Taiwan is a beautiful kaleidoscope of natural landscapes including forests, cliffs and stunning gorges that make up this small, charming island. You can go hiking down the vast trails among the mountains or take a bicycle ride past volcanic regions. Seafood and noodles go hand in hand among the many eateries that abound the region. Temples, markets, museums, lakes and beaches are spread across the region, offering umpteen options for the locals and the tourists.
The country was inhabited by the local aborigines before the Spanish and Dutch started arriving in the 17th century. This was also the time when a congregation of Han Chinese immigrants also started arriving at the island. In 1683, the Qing Dynasty wrestled power in Taiwan. This lasted for a long time before it was surrendered to Japan in 1895. Again, pivotal events during World War II lead to the surrender of Japan, post which Taiwan came under Chinese territorial control. Over the years, the country has evolved as a stable democracy.
Over 93% of the total population follows a combination of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism as a religion. Christians make up about 5%, other religions include Islam.
Mandarin is the most spoken language here, it has been so since the Japanese retreated from the country. Aborigine and Chinese cuisine intermingles to create noodle and soup varieties. The Japanese influence has added seafood and chicken dishes to the mix. Mountain ranges contrast with plains, Taiwan is home to some of the highest peaks. A tropical climate is characterised with a rainy monsoon and a humid summer.
Taiwan is a beautiful kaleidoscope of natural landscapes including forests, cliffs and stunning gorges that make up this small, charming island. You can go hiking down the vast trails among the mou...