Taiwan Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 台湾 (tái wān)
Area: 36,000 square kilometers (13,900 square miles)
Location: in the southeast of China
Administrative Division: 6 municipalities (Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung); 3 cities (Keelung, Hsinchu, Chiayi); 11 counties (Hsinchu, Miaoli, Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi, Pingtung, Yilan, Hualien, Taitung, Penghu, Kinmen, Lienchiang)
GDP (2019): CNY 4,210 billion (USD 610 billion)
A Treasure Island in Southeast China
Taiwan is located in the southeast of mainland China, facing Fujian Province across the Taiwan Strait. The vast plains of western Taiwan bring together all major cities, of which Taipei City is the most prosperous. The vast mountain ranges cover a large area in central and eastern Taiwan. They also form many natural places to enjoy the mountains and the distant sea. The long and narrow island of Taiwan spans tropical and subtropical regions, which also makes Taiwan extremely rich in natural resources and scenery. Taipei’s natural geothermal hot springs, the primitive forest vegetation of Alishan, the unique mountain and sea wonders of Hualien, and the enchanting tropical scenery of Kenting are the first reasons for tourists to come to Taiwan.
Countless Taiwanese snacks and noisy food night markets should not be missed. The warm and kind Taiwanese welcome visitors from all over the world. Various temples and worship activities can be seen all over the island. Among them, the Mazu Temple is the most popular.
Cities in Taiwan
- New Taipei
The island has another Portuguese name, Formosa, which means 'beautiful island'. In addition, it has many wonderful man-made tourist recourses, such as the famed Matsu Temple.
Located in the subtropical ocean, Taiwan offers visitors comfortable weather and has no winter all the year round. With the pleasant climate, it can sustain vast biology resources. It is a place worth visiting for its natural sights, such as the high and steep mountains and the dense atmosphere of seashore holidays.
How to Get to Taiwan
Overlooked from Fujian Province, this island is neighbored by Japan in the north and Philippines in the south. Unsurprisingly, the island has become a hub for travel between places in Asia and is one of the tourist destinations with the most convenient transportation in the world.
- Taiwan Train
- Taiwan Taoyuan Airport
- Taipei Songshan Airport
- Taichung Airport
- Kaohsiung Airport
- Kinmen Airport
- Mazu Nangan Airport
- Mazu Beigan Airport
- Taipei Metro (MRT)
During the past decades, Taiwan's economy emerged as a miracle. As of today, it is the primary source of foreign capital for South-East Asian countries, thus allowing them to provide complete and high-quality tourist services and facilities.
If you have an opportunity to visit the southeast of Asia, make sure to include Formosa in your itinerary. The beautiful island will offer you an appealing trip that you will find it hard to tear yourself away from.
Local Highlights: Concurrently home to different groups mainly from the southern Fujian Province, Hakka and the local people, Taiwan also features various colorful human cultures. You will detect the harmonious and prosperous atmosphere in its religions, architectures, languages and dining.
Food: Visitors should take special care not to miss the dainty dishes here - in fact, the island is dubbed the 'Kingdom of Delicacies' by gourmets.
See also Dragon Boat Festival in Taiwan