Monday, 20 May 2013

Talking about Taiwan

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Taiwan is a place of extreme natural beauty with a stunning urban landscape, a charming cultural spirit and a deep, fascinating history. It has a democratic Government and boasts a strong economy that is set to stand the test of time due to the country’s innovative spirit and thriving technology industries.

Despite these national strengths and the opportunities it provides, Taiwan is rarely considered as a popular expatriate destination.

In order to put Taiwan on the expat map, we have compiled a list of a few of the most interesting facts about this small (just bigger than Belgium) but brilliant country.

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Taiwan was nicknamed ‘Ilha Formosa’ meaning beautiful Island in the 16th century by the Portuguese. It may also be referred to as ‘The Kingdom of Corals.’
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The National sport of Taiwan is Baseball while basketball and football are also popular on the Island.

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Taiwan’s Vice President, Annette Lu, became the first woman to be awarded the World Peace Prize in 2001.
In Taiwanese superstition, the Number 4 is considered unlucky because its sounds like the Chinese word for death.
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Classical music will often reverberate through the morning streets of Taiwan as Garbage collectors alert residents to their arrival by playing Beethoven on loudspeaker.

Are you an expat living in Taiwan? We want to get enough respondents to include it in our Expat Explorer Tables this year as it has never quite made it before. You can help Taiwan get the position it deserves by filling us in on what it is like to live there by clicking here.



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