Formosa – Taiwan

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Formosa – The Beautiful Island Now Known As Taiwan

Originally named Formosa, or beautiful island, by the Portuguese, the island of Taiwan is a popular travel destination for business travelers, tourists and students of Mandarin Chinese.  Taiwan is remarkable for everything from its booming industry to its ancient culture. Although Taiwan is less than 14,000 square miles in area, it is home to over 22 million people. Modern Taiwan is defined by the exodus of mainland Chinese citizens to the island following the Communist revolution of China over 50 years ago. Although the government of Taiwan claims to be the legitimate government of mainland China, the world still recognizes the mainland government as the legitimate authority.

Political struggles aside, the island and people of Taiwan are definitely worth experiencing. Travelers to Formosa or Taiwan who seek a contrast between traditional Asian culture and modern Asian development need look no farther than Taiwan to satisfy their traveling needs.  Formosa was an apt name for the beautiful island that is Taiwan.  Although the modern city and attractions of Taipei capture a lot of attention, Taiwan has natural wonders such as Sun Moon Lake, the bamboo forests of Alishan, natural hot springs, beaches, surfing and more.  Learn more about Taiwan, places to visit and things to see during your stay on our Introduction To Taiwan page.