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The little island that sits among the massive ocean, its present forgotten, hidden by the present of the great landmass beside it, China. This very island has been taken over by many different countries in the past; including the Dutch, Japan, and China, not until 1945 did it became the Republic of China. Filled with its adventures stories this island was named twice, the first and was only acknowledged in the west was Formosa but its original Chinese name was Taiwan.

The capital city of Taiwan is Taipei, a city located at the north part of Taiwan, home to around 3 million people; it is a fascinating place to live. The city itself is a combination on nature and civilization, while some parts are skyscrapers other parts are mountains filled with trees and fresh air. We might think how can a mountain be so close to a city, but that’s just one of the extraordinary parts of Taipei.

Yan Ming Shan is site we all must visit, its altitude isn’t what attracts people, it is its astonishing beauty of nature. The clear blue sky in during the morning and its dark peaceful nights are only small parts of the attraction. During the winter it’s a place for families or couples to enjoy and cozy hot spring bath, supplied from Yan Ming Shan’s volcanic areas. When it comes to spring it’s the best place to view the countless species of flowers and the original beauty of nature. In the summer, there’s no place better for hikers and bikers to go. The mountain has paths made for bikers and hikers and numerous areas for off track biking and hiking, a perfect location for working out. When autumn comes citizens can come camping and at the same time view different variety of colors the leaves turn before winter drops in. Basically Yan Ming Shan is a place that we can all visit no matter what time of the year it is.

Taipei is indeed a city, but not just any city, it is where Asia’s tallest skyscraper is located, Taipei 101. From top to bottom it measures 508m (1667ft) fitting 101 exact floors in this magnificent building. Although this can be exciting to see but this isn’t all Taipei will provide, Taipei is also famous for its traditional food. All could be found at the night markets located all around Taipei, where everyone gathers either for food or the entertainments provided. One of the most famous night markets is the Shi Lin night market, filled with limitless fun and food. Just following the crowd you would find yourself eating some of the most delicious food ever, whether it’s the stinky tofu that gives out a deadly smell but a surprising good flavor or Taiwan sausages made by fatty pork giving off a sweet taste.

Sites and food aren’t the reason why Taiwan receives so much tourists, the truth is Taipei itself is an attraction. The people here are probably the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, not only when they are voluntarily helpful but they also care for strangers. When you ask for help you will always receive full efforts from strangers and rarely would you be rejected. Not only the people but as well as the climate, the weather here has a range of 10 degrees to 40 degrees, but since Taiwan itself is an island it encounters typhoons a lot more than other countries. Although sometimes deadly but it only occurs around the months July to October, leaving the rest of the year peaceful and cozy, allowing Taiwan to have one of the most comforting climates in the world.


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