The Heart of Asia – Taiwan

Note: All photos are mine unless otherwise stated. A lot of the photos are from many years ago taken with whatever smartphone I was using at the time so that the quality may be off.                 Disclaimer: This post is not commissioned by any businesses or services, and for my beloved motherland, I can write about it all day for free

Taiwan, formally Republic of China (ROC), is an island nation in the East Asia. Neighboring countries include China to the west, the Philippines to the south, and Japan and South Korea to the northeast. I said Taiwan is an island national, but in fact, Taiwan is actually made up of around 70 islands. Taiwan is a land of contrasts. Made up of densely populated contemporary cities around the coast, but the dramatic mountainous terrains inland are home to lush hiking paradises.

Taipei Skyline from Elephant Mountain hiking trail

Taipei Skyline from Elephant Mountain hiking trail

Taiwan has everything you are looking for and everything you will every need. Since Taiwan is surrounded by the Ocean, we have beaches all around. You can find hot springs everywhere from top to bottom of Taiwan too. Famous for our night markets, you can find at least one in every city and town big and small throughout Taiwan. Along with night markets, Taiwan is also known for its street foods. Taiwan also happens to be the home of Bubble tea, invented in Taichung in the early 80s, which is now beloved everywhere around the world.

Entrance to the famous Fengjia night market in Taichung

Entrance to the famous Fengjia night market in Taichung

Many traditions and cultural practices of China are still visible in Taiwan, but Taiwan has its own dynamic identity that is entirely independent. The cuisine is a tantalizing mix of indigenous and Chinese flavor. Talking about indigenous, Do you know people were living in Taiwan already before the Chinese migrated to Taiwan? There were roughly 22 native aboriginal tribes in Taiwan; Today it is down to 16 recognized tribes. 80% of modern Taiwanese’s ancestors came from China during a massive immigration wave of Chinese fishermen that moved to Taiwan in the 17th & 18th century. In that 80% Chinese ancestry, the majority is Han, follow by Hoklo and then Hakka. The rest of Taiwan’s ethnicity is made up of 3% of indigenous people, and 17% immigrants from all over the world, notably Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

The most underrated travel destination in Asia

The most underrated travel destination in Asia

Taiwan and its people will give you the warmest welcome, feed you until your belly hurts, show you stunning sights and make sure you never forget this incredible country. Thanks for keeping up with me with this long, informative post. Stay tuned for more posts about Taiwan; this is just the start!

Your boy,

-Chuck

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