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Overall Taiwan Introducation

Taipei City

Taipei is a delicious mix of modern and traditional. It serves as the nation’s capital and is the center of politics, commerce, education, communications, and popular culture. For a densely populated urban environment, it is surprisingly easy to get around or escape into the breathtaking mountains, which surround the city. It is home to one of the world’s most famous museums, the National Palace Museum, as well as being a foodie’s paradise with some of Asia’s most delectable food choices. Education is highly valued by the Taiwanese and Taipei hosts 18 universities and 6 colleges as well as a number of exceptional libraries and domestic museums. Taipei is also the economic powerhouse of Taiwan, whose industries range from cutting-edge computing technologies and their development to the world’s best bicycles. As a city, Taipei allows a glimpse of the future all the while allowing you to experience the convenience of a modern urban environment steeped in traditional Chinese and indigenous cultures.
On arrival, the first thing you will notice is convenience. Taipei has world-class public transport, internet, shopping and friendly, helpful service. It is a city that has been transformed in recent decades, creating an urban environment describe by traditional architecture nestled among sleek modern design. By day, the city is alive with the hustle-and-bustle of a fast-paced, endlessly absorbing, sophisticated metropolis. By night, it takes on a whole new dimension, where opportunities to unwind and take in all the city has to offer abound from extraordinary shopping and restaurants to modern night clubs, cinemas, and sports facilities.
Taipei is a city colored by a diverse and vibrant cultural heritage. It embraces its history through festivals and activities which mark the passing of the seasons. From the stunningly beautiful and charming lantern festival at Chinese New Year to the majesty of the Dragon Boat festival in early summer, you will be astonished by the beauty, energy, and unbridled enthusiasm of the Taiwanese as they celebrate and openly share their enduring culture. If you wish to venture out of the city, Taiwan is an island unparalleled for natural beauty, hence, its Portuguese name Ilha Formosa – Beautiful Island. A trip down the east Coast will offer you vistas of towering mountains abutting the grander of the Pacific Ocean. Or should you wander inland a little, you can take in the splendor of the world renowned Taroka Gorge, whose soaring walls of marble will leave you awe struck. In short, Taipei offers something for everybody from world-class education, culture, language, shopping, outdoor activities, and sports to new friends and experiences.  
Academia Sinica is located in Taipei’s Nankang district at the southeast of the city. This area of Taipei has developed considerably in recent times and now hosts one of Taiwan’s many notable IT research and development centers, the Nankang Software Park. This means the area is very well serviced by public transport and other facilities such as modern housing and restaurants. The nearest Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system station is the Nankang Station. This station is just a few minutes by bus on Taiwan’s famously reliable public-transport system to Academia Sinica’s Campus. The MRT system allows you to travel anywhere in Taipei and beyond quickly and conveniently.

And beyond...

Besides the fascinating cultural and recreational opportunities Taipei offers, it isn’t until you venture into Taiwan’s extraordinarily beautiful countryside that you truly get an understanding of the land that has molded the irrepressible Taiwan spirit. Being at the meeting place of the Eurasian Continental margin and the Philippine Sea plate, Taiwan is marked by two exceptional mountain ranges. These ranges share more than 280 peaks of over 3000 meters. The mountains have created remote areas of nearly untouched beauty that team with bird and insect life. There are some 18000 different wildlife species on Taiwan, including rare endemic animals such as Taiwan Sika deer and black bear. The Tropic of Cancer cuts the island providing a sub-tropical to tropical environment lush with rain forests, deep ravines, and exceptional scenery. To help protect Taiwan’s magnificent beauty for guests and Taiwan’s citizens alike, there are six national parks. These have all been named for their outstanding geographical features. They include Taroka National Park, Yushan National Park, Shei-Pa National Park, Yangmingshan National Park, Kenting National Park, and Kinmen National Park. Finally, if you have an opportunity, Taiwan has a number of cities that are very much worth visiting. Each has its own character and indelible style. From Kaoshiung and Taitung in the south to Hualien and Taichung in the east and west, Taiwan offers an alluring blend of culture, modernity, and natural beauty.

Weather in Brief

Taiwan has a subtropical to tropical climate. Depending on the time of year and where you are located, the climate varies considerable. The north is described by four seasons while the south has less variability. The island’s position in the western Pacific means it experiences typhoons in the summer months, and Plumb Rains in the late spring. The winters are mostly mild and the fall quite dry in the north. Temperatures in the northern summer months are in the low 30s, but can be quite humid, while in the winter temperatures are around 16°C or sometimes a little cooler.

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