Area: 36,000 km2
Population: 23 million
Language: Mandarin and Taiwanese
Area code: 886
Time: GMT +8
Climate: Subtropical in the north, tropical in the south

With a stunning landscape of soaring mountains, sweeping flatlands, and pristine waters, Taiwan offers adventure fans great opportunities to flex their brawn. For other travelers, the same sights could fuel inspiration for a poem. Culture enthusiasts will have a blast here. Museums specialize in everything from Chinese dynastic relics to drinking water. Not to mention Taiwan is home to 13,000 temples and some of the world’s most extravagant folk festivals. Food wise, you will be spoilt by a spectrum of excellent Chinese, outstanding Japanese, and a host of delectable local specialties. Taiwan, like its feted night markets, is a timeless feast.