Taiwan is located in East Asia and is governed by the Republic of China. With a population of 23 Million, Taiwan’s total land area is only about 36,000 square kilometres and it is shaped like a leaf that is narrow at both ends. The island of Taiwan is located in the subtropical climate zone, and the sun is not as stinging hot as it seems bright, furthermore, the island is surrounded by oceans and the ocean breezes, which are the reason for Taiwan’s humid weather. Located along the southeast coast of the Asian Continent at the western edge of the Pacific Ocean, between Japan and the Philippines and right in the center of the East-Asian island arc, Taiwan forms a vital line of communication in the Asia-Pacific region and two-thirds of the total area is covered by forested mountains and the remaining area consists of hilly country, platforms and highlands, coastal plains and basins.
Taipei 101 is a 509-m, 101-story landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District of Taipei. Upon completion in 2004, the mega building had been the tallest building in the world until Dubai’s 828m-tall Burj overtook it in January, 2010. After a busy day trip in Taipei, flying high into the sky and having a bird’s eye view of the entire neon light covered city will certainly make for the perfect ending to your trip.
The only natural lake on the island of Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is situated in Nantou County. It is divided by the tiny island of Lalu, the eastern part of the lake is round like the sun and the western side is shaped like a crescent moon. The beautiful alpine lake is revered as the heart of Taiwan, not only because of its central geographic location, but also for its role as home to five major hydropower plants which provide electricity to the rest of the island
Alishan National Scenic Area, standing in the middle east of Taiwan, stretches out across four townships: Fanlu, Zhuqi, Meishan and Alishan. The scenery consists of 18 hills, with the highest peak ofTower Hill approx 2,663 meters and the area features five significant views, including a splendid sunrise, a massive sea of clouds, sacred trees, fragrant cherry blossoms and unique Z-shaped forest railways.
Founded on January 1st, 1984 and located on the Hengchun Peninsula of Pingtung County, the park is also the southernmost park and the only tropical one in all of Taiwan. It covers an area of 333 square kilometers, including 181 square kilometers of land and 152 square kilometers of sea. Featuring scenic mountains, tropical forest, breathtaking beaches and coral reefs, the park attracts thousands of travelers both from home and abroad every season.
Standing high in the north of Taiwan, is very close to downtown Taipei. Boasting volcanic sights, tranquil valleys, various plants and hot springs, the mountain is the largest and most beautiful natural area on the whole island. The mountain can be divided into two parts: the Front Mountain Park, also known as Zhongzheng Park, features exquisitely designed bridges, elegant pavilions and beautiful flowers; the Back Mountain Park, also called Yangming Mountain Park, is well known for its volcanoes, crater lakes and hot springs.
Penghu Islands are an archipelago in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. With its blue waters, clear skies, soft white beaches and abundant cultural scenic spots, the archipelago is a popular place with travelers. In spring and summer, the islands host several brilliant firework festivals; whilst in autumn and winter, visitors can enjoy some fresh delicious seafood at a series of seafood carnivals.
Located along the eastern coast of Taiwan, Taroko National Park covers parts of Taichung City, Nantou County and Hualien County. Named after Taroko Gorge, the park features soaring peaks, steep cliffs, amazing valleys, babbling streams and wonderful waterfalls.
The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese, but because many Taiwanese are of southern Fujianese descent, Minnan, is also widely spoken. The most popular foreign language in Taiwan is English.
The local currency in Taiwan is “New Taiwan Dollars” (NT$). ATM’s are widely found through out Taiwan and debit / credit cards are widely accepted.
Australian passport holders are allowed to enter Taiwan without a visa for up to 30 days as long as they have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into Taiwan and a confirmed return or onward air ticket.
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