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Taiwan Holidays

With the picturesque mountains of Wulai, pulsating cities like Taipei, the stunning cliffs of Penghu, not to mention some of the world’s best hot springs, holidays to Taiwan reveal one of the most diverse destinations Asia has to offer.

Visit large, modern cities, crowded and busy, just like Hong Kong and Singapore and explore rural areas and inland mountainous regions, where traditional culture and customs are still preserved perfectly. Still relatively undiscovered and off-the beaten track, experience Chinese culture at its best with Taiwan’s warm and welcoming population.

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About Taiwan

Situated off the coast of mainland China, the mountainous island of Taiwan teems with people in massive urban developments, but at the same time hides some picture-perfect, breathtaking vistas and natural attractions. Jet into the airport at the capital, Taipei, and the island below greets you with majestic peaks, rolling hills and plains, basins and inlets, tropical beaches and green forests.

At the foot of the mountains cluster the crowded industrial cities and towns. Modern, high-rise buildings play backdrop to numerous traditional folk festivals, and ancient temples sit alongside glass-fronted boutiques in the bustling streets. Old and new live in harmony in Taiwan, and visitors will be enthralled as much by the bustling metropolis of Taipei as with the array of natural attractions throughout this relatively small island.
In the six national parks there are thousands of species of wildlife, 20 percent of which are rare or endangered, including the Mikado pheasant, the Hsuehshan grass lizard and the Formosan rock monkey. Unique experiences include taking a ride on the Alishan train, one of only three mountain railways in the world, and hiking up northeast Asia's highest mountain, Jade Mountain, and taking in the spectacular sunsets above a sea of clouds. With its volcanic origins, tropical climate and Polynesian flavour, Taiwan has deservedly been dubbed the 'Hawaii of Asia'.
Taiwan has long had an uneasy relationship with its larger neighbour, China. In 1684 the island became the refuge for the remnants of the deposed Ming Dynasty and when Mao's Communists forces took control of China in 1949 the nationalist leaders, and over one million supporters, fled to Taiwan. Economically, the island quickly became an Asian success story but its independence from China was never recognised by many governments - primarily due to the Republic's greater political and military firepower. Many Taiwanese would like an eventual reuniting with mainland China, but not on the terms suggested by their dominant cousins.
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A shopper’s paradise, whether you have a lot to spend or not, Taiwan is home to huge shopping malls, such as Taipei 101 and of course, the excellent night markets, where you can pick up a bargain whilst smelling the delicious aroma of authentic Chinese food cooked on stalls throughout the market.

There is a reason why Taiwan holidays are high on the list of favourites amongst travel journalists in the know!

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