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This is a highly urban and modernized country.  Taiwan features a string of conveniences, from access to 7-Elevens and shopping metropolises to cultural festivals. At the same time, it is also home to a variety of beautiful natural settings, waterfalls and rugged mountains. Yu Shan, or the 3952 metre Jade mountain, is the highest mountain in East Asia. Near Taipei is the picturesque Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan’s largest natural lake.  It is situated against mountains that change colour with the sky. On the lake is the Wenwu Temple, as well as the Tse-En Pagoda. In Central Taiwan, Tai Chung hosts a number of historical and ancestral temples. Peitou is a pretty spot where you can have a relaxing soak in the numerous mineral rich hotsprings. A must-see is the Taroko Gorge, where a raging river cuts through sheer cliffs. Nearby, numerous shrines and waterfalls - as well as a network of hiking paths - are available for exploration. Culturally, Hualien has been dubbed “The City of Marble.” As one of the largest marble producers in the world, it supplies a component that features prominently in buildings, pathways, parks, art and monuments. The opulent Temple of Eastern Purity is a temple that has been built entirely of marble. The National Palace Museum in Tapei is another must see. Housing over 650,000 pieces of Chinese bronze, jade, calligraphy and more.  These artifacts were movedfrom the Forbidden City in Beijing by the Nationalists (fleeing Communist rule).  They are considered to represent one tenth of China’s cultural treasures.

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Questions answered about visiting Taiwan
Will be travelling to Taiwan from Nov 4 to Nov 10...Appreciate advice or if any could share his/her itinerary would be a great help, thank you.
Hi, i am travelling to Taipei, Taiwan next week for about 5 days. Is there any places that i can go beside exploring Taipei as i will be bringing my daughter who is about 15 months along?
Hi, What is the cheapest and easiest way to go to Toroko from Taipei? How long does it itake? Bus, train? How much is it? How can I go to Changhua from Taroko or Taipei? What is the most convenient way, from Taroko or Taipei? Many thanks!
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"Southern" Taiwan?  Only if everywhere south of Tai-Pei is southern!  I lived in Hsin-Chu five months as an English teacher, and learned my way around the old part of the city.  Tung-Men (East Gate) Park has open-air concerts in the evening sometimes.  I found a favorite fried-rice place at a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant in one of the winding alleys -- do not be afraid to go through the alleys; doing so is normal.  And if you get restless for some reading material in English, there is a section at the Eslite Bookstore that has it.  You can also find Taiwanese (and other Chinese) music CDs at Eslite -- they are less expensive there than at the big, high-rise department stores.  Colorful temples are seemingly on every other street corner, with ornate figures of dragons, phoenixes, and mythological personages on the roof, and joss sticks offered to the gods inside.  I had my Chinese name made into a traditional stamp by a dwarf.  If you want to see the real life of Taiwan, Hsin-Chu is a good place to do it.
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one beautiful place to see, gives a new meaning to peacefull. A brilliant get away for the weekend. Remeber if you are english speaking you are basically on your own, very little and i mean very little english spoken in this region but still a great place to visit. A must on your list. Hua-lien is much different to that of Taipei CIty, which is not as open as it may seem. If you are into lies and beeing cheated then a must stop. You will be bombarded by millions and millions of motor scooters and funk mickey mouse hair styles [more on guys than girls] and everyone is a rock star or celeb of some sort." I speak English very little", is the catch phrase, be weary of cellphone shops you will get cheated. Not on my list of a good place to visit.
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I really like this city =) Specially after I heard the music from a taiwanese rock band named Wu Yue Tien (that mean Mayday) that's about two lovers, a kind of romantic place to walk on the afternoon =) because of it's nice view. Tan-shui, i am not sure of what it really means, but the caracters have a lot to do with water, so its maybe reffered to the lake that has the same name. By the lake, and the people riding bikes, flying kites.. Its really nice! A good place to relax. And also enjoy some of the food of Taiwan, because there's also a street market near by. And, you can take the subway to get there quikly. But by bike its also a really good experience =)
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