TAIWAN

The home of bubble tea and a blooming entertainment industry, Taiwan has fallen on the tourists’ radar. The high mountains and beautiful nature help the country attract tourists. Taiwan is officially the only country ever kicked out of the United Nations, which declared it an unruly representative of China. Establishing Taiwan’s status is difficult, since many countries don’t recognize it as a country, but its system doesn’t allow it to be called a part of China either.

Taiwan had for a few years the tallest building on Earth. Taipei 101 surpassed the Petronas Towers after its construction, but had to give up the spot after a few years for Dubai’s skyscrapers. If natural landscapes suit your tastes better, try Taroko National Park, the Kaohsiung River or the mountains and volcanoes, with rivers flowing beautifully amid the great forests. The Aboriginals living in Taiwan descended from an ancient civilization and managed to keep some of their languages and traditions. However, Taiwan is lesser known for its nature or urban architecture, than it is for its shopping centers and technological advance. Night markets are incredibly popular and you can easily get a bargain. By day, shopping centers host international brands and high-end merchandise.

TAIWAN

Taiwanese people love to eat. Common dishes usually contain noodles, fish or seafood, pork meat, vegetables and eggs. The meal should include at some point tea or Kaoliang, a very strong drink specific to China and Taiwan. Upon going to a Taiwanese house, bring a small present and wrap it in an appealing manner. Taiwanese don’t love their products that much, so buying from a Western brand would be preferred. You should pay attention to the rules. Because the population is dense, several codes of conduct specify which side you should stand on to avoid bumping into people. No matter how polite and respectful they are, Taiwanese don’t care about second hand smoke so they lit and throw their cigarettes in any possible place.