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The land of Taiwan: Plan your trip to the 'beautiful island' Ilha Formosa

We head to Taipei for our very first visit to a country we have helped so many ESL students from! We cannot wait to find out what the city has to offer and you can be sure we will be compiling a complete guide with interesting facts, top destinations, our latest blogs and videos, and all you need to know before you go with stats, currency, health and safety, transportation, connectivity, food, customs and much more. So join us on our first ever tour of Taipei in and plan your perfect trip to Taiwan!

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Here are a few facts about Taiwan that may surprise you!

✓ Taiwan's Geography: Taiwan is an island located in East Asia. It's separated from China by the Taiwan Strait and neighbors countries like Japan and the Philippines.

✓ Diverse Landscapes: Despite its relatively small size, Taiwan boasts diverse landscapes, including mountains, tropical forests, and beautiful coastlines.


✓ Taiwanese Cuisine: Taiwanese food is a delicious blend of various influences, including Chinese, Japanese, and indigenous Taiwanese cuisine. Some popular dishes include beef noodle soup, bubble tea, and stinky tofu.


✓ Night Markets: Taiwan is famous for its vibrant night markets, offering a wide array of street food, snacks, clothing, and other goods. These markets are a central part of Taiwanese culture and a hub of local life.


✓ Democracy and Governance: Taiwan is a democratic nation, known for its relatively open and free society. It has a multi-party political system and regular, fair elections.


✓ High-Tech Industry: Taiwan is a major player in the global technology industry. Companies like TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) are significant in semiconductor manufacturing, contributing to the global supply of computer chips.


✓ Taipei 101: Formerly the tallest building in the world, Taipei 101 is an iconic skyscraper in Taipei, featuring a unique architectural design and engineering innovations.


✓ Traditional Arts and Crafts: Taiwan is known for its traditional arts and crafts, such as pottery, porcelain, and hand-painted glassware. Indigenous tribes also create beautiful handicrafts, preserving their cultural heritage.


✓ Aboriginal Culture: Taiwan is home to several indigenous tribes, each with its own unique traditions, languages, and customs. Efforts are ongoing to preserve and celebrate their rich cultural heritage.


✓ Taiwanese Tea: Taiwan produces some of the finest teas globally, including oolong tea. The high-quality tea leaves and tea culture are integral parts of Taiwanese heritage.


✓ Tropical Climate: Taiwan generally has a subtropical climate, offering warm weather year-round. It's prone to typhoons during certain seasons.


✓ Ecological Diversity: Taiwan's varied landscape supports diverse flora and fauna. It's home to several endemic species, including the Formosan black bear and the Formosan blue magpie.

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