Taiwan is a country in Asia and has approximately 23 million inhabitants. The republic consists of the island of Taiwan and small islets Penghu, Lanyu, Green, Kinmen, Matsu archipelago and Wuchiu. Taiwan is located southeast of China. The Taiwan Strait is between China and Taiwan. The mountain ranges dominate the central and eastern part of the island. To the west lies a narrow strip of fertile soil. To the east a rocky coastline with the Taroko gorge. There are tropical beaches in the south. Furthermore, many forests, rivers, volcanoes, waterfalls and hot springs. Taiwan has a (sub) tropical climate with a lot of precipitation and high temperatures. The capital Taipei consists of 2½ million inhabitants and is the center for trade and culture. Sights are the National Palace Museum, the skyscraper Taipei 101, many temples and night markets and Taipei Sea World. Other important cities include Hsinchu, former capital Tainan, Hualien, Jiufen, Puli, Taichung, Keelung, port city Kaohsiung and Gaoxiong. Places of interest in Taiwan are the archaeological sites, national parks, historic sites, colonial forts, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Tainan, the city of 100 temples, the Penghu archipelago, the island of orchid, Lanyu and the eastern Rift valley.

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