阿里山) - misty forests of giant cypresses and amazing sunrises at the center of the island, reached by a scenic narrow-gauge train
Kenting National Park (墾丁國家公園) - located at the extreme southern tip of the island, this park is famous for its beaches and lush vegetation.
Shei-pa National Park (雪霸國家公園) - a park spanning mountains and rivers located in Hsinchu County - great hiking trails
Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) - nestled at 762 m (2,500 ft) in lofty mountains in Nantou County, this lake is famous for its clear sparkling blue water and picturesque mountain backdrop.
Taipingshan (太平山) - a historic logging area and one of Taiwan's most scenic spots. Located in Yilan County.
Taroko Gorge (太魯閣峽谷 Tàilǔgé)- an impressive gorge located off the east coast
Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山國家公園) - spanning a mountain range overlooking Taipei
Yushan (玉山) - at 3,996 m (9,830 ft) the highest mountain in not just Taiwan, but all East Asia
Taiwan Flights & International Airports : Taiwan's main international gateway is Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport near Taipei, with Kaohsiung a distant second and very limited international services to Taichung and Hualien. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (formerly Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport ) is Taiwan's main international airport. Located 40km to the southwest of Taipei, it has good connections to major Asian cities and North America. The airport has direct buses to Taipei, Taichung and other nearby cities. Alternatively, the U-Bus company operates shuttles to HSR Taoyuan station for high-speed train connections to Hsinchu, Taichung , Chiayi , Tainan , and Kaohsiung; and to Jhongli Transit Station, for mainline TRA (Taiwan Railways Administration train and southbound bus connections to Tainan, Hsinchu etc. Songshan Airport in downtown Taipei serves mostly domestic flights only, plus limited daily charter flights to mainland China. The Kaohsiung domestic and international airports are located in the same complex. International flights are only to other Asian cities, as well as charter flights to mainland China. Taichung Airport serves domestic flights as well as international flights to Hong Kong and Vietnam and cross-strait charters to mainland China. Hualien Airport serves domestic flights as well as some international charter flights to Japan, South Korea and Macau. Major airlines : The main Taiwanese carriers are China Airlines and EVA Air