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Probably one of the most under-rated Asian destinations, Taiwan is largely little known to travelers outside the Asia–Pacific region. Formerly known as IIha Formosa, or Beautiful Island, it continues to live up to its Portuguese namesake with lots to offer. Besides being a high-tech electronic base as well as a veritable center of Chinese pop and entertainment, the island also boasts a veritable melange of impressive mountains, idyllic beaches, colorful aboriginal culture and a cuisine that is highly esteemed by Asians.

GREAT FOR: Food, Shopping, Museums, Beaches

WHEN TO GO: Taiwan experiences a subtropical climate. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are most pleasant for traveling while summers can get blistering hot. The island, particularly the east coast that faces the Pacific Ocean, is prone to typhoons from May to October.


The political and financial hub of Taiwan, Taipei is a sprawling metropolis home to a world-class transport system, soaring skyscrapers, sublime food and friendly locals...

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