On my recent visit to Taiwan, I found it to be a kinder, nicer, slower China. Here are
10 facts about Taiwan that might surprise you:
●Taiwan is not a part of China.
●Taiwan is slightly bigger than Belgium.
●Taiwan was formerly known as Formosa.
●Taiwan has reached its 100th birthday in 2011.
●Taiwan has the world’s lowest birthrate.
●Taiwan is the first democratic country in Asia.
●Taiwan has the highest density of convenience stores (7-11s are everywhere).
●Taiwan is second only to Italy in the production of marble.
●Taiwan prohibits cutting down trees; all wood is imported.
●Director Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Eat Drink Man Woman,” “Brokeback Mountain”) is a native of Taiwan.
More information: Taiwan Tourism Bureau
|city of Taipei as seen from Taipei 101 interior observation deck|
|time for ice cream at Miyahara in Taichung, Taiwan|
|taking pictures beside the entrance stone at Taroko Gorge National Park in Hualien, Taiwan|
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