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The oldest Chinese reference to Taiwan dates back to the Han Dynasty in the 3rd century B.C. However, it wasn't until the 17th century A.D. that Chinese Hakka traders first settled on the island. These bold merchants were soon followed by European and Asian adventurers seeking to control and colonize the strategic island. The most famous migration of all occurred in 1948, when the government of the Republic of China fled the mainland.Taipei is Taiwan's capital city and one of the world's most important commercial centers. Despite its turbulent history, Taiwan today boasts an economy that is the envy of the world. Modern Taiwan is a world leader in the production of bicycles, computer chips, plastics, chemicals and computer notebooks. Taipei is a sophisticated modern metropolis that has not forgotten its rich traditional past.The port of Keelung is your gateway to Taiwan. Visit the bustling city of Taipei and other interesting areas surrounding on this fascinating island in the East China Sea.
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Situated in renowned Liberty Square, Taipei's impressive monument honoring the former President of the Republic of China features a blue tile roof with a gleaming gold apex and fascinating artifacts pertaining to the late president.
Built during the Ching dynasty, Taiwan's ornate Lungshan Temple is devoted to worshipping the Goddess of Mercy. Marvel at the serene temple's beautifully crafted wooden doors and its stone and bronze beams and dragon-shaped poles.
Discover one of the world's largest collections of ancient Chinese art and artifacts at the Republic of China's national museum whose amazing collection spans over 8,000 years and includes precious objects amassed by ancient emperors.
Over 350,000 square feet of grass surround this stately shrine to the 330,000 brave men who sacrificed their lives during historic Chinese battles. Stoic military officers trained to remain absolutely composed guard the main gate.
The Taipei Confucius temple modeled after the original Confucius Temple in Qufu, China was constructed in 1925 at the initiative of two of Taipei's leading citizens along with donations from others. The temple is renowned as a home for the scholarly in the past, with a distinctive history, cultural conservation, and sightseeing value as well as a vital site of Confucian learning.
Dedicated to the God of Medicine, the striking Pao-An Temple, completed in 1830 and fully restored in 2002, amazes with intricately carved dragon pillars, imposing stone lions and historic tablets inscribed by famous Chinese scholars.
The world's second tallest skyscraper wows with its bold postmodern design that seamlessly marries high-tech and traditional elements. The landmark features 101 floors aboveground, 5 below and a chic multilevel mall off to one side.
Yangmingshan National Park offers a postcard-perfect volcanic landscape and attracts tourists to its soothing hot springs, while Yehliu Geographic Park is known for its otherworldly rock formations.
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