explores the small island off the Asian continent that is one of the world's
most dynamic economies, and with a geography that is, at times, simply
awesome, and with a geritage for beyond the grasp of most Westerners.
This island has known to the first mainland settlers
as Bao Dao(Treasure Islan), to mariners from Portugal as Isia formosa(Beautiful
Island), and to modern entrepreneurs and magnates of industry and trade
Bao Dao-Treasure Island.........
The island of Taiwan straddles the Tropic of Cancer,
separated from the ainland Chinese,province of Fujian by the Taiwan strait,
160 kilometers wide at its narrowest point. Taiwan lies 355 kilometers
north of the Philippines, and 595 kilometers southwest of Japan's Okinawa.
Taiwan is shaped somewhat like a tobacco leaf, with
its tip pointing toward Japan. It stretches 390 Kilometers in length and
is about 140 kilometers wide at its broadest point. Its total area of nearly
36,000 spuare kilometers makes Taiwan about the size of Holland.
The central core of Taiwan is a range of forest-fringed
mountains-hard rock formation forged from ancient cnturies of volcanic
activity. The range bisects the island from notrh to south, covers two-thirds
of the island, and is almost impenetrable because of its extreme ruggedness.
More than 200 of the island's speaks rise 3,000 meters or more in sltitude.
Taiwan's tallest peak is Yu Shan(Mount Jade), at 3,952 meters. Heavy rainfall
has deeply scarred its face with gorges and valley.
weather is subjecto to sudden change. The climate is as diverse as the
landscape-semi-tropical in the north and at mountain altitudes, with a
touch of snow, and total tropical in the south's flat lands. There are
two distinct seasons: hot(May through October) and cool(November through
March). Unfortunately, the island's excessive humidity exaggerates these
seasonal changes. During the summer, with average temperatures in the north
of 35C(95F) and humidity seldom dropping below 75 percent, the entire island
seems a giant sauna. Likewise, winter temperatures usually do not fall
below 5C(40F), but the dampness can chill the bones.
The most pleasant times of the year are the brief
spells of spring and fall, during April and May, and October and November.
When friends visit from
afar, Is this not indeed a pleasure?
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