1. Where is Taiwan?
Taiwan is a small island nation in East Asia.
2. Its status is up in the air.
Taiwan is considered by some countries as an independent nation, and by others, a territory of China. Rather peculiar!
3. It’s easy to call Taiwan.
Want to call your family or friends in Taiwan? You’ll need to use the international dialing code +886
4. Here’s how to get to it via compass.
The coordinates for Taiwan are 23.5000° N, 121.0000°
5. It has its ups and downs!
The terrain here is mostly rugged mountains in the east and center, with flat/rolling plains in the west.
6. It’s fairly small!
The total land area of Taiwan is 13,974 square miles (36,193 square kilometers).
7. But millions call Taiwan home!
Taiwan’s population was 23.57 million in 2020.
8. What’s the capital of Taiwan?
The capital is Taipei City (not to be confused with New Taipei City which surrounds it) which covers an area of 104.9 square miles (271.7 square kilometers) and has a population of 2.646 million (2019).
9. Life expectancy here is amazing.
10. The school system is odd, but practical.
In Taiwanese schools, the teachers move from class to class rather than the students to stop lingering in hallways and reduce time!
11. Bridal colors differ here.
Unlike in the west, where brides wear white and funeral goers wear black, in Taiwan white is historically worn to a funeral and red at a wedding, although this is slowly changing as the country becomes more westernized.
12. Bring on the monsoon!
13. They love a game of bases!
Interestingly, baseball is the national sport of Taiwan!
14. Want to learn the lingo?
The official language of Taiwan is Standard Mandarin.
15. Get changing that cash!
New Taiwan Dollar is the official currency here, make sure you take some with you to purchase your Bubble Tea!
16. Here’s some interesting facts about what Taiwan produces.
Its industry consists of electronics, communications and IT products, chemicals, textiles, petroleum refining, iron and steel, vehicles, pharmaceuticals, cement, food processing, machinery and consumer products – quite a broad spectrum!
Taiwan also exports petrochemicals, ships, automotive parts, electronics, steel, plastics, computers and wireless communication equipment.
FAQs about Taiwan
Is Taiwan safe to visit?
Generally, yes - Taiwan is pretty safe to vacation in, however, do always make sure to look after your belongings!
What’s considered rude in Taiwan?
You should never point with an index finger! It’s also rude to wink, so don’t give someone a cheeky look!
What are the main religions in Taiwan?
Taiwan’s predominant religions are Buddhism and Taoism.
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