Total area: 35,980 km2
Population: 23,142,460 (2010 estimate)
Currency: Taiwan dollar
Official language(s): Mandarin Chinese
Capital: Taipei City
Internet TLD: .tw
Calling code: 886
Taiwan is an island located in East Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean. Known rather for its technological advances than a great holiday spot, Taiwan remains an underrated destination in Asia, as it boasts a fascinating mix of technological innovation and ancient aboriginal cultures, diverse religions and cuisines -a world of contrasts and the perfect mingle of cultural influences. The high mountain peaks of Wulai, vibrant cities such as Taipei, brilliant beaches, fantastic water rivers with dense forests, extinct volcanoes, historical sites, beautiful temples, excellent hiking routes and some of the best hot springs in the world make Taiwan one of the most diverse tourist destinations in Asia -a tropical paradise awaiting to de discovered.
Tourism is one of the main sectors in the economy of Taiwan, attracting an increasing number of tourists and in continuous development now. Adventure yourself in the mountains, shopping and night supermarkets; enjoy nightlife, the rich cultural diversity, spa and coastal resorts, festivals and so much more.
The main tourist attractions that you should visit, while in Taiwan are: Alishan -the mountainous area; Sun Moon Lake - the largest lake in Taiwan, a major tourist attraction; the National Palace Museum, Taroko, Kenting, Love River, Shihlin Night Market, Huahsi Street Night Market, Taipei 101, Longshan Temple, Taroko Gorge.
In general, the best time to travel to Taiwan is autumn (September-November). Summer (June-August) is an excellent time to visit the coast, taking into account the possibility of typhoons between June and October. Chinese New Year period should be avoided as all facilities are closed.
By Maria Morari
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