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Top Places to Visit in Taiwan
Taiwan was called Ilha Formosa which means Beautiful Island by the Portuguesewhen they landed there in 1544. Taiwan may be small in geographical size butthere is a wide range of things to do and see while vacationing there. In thisarticle you will discover some of the top places to visit in Taiwan.
Taipei: The Cosmopolitan Capital of Taiwan
Taiwan's capital, Taipei, is a "must stop" destination for all who travel there. Longago, the "Taipei Basin" was inhabited by an Aboriginal tribe called the Ketagelan.Later, Taipei became an important port for the trading of tea under theoccupation of the Han Chinese. Finally, the city became the island's capital.No one can visit the Taiwan's capital without a visit to Taipei 101. According to theCouncil on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Taipei 101 is the world's tallestskyscraper. The building has a total of 106 floors, five being underground and 101above ground. Thus, the name Taipei 101. Since Taiwan is located in an area thatis subject to typhoons and earthquakes, the skyscraper was designed to withstandboth of them.The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is another popular attraction in Taipei. It isalso known as the National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall although there hasbeen controversy over the renaming. This great monument to China's formerpresident Chiang Kai-Shek is located near the Gate of Great Centrality and PerfectUprightness. The main structure has white walls with an octagonal roof of bluetiles that rises up to 70 meters above the ground. The Memorial Hall contains alibrary and museum. It is surrounded by a park where a beautiful pond is located..
Sun Moon Lake
Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan's largest lake with a surface area of nearly 8 kmsquared. It is the home of the Aboriginal tribe called the Thao. In the middle of the lake is an island that is considered to be sacred by the tribe. Because of this,