Temple Candle: Helmut Artmeier; Chinese Lion: Rodolfo Clix
Travel Taiwan Guide
Travel Taiwan Guide gives you a glimpse of Taiwan, an island south east of mainland
China has deep influences from the Japanese, Chinese and indigenous people. With
only approximately 14 thousand square miles, the land is full of sights and sounds
from the peaceful wonders of tall mountain ranges to the quick pace, industrialized
metropolitan areas. Due to the island’s diverse history shared by three distinct
cultural groups, the Taiwanese struggles with its own identity in terms of what it
wants to world to see.
The relationship between Taiwan and mainland China can only be described as hostile
just like the bickering between a younger and an older sibling. The two have clashed
in wars deep in its history. By name mainland China is also called People's Republic
of China while Taiwan is called Republic of China (without the world "people"). Their
relationship is not only confusing to foreigners but even the local Taiwanese are
divided in their opinions on who owns what.
Taiwan is an island south of mainland China. The island was handed over to the Republic
of China after World War II by the Japanese in 1945. Taiwan and mainland China fought
in a civil war but Taiwan lost. Politically, they are two separate systems. Mainland
China is communist, single party while Taiwan is a multiple party political system.
Taiwan claims sovereignty over mainland China today.
Regardless who it belongs to, there is no argument "Made In Taiwan" has been dominant
in the world for decades especially in the electronics industry. The island has become
a major economic center in Southeast Asia.
Travel Taiwan Guide to Export Industries
For manufacturers in Taiwan, the local area is a large skilled and semi-skilled workforce.
There are special export processing zones set up to facilitate the international
trade. Much of Taiwan's semi-finished goods are exported to China where they are
further processed by cheap labor and then re-exported overseas.
Taiwan is beginning to transition to a more high value added goods producer in the
high technology industry.
Travel Taiwan Guide to Things to do after a Long Day at Work
Taiwan has three main tourist areas:
Northern Taiwan - urban/suburban region containing the capital, Taipei. The National
Palace Museum with its Chinese Art is the main tourist attraction in Taipei. Other
attractions include the Presidential Mansion and the Taiwan Jinja Shrine.
Central Taiwan - offers natural beauty for the visitors. Taroko Gorge, a 25 mile
marble sided feature takes the center stage.
Southern Taiwan - contains the Kaohsiung area, the industrial center, intellectual
center and the main port of the country.
Where to Stay
The Grand Hotel - Taipei - A glimpse into ancient China with its tile roof and palace