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2013-07-12 17:01:12


Know about Taiwan

Taiwan's total land area is only about 36,000 square kilometers; it is shaped like a tobacco leaf that is narrow at both ends. It lies off the southeastern coast of the mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from Chinese mainland - a solitary island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean. To the north lies Japan; to the south is the Philippines. Many airlines fly to Taiwan, helping make it the perfect travel destination.

Map of Taiwan
Taiwan lies on the western edge of the Pacific "rim of fire," and continuous tectonic movements have created majestic peaks, rolling hills and plains, basins, coastlines, and other wonders. Taiwan sees climates of many types: tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate, providing clear differentiation between the different seasons. There are about 18,400 species of wildlife on the island, with more than 20% belonging to rare or endangered species; among these are the land-locked salmon, Taiwan mountain goat, rock monkey, black bear, blue magpie, Mikado pheasant, Hsuehshan grass lizard, and many more.
When to travel in Taiwan
Taiwan is suitable for traveling all year round; however, during certain traditional national holidays, in particular the Chinese New Year which falls around February each year, many shops and restaurants are closed and the island's roads are jammed as families returning home for the holidays. In some cases, accommodation costs may double. We therefore suggest that you come outside of these periods. The month of July on the Chinese calendar (approximately from the end of August to the dictates that beginning of September) is the Ghost Month, during which local customs many activities, such as traveling, are regarded taboo, so this is one of the low seasons in Taiwan. On the other hand, during this period the cost of traveling is relatively low, and temples often host interesting traditional festivals and perform acts of worship. You might therefore consider coming to Taiwan around this time. The most pleasant season in Taiwan is around October and November, during which months the weather is nice and cool, so this is also a good time to visit Taiwan.
How to travel to Taiwan
Taiwan's international flights are well developed and there are two international airports, Chiang Kai Shek International Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport. Thirty-four Airlines fly to 56 major cities around the world from Taiwan, and the average flight time from Taiwan to major cities in the Asia-Pacific region is only two-and-a-half hours. A direct flight from the West Coast of the U.S. to Taiwan takes only 12 hours, and flights are frequent. Keelung, Kaohsiung, and Hualien are the main international ports for passenger liners. All and all, Taiwan, in sharp contrast to most countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, is equipped with all the necessary basic facilities and a convenient transportation network, enabling easy and relaxed traveling.
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