The Republic of China, also known as Taiwan, is an island state off the mainland of China. The island offers a wide variety of sights and opportunities in the big cities and a lush and diverse nature, ranging from beautiful beaches to waterfalls and high mountains. Here is something for everyone and all within a short distance.

The capital city of Taipei is an interesting Chinese metropolis, where there is a lovely atmosphere. The city offers attractions and fine museums with large collections, and many of the country's large and beautiful buildings can be seen here. The most famous is the skyscraper Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world, and the impressive mausoleum of Chiang Kai-shek.

If you want more urban experiences, Kaohsiung to the south also has a lot to offer, not least modern buildings, a good garden atmosphere and beautiful nature close to the city center. There are also cultural, historical and gastronomic delights in Kaohsiung. Some of the island's tallest buildings, and city temples from earlier centuries are here as contrasts.

Taiwan's nature is characterized by mountains created through volcanic activity. They cover about 70% of the island and there are beutiful lakes such as Sun Moon Lake and national parks such as the famous Taroko National Park on the island. Also, don't forget the beautiful coastal landscapes with both cliffs and beaches like Dulan Beach.

Biggest cities
  • New Taipei: 4,000,164
  • Taichung: 2,809,004
  • Kaohsiung: 2,773,229
  • Taipei: 2,661,317
  • Taoyuan: 2,230,653
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  • January 1: Republic Day
  • Date varies: Chinese New Year (multiple days off)
  • February 28 + The day after: Peace Memorial Day
  • April 4: Children's Day
  • April 5: Tomb-Sweeping Day
  • May 1: Labor Day
  • Date varies: Dragon Boat Festival
  • Date varies: Mid Autumn Festival
  • October 10 + the day before / after: National Day
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Taipei, Taiwan

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  • Official Name: Republic of China / 中華民國 [Zhōnghuá Mínguó]
  • Capital: Taipei / 臺北市
  • National anthem: Republic of China National Anthem
  • Languages: Chinese (Mandarin) and others.
  • Population: 23,123,866 (2010)
  • Primary religion: Buddhism, Taoism
  • Currency: New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)
  • Drives in: Right side
  • Domain: .tw
  • Phone code: +886
  • Time Zone: NST (UTC + 8)
  • Power and plugs: 110 V / 60 Hz, plug type A, B
  • Area: 35,980 km² / 13.892 sq mi
  • Highest point: Yushan / 玉山, 3,952 m / 12,966 feet
  • Longest river: Zhuoshui / 濁水 溪, 186 km / 116 mi
  • Largest lake: Sun Moon Lake / 日月潭, 8 km² / 3.1 sq mi
  • Largest island: Taiwan Main Island / 臺灣 本 島, 35,807 km² / 13,825 sq mi
  • Boundaries: North: East China Sea. South: Luzon Strait. East: The Philippine Sea. West: Taiwan Strait, South China Sea.
  • Ma Ying-jeou: President, 1950-
  • Ang Lee: Film Director, 1954-
  • Tasi Ing-wen: President, 1956-
  • Takeshi Kaneshiro: Actor, 1973-
  • Jay Chou: Singer, 1979