Taiwan has a rich, colorful history. It became a protectorate of the
Chinese Empirein 1206, the year the great Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan
founded the Yuan dansity. The island was made a prefecture(country) of the
coastal mainland provience of Fukien in 1684, and in 1885, during the Ching
or Manchu dynasty(china's last reigning house), Taiwan was proclained a
seperate provience of China.
Taiwan is situated in the Pacific Ocean about 160 Km
from the southeasten coast of the Chinese mainland. Located about the
midway between Korea and Japan to the north and Hong Kong and the
Philippines to the south, Taiwan is a natural gateway for travelers to
Taiwan is 245 miles long and 89.5 miles wide at its broadest point.
Taiwan provience includes the Penghu Archi-pelago- agroup of 64 islands
previously known as the Pescadores -- and 21 other islands.
At the end of 1993, the population of taiwan exceeded 20 million.
The population of Taipei is 2.719 million, Taichung is 0.762 million and kaohsiung
is 1.405 million.
Taroko Gorge Natuional park Taroko Gorge is an exceptionally
beautiful, narrow ravine created by a river which has cut deep into the
mountain of solid marble. A road carved into sheer walls of rock snaked
its way past foresed peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above it,
while hundreds of feet below a river roars past giganic marble boulders.
Here and there, pavilions, pagodas, or temples cling to mist-clad
mountainsides; elsewhere, waterfalls gush from crevices in the steep cliffs.